Travelling abroad doesn’t mean that you have to stop playing the sports that you love – sports coaching projects are also a great way to give something back to a community on a gap-year or career break abroad. If you are looking to join a sports volunteer project, there are many different projects and destinations available.

Lots of companies offer you the chance to live, play, train and coach many different sports all over the world. Whether your chosen sport is football, cricket, rugby, netball, tennis, sailing or even polo, you can use your skills to enrich the lives of others by becoming a volunteer coach or use your time to improve your own skills for a career in your chosen sport.

And a sporting placement abroad can seriously boost your personal development – showing your commitment, teamwork and leadership skills to prospective employers.

So whether you want to use your football skills to become a coach teaching children in South Africa, join a cricket club for the season in Australia, experience the challenge of playing rugby in New Zealand or learn how to sail and dive in Thailand, there is definitely a placement out there for you.

Adventure Bound


+1 970 245 5428

Discover the relaxation of drifting down the river without a care in the world, experience the excitement of paddling an inflatable kayak through an exhilarating rapid, or feel the power of laughter and intrigue while sharing campfire stories with Adventure Bound.

Agora Horses


+1 778 581 7669

This is a five week program to enhance your horse riding, training and horsemanship skills. Includes, colt starting, sports therapy, bio mechanics, mountain lake and river trails, moving cattle, and jumping.

All Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting


+1 925 932 8993

Explore the rivers of California with All Outdoors. Choose from a choice of 10 Rivers, with mild to wild rapids and scenic canyons for beginners or advanced rafters. These professionally guided whitewater rafting trips are available in 1-day & multi-day options.

Allaboard Sailing Academy


+350 200 50202

Whether you are an enthusiastic novice, looking to learn the ropes and sail safely, or a seasoned mariner seeking to hone your skills and achieve the next qualification, Allabroad have the perfect course for you.

Alltracks Limited


+44 (0)1794 301777

Whether you're looking to spend a fun but challenging career break or gap year on an extended course, perfect your powder turns in a couple of weeks, learn more about backcountry riding and avalanche safety or become a qualified ski or snowboard instructor, Alltracks have a course for you.

Alpin Raft


+41 (0) 33 823 41 00

Located in Interlaken in the Swiss Alps, Alpin Raft offers fantastic fun and adventures - join us for some thrilling and scenic rafting, canyoning or bungy-jumping!

Altitude Futures - Gap Course Verbier


+44 7539 071166

Altitude Futures run official BASI and CSIA ski and snowboard instructor courses in Verbier, Whistler and Tignes. See for more details.

Aquatic Explorers


+61 2 9523 1518

Aquatic Explorers is an SSI (Scuba Schools International) Facility offering new divers, as well as local and international scuba divers the best scuba diving training at Cronulla Beach in Sydney, Australia.

Awol Adventures

New Zealand

+(+64 9) 834 0501

Join us in the Waitakere Rainforest for an amazing Auckland Adventure in the rainforest and beach adventure zone of Piha. We offer canyoning and abseiling experiences, as well as boogie boarding and cater for any level of ability.

Barque Picton Castle


+1 (902) 634 9984

Explore Europe, Africa and the Caribbean as crew on a three-masted tall ship. No experience needed. Join Barque Picton Castle. Come aboard, come alive!

Basecamp Ski and Snowboard


+44 (0) 20 8789 9055

Basecamp is the no. 1 choice for anyone looking to take their skiing and snowboarding to the next level as part of a gap year or career break.

BASI (British Association of Snowsport Instructors)


+44 (0)1479 861717

Fast track your snowsport career and become a qualified ski or snowboard instructor in 10 weeks with approved BASIGap.

Bear Creek Outdoor Centre


+1 888 453 5099

Located on 500 acres, Bear Creek Outdoor Centre contains two private lakes and miles of wooded trails perfect for nature exploration, orienteering, and hiking.

Bermuda Sub-Aqua Club


+ 1 441 291 5640

The Bermuda Sub-Aqua Club is a branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club and offers members a varied programme of club-organised dives; a safe, structured, proven training programme.

Bucks and Spurs


+1 417-683-2381

Horseback riding vacations in Missouri. Round up cattle, see a horse whisperer use his natural horsemanship, and enjoy the ride at this Missouri Dude Ranch.

Cairns Dive Centre


+61 7 40 510 294

CDC offers daily day or live aboard snorkel and dive trips to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. We also offer SSI learn-to-dive courses from beginners through to instructor level.

Camp Challenge Pte Ltd


+65 6257 4427

At Camp-Challenge, we believe that every youth is a cell of this global community. We provide the platform for this growth through our programmes.

Canyon Voyages Adventure Co


+1 435 259 6007

River rafting, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, horseback, mountain bike and 4x4 trips available in the canyons of Utah.

Cardrona Alpine Resort

New Zealand

+64 3 443 7341

Skiers and Snowboarders of all ages and abilities will enjoy a trip to Cardrona Alpine Resort. With wide open beginner trails, pristine groomers, fun freeride terrain and world class parks and pipes, Cardrona is a great way to enjoy the Southern Alps.

Catalina Tours


+1 310 510 0211

Catalina Tours provide a variety of ocean and land tours, day packages and overnight packages. Explore the island via electric bike or Jeep, or take to the seas for snorkelling, scuba diving, jet-skiing and paragliding. Discover the local wildlife, including dolphins and sea lions. Situated on Catalina Island itself, all of our staff live on the Island and we know the area well.

Challenge Rafting

New Zealand

+64 3 442 7318

Challenge Rafting offers exciting half-day whitewater rafting trips on the Shotover and Kawarau Rivers.

Class VI River Runners


+1 888 383 9985

River Runners offers a variety of organised sporting trips for students, families and corporate groups.

Coral Divers

South Africa

+27 63 083 7613

Join us for the experience of a lifetime and become a PADI Divemaster or Instructor. Coral Divers offers a Career Development Course aimed at giving you the best possible foundation to the dive industry.

Dart River Safaris

New Zealand

+64 3 442 9992

Jet boat up the Dart River and kayak back or take the bus back. In between explore the ancient forest. The Dart River Valley featured in the Lord of the Rings films.

Deep Sea Divers Den


+61-7-4046 7333

Your guide to the finest Great Barrier Reef scuba diving and snorkelling off Cairns Tropical Queensland, Australia.

Dive Kaikoura

New Zealand

+64 03 319 6622

Professional instructors and small groups make Dive Kaikoura the ideal place to start your diving journey or advance your diving qualification.

Donegal Adventure Centre (DAC)


+353 71 984 2418

DAC offers various camps and activities for all ages and abilities. Try your hand at surfing, high-rope climbing, archery, zip wire, abseiling, cliff jumping, body boarding and many more.

Dvorak Expeditions


+1 719 539 6851

White water rafting, kayaking and fly fishing trips offered in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Idaho, Texas and Mexico.

EBO Adventure


0800 781 6861

Get adventurous with a wide range of training activities, survival courses and outdoor instructor courses in the UK and abroad.

Elite Sailing


01634 890512

Sailing school and RYA Training Centre based at Chatham, Kent. Suitable for absolute beginner to professional skippers and crew.

Errant Surf


+44 (0)208 133 6438

An award-winning worldwide surf company offering cost effective global surf trips to the most beautiful corners of the globe.

G2 Outdoor


The centre, based in the Highlands of Scotland offers a full range of outdoor activities for both winter and summer.

Gap Year Diver Ltd


+44 (0)1608 738 419

Diver training and a wide range of activities and excursions included which make the entire experience more exciting and enjoyable.

Gravity Assisted Mountain Biking


+591 767 03000; +591 2 23102

Gravity Assisted Mountain Biking offer various downhill and cross-country mountain bike rides in Bolivia and Peru. We offer one-day to two-week long rides, as well as multi-activity trips that include biking, hiking, mountaineering and much more.

Harris Mountains Heli-Ski

New Zealand

+64 3 442 6722

If you are a strong intermediate skier or ski-boarder, then try this for that extra thrill!

ICE Snowsports Ltd


+44 (0) 870 760 7360

With ICE you can attend official BASI courses in Val d'Isere, including a range of ski instructor courses and snowboard instructor courses.

iGOSKi Ltd


+44 (0)844 770 40 74

At iGOSKI we specialise in short ski breaks with flexible travel options, fast and efficient transfers to maximise your snow-time in the finest ski resorts in the Alps. Our personal service will ensure your holiday is an unforgettable experience.



01623 456 333

Interski Gap Year Instructor Training Courses run in the resorts of Aosta/Pila and Courmayeur. The only fully-inclusive gap course on the market with guaranteed employment for all successful students.

Island Divers


+66 (0)898732205

Looking for a new adventure? Then join our friendly and highly qualified staff for dive courses and dive trips for all levels, from beginner to professional.

Island Star Excursions


+1 808 661 7238

Whale watching, rafting, sailing and speed boating all off the coast of Hawaii. Small groups only.

Jagged Globe


+44 (0) 845 345 8848

Jagged Globe provides mountaineering expeditions and treks. They also offer courses which are based in Wales, Scotland and the Alps for both the beginner and those wishing to improve their skills.

Jubilee Sailing Trust


+44 (0) 23 8042 6868

Tall Ships Sailing Trust. Join their JST Youth Leadership@Sea Scheme, no sailing experience needed. Registered Charity No. 277810.

Learn In Asia (Mermaids Dive Center)


+66 38 303 333

Mermaids offers a variety of PADI scuba diving courses, scuba diving internships, coral and wreck diving trips every day, open to complete beginners and experienced divers alike.

Megalong Australian Heritage Centre


+61 (02) 4787 9116

Discover the best of the Blue Mountains at this unique venue in stunning wilderness bushland. Experience horse riding, cattle, native wildlife and the rural lifestyle in our guesthouse or camping. Enjoy trail riding in the pristine wilderness of the Megalong Valley.

Mendip Snow Sport


01934 852335

Centre is on the edge of the Mendip hills, where you can ski, snowboard, mountain board, as well as pursue archery, rifle shooting, power kiting, 4x4 driving, quad biking, rock climbing, abseiling and more.

Mermaid Diving


+34 922 738 031

At Mermaid Diving we offer you a first class experience at our award winning PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in Tenerife. We cater for all levels of diver - whether you want to learn to dive, continue your PADI dive education to PADI Instructor level or if you simply just enjoy diving, we are the dive team for you.

Mokai Gravity Canyon

New Zealand

+64 6 388 9109

Mokai Gravity Canyon boasts three world-class adventure activities: our extreme flying fox; our mighty 80-metre bungy; or feel the thrill of a 50-metre freefall on our bridge swing.

Mountaineering Council of Ireland


+353 1 625 1115

The Mountaineering Council of Ireland has lists of mountaineering clubs in Ireland, useful information and can give advice on insurance.

National White Water Centre


01678 521083

Known as the home of white water rafting and kayaking, the Snowdonia-based centre boasts fantastic water conditions for paddlesports alongside beautiful scenery.

New Zealand Skydiving School

New Zealand

+64 (03)3029 143

New Zealand's longest established skydiving school with more programmes, facilities and experience than any other in the country.

Nimbus Paragliding

New Zealand

64 03 326 7373

Nimbus Paragliding provides Paragliding courses and paragliding equipment in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Non-Stop Ski & Snowboard


+44 (0)1225 632 165

Offering a variety of ski and snowboard instructor courses in western Canada, New Zealand and France. An ideal gap-year, career break or chance to fast track into the ski industry.


New Zealand

+64 3 442 5867

Experience the ultimate adrenaline rush of tandem parachuting while on vacation in New Zealand. Or train to be a Sport Skydiver yourself with an Accelerated Freefall Course, no prior training needed.

Ocean Rafting


+61 7 4946 6848

Ocean rafting around the coast of Queensland and the Whitsunday Islands which includes exploring Whitehaven Beach.

Ocean Tribe Ltd


+254 (0)700 934 854

Ocean Tribe Ltd organize professional scuba diving training packages, dive training courses and dive career internships where you can go all the way to instructor in just a few short months.

OnTheMountain Pro Snowsports Instructor Training in Switzerland


+41 27 288 3131

Provides exceptional training and loads of fun, after training stay and enjoy the slopes until the end of the season at no extra cost.

Outdoor Interlaken AG


+41 (0) 33 826 77 19

Ski/Snowboard school for complete beginners and for those who wish to brush up their skills. Have local guides who know the best trails, snow and shortest lift lines.

Oyster Worldwide Limited


+44 (0) 1892 770 771

Paid work opportunities in top Canadian ski resorts: Whistler, The Rockies and Tremblant or join an 11 week ski and snowboarder courses in Jasper, France or Romania. Intermediate skiers can become ski instructors in world-renowned Whistler with CSIA Level 1 course and qualification included.



+61 7 4946 6877

OzSail presents an extensive range of sailing and diving holidays from which to choose.

Peak Leaders


01337 860 079

Make the most of your once in a lifetime experience in some of the world’s leading resorts whilst gaining internationally recognised instructor qualifications, plus plenty of CV enhancing extras.

Penrith Whitewater Stadium


+61 2 4730 4333

Introduction packages and courses in whitewater rafting offered and whitewater kayaking.

Plas Menai


+44 (0) 1248 670964

Plas Menai, the National Watersports Centre in North Wales, offers RYA training courses in dinghy sailing, windsurfing, powerboating and cruising throughout the year and also run kayaking courses and sea kayak expeditions.

Pocono Whitewater


+1 570 325 3655

Trail biking, paintball skirmish, kayaking and whitewater rafting available in the LeHigh River Gorge.

Quest Japan


+81 (0)3 6902 2551

Guided walking holidays and tailor-made tours for individuals and small groups, from the island of Yakushima south of Kyushu, to the Kii mountain range in Central Japan, and the island of Hokkaido.

Qufu Shaolin Kung Fu School China


+86 151 537 30991

Qufu Shaolin Kung Fu School China is an institute for the teaching and promotion of traditional Shaolin Kung Fu and Chinese Martial Arts in China. Students of all ages and abilities can learn from Shaolin Masters in the beautiful and peaceful UNESCO World Heritage City of Qufu.

Raging Thunder


+61 (0)7 4030 7990

Selection of day tours, once in a lifetime experiences available, such as Great Barrier Reef excursions, sea kayaking, ballooning and white water rafting.

Rapid Sensations Rafting

New Zealand

+64 7 374 8117; 0800 35 34 3

White water rafting, kayaking and mountain biking on offer. They also have a kayaking school.

Reef Conservation International (ReefCI)


+1 513 334 9393

ReefCI offers a unique one-of-a-kind marine conservation diving experience. We offer an all-inclusive Monday-Friday diving and marine conservation trip on a small private island surrounded by turquoise coral seas situated on the Belize Barrier Reef.

RIDGE Mountain Academy




RIDGE Mountain Academy focuses on mountain sports, education, personal growth and life skills. RIDGE is designed for male and female student athletes ages 16 to 22 who are interested in expanding a passion for sports in the mountains.

River Deep Mountain High


+44 (0) 15395 28666

Outdoor activities and activity Holidays in the Lake District. Where you can try canoeing, kayaking, gorge walks, abseiling, climbing, sailing, walking, trail-cycling or mountain biking.

River Expeditions


+1 800 463 9873

Rafting in West Virginia on the New and Gauley Rivers.

River Rats Rafting

New Zealand

+64 7 345 6543

River Rats are located in Rototua, New Zealand and are specialists in rafting. They also offer a gondola ride up Mount Ngongotaha other activities.

Rock'n Ropes

New Zealand

+64 800 244 508

A Rock'n Ropes course is 'as exciting as skydiving or bungee jumping'. Check out their website for full details.

Rogue Wilderness Adventures


+1 (541) 479 9554

Hiking, fishing and rafting trips are designed to give you a thrilling, relaxing and fun experience. Based in Rogue River Canyon.

Sabah Divers



Sabah Divers operate one of the leading scuba diving education & training centres in South East Asia, running a full-service dive shop and offer scuba diving courses as well as recreational dives.

Scuba Duba Dive


+44 (0)1224 900640

Scuba Duba Dive offers numerous dive holidays and training packages all over the world to suit all levels of diver, from absolute beginners to those with years of experience. Destinations include Egypt, Thailand, Malta and Honduras.

Scuba Junkie


+60 89 785372

Scuba Junkie is a fully licensed and insured PADI operation offering courses for beginners to advanced in the Celebes Sea.

Shotover Jet

New Zealand

+64 3 442 8570

World famous as the ultimate jet boat experience, Shotover Jet has thrilled over 3 million people since 1970, and now it’s your turn!

Silver Ski Holidays


01622 735544

Silver Ski Holidays have been operating ski chalets in the French Alps for over 32 years. Our holidays suit all age groups and all levels of skiers and snow boarders, and include flights and transfers from either Gatwick or Manchester airports.

Simply Snowsports


+44 (0) 23 80970176

Offering ski and snowboard instructor courses in Canada. Perfect for a gap-year or career break. Gain internationally recognised qualifications and fast track into the ski industry.

SITCo Ski and Snowboard Training New Zealand

New Zealand

+64 21 341 214

SITCo has been training keen skiers and snowboarders since 2002. Come to Queenstown NZ to start living the dream. Accommodation, lift pass, training, qualifications, and a Heli-ski, plus much more are all included.

Ski Armadillo


+44 (0)1799 668726

Whatever your skiing requirements, Ski Armadillo has the knowledge, professionalism and personality to ensure that you receive the skiing experience that you deserve. After all, we're skiers too, so we know how important this holiday is to you.

Ski Instructor Academy KG


+43 650 563 3607

Ski Instructor Academy offers high quality, good value ski instructor courses and private improver clinics. We have the unique ability to offer you a guaranteed job as a snow sports instructor in Austria after completing your training, giving you peace of mind that you can put your new skills straight to the test, gain valuable experience and gives you the confidence to book with Ski Instructor Academy leading to a long and successful career in the snow sports industry.

Ski le Gap


+44 (0)3309 001032 / 0800 16

Offers ski and snowboard instructor training courses based in the popular Canadian resort of Tremblant.

Ski New Generation


+44 (0)1462 674 000

Here at New Generation we have a wide selection of ski and snowboard lessons and adventures for all ages and abilities. From tiny tots right through to all mountain pros. Take a closer look at our lessons then select your resort to find out more.



+1 418 520 6669

Ski-exp-air is a Canadian ski and snowboard school offering quality, professional instruction in a fun atmosphere.

Skydive Arizona


+1-520 466-3753

Located halfway between Phoenix and Tucson is the largest skydiving resort in the world! The clear desert weather allows over 340 flying days a year.

Skydive Australia


+61 (02) 6684 1323

Skydive Australia is the largest and most professional skydiving company in Australia. Choose to jump between our 5 unique spectacular locations at East Coast and it will become the experience of your lifetime.

Skydive Las Vegas


+1 702 759-3483

Skydive over the quiet and peaceful views of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the Colorado River, the Las Vegas Strip and the entire Las Vegas Valley. Tandem skydiving is the easiest, fastest, cheapest and safest way to make your first skydive.

Skydive Switzerland GmbH


+41 (0) 33 821 0011

Learn how to skydive in Switzerland. Tandem jumps, fun and glacier jumps also available.



+44 (0)1962 713342

Ski and Snowboard instructor courses in Canada, New Zealand, France and the USA. SnowSkool offers four, five, nine and eleven week programmes earning internationally recognised qualifications.

South Sea Nomads



A floating backpackers' hostel. Our aim is to provide dive and exploration safaris to locations that will appeal to anyone with a love of the sea and a sense of adventure.

Sport Lived Ltd


0844 858 9103

Want to discover a new country and develop your passion for sport? We make it happen. Play or coach sport during a gap year or summer break. It's the perfect way to combine sport, adventure and travel.

Sporting Opportunities


+44 (0)208 123 8702

Sporting Opportunities offers sports coaching projects and sports tours for gap years, career breaks and volunteer travel.



+44 (0)844 2732 454

Sunsail offers the full range of RYA yacht courses as well as their own teaching programmes. Their instructors are RYA qualified.

Surf Camp Australia


+61 407 787 346 / 1800 888 7

Surf Camp Australia offers 2-10 day courses for both experienced and beginner surfers, complete with accommodation in beachside cabins just a short distance from the beach and a variety of meals.



1800 00SURF

Surfaris - licensed to a greater range of surf breaks than any other operator in Australia. Located on the east coast of NSW, half-way between Sydney and Byron Bay in the coastal surfing village of Crescent Head.

Surfing Queensland


+61 07 552 011 65

Surfing Queensland has a surf school system with over 20 licensed surf schools operating on beaches from Coolangatta to Yeppoon.

Tall Ships Youth Trust


02392 832055

The Tall Ships Youth Trust is dedicated to the personal development of young people through the crewing of ocean going sail training vessels. It is the UK's oldest and largest sail training charity for young people aged 12-25.

Taupo Bungy

New Zealand

+64 27 480 1231

Located in the Waikato River Valley, Taupo Bungy is considered one of the world’s most spectacular bungy sites. Featuring the world’s first cantilever platform and New Zealand’s first ‘splash cam’.

Taupo Kayaking Adventures

New Zealand

027 480 1231

Specialising in kayaking trips around the crystal clear water of Lake Taupo, under the shadow of an active volcano, and metres away from Maori rock carvings.

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)


+44 (0)117 300 7234

PADI provides a wealth of information about diving to help newcomers get started. They also provide details on a variety of scuba holidays around the world, so you can plan your perfect diving vacation.

The Tasty Ski Company


+44 (0)7538 761 767

The Tasty Ski Company has a selection of catered ski chalets in Morzine and Le Grand Massif. Our prices include our lovely house wines, beer and soft drinks. This is an unlimited service not just confined to meal times.

The Winter Sports Company


+44 (0)1736 763402

The Winter Sports Company all-inclusive ski patrol courses, ski instructor courses, snowboard instructor courses and internships, with internationally recognised qualifications, in Canada, Europe and New Zealand.

Ticket To Ride


+44 (0) 20 8788 8668

Ticket to Ride develop all of our worldwide surfing adventures around the combination of doing something for yourself, something for others, travelling the world and having something to show for it all at the end.

Timberline Canadian Alpine Academy


+1 403 763 3032

Timberline Canadian Alpine Academy is a locally owned Outdoor Adventure School situated in Banff, Canada. They specialize in Gap Year Ski & Snowboard Instructor Courses with paid internships.

Torquay Stand Up Paddle Surfing & Kitebuggying School


+44 (0)1803 329850

Torquay Stand Up Paddle Surfing and Kitebuggying School offers equipment and lessons for kitesurfing, kitebuggying and stand up paddle surfing in Torquay.

Wavehunters UK


+44 (0)1208 880617

Wavehuntyers excel in providing people of all ages personal attention and specifically tailored surf lessons from experienced committed and professional surf coaches.



WE ARE SNO provide ski and snowboard instructor courses at resorts around the globe. All courses come with guaranteed paid work for winter!

Whistler Summer Snowboard Camps


+1 604 902 9227

Treeline is a residential summer ski and snowboard camp, located in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. Improve your snowboarding skills with 1-2 week sessions for Kids (7-18), as well as an Adult's Only session for 19+.

White Peak Expeditions


Specialists in trekking and climbing for small groups in Nepal, Tibet, Kazakhstan/Kyrgyzstan, Ecuador and Peru. Climbs are suitable for the less experienced climber and are generally combined with trekking expeditions.

Wilderness Aware Rafting


+1 719 395 2112

At Wilderness Aware Rafting we offer a variety of white water rafting trips suitable for all skill levels, including mild water float trips, fast-paced and splashy beginner/intermediate trips and action-packed advanced white water.

World Stage Sport


07939 931341

World Stage Sport is an exciting, fast growing company run by two driven sportsmen offering advice and consultancy to sportsmen and women looking to experience sport around the world!

Yamnuska Mountain Adventures


+1 403 678 4164

Located in Canmore, Alberta at the Banff National Park gates, Yamnuska are a premier provider of mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, backcountry skiing, avalanche training and trekking experiences in the Canadian Rockies.

YES Tours Inc


+1 604 905 2560

YES is based in Whistler and has been offering Instructor training programs for over 20 years! Work as a Instructor for the season in Whistler for the time of your life!