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Adventure Jobs Abroad

orange square White water river guiding in the Ardeche, managing a team of instructors on a Mediterranean beach, working a ski season, or spending the summer as an activity councillor at an American summer camp. Working abroad for an adventure company can be one of the most fun and exciting jobs you can imagine. Every year we work with many of the leading outdoor adventure companies in the UK, helping them find exciting new candidates to fill vacancies abroad.

With plenty of schools and individuals looking outside the UK for their residential adventure trips and activity holidays, there are a good number of companies who have established activity centres in countries such as France, Spain, and beyond. English speaking employees are often essential for health and safety reasons, so UK employees are invited to apply and spend a season working abroad.

Take a look below for our current adventure jobs abroad. Click into each listing for a full job description and details of how to get your application into the hands of the person deciding who to employ for the coming adventure season.


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Dinghy Instructor


Dinghy Instructor
Company: Voyager
Our Instructors are the heart of our activity programmes. Leading watersports sessions and helping deliver all aspects of the Voyager Adventure programme. You'll spend a lot of time on the water, both training and leading activities, you'll also see the region by accompany groups on excursion.

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Senior Activity Courier


Senior Activity Courier
Company: In 2 Action
Take the next step in your outdoor career and lead a small team for activity staff for the season. Do all of this whilst working abroad.




Greece Area Manager

Greece Area Manager

Greece
Are you an experienced centre manager, with a background in watersports, activities, yachting or hospitality? This Greece-based, seasonal role is responsible for the direct management of the resort-level managers and their departments, with close involvement with the Yachting and Flotilla Operation.
Greece Area Manager

Summer Camp Lifeguard in America

Summer Camp Lifeguard in America

North America
Work as a lifeguard in a summer camp America with Camp Leaders for 9 weeks. Work as part of a team of lifeguards who run the camp pool and lake, organising activities and pool parties, whilst keeping everyone safe and keeping the pool clean.
Summer Camp Lifeguard in America

Watersports Instructor Summer Camp America

Watersports Instructor Summer Camp America

North America
Watersports jobs in America with Camp Leaders, including windsurfing, waterskiing, wake boarding and boating. Lead water activities for children's summer camps in America.
Watersports Instructor Summer Camp America

Activity Instructor

Activity Instructor

Europe
Seasonal positions available from April to September 2018!! Our teams of Activity Instructors deliver taster activity sessions and an evening entertainment programme to our guests.
Activity Instructor


Greece Accountant

Greece Accountant

Greece
Based in our office in Vassiliki on the beautiful Greek island of Lefkada, you will manage all areas of accounting for our summer operations in Greece. We run 3 beach clubs from 3 hotels in various locations around Greece. This role will suit a confident, experienced accountant.
Greece Accountant

Fitness Instructor

Fitness Instructor

Greece
You will be responsible for delivering the fitness programme at our Surf Hotel property in Vassiliki, Greece. The fitness programme is available to all guests and will involve multiple activities each day. Activities include: Stretch and Relax Classes, Zumba, Aqua Aerobics, Running and more.
Fitness Instructor

Paddle Sports instructor

Paddle Sports instructor

France / Spain
Our Instructors are the heart of our activity programmes. Leading watersports sessions and helping deliver all aspects of the Voyager Adventure programme. You'll spend a lot of time on the water, both training and leading activities, you'll also see the region by accompany groups on excursion.
Paddle Sports instructor

Action Team Member (Paddleboard)

Action Team Member (Paddleboard)

Rhodes
Take your passion for paddle boarding abroad and deliver taster sessions to children of all ages.
Action Team Member (Paddleboard)


Multi Activity Instructors France

Multi Activity Instructors France

France
We are looking for suitable candidates to become multi-activity instructors at our two French activity centres: Le Château du Broutel and Le Château de Warsy, where you will be teaching outdoor pursuits to school groups. No previous experience nor French language required
Multi Activity Instructors France

Outdoor Education Activity Counsellors

Outdoor Education Activity Counsellors

Switzerland
Village Camps is looking to hire dynamic Outdoor Education Activity Counsellors to join our team in Switzerland this Autumn. Dates: 18th /26th August- 7th October.
Outdoor Education Activity Counsellors

Kids Club Activities Leader

Kids Club Activities Leader

France / Greece
You will assist with the overall smooth running of the Childcare program 5-6 days a week. You will be responsible for the safe and effective deliverance of the various Kids Clubs that we operate across our programs which encompass children of ages 4-7 and ages 8-12.
Kids Club Activities Leader

Sports Coaching Jobs in America

Sports Coaching Jobs in America

America
Coach sports to children in USA Summer Camps with Camp Leaders. The summer camp in America programme offers you the opportunity to gain over 500 hours of hands-on sports coaching, whether it's soccer, tennis, basketball or many more.
Sports Coaching Jobs in America


Outdoor Instructor Leader at Summer Camp America

Outdoor Instructor Leader at Summer Camp America

USA
Work as an outdoor and adventure trip leader at a USA Summer Camp with Camp Leaders, running activities with children of all ages. From Orienteering to Nature and Hiking, you can work in America for your summer job abroad with Camp Leaders.
Outdoor Instructor Leader at Summer Camp America

Trainee management program

Trainee management program

Europe
We are an international outdoor adventure company located in the UK, Central Europe, Australia and Canada. We are currently focused on expanding in Europe and have opportunities at multiple levels. If you are active, love the outdoors, travel we would like to hear from you.
Trainee management program

Action Team Member (Skateboard)

Action Team Member (Skateboard)

Portugal, Turkey, Rhodes, Kos and Mallorca
Join our Action Team’s working in amazing locations abroad and pass on your skateboarding skills.
Action Team Member (Skateboard)

Adventure Guide Leadership Program

Adventure Guide Leadership Program

New Zealand
The Adventure Guide Internship was constructed as a stepping stone into the adventure tourism industry, but also is the perfect GAP year option - offering qualifications and adventure all in one - perfect for people who haven’t quite decided what is the next step in life after high school or colle
Adventure Guide Leadership Program


Activity Courier (French Speaking)

Activity Courier (French Speaking)

France
Working in France will be an amazing opportunity for anyone wishing to polish those French language skills.
Activity Courier (French Speaking)

Senior Instructor

Senior Instructor

Europe
Want to further your career in the Outdoor Industry? We are recruiting Senior Activity Instructors who will be responsible for the delivery of activity sessions to our guests at our centres in the France and Italy.
Senior Instructor

Senior Instructor

Senior Instructor

France / Spain
The Senior Instructors role is to support the Chief Instructor in delivering pre-season training and the daily operational requirements of the Voyager Adventure programme. Leading by example to set the highest professional standards for the resort team.
Senior Instructor

Multi Activity Instructor

Multi Activity Instructor

IRELAND
Get bored easily? Every day is different at Carlingford Adventure Centre. The huge variety of activities, scenery and people we work with means every day brings new experiences and challenges. Join us to be part of an instrumental team that coach and inspire people to do make the most of life!
Multi Activity Instructor


Beach Senior

Beach Senior

Greece
You will maintain the overall smooth running of the waterfront. As a Beach Senior you will be responsible for providing support to your team of Watersports Instructors, the Activities Supervisor and Activities Manager, occasionally acting in any of these roles in their absence.
Beach Senior

Outdoor Instructor

Outdoor Instructor

Scotland
Salary and Benefits: Annual salary equivalent £15,264. In-house accommodation available for full 12 month period. The environment, and the programme we like to offer visiting schools at Ardentinny means that we prefer more experienced instructors who hold or who aspire to hold at least two of
Outdoor Instructor

Cook - France

Cook - France

France
PGL's catering operations are modern enterprises set up to deliver excellence in both service and food at their activity centres. As well as providing supportive and fun environments to work, you'll get the chance to have a fantastic experience in one of the most beautiful regions of the world.
Cook - France

Dinghy Instructor

Dinghy Instructor

France / Spain
Our Instructors are the heart of our activity programmes. Leading watersports sessions and helping deliver all aspects of the Voyager Adventure programme. You'll spend a lot of time on the water, both training and leading activities, you'll also see the region by accompany groups on excursion.
Dinghy Instructor


Activities Manager

Activities Manager

Greece
You will be responsible for the overall smooth running of the activities offered in resort and delivering our customers’ expectations of outstanding customer service. You will be responsible for providing support to the Instructors.
Activities Manager

Climbing Jobs at Summer Camp America

Climbing Jobs at Summer Camp America

USA
Work as a climbing instructor in the USA, whether it be rock climbing, low or high ropes, teaching children in traditional American summer camps with Camp Leaders
Climbing Jobs at Summer Camp America

Multi-Activity Instructors

Multi-Activity Instructors

France
CLUB CORREZE is a small family run business based in the beautiful Massif Region, France. We are recruiting Instructors to teach a variety of outdoor activities to students of varying ages and abilities. Some of the activities you will be leading be leading include archery, fencing, orienteering,
Multi-Activity Instructors

Chief instructor

Chief instructor

France / Spain
The Chief Instructors principal role is to manage the beach and evening activities. Key accountabilities for this role include support of pre-season training and resort preparation, overseeing activity operations & team management, staff timetabling, health & safety, equipment mangement
Chief instructor


Apprentice Instructor

Apprentice Instructor

Greece
You will assist with teaching the RYA syllabus - you will be responsible for providing support to instructors teaching sessions, as well as providing excellent customer service to our guests within the resort.
Apprentice Instructor

Full Time Seasonal Instructor

Full Time Seasonal Instructor

Northern Ireland
Share Discovery Village is Ireland's largest activity residential centre. The centre is based on the shores of Upper Lough Erne offering over 30 activities on site, these activities are water, land & art based. SHARE is looking for qualified Instructors to lead group sessions from March - August.
Full Time Seasonal Instructor

Head of Centre

Head of Centre

France
Manor Adventure is a leading residential activity provider offering high-quality educational courses to school groups and families. We are currently looking to recruit a French speaking permanent Head of Centre to manage our new flagship operation in Northern France.
Head of Centre

Activities Supervisor

Activities Supervisor

Greece
You will assist with the overall smooth running of the activities available in resort. As an Activities Supervisor you will be responsible for providing support to the Instructors, Activities Manager and Child Care staff.
Activities Supervisor


Assistant Instructor / Rep

Assistant Instructor / Rep

France / Spain
An Assistant Instructors role is to support our instructional team delivering watersports activities. Even if you have limited previous experience in watersports our training and support programme will help you progress far quicker than you imagined. We can also offer NGBs.
Assistant Instructor / Rep

Trainee Instructors

Trainee Instructors

Scotland
For 2018 we are recruiting candidates for our Volunteer Trainee Scheme. Candidates will receive training in many of the activities we provide as well as gaining several NGB qualifications.
Trainee Instructors

Activity Courier

Activity Courier

France
Working overseas is an amazing opportunity for anyone. You will meet lots of new friends and visit some lovely places.
Activity Courier

Bosun/Watersports Instructor

Bosun/Watersports Instructor

Greece
This is a split role whereby you will divide your working day into mornings and afternoons. One half of each day will be spent in the role of Watersports Instructor – teaching RYA group sessions, the other half of the day will be spent maintaining the wide range of watersports equipment.
Bosun/Watersports Instructor


Village Manager

Village Manager

Europe
Customer Focused, Friendly, Energetic Team Members Wanted! As the Village Manager your main responsibility is to ensure that our guests have a smooth and successful trip or holiday whilst on centre, outside of activity sessions.
Village Manager

Activity Manager

Activity Manager

Europe
The Activity Manager role is ideal for an experienced senior or chief activity instructor with a proven supervisory background looking to progress in the outdoor industry.
Activity Manager

River Leader

River Leader

France
Want to further your career in Paddlesports? Acorn Adventure are recruiting River Leaders who will be responsible for the delivery of various activity sessions to guests at our centre in Savane in Southern France. We are also launching a 5 Star Open Canoe Training & Assessment Scheme for experience
River Leader

Chances are, you are thinking about starting or advancing a career in outdoor adventure education and you are looking for exciting sounding opportunities to apply for. While the majority of companies who advertise with us are offering posts here in England, Wales or Scotland, we do get quite a number of international, and especially European adventure jobs.


Is it really any different from being in Britain?

Perhaps the first thing to note is that many of these international adventure jobs that we advertise are actually on behalf of British companies who own and operate activity centres designed to be frequented by British visitors, especially school groups. These centres are often extremely popular as they allow visitors to experience the benefits that outdoor education can bring, in conjunction with experiencing a different culture first hand. In an age of league tables and the national curriculum, undertaking a language course or visiting a place of historical interest can often invoke a passion that it is difficult to replicate with classroom only learning; something that the schools are only too well aware of. This is perhaps a long winded way of saying that for you, one of the instructors, this means that while you may be based in France, or Italy, your immediate working environment could be almost identical to one that your friends are experiencing here at home.


You can still train and develop your career

Working overseas does not mean you have to give up the idea of our National Governing Body qualifications too. Quite a few adventure companies have the foresight to invest in your development as an instructor. Clearly it is good for you to advance your teaching and instruction abilities, but it also benefits them if they can claim that their instructors are well qualified, so they often encourage you to train towards relevant NGB awards on the job, even if that job is being done in another country.

Job satisfaction is no different either. Often the primary reason for people entering the outdoor industry is that they can directly observe the impact that their work has. Every Instructor remembers the look on the face of the first child they helped to do something that the child previously would not have had the opportunity or confidence to do. Working abroad gives people the opportunity to have a real impact on the groups they lead both educationally and culturally.

You may find that an overseas adventure job enhances your career prospects. Working for a small company in this country, you may find that you soon get as far as you can go without moving on. The centre manager may have been there for years, or may actually own the company, so once you become a senior instructor your chance of progression is to leave. If the international job is for a company with multiple adventure centres, then there could be more opportunities to further your career.


A boost to your confidence

Choosing to undertake an experience like this can often instill a level of confidence in you that you did not previously have, and which will be extremely useful to you in later life. Clearly the job has to be the right move for you in the first place, but if there are two identical jobs for which you are ideally suited, it definitely takes more nerve to apply for the one that would involve leaving your home country. But taking risks that pay off will definitely boost your confidence, and change who you are as a person. I have had friends who left to work in other countries for a year or two, and almost without exception it changed them and gave them the confidence that made them far more outgoing and successful when they returned.


Things to think about

So far so good; everything I have highlighted has been a positive. This is not to say that as soon as you see an international job you should apply for it without question. There are some important considerations to factor into your decision to apply. Research is the key to successfully working abroad and lays the foundations for a fantastic experience. You need to identify exactly where in the world you are most interested in working, as things that we take for granted such as tax or access to medical treatment vary a great deal from country to country.

If you need to find out more about the impact working abroad has on paying UK tax then it is a good idea to contact HMRC, who are often very helpful. There are so many rules, regulations and exceptions that I'm not even going to begin to tell you how much tax you are likely to have to pay. All I will say is that your tax situation will depend on whether you are going to be treated as a resident or non resident. Reputable organisations will also have HR and Payroll departments that can help you with any queries you may have when you go abroad.

Not having the NHS to fall back on is another big change, so if you do require any form of medical treatment an up-to-date EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) is an absolute must for Europe. The UK has an agreement with the rest of the EEA (European Economic Area) which allows you to receive medical treatment. Let's face it, as an adventure activity instructor, even an accomplished one working at a centre with an excellent safety record, you are putting yourself more at risk of needing medical attention than most. Outside the EEA there is no such agreement, so you are likely to need comprehensive medial insurance, unless you want to risk paying off a medical bill for the rest of your working life. Sometimes the company you are working for will arrange this and cover you, so definitely a question to ask them.

How do you get yourself employed on an adventure job abroad? Probably goes without saying, but if you do have any previous teaching experience, any outdoor adventure qualifications, or even experience of living abroad, make sure you get it on your application form as these things will make your application stand out from the crowd when employers are looking for suitable candidate for their overseas employees. At the same time, don’t let a lack of previous experience put you off applying - many overseas adventure workers are quite young, so employers are looking at your attitude and how you present yourself as much as your CV.


Go for it!

I hope that gives you some more to think about and perhaps encourages you to consider that Pays de la Loire Watersports Instructor role, or the multi activity instructor job in the Spanish Pyrenees. To end on a very topical note, would you rather work outdoors during a Mediterranean summer or a British summer? And yes, that is a rhetorical question. Good luck with your job hunt and see you in France!

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