ADVENTURE JOBS ABROAD

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. Or check out our Summer Camps page.


POPULAR OVERSEAS INSTRUCTOR JOBS

Teach Watersports at a Summer Camp in the USA

Teach Watersports at a Summer Camp in the USA

Love splashing around? Every camp will have a large waterfront program and therefore will need competent and skilled instructors to teach in this area.
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Watersports Instructor

Watersports Instructor

Our instructors are the heart of our activity programmes. You main role on the beach, your activity sessions will be dependent on your qualifications, but you'll have the opportunity to get involved in all the activities we offer.
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FEATURED ADVENTURE JOBS

Summer Chalet Staff in Chamonix

Summer Chalet Staff in Chamonix

We are looking for dynamic kitchen/chalet staff to join our team in Chamonix for the Summer season. Our Summer program runs from mid-May until the end of September. We are looking for staff with industry experience who love the mountains.
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Teach Sports at a Summer Camp in the USA

Teach Sports at a Summer Camp in the USA

Not only could you be enjoying teaching your sport at camp but you will be having a laugh with people your age, going for nights out and enjoying your days off exploring America.
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Work in the USA as a Camp Counselor

Work in the USA as a Camp Counselor

You will be spending your summer months working at a fantastic summer camp in the USA! Wild Packs specialise in finding summer camp jobs (based all over America) for hundreds of young people every year. We look to support enthusiastic individuals who are eager for a challenge!
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CURRENTLY RECRUITING

Watersports Instructor

Watersports Instructor

Our instructors are the heart of our activity programmes. You main role on the beach, your activity sessions will be dependent on your qualifications, but you'll have the opportunity to get involved in all the activities we offer.
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Divemaster Internship

Divemaster Internship

The eight-week Divemaster Internship is a good value route from beginner to PADI professional. This course covers all the essential programmes needed to qualify as a Divemaster and start work as a PADI professional. Travel the world doing a job you love.
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Work an Equestrian Role at a Summer Camp in the USA

Work an Equestrian Role at a Summer Camp in the USA

If spending your entire summer abroad, getting paid to look after and work with ponies and horses, sounds like a dream come true then keep dreaming!
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Outdoor Land and Water Instructor

Outdoor Land and Water Instructor

Donegal Adventure Centre is all about embracing the Wild Atlantic Way's great outdoors. As an Instructor you will coach and supervise our guests in a manner that allows them to have great fun whilst feeling safe and secure.
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Operations Manager

Operations Manager

We are recruiting a highly qualified and experienced Operations Manger to join the team at the Donegal Adventure Centre, located in Bundoran Co Donegal.
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Surf Instructor

Surf Instructor

Just you, your board and the wave. Once mastered there is nothing to match this sport. When you stand up and ride your first unbroken wave you will be hooked. Surfing will become your reason to travel, searching out the best spots. And after Flying Fish, surfing can become your whole way of life.
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Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Watersports Instructor

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Watersports Instructor

Love spending time in or around the water? Have experience in a water sport activity? Look no further… As waterfront staff, you could be involved in a variety of different roles. Water sports can include; Sailing, Water-skiing, Canoeing, Windsurfing, Paddle boarding and more!
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Teach Watersports at a Summer Camp in the USA

Teach Watersports at a Summer Camp in the USA

Love splashing around? Every camp will have a large waterfront program and therefore will need competent and skilled instructors to teach in this area.
Details & Apply..

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Lifeguard

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Lifeguard

Are you a qualified Lifeguard? Want to move your job from the pool to a lake in the USA? Then Camp America is for you! Spend your summer soaking up the sun with the coolest job on camp. Many of the camps we work with have a picturesque lake or swimming pool which is an amazing way to spend summer!
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Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Sports Instructor

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Sports Instructor

American summer camps offer a huge range of sports for the kids, which creates a big need for Sports Counsellors. Camps will normally have Tennis, Gymnastics, Golf, Soccer, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Baseball, Basketball - plus many more! So if you love sports, then we need you!
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Seasonal Outdoor Instructor

Seasonal Outdoor Instructor

We are looking for seasonal outdoor instructors with a minimum of 1 years experience working in a centre, current first aid and at least 1 ngb. The centre is located in the centre of Pembrokeshire close to the UK's only coastal national park where we make full use of this stunning coastline.
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Lead Outdoor Learning Instructor

Lead Outdoor Learning Instructor

The Lambourne End Centre are looking for an Lead Outdoor Learning Instructor to plan, prepare and deliver engaging outdoor learning programmes, using adventurous activities to meet the needs of the groups and individuals on each programme.
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Work on a Summer Camp in the USA

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA

Are you ready to make summer 2020 the best one yet? Get ready for real fun, real travel and real adventure with the real Camp America. Camp America is your chance to spend nine weeks living and working on an amazing summer camp in the USA.
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Work on a summer camp in the USA - Outdoor Adventure Instructor

Work on a summer camp in the USA - Outdoor Adventure Instructor

Love the great outdoors and have a strong sense of adventure? Want to spend your summer up in the air on camps high ropes, flying through camp on the zipline or working on the climbing tower? Look no further…
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 Sailing Instructor Training Course

Sailing Instructor Training Course

A great mix of theory and on the water training, this six-week course is designed to take you to the RYA Dinghy Instructor qualification and prepare you for a career as a sailing instructor. With courses worldwide, you can train with us anywhere from Greece to Australia.
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Superyacht Crew - Deckhand, Steward, Stewardess, Yacht Chef, Engineers

Superyacht Crew - Deckhand, Steward, Stewardess, Yacht Chef, Engineers

Would you like to work as a deckhand, steward, stewardess, engineer or chef on a luxury superyacht?
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Superyacht Career Entry Courses

Superyacht Career Entry Courses

Start your new career now and join this adventurous industry. Our superyacht career entry packages are designed to get you started as crew on board a luxury superyacht. No experience necessary as we provide everything you need to know to become a successful crew member in this elite industry.
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Work an Adventure Role at a Summer Camp in the USA

Work an Adventure Role at a Summer Camp in the USA

Do you love heights, thrills and have a sense of adventure? If this sounds like you then you should definitely apply for one of the adventure and outdoor jobs at camp.
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Kitchen / Catering Assistant

Kitchen / Catering Assistant

Come and work in our beautiful French Chateau as part of our Catering team. Learn new skills and improve your french at the same time in a fast-paced but fun environment.
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Teach Performing & Creative Arts at a Summer Camp in the USA

Teach Performing & Creative Arts at a Summer Camp in the USA

If you and your friends have a passion for just about any creative pursuit – ranging from music and dance to glass blowing and art – there could be a great job waiting for you this summer.
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Senior Instructor / Activity Manager

Senior Instructor / Activity Manager

The Senior Instructor's / Activity Manager role is to support the Resort Manager in delivering the daily operational requirements of the Voyager Adventure programme. You'll be setting the bar for the resort team in professionalism, work ethic and leading activity sessions.
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Seasonal Multi Activity Instructors

Seasonal Multi Activity Instructors

Woodlands Adventure and Outdoor Learning are set in 36 acres of beautiful natural woodland, centrally located with easy access to the motorway network. Each visit is tailor-made for each individual group, by choosing the activities to suit their requirements
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Multi Activity Instructors France

Multi Activity Instructors 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. Vacancies available now!
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River Leader

River Leader

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
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Fast Track Dinghy Instructor Course

Fast Track Dinghy Instructor Course

The fast track dinghy instructor can run as a two week (experienced sailors) or four week (no experience)option. By then end of the course you will have completed your RYA dinghy instructor training and assessment, RYA powerboat level 2 and RYA First Aid (the pre requisites to complete the course).
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Senior Instructor

Senior Instructor

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.
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Windsurfing Instructor

Windsurfing Instructor

Our instructors are the heart of our activity programmes. You main role on the beach will be leading Windsurfing sessions but you will also get the opportunity to assist and deliver Sailing, Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle boarding; as well as helping deliver all aspects of the Voyager programme.
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Activity Instructor

Activity Instructor

Seasonal positions available from April to September 2019!! Our teams of Activity Instructors deliver taster activity sessions and an evening entertainment programme to our guests.
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Dinghy Instructor

Dinghy Instructor

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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Adventure Activities Instructor

Adventure Activities Instructor

Are you looking to work in a location that offers you fantastic opportunities to develop your own personal skills? Do you enjoy passing on your experience and knowledge of the great outdoors to others? Then Newlands Adventure Centre/Keswick Climbing Wall is the place you are looking for.
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RYA Senior Instructor

RYA Senior Instructor

This is a fantastic opportunity for somebody with their Senior DI qualification who is looking for a Senior Instructor position or an Activity Manager position.
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Assistant Instructor

Assistant Instructor

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.
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Village Manager

Village Manager

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.
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Activity Manager

Activity Manager

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.
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Paddle Sports instructor

Paddle Sports instructor

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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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!