Super sporty gappers are sure to love the opportunity to be outside and up and about on their gap year. Anyone interested in volunteering can sign up to the many sports coaching programmes around and help kids in developing countries become more confident through sport. Gap years are also a perfect time to complete those once in a lifetime achievements – scaling Mount Everest or Kilimanjaro for example.
Extreme sports lovers will of course have a field day on their gap year. Most head to New Zealand or Australia and skydive, paraglide, base jump or bungee jump off whatever they can find. Scuba diving is a hugely popular sport for gappers, and have you ever tried sand boarding in Peru? Check out Gaz Bourne’s article below for the lowdown.
Ellis thought she was going snorkelling with turtles with the Watersports Guru. Turns out a whole host of other creatures decided to join them in the water.
Brazil is the place to be this summer with the World Cup due to begin on the 12th June, but what is there to do when the ball stops rolling?
Rebecca Root offers up her tips on how not to look stupid trying surfing for the first time, half the gap year team could've done with this guide a while back.
Working the slopes on your gap year is a great way to spend your time no matter how long you're out there for, here's Francesca to break down exactly why...
What do you think is the perfect way to start the day? Whatever it is, forget it. Macca Sherifi thinks he's found it in stand up paddle boarding. We're sold.
It's not only the likes of Australia and California that can boast top surfing spots y'know. Don your wetsuit and check out the breaks Britain has to offer.
Want to learn to shred the slopes? Pete Rees tells us about life balancing on the edge and gives us few tips on how to get into snowboarding as a beginner.
Argentina, for me, was simply amazing. I've never been so happy or had so much fun in my life. The people on my course were all so different, interesting and friendly, and everyone got along so well. We have all stayed in touch and by the end of the trip we were all so close.
By pure coincidence, myself and my VentureCo group Himalaya 22 found ourselves at Everest Base Camp three days before the Tenzing Hilllary Everest Base Camp Marathon was due to start. One of our porters had decide he wanted to enter it having run it last year and I casually asked if I could do it too, not really expecting anything to come of it.
There are so many life-changing experiences available for gappers that I had great fun researching options for my gap year. I wanted not only to travel, but to adapt and live in a totally different culture. Having always played sports, I thought the football coaching placement in Ghana organised by Sporting Opportunities sounded different and amazing.
Scuba diving is as close as most of us will get to being in an alien environment. Swimming next to a sea turtle, 20 meters under the surface of the sea, breathing comfortably, can certainly be quite a bizarre experience! With a bit of guidance however, all should be able to savour this unique experience.
After hiking the Inca Trail to Macchu Pichu and in and out of the Colca Canyon in the space of a week I was more than ready to see what else Peru had to offer. Hiking was out, R and R in the sun and the sand were definitely in. Here the sole activities consisted of sunbathing and more intriguingly, sandboarding.