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Take part in this exhilarating 11 week ski or snowboard instructor course and experience Canada’s famous Rocky Mountains whilst gaining an internationally recognised Level 2 instructor qualification. Spend your time abroad proactively by building on your existing skills and knowledge and taking on a new challenge on this adventure of a lifetime!

Ski and Snowboard Instructor Courses in Canada
Based in the breathtaking and exciting Canadian Rockies this action packed course will test your limits, improve your ability on the snow and provide you with the platform to complete both CSIA (Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance) Level 1 and Level 2 instructor qualification. This is the perfect opportunity for ski and snowboard lovers of any level to take to the slopes with dedicated and professional instructors at a choice of two spectacular destinations, all whilst obtaining an internationally recognised CSIA Level 2 instructor qualification!

11 Week Ski or Snowboard Instructor Course
We have a dedicated and friendly group of in country professional instructors, all of whom are qualified to a CSIA Level 3 or 4 and have a wealth of experience in competitions such as Interski and X Games. You will receive 220 hours of personal coaching time, in which there is a maximum of 8 participants per instructor so you can be safe in the knowledge that your skiing or snowboarding will dramatically improve during your time overseas. 

Whether you are looking to improve your technique and gain valuable experience on the slopes or wish to pursue a job as a ski or snowboard instructor this programme is specifically designed to provide a stable platform for success. The course is split into two halves so that you are able to tailor the project depending on what you wish to achieve throughout the programme. After completing the first half of the course and attaining your CSIA Level 1 qualification you will have two options for the second half of the programme. You can continue training in order to gain your CSIA Level 2 qualification, which will allow you to work in snow schools across the world. Or take part on our All Terrain Programme where you can focus on your all-mountain development such as steeps, drops, trees, kickers and rails. 

There will be plenty of spare time for you to explore your amazing surroundings with your fellow participants and our dedicated in country team, who know the area inside out, will be on hand to point you in the right direction. There will certainly never be a dull moment as the in country team organise some awesome social activities to keep you entertained and provide a chance to get to know the other participants such as playing street hockey, going cat- skiing, watching an ice hockey match, taking part in a weekly quiz night or even putting your snow pass to good use with a spot of night skiing!

CSIA Level 2
CSIA Level 2 is an internationally recognised qualification for ski and snowboarding. Throughout the 11 weeks this intensive, fast track course will take you to level 2 of 4 of the possible Canadian instructor levels. For those participants that choose to continue working for their level 2 instructor qualification in the second half of the programme this will focus on dynamic skiing and boarding, carving skills in Canada’s amazing powder, as well as your own fair share of off-piste, all mountain, freestyle and mogul techniques to keep you on your toes! This course will focus on your coaching and instructing techniques throughout the 11 weeks in order to fully prepare you for your CSIA Level 2 exam which lasts for 5 days in the final week of your course. 

Location of Your Instructor Course
This course is currently available at a choice of two amazing destinations depending on personal preference. The first location is the well established and highly sought after destination of Fernie in British Columbia. Fernie offers the longest vertical in the Canadian Rockies as well as a huge amount of snowfall.

The second location is Banff in Alberta. This is a particularly popular destination for gap year participants due to a drinking age of 18yrs+, so those on their gap year will have the flexibility to head out socialising with their fellow participants without the constraints of age restrictions. On this programme you will have access to three impressive separate sites, Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Mount Norquay.

Gap Year or Career Break Ski or Snowboard Courses in Canada
Take part in this action packed ski or snowboard instructor course in Canada and see where your passion for the slopes could take you! Whether you are looking to enhance your personal technique, pursue a career as a ski or snowboard instructor or just have some fun with like-minded people this is a once in a lifetime adventure you won’t want to miss.

Quick Facts

Trip Name
Ski & Snowboard Instructor Course
Trip Code
CAQSI1
Continent
North America
Country
Canada
Airport
Calgary International Airport (Airport code: YYC)
Minimum Duration
11 Weeks
Minimum Age
18
Trip Type
Courses & Qualifications
Activity
Skiing, Snowboarding
Cost
From £6995 for 11 Weeks
Deposit
£ 495.00
Preferred Duration
This is an 11 week course, so participants are required to take part for the full 11 weeks.
Pre-requisites
Participants can range from beginners to more experienced skiers or snowboarders, as everyone is put into a group to match their level. You should have a keen interest in skiing or snowboarding.
Ideal for
Ski and Snowboard Gap Year and Career Breaks; Ski and Snowboard Instructor Courses; CSIA Level 1 and 2 Qualification; Winter Ski Seasons in Canada; Holidays in Canada; Ski Resort Work in North America.
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Arrival Dates

11 Week Course Dates
Fernie
Approx 14th January - 1st April each year but contact us for specific dates 

Room Options and Prices 
Quad Room: £6995 (CAD13,115)
Twin Room: £7875 (CAD14,765)
Single Room: £10,130 (CAD18,990)

Banff
Approx 7th January - 25th March each year but contact us for specific dates

Room Options and Prices 
Triple Room: £6995 (CAD13,115)
Twin Room: £7875 (CAD14,765)
Single Room: £9165 (CAD17,185) 

Visa
British Nationals will not require a visa to enter Canada for up to 180 days. You can check your visa requirements by visiting the Canadian Government website by clicking here.

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Included

Accommodation
All Sporting Opportunities instructor course participants will be accommodated in either a ski lodge, hotel or hostel, depending on course location. Facilities include, shared rooms, kitchen and lounge, hot tub, sauna and bars & restaurants.
Food
Breakfast (continental) is provided 5 days per week, Monday - Friday. Dinner is provided 4 days per week, Monday - Thursday. You will have to budget for lunches and weekend meals. We recommend a budget of approx. $230 per week to cover basic food costs, however this could be cheaper if participants make packed lunches using the kitchen facilities provided in accommodation.
Airport Pick Up
A member of our in-country team will be there to meet you at the airport on arrival and transfer you to your accommodation. Airport transfers are only available on the start date provided.
Professional Coaching
11 weeks of professional coaching and one-to-one sessions, weekly technical sessions, video analysis, career advice, and coaching experience in local ski school.
Level 1 Exam Fees
The CSIA Level 1 examination fees are covered.
Lift and Ski Passes
Full season lift and ski passes are provided for your resort locations.
Training
All pre-departure advice is provided, as well as a comprehensive orientation and induction on arrival in-country.
Support
24 hour support and guidance from our in-country team.
Travel Equipment and Medical Discounts
Sporting Opportunities customers will receive 10% off all Travel Equipment, Medical Supplies and Vaccinations from Nomad Travel Store.
Extra Excursions
You will receive 25 credits to put towards extra excursions, with each credit being worth $10. Each excursion available is worth a certain number of credits and how you use yours is completley up to you. If you wish to take part in more than your 25 credits allow you can simply purchase more credits through your in country team. Take a look at the Extra Info tab for a list of extra excursions in each destination.
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Not Included

Flights; Insurance; Ski/Snowboard kit; Lunches and Weekend meals; Working Holiday Visa (required if planning to work after the course); CSIA Level 2 Instructor Exam fees ($550 - $650 payable in-country); Any additional spending money for social activities.
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Locations
We offer our incredible Ski and Snowboard Instructor Courses in two of the most sought after destinations in the Canadian Rockies. Each of the awesome towns that we run our courses in are famed for being a true part of the snow culture, that Canada has gained worldwide recognition for. We currently operate in two distinct locations in Canada, each offering the same amazing courses, in a different setting with different benefits that will attract a different type of person.

Fernie, British Columbia
Fernie is top destination for skiers and snowboarders, and is regularly the most popular destination for course participants of all ages and levels of experience. Fernie is famed for its outstanding powder, steeps and trees to get your heart racing, and a beautiful laid back culture due to the un-commercial, friendly nature of this dazzling ski town.

• Fernie regularly has the highest level of snow fall in Canada, with an average of 29ft per season, which is the reason that world famous Fernie powder!
• Fernie has the largest single resort ski area in the Canadian Rockies, and also the longest vertical so hold onto your hats!
• Fernie has won a host of accolades, such as Top North America Resort, North America’s Coolest Town, and Best Ski Town in Canada.

Banff, Alberta
Banff is a fantastic, lively ski town which is nestled deep in a beautiful national park setting in Alberta. Making for some stunning scenery as well as some of the top slopes in Canada, this fun-loving town is truly alive. Banff is made up of 3 separate ski resorts, Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Norquay, and combined these 3 resorts make up the largest ski area in Canada.

• On a Sporting Opportunities instructor course in Banff you will have the unique opportunity to train at all 3 ski resorts, making for a hugely diverse and exciting experience.
• Due to the 3 resorts, Banff has a lively, party town atmosphere with lots of fun and interesting things going on. 
• The drinking age in Alberta province is 18yrs+, which makes Banff an excellent location for gap year travellers looking to enjoy a bit of freedom and to let their hair down on their time off.

Accommodation
Fernie, British Columbia
Accommodation in Fernie is located at a purpose built 40+ bedroom ski lodge in the heart of the town. Participants taking part in the instructor course in Fernie will have their own queen size bed in a comfortable 2 or 4 person bedroom. All the rooms are en-suite, and all participants have access to a range of awesome facilities, such as restaurant, lounge, kitchen, bar, movie room, games room, sauna, and a ski lodge would not be complete without a hot tub for relaxing those aching limbs after a long day on the slopes.

Banff, Alberta
The accommodation in Banff is located in hotels and hostels in the town centre. Being centrally located the accommodation provides easy access to the local amenities in the town centre, and also provides a great base for nights out and partying with your fellow participants. Participants on the instructor course in Banff will be placed together in either the hotel or the neighbouring hostel, so you will never be on your own in this buzzing ski town. You will be sharing a dorm style/shared room, with a range of facilities and amenities close to hand including, WiFi, kitchen, lounge, swimming pool and laundry facilities.

11 Week Course Structure
Week 1 - Settle in to your new surroundings, explore the local area and start your ski or snowboard lessons.
Week 2 - Work on your technique, stance & balance with our professional instructors.
Week 3 - Prepare for your CSIA Level 1 exam with private lessons.
Week 4 - Work on your off-piste skills and practice your teaching/coaching skills, developing your own style.
Week 5 - CSIA Level 1 exam. Prepare for some cracking celebrations upon completion, and start to think about whether you want to continue to take the Level 2 or take on the All Terrain Programme and work on your personal skills.
Week 6 - Develop your dynamic skiing and carving skills under our team’s expert tuition.
Week 7 - Continue with your off-piste skills development and begin your Level 2 training.
Week 8 - Gain further experience on an all-mountain terrain, focusing on freestyle elements and instructor training.
Week 9 - Start working on demonstration techniques, as well as testing yourself with drops and trees in open terrain.
Week 10 - Further private lessons and preparation for the imminent Level 2 exam.
Week 11 - Level 2 CSIA exam which lasts for 5 days. Time to celebrate upon completing, and making plans to travel the world with your new qualification.

Work Experience and Job Prospects
During your time on your ski or snowboard instructor course in Canada you will have a range of opportunities to gain experience in an instructor’s environment as part of the local community days that give our course participants the chance to coach kids on the slopes. 

As part of the package all participants are invited to attend job seminars which will outline the options available to qualified ski and snowboard instructors post course completion. For those taking part in the 3 week Level 1 Instructor course, the course takes place in November, before the season begins, so this will give you plenty of opportunities to find some paid work in Canada for the remainder of the season.

Extra Excursions 
Your time in Canada is about much more than gaining your instructor qualification, and we have developed a wide selection of extra excursions to make sure you experience life on the slopes to the max! Each excursion is worth a certain number of credits, each being worth $10. Included in your course package are 25 credits which you can spend any way you wish, and can also be topped up if you decide to get involved in more activities, thus allowing you to pick and choose exactly what you do in your spare time! 

On the second night of your course you will attend a presentation by the Course Director who will go over the course calander and explain which extra excursions are available and how to book up. 

Excursions available:

Banff
• Cat Skiing/ Boarding
• Avalanche Safety Training
• Snowmobiling
• Night skiiing
• Support Local Hockey Team at Hockey matches
• Weekend Trip to Revelstoke Mountain Resort
• Weekend trip to Fernie.
• Day trip to kicking horse resort

Evening Courses 
• Yoga 
• Indoor Climbing

Fernie
• Cat Skiing/ Boarding
• Split Boarding
• Back Country Ski Touring
• Avalanche Safety Training
• Winter Camping
• Snowmobiling
• Night skiing 
• Lake Ice Skating
• First Aid Course
• Photography Workshop
• Support Local Hockey Team at Hockey matches
• Build your own ski's workshop

Evening Courses 
• Yoga 
• Sports Massage
• Language Courses 
• Indoor Climbing

Canada Map

Canada is an immense country packed full of exciting cities, big skies and even bigger mountains! Its enchanting multicultural atmosphere will make you feel at home as soon as you arrive and whether it’s Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter, Canada never fails to impress. Canadians definitely know how to party and the annual Carnaval de Québec is the largest winter carnival in the world with celebrations including canoe racing, ice sculptures and bathing in snow! Canada is also an explorer’s paradise with national parks across the country showcasing some spectacular scenery from Québec in the East to British Columbia in the West and even up to the Arctic coast.

Due to the weather their is no surprise that some of Canada's top sports are snow and ice based, with some of the worlds best snowboarders and skiers, as well as an incredible array of Ice Hockey teams competing in one of the highly competitive leagues in the world!


Quick Facts
Name
Canada
Location
North America
Bordering Countries
United States of America
Capital City
Ottawa
Government
Constitutional monarchy, Parliamentary System
Population
35 million
Language
English and French
Currency
Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Name
Canada
Poverty
9.4% of population live below the poverty line
Main Exports
Motor vehicles, Aircraft, Industrial machinery, Chemicals, Crude oil, Natural gas, Electricity, Wood, Aluminium.
Climate
The climate in Canada varies dramatically depending on your location within the country. In winter, temperatures fall below freezing point throughout most of Canada. But the south-western coast has a relatively mild climate. Along the Arctic Circle, mean temperatures are below freezing for seven months a year. During the summer months the southern provinces often experience high levels of humidity and temperatures that can surpass 30 degrees Celsius regularly.
Time Zone
GMT -8 to -3.30
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Travel Highlights
• Eating taffy on snow – maple syrup never tasted so good
• Niagara Falls – much better this side of the border
• Exploring the old town in Montreal – windy cobbled streets and an historic port
• Watching an ice hockey game – a national obsession and really exciting live

Fun Facts
• Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined (over 3000)
• Canada has the world's longest coastline
• Indigenous Canadians invented the sport of lacrosse
• Canada has a prison for polar bears who break into people’s homes for food.

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Where is Canada?
Canada is vast! This is clear when looking at a map but even more obvious when travelling in Canada (after driving all day you could still be in the same province/state). With such a large land mass, it comes as no surprise that the environment varies widely depending on which area of Canada you are travelling in. 

Sitting in between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans, Canada shares a long land border with the USA in the South, and Alaska (US) and Greenland in the North. Forests and mountains feature heavily throughout the country, with relatively flat prairies and plains dotted around. There is much ice and tundra in the Arctic North, with only a few communities choosing to live there and these people seriously know how to brace a cold winter, with tempartures known to have dropped to a whopping -63 °C (-81.4 F).

Although a sparsely populated country (only 35 million in a land cover 9,984,670 km²), the cities of Canada are well-populated and built-up, although not overly crowded or busy. Expect skyscrapers, malls, the odd traffic jam and all the modern conveniences expected of contemporary cities. Parks, trees and public-art beautify most cities in Canada, and provide sweet relief to travellers and locals alike. Smaller communities exist in more remote areas, with quaint villages on both coasts relying on fishing, tourism and agriculture. Expect a slower pace of life, low-density housing and much less buzz than when in the city. Canada has it all and must be put on your wish list of places to visit.


Sport in Canada
Canadians love their sports and the winter is consumed by activities which take place on either snow or ice thanks to the country’s consistently cold weather and reliable snowfall. This makes it an ideal location to train as a snow sports instructor and enjoy the best in professional training on some of Canada’s exceptional slopes. The most difficult decision you’ll face is whether you’re a skier or a snowboarder!

Gap Year and Career Break in Canada
A gap year, student holiday or even a career break in Canada will take you to some truly amazing places. The country is so vast which can see you travelling to remote and stunning scenery. Spend your Canadian gap year or career break getting involved with the country and it's locals by taking part in a Sporting Opportunities trip, giving you the chance to visit a great country whilst doing something sporty whilst you are there.

“For every weekend I was there a new experience would light up my senses. And the friends I have made there will stay with me for the rest of my life.” Simon Willis

When you choose to further your career and give you CV that added boost by gain qualifications and completing courses overseas, the costs incurred go towards setting up your chosen course, and giving you a great environment to live in for the duration of your time overseas. Your money goes on many benefits around your placement, to make sure you have the best experience possible.
 
Placement Assessment
Before you see a placement on our website, a lot of background work has gone on. We have met with local organisations, vetted in-country staff, conducted rigorous safety assessments and thoroughly evaluated the benefits of the placement. Only then do you get to see the placement on our website and book or apply for your place, safe in the knowledge that it is well-structured and beneficial to your career development.
 
Help Choosing Your Placement
If you are not sure which course, qualification or country to choose, our hugely informative Travel Advisors are here to help. They are a friendly bunch, have all travelled extensively and can offer lots of advice on choosing the right placement for you. This makes the task of deciding to work in a foreign country much less intimidating, and far more exciting.
 
Pre-departure Advice
Once you have booked your placement, you will be assigned a dedicated Travel Advisor to offer essential pre-departure advice on vaccinations, visas, kit lists and more. They will also be on call to answer those important last minute questions like “how many pairs of socks do I need?” and “can I take my mobile phone with me?”
 
Help with Flights and Insurance
We do not include flights and travel insurance in our placement fee. This avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. It also gives you flexibility to plan any further travel before or after you have completed your course or been awarded your qualification. We do, however, offer lots of help on this through our leading flights and insurance partners, providing you with an easy booking facility and the best prices around.
 
Airport Pick-Up
Landing in a foreign country for the first time can be daunting. This is why we ensure our in-country staff are there to meet you on arrival in your chosen destination and help you settle in. And once we have given you a warm welcome, the in-country staff will take you back to your accommodation so you can get used to your new home.
 
Arrival Orientation
We will take you through a local orientation and course induction on arrival. This will introduce you to any useful amenities and local customs, and it will also show you how to stay safe while abroad. Our team also have lots of handy travel tips and advice if you are thinking of exploring the country in your spare time.
 
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation is included in all of our placements. Our houses, lodges, hotels and hostels are comfortable and very sociable places to live while overseas. In some destinations, you may be able to upgrade to alternative accommodation. Just contact us for details. We endeavour to supply food on all of our placement’s, however in some cases this is not always be possible. Please see the Project Summary tab for further details.  
 
In-Country Staff
Your safety and enjoyment is extremely important to us. That’s why we have dedicated in-country teams to look after you throughout your placement. Our in-country staff members live nearby, can be reached 24-hours a day and will check-in with you throughout your placement to ensure everything is running smoothly, and you are happy on your chosen course.
 
24-Hour Emergency Support
In addition to our in-country staff, you will benefit from our international support network. You will be given emergency contact details before you leave which you can call in the event of a crisis. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Giving Others Similar Opportunities
In order to provide a reliable flow of participants to our courses and qualification placements overseas, we have to spend a chunk of money on giving other people like you the same opportunity to bolster their CV with a new qualification. It costs to maintain a website, an office, phone lines and a team of dedicated Travel Advisors to answer all your questions! 
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There are quite a few things to consider and to organise before you travel to your chosen destination to take part in your placement, trip or tour. 

Flights and insurance are not included on your placement which means you will have to arrange them before you leave. But don't panic this can be simpler than you may think! To make life much easier for you, we offer a free, personal booking service through our chosen flights and insurance partner – STA Travel. They will guide you every step of the way. Simply email STA Travel at sportingopportunities@statravel.co.uk or call +44 (0)333 321 3102 to meet your personal booking agent and get a free quote.

In many cases your chosen destination country will have requirements with with regards to visas, which will depend on the purpose of your visit, and there will be recommended and required vaccinations to make sure you are protected against any possible health issues that you may face in specific areas. Sporting Opportunities is here to help and we are on hand to provide you with advice on visas and vaccinations.

Flights
Booking your flights is an essential part of your trip. That's why we have teamed-up with STA Travel. This means that once you have reserved your place on your chosen placement, trip or tour, you will have a dedicated booking agent on hand to talk through your plans.

Travelling after your project? Need a round-the-world ticket? Not a problem. Your booking agent will work with you to find the most suitable and flexible flights possible. And remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the better the price will be.

STA Travel is also one of the world’s largest flight providers specialising in adventure travel and can therefore offer some of the cheapest prices around. They have over 700 branches worldwide, which makes them easy to contact wherever you are in the world. They also hold an ATOL licence through the Civil Aviation Authority, meaning you can book in confidence, secure in the knowledge that your flights are fully protected.

Note: If you choose to book your tickets through another flight provider, you must ensure that they hold a full ATOL licence.

Why are flights not included?
By not including flights in our placements, trips and tours, it avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. This keeps the cost of your trip lower and also means you have the freedom to search around for the lowest fares and most flexible tickets that fit your travel plans. It also means you can benefit from the expertise of our preferred partner – STA Travel.

Insurance
We take the safety of our travellers very seriously. You must therefore book adequate travel insurance before you come away with us – you simply won’t be able to participate in your placement, trip or tour if you don’t. Although policies vary, your insurance must include emergency medical expenses, personal accident cover, and repatriation. We also recommend that you book baggage, personal liability and cancellation cover.

To help you navigate through this confusing world of insurance, we have partnered with STA Travel to offer you a specialist insurance service. Your personal advisor will find out exactly what you’re planning to do, from scuba diving to jumping out of planes, and tailor a policy specific to your requirements. In addition to this personal service, some of the other benefits of booking with STA Travel are as follows:

• Access to a network of over 700 branches in over 40 countries worldwide
• Advice and assistance over the phone from a travel help facility, available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year
• Access to a 24-hour multilingual emergency telephone number for medical help, hospital treatment and/or repatriation
• A choice of 3 levels of cover to suit your needs – budget, standard and premier
• A range of durations, from 4 days up to a maximum of 24 months
• A simple extension service that gives you the flexibility to extend your 4-week volunteer project while in-country (up to 24 months!)
• Cover for over 100 adventure sports and adrenalin activities, including black water rafting, bungee jumping, elephant trekking, heli-skiing, kite surfing, scuba diving, shark cage diving and sky diving
• Peace of mind – STA Travel is an Appointed Representative of Towergate Underwriting Group Limited and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

Note: You must provide us with details of your travel insurance before you leave as you will not be permitted to participate on your placement, trip or tour if you do not have adequate cover. It is also advisable to book your cover as early as possible to make sure you are insured for cancellation of your trip due to illness, serious accident or any other insurable reason.

Why is insurance not included?
Each of our volunteer’s plans are different, and while STA Travel can provide adequate cover for the vast majority of our travellers, there may be some activities or destinations that cannot be covered by STA Travel. It is therefore important to give you the freedom to choose the insurance that covers your plans and that you feel comfortable with. It also saves us from having to pass on extra admin costs to you.

Visas 
Different destination countries have different visa requirements depending on things such as your length of stay and your reasons for entering the country, and whether you will be gaining paid work during your time in the country. Sporting Opportunities will supply your with any advice you need with regards to the visas you require for your chosen destination, and we will make information available to you to assist with your application.

It is important that you check your visa requirements well in advance of your travel date, as with many tourist and working holiday visas you will need to submit an application to the relevant consulate, embassy or high commission before your travel date. In some cases entry to your destination country will be granted at immigration on arrival without having to apply for a visa before the departure date for your travels.

With all visa applications it is important that you have sufficient space available in your passport for the relevant visas required for your travels, and that your passport is valid for at least six months after your planned date of return.

Vaccinations
At least 6 – 8 weeks before your chosen travel date you should visit your local GP or Nomad Travel Clinic to discuss your vaccination and medication requirements. Your medical professional will be able to advise you of any recommended and required vaccinations for your chosen destination(s).You should inform your doctor of all of your destination countries, and what activities you plan on doing, and in which regions you plan to stay while you are there, as different regions and activities have different health risks in some countries.

Some destination countries will require you to produce a certificate of vaccination in order to enter the country, so be sure that you understand any vaccination requirements for your chosen destination, so that you do not have any issues when passing through customs.

Above all you should make sure you are well prepared for your travels, so that you have the best experience possible whilst overseas!

        
Speak To Us
If you have any questions or would like some more information, simply contact one of our friendly Travel Advisors. You can give us a call, request a call back or drop us an email and they will be able to answer any questions you might have.

Book Your Place
Once you have decided to travel with us, you can secure your place by paying a small deposit. You will then be able to pay the rest of your placement fee in easy-to-manage installments.

Welcome Pack
Once we have received your deposit, we will send you a welcome email confirming your booking. This will contain your personal login details for your Travel Centre – an online account full of useful information about your destination, you chosen project and all the things you need to do before you depart.

Personal Information
We will ask you to provide some key information to help us create the best volunteer experience for you, such as medical and dietary requirements, any previous language lessons you have done, and what you’re hoping to get out of your time abroad. We may also ask you to complete a police background check.

Flights and Insurance
You will need to book your flights and travel insurance before you leave, and then provide us with these details. We do not include flights and insurance in the project fee (to avoid passing on extra admin costs to you) but our partners will help you find the best options around.

Visas 
Next you will need to get your visa for your trip. British citizens do not require visas unless they are planning to work before or after the course, in which case a Working Holiday Visa will be required. We will also provide you with lots of information to make obtaining your visa very straightforward.
 
Final Payment
We will ask you for your final payment 90 days before your scheduled departure date. Once paid, you will be ready to pack your bags, grab your passport and get on the plane!

"Best thing about the course - meeting so many like minded people, many of whom will be friends for life and getting to snowboard for 11 weeks without a care in the world!"

David Turner

"Every single detail about the ski instructor course exceeded my expectations by a mile and has totally changed my life! The only drawback of the whole 11 weeks is that I’ve become one serious powder junkie."

Baibre Lacey
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Specialising in kit that can take you off the beaten track, Nomad ensure that you leave fully prepared for your trip. With large ranges in-store and online including clothing, rucksacks, footwear and a lot more as well as a team of travel experts to help you select your gear, Nomad are the one stop shop for all your sports travel needs. 

In addition Nomad have been providing travel health advice to thousands of people to ensure they leave prepared health-wise for their sports trip. As well as general advice about your destination, vaccinations and information about anti-malaria options, you will also be able to discuss any health issues you might be worried about when travelling abroad.


Sporting Opportunities have teamed up with Nomad Travel Stores to offer great deals on a whole range of equipment and clothing.

By quoting 'SW1000' you will be entitled to a 10% discount on travel gear and vaccinations, both online and in-store.

Visit their website to take advantage of this great offer and service here: www.nomadtravel.co.uk

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  • ''Just keep doing what you’re doing, it was wonderful to see the differences you have made! I’ve made so many great friends and have the most amazing memories!.''
    Joanna Hayes , Sports Physiotherapy, Ghana
     
  • ''I would just like to thank you for such a brilliant to trip to Ghana. I had a fantastic time and thought I was really able to use my skills as a qualified physiotherapist.''
    Marc Holl , Sports Physiotherapy, Ghana
     
  • ''The outpatients and staff gave me a send off party and I was touched and embarrassed by the extent of their gratitude. To be truthful, my contribution was limited, but it was appreciated, and I got an enormous amount out of being there.''
    Sarah Remnant , Sports Physiotherapy, Ghana
     
  • ''I would never have thought about going to St Lucia on a sports gap year but I am glad I did. The kids were just amazing and had real passion for the game. I really felt I contributed massively to the development of these young players and I look forward to booking my next trip back to see how they have progressed."
    Joe Page , Rugby Union, St Lucia
     
  • ''I have been playing rugby for a number of years through school and university and this experience was a perfect way of sharing my knowledge with a great bunch of young people. The kids really took to the game and working alongside the National Rugby Team is another experience I will never forget. Thanks to everyone involved in organising this fantastic sporting opportunity''.
    Paul Adams , Rugby Union, St Lucia
     
  • "What an amazing 8 weeks had on the rugby coaching placement in Ghana. The kids were just so receptive to what I taught them and there is some serious skill in Ghana! I've made friends for life and this rwho experience really has set me up for wanting to become a sports coach in the future".
    Rob Davies , Rugby Union, Ghana
     
  • "Training in the Ghana heat is a challenge but so worth it. My fitness has improved 10 fold. Working with the young rugby lads was excellent and seeing my team score a winning try has to have been a highlight. Ghana has some amazing places to see and if you like Baboons then a visit to Mole National Park is a must".
    Phil Hall , Rugby Union, Ghana
     
  • ''I made a difference by encouraging children and adults to believe that everyone has some degree of talent... and to believe in that talent.''
    Stuart Garrett , Rugby Union, Ghana
     
  • ''What they don’t have in skill, they certainly make up for in speed and determination. Ghana also has some very promising youngsters and it has been really exciting, and a real privilege, to share my knowledge of the game with them.''
    Doug Graham , Rugby Union, Ghana
     
  • “Coaching rugby to underprivileged children is a very rewarding experience. I am seriously considering coming back here and staying longer. It’s such a great place and there is so much to do!”
    Luke Norfolk , Rugby Union, South Africa
     
  • “I’ve had the best three months of my life! I would definitely recommend it! Thank you.”
    Philippa Tollit , Swimming, South Africa
     
  • "Being able to teach kids how to swim has to have been one of my most significant moments in life. From seeing 12 year old kids fearful of water on day one to being able to swim full lengths of the pool with confidence after 5 weeks was just incredible. You also know that you are giving these kids a gift for life".
    Neil Dennison , Swimming, Ghana
     
  • "I have had the best three months in Ghana ever! Working a living alongside local Ghanaians and seeing a completely different way of life will live with me forever. My project in helping kids learn how to swim was so rewarding too and it has really made me think about what I want to do when I get home with my future career and working with young people. Thanks to everyone involved and I look forward to coming back to my African home again one day."
    Sarah Dunbury , Swimming, Ghana
     
  • ''I really enjoyed the tennis coaching and was amazed at the standard of tennis and the dedication of the children. And they always had a smile on their face too.''
    Charlotte Wallis , Tennis, Ghana
     
  • ''Ghanaians are friendly in a way that is almost unheard of in the West. They are extremely affectionate and, once you have got used to it, you can be just as friendly back.''
    Graeme Acheson , Tennis, Ghana
     
  • ''I feel really fulfilled that I have aided less fortunate people in giving them a chance to play tennis in the first place and to offer assistance with my coaching knowledge to help the development of the sport in Ghana.''
    Sal Bolton , Tennis, Ghana
     
  • ''It was a seriously amazing trip that I will never forget. So thanks for what all you guys have done, and thanks for making it such an unforgettable trip!''
    Christian Dorin , Tennis, Ghana
     
  • “It was an incredible experience coaching the children in Port Elizabeth – they are so enthusiastic about learning to play tennis. Their energy levels are amazing and they had improved greatly by the time I left.”
    Dave Leicester , Tennis, South Africa
     
  • “One of the best experiences of my life! I just can’t believe how enthusiastic and grateful the kids were to learn and play Ultimate. The talent was awesome too – some were naturals! I can’t wait to come back to South Africa one day and see how my players are getting on.”
    Miles Jackson , Ultimate Frisbee, South Africa
     
  • "I've had the best few weeks of my life. The kids loved learning volleyball and in turn I loved every bit of my experience!"
    James Taylor , Volleyball, Ghana
     
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