Start planning your summer
Start planning your summer
If you're at college or university and have a long break ahead, check out these ideas for making the most of your holidays. Whether you fancy picking grapes, working at a kids' camp or teaching English, there are plenty of ways to boost your bank balance, get valuable work experience and have some fun at the same time.
Where to start
First stop is your college or university careers service. They should have details of various different schemes and opportunities, as well as advice on previous students’ experiences.
But there’s no shortage of stuff online too – here’s our pick of some of the options out there…
Summer camps and resort jobs
Want to help others enjoy their holiday? Check out BUNAC which runs working adventures in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the US, or Camp America which has roles working with kids or looking after its camps.
Volunteering and working holidays
There are loads of overseas volunteering options but be sure to check the small print to see what’s included as sometimes you’ll need to pay for admin, accommodation and travel costs.
If you like the idea of working the land, take a look at WWOOF which can connect you with opportunities worldwide. Volunteers get food and lodging and the chance to live and learn on organic farms in return for a few hours’ work each day.
It’s a similar deal being a festival steward – positions are normally unpaid but you earn a free ticket in exchange for working a number of shifts. See The Guardian’s How to volunteer at festivals for details of where to sign up.
A short TEFL course will qualify you to teach English as a foreign language and set you up for teaching jobs abroad, as well as jobs teaching foreign students in the UK.
The British Council also runs a variety of overseas schemes. Some placements extend beyond the holidays but you might find something that works for you.
Summer placements and internships
Lots of big companies run student placements and internship schemes over the summer holidays. Again, visit your college or university careers service to find out more. If there are companies that really appeal to you, then check their websites to see what’s on offer.
See where holiday work can take you...
Tour guide to marketing manager
A student job as a distillery tour guide paved Sarah's path. "When I graduated, a position came up in marketing and that’s how I got the job, having worked as a tour guide before."Watch now
Find out more
See Get volunteering for more ideas on where and how to volunteer.
Last updated: 13th September 2023
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