If you want to gain some really useful and impressive skills that will make you a player on the international stage, then learning a language on your gap year is a brilliant way of proving how versatile you are. If you want to say hola to the locals in Latin America, then learning to speak Spanish on your gap year is a must-do. Learning a language is a valuable new skill that will be sure to impress!
Riding on the crest of a wave
If you fancy being a bit of a water baby on your gap year, then why not brush up your watersport skills and take to the high seas? Why not take the chance to learn to dive in some of the world's most awesome oceans, and see the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, or the exotic underwater paradise off Thailand's idyllic islands? If you see yourself as a bit of a surfer dude, why not learn to surf on the world's wonderful waters? Or skim the seas as you learn to sail and weigh anchor in some wonderful destinations. These are all new skills that can be easily learnt on your gap year and make for some serious aquatic adventures!
If you are the active adventurer type, then you might want to gain some new physical skills on your gap year and really push your limits. If you see yourself slip-sliding with ease down a snowy slope, then why not try skiing or snowboarding? If you are a bit of a karate kid then get into the zen master zone and learn martial arts on your gap year. Or for the budding climber, why not try adventure hiking in an unforgiving climate? There are extreme environments out there waiting to be discovered, like the Australian outback, the bushlands of exotic Africa, or hiking up one of the world's most challenging mountains as you dare to climb Kilimanjaro.
So many skills, so little time...
There are many other ways you can learn new skills as you travel, for example through becoming a volunteer abroad and putting your life skills to the test. Budding teachers will find there's no better way of testing out your teaching muscles and gaining classroom skills than by getting involved with a teaching or TEFL course. These new challenges will all help develop your confidence as well as giving you valuable experience working with new people. You will also learn how to deal with a different culture, as well as the practical skills you will gain during your activity, such as building a school for charity, learning about marine wildlife in a reserve, or how to teach a class of children.
The great new skills you learn during your gap year will stay with your for the rest of your life, and make your trip truly memorable. You may discover your new favourite hobby, or a whole new life passion from the skills learnt during your gap year, so it's time to get on your thinking cap and learn a brand new and exciting skill on your gap year!