Make the world your classroom. What better way to learn a skill than on an immersive sabbatical, where you have the freedom to dedicate proper time to your pursuit? As well as being incredibly rewarding, learning new skills keeps you sharp, so don’t worry about the sabbatical-shaped gap in your CV. Fill it with all the transferable skills you picked up en route and you'll make yourself a better candidate than ever.
Learn a Language With a Local
Whether you're mad about Mandarin or fanatical about French,
earn yourself some serious achievement points (in both work and
life) by learning a language on your sabbatical. Lessons with a
friendly and qualified local are the perfect way to get it started;
then, with some basics under your belt, you can practise to your
heart's content as you live like a local or travel around. How
about challenging yourself to speak no English at all for a portion
of the trip?
Perfect Pictures in Botswana
Whether you're a beginner or semi pro, take your photography to
the next level on a dedicated photography safari, taking the time
to really capture that perfect shot - hippo yawning, lion pouncing
or lilac breasted roller, er, rolling. The right lodge (we know
ones with amazing hides) and a professional photographic guideare
crucial to putting you in the right place at the right time, and
teaching you skills you can then use on the rest of your
Move to The Music in Latin America
A universal expression of feelings and desires, dancing forms a
huge part of cultures around the world, and nowhere more so than in
Latin America. With the help of our expert instructors, learn to
tango in Argentina, salsa in Cuba or samba in Brazil. Before you
know it you'll be wiggling your way into Rio Carnival's sambadromo
parade ground - by exclusive invitation, which we can sort.
Learn to Cook
Serving something you have lovingly made yourself is immensely
soul-soothing and satisfying in equal measure. The eating part is
pretty fun, too. You may have tried your hand at a pad
thai, mole or pintxo (Basque tapas) at home,
but it adds a whole new dimension to visit a vibrant market, pick
fresh ingredients and learn to cook up an authentic culinary
creation with a local cook talking you through each step. Pick up
recipes and techniques from around the world to impress dinner
guests for a lifetime.
Muay Thai Boxing in Thailand
Muay Thai (Thai boxing) is about more than getting a sweat on,
focusing instead on the relationship between mind and body.
Thailand's national sport dates from the 18th century, when Burmese
soldiers captured famed fighter Nai Khanom Tom and gave him the
chance to win his freedom by beating ten of their number. His
fighting style and dance to respect his ancestors before the
smack-down is the stuff of Thai legend, and you can learn some of
his moves in Bangkok's legendary boxing camps.
Saddle-Up in Argentina
Imagine yourself on horseback at an Argentinian estancia
(ranch), learning how to ride, play polo and ranch. It's a
picture-perfect movie moment come to life, and you'll learn with
the help of some of Argentina's finest polo players, who are so
good they are known as 'hired assassins' when they play for
46% of people who took a sabbatical in 2017 and 2018 wanted to
learn a new skill.