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A Career Break in India
Plan an India Sabbatical or Career Break
A career break or sabbatical means taking an extended period of time off work. It's taking a step off the treadmill and using that time to devote to improving your life either professionally or personally.
Taking a "grown up gap year" is becoming increasingly popular for people mid-career or at retirement age. People are realising that travel isn't just for students and that there is more to life than working 9-5!
Having a career break can help you change your life for the better! There are a wealth of activities to do on a career break, for many it is the opportunity to achieve their "bucket list"; here we are going to explore the possibilities for a career break trip to India.
My Plans for a Grown Up Gap Year!
I am taking a career break in the Autumn and India is one of the places I want to explore and learn more about. I travelled to India last year and when I stepped off the plane from rainy cold England, the heat and humidity hit me like 100 stampeding holy cows! India does not say hello gently! I fell head over heels in love with India straight away and knew that I had to go back as I have really only scratched the surface of this vast and diverse country.
I have researched and planned extensively with what I am going to do with my sabbatical. This page brings together all the many travel options that are out there to try to help myself make a decision. I have discovered that you can volunteer with children, do vital conservation work, learn a new skill, take an adventure tour, embark on an expeditition and much much more!
Volunteering in India - Use you career break to make a difference to the world.
Volunteering is not just good karma!
Working with people from different countries will change you for the better or at the very least open your eyes to different lives and cultures.
You can volunteer helping out in schools, working with vulnerable people, conservation work, building work - the list is huge!
A good volunteering program will offer you:
- Training and preparation advice before departing.
- Transfers and welcome on arrival.
- Orientation on arrival.
- Accommodation - basic accommodation probably sharing with others or at a home stay.
- Meals - some meals are usually provided.
- Excursions - a volunteer program will usually offer some sightseeing trips as part of the package.
- Support throughout your stay from the booking company.
Below are 5 excellent volunteering organisations that will ensure that you put some good back into the world and learn a lot too.
- Community Projects - Gap Year For Grown Ups
Offers a range of volunteer projects in Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Goa working amongst communities, day care and learning centres. Gap Year for Grown Ups is all about helping people plan and undertake an overseas trip, whether it is a volunteer
- Building in Spiti, India - i to i.com
This great placement enables volunteers to help a community by building greenhouses to allow the local people to grow fresh vegetables all year round. Spiti is situated high in the Himalayas, in the "forgotten valley".
- Various Volunteering Projects - VSO UK
VSO is a leading development charity that sends volunteers to work abroad with full financial support. This excellent and reputable company is well worth a look for the range of placements it offers.
- Volunteer Eco-development Conservation in India - Projects Abroad
Voluntary Conservation project in India - short-term term volunteering for gap years, career breaks and work experience. Tea Gardens of Munnar, Kerala by Kerala Tourism at Wikimedia Commons
Teaching English as a Foreign Language - teaching English is a great way to get to know local people
To teach English as foreign language you must have a TEFL/TESL qualification plus experience. You can study for one of these qualifications anywhere in the world, or by distance learning at home.
Teaching can either take place with teaching a class of children in a school or as a private tutor to one or a small group of children or adults. Teaching abroad opens up many doors to rich new experiences, paid or voluntary.
The world's largest real-time database of English Language Teaching Jobs. Listing current job vacancies and training courses worldwide.
- American TESOL ESL TEFL Online & Seminar Certification Courses
Teach English to children, adults, and professionals in ESL programs worldwide. American TESOL Institute provides TESOL and ESL certification for professional development, computer assisted language learning, and teaching English abroad.
- Travellers Worldwide
Teach conversational English, Music, Drama and other subjects in the South of India with Travellers Worldwide. Open to gap years and career breaks with Travellers. Placements overseas for gap year, year out, under-graduates, graduates, career breaker
- Projects Abroad
Voluntary Teaching in India, Asia - short-term volunteering abroad, teaching English and other subjects, for gap years, career breaks and work experience. Projects Abroad volunteers are placed in schools in Madurai and the surrounding area. Madurai i
Learn a Skill or Indulge a Passion During Your Sabbatical!
Learning or improving on a skill during your break could lead you to a new direction in your career or a complete career change!
- Indian Cooking Course - Gap Year for Grown ups
Your Indian Cooking experience will not only involve learning how to cook delicious Indian cuisine, it will also teach you about India's history, customs & traditions. You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of extra activities during
- Gap Adventures - Photograph India
India is a photographer's dream. From the colours and activity of the bazaars to the peaceful and romantic Taj Mahal, you are sure to satisfy your appetite for the perfect photograph in this incredible journey. Join a small group of like minded peopl
- Learn New Skills - Expeditions India
Expeditions India (L.E.I.) is committed to help travellers and seekers who want to get a deep insight into Indian culture and actively learn certain skills India is famous for. We are an experienced Indian organisation working for many years in colla
- Meditation, Yoga, Dance Workshops and Holiday - ClubMeditation.com
Amazing Yoga Holidays in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. Come to Sandeep's native place Udaipur, the city of lakes. A chance to sing, chant, dance and live with the tribal people. Living in nature, an ashram with ayurvedic massage and treatments, horse ri
Adventure Travel Tours in India - Get adventurous on your career break!
There are thousands and thousands of adventure tours, this is my pick of the most interesting!
- Tiger Spotting - On the Go India
Follow the tiger trail and enter two of India's premier tiger reserves - Pench National Park and Kanha National Park. Both host an outstanding abundance of flora and fauna and a diversity of species that only the Indian subcontinent can deliver.
- Himalayas Trekking Tour - Peak Adventure Tours
A journey through Himachal holds the promise of a deep and refreshing communion with nature in its varying beauty. The lush river valleys surrounded by snow-capped peaks, the fruit-laden orchards, gurgling streams and the dense forests that echo with
- Circle India - Intrepid Travel
Circle India on this epic cross-country journey, taking the time to discover the sounds, sights and smells of this remarkable nation. The subcontinent is a fascinating region pulsing with the life and culture of over a billion people. Here religion i
- South India Explored - Tucan Travel
South India Explored is a 15 day Adventure Tour including Kerala backwaters, Madurai Temple and Mysore with award winning Tucan Travel. Southern India - from its delicately decorated temples and sacred sites, to vibrant cities and colonial towns, is
Travelling solo around India! - just do your own thing!
Throw a backpack over your shoulder and travel around India under your own steam! The feeling of utter freedom in not knowing where you will be tomorrow is strange, exciting and thrilling! Travelling by yourself doesn't mean you will be lonely; you will meet other travellers and make new friends as you go. You have to be brave, but it's worth it! Here are some good websites that will help you plan your trip.
- The Man in Seat Sixty-One...
How to travel by train or ferry from the UK into Europe & worldwide... Train times, fares, how to buy tickets, advice & information.
- Career Break Site - independent career break advice and information
The Career Break Site is the biggest career break site in the UK. Get free, independent advice and information, and search for the right career break for you.
- Hostels & Youth Hostels Worldwide
Book hostels online. Confirmed reservations at over 20,000 youth hostels worldwide as well as up to the minute Hostelworld customer reviews and ratings, descriptions and photos. Cheap hostels at Hostelworld.com.
- India - An Overcrowded Continent - Road Junky Guides
- Briefcase to Backpack - Travel Advice for Career Breaks or Sabbaticals
Briefcase to Backpack: Offering travel advice and inspiration for Americans taking a career break or sabbatical. By Rajasthantourtravel (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons