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A Career Break in India

Updated on November 7, 2014
A devotee at Gurudwara Harmandir Sahib, Punjab
A devotee at Gurudwara Harmandir Sahib, Punjab | Source

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.


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.

Ganges meditation
Ganges meditation | Source

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!

Sarpass in Himachal Pradesh-India
Sarpass in Himachal Pradesh-India | Source

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!


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.

Have you taken a career break? - or have you travelled to India?

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      Hasop 3 years ago

      This is some great advice and very helpful! Thanks for putting this together.

      I did my TESOL Certificate with UNI-Prep Institute before I started working and I'd recommend them. There are pros and cons, but their price was great for me. Also, if you're looking for jobs, try

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      MrFit 5 years ago

      I took a gap year in India and loved it. It really opened my eyes to other cultures. Now that I've graduated I'm thinking of taking a tour of Egypt. Totally different but I'm sure it will be as good.

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      ESLinsider LM 5 years ago

      You could probably say that. I have traveled to around 20 countries and taught English in China, Korea and Taiwan. I have always been curios about India.

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      tanveerbadyari lm 5 years ago

      while traveling to India for a break don't miss to go for Kashmir valley tour

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We recently took a career break in New Zealand. Career breaks are a highly rewarding experience physically, metally, and spiritually!

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      SanthoshThril 6 years ago

      I came across your blog today as it will now be part of my daily reading.I think ur blog is great for providing to everybody something unique to know. If u want more information about Adventure travel in India go through these sites.

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      Isabellabird 6 years ago

      If you are planning for india holidays. Culture Aangan offers experiential rural India tour in order to provide first-hand experience of Indian village life. Tourists have the option to choose from farm house stays, jungle treks, visiting Sindhudurg forts, and experiencing the Ganesh Festival.

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      indiavacationplans 6 years ago

      Lots of great information here and very nicely presented!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I would love to be in India during a career break, or anytime. You have a lot of great links and ideas here. I am linking your lens to mine right now. You have done a great job on it.

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      GypsyPirate LM 6 years ago

      I have done neither - and I am really wishing that I had! (Or that I could!)

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      cheekysusie 6 years ago

      here is another option. I was with them in africa. i hope to go again to india and nepal :)

      Love Volunteers

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      Ibiza1 6 years ago from Ibiza

      India have special places. Good lens

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      satguidegps 6 years ago

      Some really nice places are listed here for a career break. I think two places are missing Goa and North-East. Still nice places for a career break and for a new start.

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      seoacrossworld 6 years ago

      good one!

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      AuthorNormaBudden 6 years ago

      I hope you get to do all the things you've set out to do. You've put a lot of effort into this lens and it has turned out beautifully.

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      onlinemba 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing such valuable information with us

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      onlinemba 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing such valuable information with us

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      scar4 6 years ago

      hopefully I will be able to make trip to India next year. Great lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I'm going to India this summer and I'm really looking forward to any of the summer work abroad i can find there.

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      RebeccaE 7 years ago

      lovely idea

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks for inquiring about the ExSquidition Travel Journal post! This lens definitely meets my own personal standards for the blog. All that I require is 200 words per link to a lens. The post can be as lengthy as you'd like, you can use HTML, and you can also link to other outside resources besides your Squidoo lenses (but no affiliate links please). Usually, the posts that do the best are the ones that are resources on their own, in addition to linking to your lens.

      I just checked Google and there are no other pages on the web with these words in the title: "Plan an India Sabbatical" - just a thought!

      You can use the 'contact me' button to email the post once you are finished. Thanks for your interest in posting! I'm looking forward to what you come up with.

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Beautiful! I've taken a career break of sorts for six weeks for our honeymoon. It was incredible, I'd definitely recommend it. The cost of the vacation was a bit expensive, but it gave me so many great memories that I don't have an ounce of regret. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. In fact, I plan to again someday when the time is right. It looks like you'll have an amazing trip, and plenty to write about when you get back. Well done!

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yes, I have and it rejuvenates one to pick up work again. It also leads to new career choices.

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      LisaDH 8 years ago

      Ooh, I am soooo jealous! I spent time in India many years ago before kids and a mortgage, and I'd love to be joining you on your adventure. Thanks for all the great links. I'm favoriting this lens so I can come back and dream about taking my own gap year for grown-ups. Have a GREAT time in India!

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      Lorelei Cohen 8 years ago from Canada

      Your images are breathtaking. A beautiful article. Thank you for sharing.