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Many of you might not be aware that know that sports offer a wide range of career opportunities including sports coaching and community development? Moreover you could pick and choose from among professional sports development programs for golf, rugby, cricket and football.

Reputed international academies regularly offer ski /snowboard instructor courses and scuba diving courses.

You could explore possibilities for being coach for football, rugby, cricket, hockey, tennis, golf, netball, basketball, boxing and swimming.

Try to enroll yourself slightly offbeat subjects like sports psychology, physiotherapy and football development.

There are snow placements for novices as well as intermediate or slightly more experienced skiers and snow boarders.

During your gap year, if you want to work as an instructor, a snow placement will ensure you acquire internationally recognized qualifications which will stand u in good stead throughout your life. You will also get exposure to a vast array of landscapes and terrain.

You could get a brief work experience certificate from a top ski school.

You could also use your time to train yourself and improve your skills in a game or two which you are already good at by joining any leading international sports academy.

Now let us turn to water sports. There are water placements available for those of you who want to sharpen their scuba skills besides learning snorkeling and various types of diving, sailing and surfing. These schemes would provide you regular practice, improvement, and recreation in one go!

In the mountainous northern countries like U.K. Canada , Sweden , Finland and Norway you could obtain the optimum scope for teaching, training and practice for rock climbing, trekking, cycling etc. The Mountain Leader Training England (formerly MLTB) is one of the pioneers in this sphere.

Teaching Sports
As we all know that the 2008, Olympics to be held in Beijing are almost round the corner, the country is gearing up for the grand event. So if this is your gap year, you could work for 3 months in any of the Chinese School as a sports coaching assistant.

An excellent way to spend your gap year would be as a football coach in Ecuador in South America . The underlying idea of this project is that by providing a structured environment for the children to enjoy, you could prevent them from getting involved in crime. Moreover they will gain some educational experience that will help them in future.

If you happen to be in Guatemala , Central America , try to help under-privileged children, by volunteering in a sports training programs which are organized in the local schools which have scanty or no provision for physical education of the children.

Moving across to Africa, get involved in a football coaching programme in Ghana which means working with street children, orphans and children with handicaps. Welfare organizations have bought them together to give them a good life – housing, meals and basic education, besides developing their talents through football.

Onward to Asia, the India Sports and Adventure Program aims to develop sport in India with the help of dedicated and enthusiastic sports teachers (volunteers) in order to develop sports facilities in the blow schools of the Himalayan region, Rajasthan and the almost inaccessible areas of the north east.

In Srilanka there are more than one volunteer project working to provide sports coaching clinics in the underdeveloped and deprived areas of Sri Lanka . Based in one of the local schools gappers can help to teach sport to the school children besides, those from nearby communities.
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