Top 5 Programs in 2019 To Learn A New Skill While Travelling

If you’re like us, best in travel predictions for the year ahead around emerging destinations and curated experiences from around the world has already got you planning an itinerary for the year ahead and setting alerts for the best flight deals. But one prediction has got us particularly excited: more people will be driven to push themselves and learn a new skill while travelling as they look to add a greater sense of purpose to their time abroad.

From intense entrepreneurship bootcamps and learning a language with a host family, to volunteering in eco activism projects, more of us are realising the invaluable life skills, personal growth and practical learning that can be gained while being away from the comforts of home and immersing ourselves in new, challenging environments. And to top it all off, more companies are taking notice and accepting these non-traditional learning credentials beyond qualifications you get from university lecture halls and years spent sitting in an office cubicle.

Ready to challenge yourself and level-up your next travel experience? We’ve handpicked our Top 5 programs in 2019 to maximise your time abroad and learn a new skill while travelling.

Two young males working on laptops in co-working space

1. Intern abroad with iXperience

With campuses all around the world specialising in high-impact industries, from digital design in Berlin to blockchain technology in Tel Aviv, iXperience courses cater to students in any year with any major, who want to study abroad while exploring a new city. The 6-week programs are structured around completing intensive courses in the first 2 weeks to gain theoretical knowledge, followed by a 4-week course-internship blend to get hands-on experience with a relevant company.

2. Teach English with Teach Away

Whether you’re on the road to becoming a teacher, or an experienced educator wanting to diversify your experience, Teach Away offers programs where you can teach English abroad and gain professional work experience while living overseas. Contracts can last up to 1 to 2 years and you can choose between teaching children at public and private schools and to offering private tuition teaching business English to young professionals.

Majority of opportunities are concentrated in Asia, and Teach Away has partnerships with established education providers in China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan. You can also complete the self-paced, online TELF certification, as well as supplementary courses in to upgrade your professional learning as a teacher.

Female backpacker walking through streets in Vietnam

3. Volunteer with IVHQ

IVHQ specialises in volunteer abroad programs in over 40 destinations around the world. Their mission is to empower travellers to make a meaningful difference in the community they’re visiting through the skills and expertise they bring, while raising global awareness and culture understanding between volunteers and host communities. Interested in marine conservation? Volunteer with a sea turtle conservation team in Bali, Costa Rica or Guatemala. Think you have professional expertise and passion to make a positive impact? Be part of reaching the long-term goals of NGOs who provide direct support to marginalised communities through healthcare, food aid and education.

Volunteer programs happen all year around and begin on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month. You can choose to volunteer on programs ranging from 2 weeks to 6 months.

4. Learn a new skill with GoLearnTo

From mastering Italian while making pasta in Florence, to learning how to salsa while learning Spanish in Argentina, GoLearnTo offers a diverse range of themed experiences around locally- relevant skills, languages or adventure sports. Itineraries are curated to enrich your learning through cultural immersion with a dedicated number of hours to hone in on your new skill, and experiences range from a couple of days to up to 12 weeks.

Packages are available all year round depending on the destination and skill you’re interested in.

A panel discussion workshop with entrepreneurs in Cape Town, South Africa.

A panel discussion workshop with entrepreneurs in Cape Town, South Africa.

5. Upgrade your career with The Nomad MBA

You must have seen this coming.

From the 3 high- calibre tribes we’ve successfully brought together in less than 2 years, we’ve witnessed the intense professional and personal growth we’re capable of experiencing in just 3 months to radically upgrade our careers.

You’ll learn practical, highly- marketable skills through completing an online course in either Entrepreneurship, UX Design or Digital Marketing, alongside workshops, 1:1 mentoring and challenging experiences to build up your entrepreneurial mindset. You’re expected to learn fast, take risks, push others and be pushed.

Applications are now closed for our next program in Southeast Asia from March 6, 2019. However, keep your eyes out when we open applications for our next program in 2019 - watch this space!