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When I decided to take a career break, I knew that I wanted to spend my time travelling the world, learning about other cultures and chatting to locals (however hyper, as you can see in the picture). But, I do realise that some people are not be sure how to spend their career break/sabbatical, so here are some exciting ideas to inspire you:-

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Career Break and Sabbatical Ideas:

Here are some ways that you could spend your career break or sabbatical:

  • Get involved in a wildlife conservation project.

  • Volunteer in disaster relief.

  • Learn to surf, sail or dive.

  • Assist with scientific research.

  • Take an internship in an area of interest.

  • Lead a hiking expedition.

  • Volunteer on sport projects.

  • Volunteer in an animal rescue centre.

  • Learn sign language.

  • Teach English abroad.

  • Qualify as a ski or diving instructor.

  • Join a community project.

  • Volunteer as a medic.

  • Learn a musical instrument.

  • Act as a business consultant in India.

  • Improve photography skills.

  • Volunteer in an orphanage.

  • Travel the world.

  • Do paid work abroad.

  • Camper van around Europe.

  • Stay at home and raise children.

  • Move to a new country and learn the language.

  • Take a writing course.

  • Volunteering in education.

Or why not set yourself a challenge on your career break?

You could spend your career break or sabbatical visiting all of the "forgotten wonders":

  • Abu Simbel Temple, Egypt

  • Angkor Wat, Cambodia

  • The Aztec Temple, Mexico City

  • The Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines

  • Borobudur Temple, Java, Indonesia

  • The Colosseum, Rome Italy

  • The Great Wall, China

  • The Inca City of Machu Picchu, Peru

  • The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

  • Mayan Temples of Tikal, Guatemala

  • Moai Temples in Rapa Nui, Easter Island

  • Mont-Saint-Michel, Normandy, France

  • The Throne Hall of Persepolis, Iran

  • The Parthenon, Athens, Greece

  • Petra, Jordan

  • The Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar

  • Stonehenge, England

  • Taj Mahal in Agra, India

  • The Temple of the the Inscriptions, Palenque Mexico

What to do on a career break?

Career breaks and sabbaticals can be extremely varied, and ultimately it is your decision what you want to do with your time. You need to think about how your career break/sabbatical can improve your personal and professional life while allowing you to follow your passion. Depending on how long you are taking off from work and your budget, you could even do a combinations of things.

I hope these career break/sabbatical ideas have inspired you and that you find your perfect way to spend your time off and more importantly that you have fun!!!

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