I recently wrote about how I became a full-time adventurer. In it, I touch on the fact that I think opportunities are key to making changes in your life and pursuing a passion. Not just grabbing them, but making new ones available.
If your feeling a bit stuck for ideas, I’ve put together this list of adventure opportunities. Take a look, find something you like and then be proactive about making it happen!
Working towards an adventure related qualification will increase your skills, boost your confidence and gets you meeting like-minded people. It also opens up paid opportunities in adventure.
There are lots of courses available in various disciplines. To give you an idea, take a look at one of the UK’s leading providers Plas Y Brenin and the courses they offer. If you fancy a complete change, Plas Y Brenin even has a fast track internship where you can get all your outdoor qualifications in one go.
As a good all round qualification, I can recommend Mountain Leader Summer Award.
Work on an expedition
With Mountain Leader under your belt, you will be able to get work as an expedition leader – probably one of the coolest jobs! There are lots of companies that take groups of children on expeditions around the world – check out British Exploring, World Challenge and Outlook Expeditions.
Some of these companies also look for people who can bring other skills to the expeditions. British Exploring, for example, needs scientists, photographers and counsellors.
Enter an adventure film festival
You could just go to a film festival, but having a go at entering one will get you outdoors. Fancy equipment isn’t needed – some of the previous years’ winners have been on nothing more than smartphones. You can easily pick up free filming and editing skills online on YouTube.
Volunteer on an adult expedition overseas
This could be a great option if you feel like trying something completely new and for a longer period of time but are limited with funds.
Raleigh International is always on the lookout for expedition adventure volunteers or you can lead a group of volunteers on a project. It is free to join although they do sometimes ask you to fundraise a set amount.
ICS is government run and offers free 3 month team leading opportunities abroad.
4 Deserts look for volunteers to assist on their overseas long distance challenges.
Volunteer with children
Find a charity providing adventure opportunities for children. As well as helping shape young minds, you will be able to join them on outdoor expeditions and activities.
Join an expedition as a teammate
Explorers Connect have a ‘find teammates’ page where adventure opportunities are regularly posted. It’s worth signing up to their newsletter so you don’t miss any new requests.
RGS also have an expedition section and you can submit a short form putting yourself in a database to say you are looking to join an expedition.
If you can’t find an expedition you like but want to do a team adventure, initiate your own. Put an advert out to find teammates. I tried this in 2017 with the Everest Adventure and got over 100 people wanting to join me!!
Join an adventure group
Adventure groups are a great way to meet like-minded people and to find out about adventure opportunities.
Give a hand with conservation
There are lots of conservation opportunities that will also get you outside. Path maintenance in the mountains is just one example. TCV, the Wildlife Trust and the National Trust are just some organisations worth checking out.
RSPB also look for volunteers annually, including on remote islands!
Apply for a grant or funding
There are lots of grants and scholarships available to help people out with their adventures. Even if you don’t think they will pick you, give it a go and send in an application form.
Check out my guide to adventure funding for more information on the grants available.
You could also consider getting sponsorship in-kind.