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Career Break

Take a break, travel, refresh

Are your office hours getting you down? 

Want better work stories? 

Have an epic career, but need some time off to reflect, diversify and grow?

Looking for a constructive way to challenge yourself, build new skills, and develop your international experience?

A sabbatical or career break might just be the thing for you! On our sabbatical outdoor programs, you will open your eyes to new experiences, build confidence in yourself and your abilities, gain new qualifications and meet some amazing people. There isn't much to lose here - invest in yourself and you won't regret it.

 

What is a sabbatical?

Taking a sabbatical means that you are taking a break from work to pursue other interests, dreams and passions. It's similar to getting a deferral from college, as the company will keep your spot open and you will have the chance to return to your job after the end of the agreed upon time period. You will get all the freedom and none of the job insecurity.

There is no one right way to spend a sabbatical, it’s totally up to you!  Some choose to travel and go on epic adventures, while others write a book and find their artistic side from the comfort of their own home. 

 

Why would you take a break from work?

Taking a sabbatical used to be a privilege mainly reserved for people working in the education sector, but times have changed and so have the opinions amongst business owners and HR executives. In 2018, 15% of employers offered a sabbatical program to its employees, of which 5% were even paid sabbaticals! 

There are many reasons people choose to take a semester or year off from work. These are some of the most popular reasons:

  • You get to explore the world and go on epic adventures
  • A break gives you space and time to focus on yourself and improve your wellbeing
  • It could prevent a burnout at work
  • You can make a difference by volunteering and giving back to the community
  • You can learning new skills and pursuing your passions
  • Spend extra time with your loved ones

 

What to do on a sabbatical?

Outdoor adventure programs are the new big thing to do during a sabbatical or career break as they offer a 2 in 1 solution. You can take advantage of the opportunity and travel to the far corners of the world, something you might have dreamt of for a long time, but you can also use the healing properties of nature to your advantage as you venture into the wild. You can let go of the stresses and pressure of work life, and take a break to reflect and rejuvenate.

Pure Exploration offers a diverse range of outdoor semester programs for people that want to take a break from work. Adventure Guide Programs are perfect for those wanting to spend a semester in a specific locations and really immerse themselves in the culture, venture deep into the wild and learn some new hiking, climbing or canyoning skills.

The Expedition Leader Program on the other hand is a great option for those wanting to explore different countries and become a confident global traveler by the end of it.

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