Head off to an American Summer Camp
If you are looking to head abroad this summer and you love working with people in groups or trying out new experiences, then heading off to an American Summer Camp is a brilliant idea!
They usually last around three months, with around three weeks prior to this consisting of interviews and applications. You will also need to acquire your work VISA, although the camps usually pay for this and guide you through the process! Applications are ending pretty soon so if you want to get in then now is the time to start! Popular organisations are ‘Americamp’, ‘Camp America’ and ‘USA Summer Camp’. Good luck!
If you are looking to travel this summer, yet like the idea of Europe more, then the most affordable and accessible way to do this is to interrail! You can choose how long you want to travel for, plan you whole route before you head off, or just be spontaneous.
If you would love to see Europe this summer, then this is a safe bet.
Try out an internship or get some work experience
Getting an internship under your belt can be a great addition to your CV; it is also perfect for a little extra cash over the holidays and can really help you to envision yourself in the work place. Likewise, you can always check out work experience options and even some work shadowing as a smaller taster, yet one which will still be a valuable addition to your CV.
Go to some festivals
From Glastonbury to Reading and Leeds, Park life through to Bestival, there are no shortage of festivals during the British summer, so head along to one (or a few of them) with your best mates. If you’re especially brave, then give camping a go, although I can’t promise you that it won’t rain!
University is definitely a time for drinking and good food, meaning that summer could be the opportune time to get exercising and eat well again! Join a gym, or tell yourself that you are going to do at least thirty minutes of exercise a day.
It can be a great motivator to get you outdoors and even meeting up with old friends from home; you could go on walks with them or run together. Take the summer to get enough sleep, drink enough water, eat all your family’s food and get outside.
Make a summer bucket list
One of the main fears when it comes to summer is the idea of ‘making the most of it’. If you are not prepared to simply let summer slip away then compiling a list is a great way to make sure that you are going to experience as much as you possibly can.
Stick it up on the wall by your bed and look at it each morning. It can be a great motivator to get out there and make the most of things.
This can be a really affordable holiday to have with friends and family.
Pack up some camping stuff, some alcohol, and nice food and head off to a campsite. Sites along the coast of Cornwall are a great location camping wise, they are also in close proximity to towns such as Newquay and Padstow with a vibrant day and night scene.
Other locations are Wales and the Peak District, or if you are feeling extra adventurous then head up into the highlands. Granted, the night life is not excellent, but you can always stop off in Edinburgh on your way back! (Side note, you will probably need a car).
Spend time with family
University can be stressful experience and sometimes missing home can be a real issue. When it comes to summer, take time to spend with your family.
If you live quite far from them in term time then maybe you might only see them a few times in the academic year. Book a meal out with them, or have a BBQ in the garden and just focus on making up for some lost time.
Book some mini trips!
This can be a great thing to do if you are going to be working this summer. It makes the chore of being inside while the sun is shining much easier when you have something to look forward to at the weekend. Sky scanner is a great website to find some affordable last minute flights, whilst sites such as Air BnB are an affordable way to find accommodation in city centres.
Travel the UK
When you’re at university, it can feel like your weekends are dedicated to reading and working, with little time to actually explore the country that you live in! Take some time to explore the UK, road trip around Scotland, take the ferry to Northern Ireland or head down to the south or west English coast.
Train tickets up to Edinburgh come in at around £40 return if you have a rail card, so get booking and have some cute little weekend trips away exploring all the UK has to offer.
You will be amazed at some of the sights you see, and you’ll probably have to keep reminding yourself that you’re still in the UK!
Volunteering can be a very rewarding activity to take part in this summer, as you can give something back to the community or to world-wide organisations. Do some research into the some volunteering projects in your local area and get involved! Whether it’s a community clear up or running a charity bake sale, giving something back to the community over the summer months can be a rewarding experience.
If you are looking to help communities outside of the UK then teaching abroad can be a wonderful experience to partake in over the summer. Visit ‘teachabroad.com’ for more information on the schemes and projects. If you are looking to go into teaching when you graduate, this can also be perfect for you to place on your CV when applying for positions. Good luck!
By Elizabeth Whittingham