Sport is the perfect complement to language learning. After the morning language classes, there's nothing more stimulating or relaxing (this is up to you!) than exercising in the great outdoors. Moving, running, swimming, riding, gliding… sport is the best way to refresh body and mind!
A great thing about sport is the integration factor: physical activity helps you enjoy the natural landscapes, become one with nature, experience each moment of your trip more intensely and see things from a different angle. Even better, sport allows you to meet other likeminded locals and other students as well. This is the perfect opportunity for speaking the language you're studying in a natural setting.
With ESL, there are countless possibilities to combine sport with language classes abroad. Here are a few options among our range of Language PLUS Sport courses:
Language PLUS surfing:
Learn to surf the waves in a selection of exceptional locations. In Australia , ESL offers language courses in world-class surfing spots. Check out our blog post and get surfing!
Whether you're a fierce player or passionate spectator, tennis can be as thrilling on the courts as from the bleachers. Play tennis in combination with English classes on the Gold Coast (Australia), attend world-class competitions in New York, Melbourne or Paris. There are many other destinations where you can practise tennis alongside your studies: pick one and keep a balance between intellectual and physical activity.
More than a sport, skiing and snowboarding is a lifestyle. For many amateurs, a holiday in the mountains is the peak of pleasure. With ESL and its choice of destinations all over the world, you can practise winter sports throughout the year. From Whistler, Canada to Queenstown, New Zealand, discover our selection of traditional or lesser known destinations around the world to learn a language while skiing or snowboarding. And don't forget to check out our blog: 10 things to do in Queenstown, New Zealand for under NZ$20
Practise windsurfing in Brighton, one of our top language travel destinations. The south coast of England lends itself perfectly to watersports of all kinds. After your efforts, your English classes will come in handy for ordering a well-deserved drink to enjoy on the pebble beach.
Rugby is hugely important in South Africa, especially since Nelson Mandela’s symbolic gesture at the 1995 World Cup final, and in Queenstown, New Zealand, rugby is offered as a complement to your English classes. On this archipelago where sport is paramount, rugby is king.
Opt for a “ranchstay” volunteer programme in Canada and discover the joys of horseback riding across vast open meadows. After your language training, you will stay on a ranch and live together with the owners and their cattle. Horse lovers will be over the moon!