5 useful ways to put your summer to good use

Summer days may be long, but they needn’t be lazy. There are plenty of fun, rewarding and lucrative ways in which you can make the most of your summer break

At the end of a school year, the thought of a long, sunny period of doing nothing might sound appealing, but spending two months melting into a sofa isn’t the most rewarding or interesting way to spend your summer holiday. Those hot days could be productive, as well as fun and relaxing; spent in ways that will fill your mind with new facts, your contact list with new friends, and even your wallet with extra cash. Here are a few ways in which you can put your summer to good use.

Travel

The world is a big place, filled with interesting people and new experiences. By using your summer break as an opportunity for exploration, you can broaden your horizons by discovering exotic locations, trying foreign food and drink, meeting people with a completely different outlook and background to you, and creating incredible memories you’ll cherish for years to come.

If the idea of travel appeals to you, but the potential expense is giving you pause, there are many ways to travel on the cheap. Volunteering abroad for a charity or summer camp combines cheap travel and exploration with good works. Working at a restaurant, shop or farm for a few weeks will help you meet the locals while funding your journey, and there’s also the option of studying abroad, something many schools and companies offer. After all, is there a better place to study history, for example, than the middle of Athens or Rome?

Volunteer

Volunteer work is a wonderful way to travel, but volunteering for a charity at home offers its own rewards. Whether you’re looking for a day long project, or something to take up the entire break, there’s bound to be a position available in your neighbourhood. You could volunteer at a retirement home; read to the blind; coach a sports or dance team; clean a park, or deliver meals. Charitable activities help you to meet new and interesting people, feel good about yourself, and gives you something extra to put on your CV or university application.

Summer School

Summer school is a fantastic way to expand your knowledge, increase your confidence, make new friends, and prepare for the future. You can study a range of subjects in depth and in your own way. Immerse Education, for example, offers thirty different courses at their Cambridge summer school.

As the location of the Immerse Education summer school, Cambridge offers an inspiring setting for the students, while the tutors help each student to increase their knowledge and confidence in their chosen field, preparing them for university and beyond.

Find a summer job

Part time work will help you earn money, gain experience and meet new people, and might carry over after the summer break has ended. Whether it’s a job in retail, walking local dogs, tutoring younger students, or babysitting, any work experience you gain during the holiday will fill your wallet and look good to later employers.

Personal development

Learning to be proud of who you are is one of the great challenges in life, and the summer break is a perfect chance to push yourself and set attainable goals. These can be as big or small as you like, from writing a blog or journal and rising early every morning, to completing a race or researching your family history. Putting your summer to good use can be rewarding in many ways, and help you to become the person you want to be.