Become a ski instructor in South Africa

Get a season out of the ordinary and travel in South Africa

A summer as a ski instructor in Africa


99% people would probably say “what ?!”, but not here at Snowminds. Since 2013, each year we have sent a bunch of passionate ski and snowboard instructors to Africa and our friends at Afriski Resort, where they have spent a winter teaching Africans in the snow. It’s just as crazy as it sounds!

Afriski, located at an altitude of 3,000 meters in Lesotho, is a 3-hour drive from the nearest town and is one of the most unique ski areas we can imagine. In the midst of this mountain landscape, Afriski has arisen, driven by fiery souls who dared to believe the impossible. Today, Afriski is a resort with both summer and winter activities where the impossible has succeeded, and with Snowminds you can now take part in the adventure!


The ski instructor Life in South Africa


Afriski is a small ski area with great ambitions. Although one would not think it possible to work as a ski instructor in Africa, it is certainly possible. In addition to a large, wide ski run there is also a children’s area, certified snow park, après-ski bar, ski hire and festivals such as the season-ending party “Winterfest”. There is also room for approx. 400 African ski tourists who come to experience what few of their friends have; snow and skiing!

In Afriski, as an instructor, you will not only have to teach your guests to ski, but also often be the first to introduce your students to snow! One of our ski instructors Louise says “it’s not uncommon for you to be asked how does it snow and where the snow actually comes from! So prepare for a completely different, and very special, experience.

Travel period

In South Africa you have 90 days visa, so depending you your travel dates you may be able to spend 14 days travelling, for example, experiencing safari, diving or similar in South Africa with your new colleagues from Afriski. We strongly recommend taking advantage of this, as it has been something our instructors have really enjoyed over the years! The dates are co-ordinated with the ski school manager in Afriski and we are happy to assist with flight booking.


Travel Period: 

  • Departure approx. on 1st of June, the last day in Afriski approx. 15th of August and the opportunity to travel until 31st of August.
  • Departure approx. on 15th of June, the last day in Afriski approx. 31st of August and the opportunity to travel until 15th of September.


Please note that the travel dates are flexible and that it is your responsibility to confirm them with the ski school manager in Afriski before you book your flights. 




As an experienced instructor, this trip gives you a unique experience as a ski instructor in Africa, as well as the opportunity to travel around Africa and experience, for example, safari, scuba diving or other things on your own or with your new friends from Afriski.

The following are included and part of the experience:


  • Up to 90 days stay in Lesotho and South Africa
  • Employment for approx. 10 weeks as ski instructor at Afriski with salary, lift pass, meals (3 courses a day) and accommodation
  • Ability to rent ski equipment in Afriski for free
  • Preparation material for Africa travel including assistance with application and the job interview
  • Assistance with booking airline tickets
  • Pro deals at
  • Assistance for visas in South Africa, choice of travel insurance and all other practicalities such as vaccines for a safe and secure journey
  • Security by a travel company that is a member of the Travel Guarantee Fund


The following are NOT included in the above:

  • Transport including flights and local transport
  • Costs of insurance, vaccines and everything else not mentioned above

"People are taken aback when I tell them about my ski season in Lesotho. They can't tell if I'm serious or not. Normally, I just smile and leave them guessing."

- Jacob, Snowminds Teamleader



At Snowminds we take great care to ensure we select the right people for our team at Afriski in Lesotho. Beyond being a talented and capable instructor, we expect you to be positive, adventurous and ready to work hard as part of the Snowminds Team.


Overall, we expect you to:


  • You have completed a course with Snowminds previously or have minimum a level 1 instructor certification (i.e. CSIA, NZSIA, Anwärter or similar)
  • Minimum one season of teaching experience*
  • Be positive, outgoing and responsible
  • Be great with both children, teenagers and adults
  • Enjoy teaching and being challenged in various ways
  • Have teaching experience as a ski or snowboard instructor
  • Be responsible, serious and ready for a challenging experience
  • Enjoy instructing and being challenged
  • Speak English fluently
  • Be at least 18 years old


After submitting your application, we will first give you a call and then invite you to an interview to evaluate your candidacy. You will also have the opportunity to hear more about the experience as a ski instructor in Africa, and can ask any questions you may have. After a successful interview, you will proceed to the second part of the recruitment process, where you will have to submit an application and have a conversation with a representative of the ski school. If this goes well, you will finally be offered a job.

There is great interest in this rare opportunity and the available positions therefore fill-up quickly. We operate on a “first-come – first served” principle. That means the earlier you apply, the greater your chances are to join the team. Click here to apply.


*If you don’t have any teaching experience, please reach out to us and we will do our best to help you.

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