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

A summer as a snowboard instructor in Africa


Since 2013, Snowminds has been defying expectations by sending passionate ski and snowboard instructors to Africa. At Afriski Resort in Lesotho, located 3,000 meters above sea level, our instructors have embarked on a unique winter teaching experience. Surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery and driven by a spirit of adventure, Afriski offers both summer and winter activities that defy the impossible. Join Snowminds and be a part of this extraordinary adventure!

The Snowboard Instructor Life in South Africa

Afriski, a small ski area with big dreams, defies expectations by offering skiing in Africa. Despite its size, it boasts a wide ski run, a children’s area, a certified snow park, an après-ski bar, ski rentals, and vibrant festivals like “Winterfest.” With space for approximately 400 African ski tourists, Afriski provides a rare opportunity to experience snowboarding in Africa. As an instructor, you’ll not only teach snowboarding but often introduce students to snow for the first time. Become a snowboard instructor in South Africa and experience a unique season. Expect a unique and unforgettable experience, as shared by instructor Louise: “It’s not uncommon to be asked how snow forms and where it comes from! Be prepared for something truly special.”

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 snowboard 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 www.snowmindsstore.com
  • 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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