Planning your next adventure abroad? We’ve pinpointed the most epic sporting competitions of the next decade. (Brazil is the hotspot!) Whether you’re planning on teaching, studying, interning, or volunteering abroad, these are the cities where you can experience the international fervor on an entire new level.
England: Summer Olympics
The opening ceremonies kick off on July 27, bringing in two weeks of spirited competition in England’s capital. From horse jumping in Greenwich Park, to tennis matches in Wimbledon, this metropolitan capital will be buzzing with the festivities during the Summer Olympics games. If you’re thinking of studying or interning abroad in London, there’s no better time to do it than the summer of 2012!
Turkey: FIFA U-20 World Cup
Whether you’re a soccer fan or not, this is one big event for Turkey. A world cup competition for players under 20 years old, the U-20 is held every two years. With this honor, Turkey continues to secure its stance in soccer at an international level, as it competes with 24 other countries for the FIFA U20 championship title this year. If you’re studying or teaching abroad in Turkey from June 21 to July 3, check out one of these celebrations.
Brazil: FIFA World Cup
South Africa hosted the games in 2010, the now the FIFA World Cup is jumping across the Atlantic to be played out in South America’s largest country, Brazil. The country has secured itself as the leading force in the world of soccer, having already won more FIFA World Cup championship titles than any other national soccer team in history. As if the country’s epic Carnival celebrations aren’t enough, you’re in for a great time in 2014!
Australia & NZ: Cricket World Cup
Australia has been the most successful cricket team in World Cup history, claiming four championships and six finals appearances. A wildly popular sport down under, cricket is enjoyed throughout Australia; and the 2015 World Cup gives you the chance to enjoy the splendor of Australia’s favorite sport. Games will also be played out in New Zealand, giving the Kiwis a chance to showcase their talents!
If you happen to be in Australia or New Zealand in 2015, this is an event you don’t want to miss!
Brazil: Summer Olympics
The Olympic games finally come to South America. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s second-largest city, will be the epicenter of the two-week competition. Surrounded by majestic mountains and tropical beaches, over 28 sports will be played out between August 5 and August 21. If you’re studying or volunteering abroad in the area, you will get the chance to witness the energy and enthusiasm of this truly global experience.
England: IAAF World Championships in Athletics
Perhaps one of the world’s under-the-radar sporting events, IAAF World Championships in Athletics is set to be played out in London in 2017. This international event has become increasingly popular, and has seen a significant rise in women’s sporting events, with more events being introduced each time. In November 2011, London beat out Qatar to become the host, and the stage is set for some of the most dynamic sporting events.
South Korea: Winter Olympics
In 2018, South Korea takes the global spotlight from February 9 through 25, when the city of Pyeongchang becomes the heart of this international event. While Japan has hosted the winter games twice before, this will be South Korea’s first time. South Korea is hands down one of the most popular places in which to teach abroad, so if you’re planning your travels, don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to be a part of the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Japan: Rugby World Cup
In 2019, Japan will become the first Asian nation to host the Rugby World Cup. Although Japan has been the dominating rugby power in Asia, it has yet to set itself apart on the international stage amongst top rugby teams.
Along with Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore will also host two of the World Cup matches. If you are planning your Japan get away well in advance, be sure to add this to your list of must-see events.
France: Tour de France
It’s one of the world’s most famous races. Every July, cyclists from around the world come to France to take part in this three-week marathon, which is broken up into daily stages. The route traverses the Pyrenees mountains and rural countryside, with the last day finishing on the world’s most grand boulevard: the Champs-Élysées in Paris!
Qatar: FIFA World Cup
The FIFA Federations World Cup, regarded as the prelude or “dress rehearsal” to the real deal (the FIFA World Cup) will be held in Qatar in 2022. Qatar will be the first country in the Middle East to ever host the Cup. While the culture in Qatar is different from the typical party atmosphere associated with the competition, there has never been a better chance to explore the Middle East.
Qatar also has some of the highest-paying teaching jobs in the world, so if you’re looking for a way to earn money and pay your way through the World Cup, this is your chance!