You’re a student, it’s summer, there’s no school, which is the way it should be, really. Now, you are going to have a lot of time on your hands, and playing video games or laying out in the grass can only occupy so much of it. The question becomes: what to do with your summer off?

1. Get Better at Sport While Learning a Language

Yes, we’re not joking on this one. You can go learn polo in South America, but we’re thinking something closer to home might be better. Why not head to the Costa Blanca to learn the Spanish ways of sport plus immerse yourself in the language and culture. You can’t beat sunny Alicante in the summertime, and ISC Spain has a great loads of great options.

Wishing you were in Alicante right now?

2. Go Skiing in New Zealand

Yes, you’ll have to get a job to afford the ticket. And, it takes a very long time to get there, but skiing in the Southern Alps is a once in a lifetime experience. You might as well do it while you’re young and able to ski all day, right?

3. Read a Great Book

Honestly, this isn’t a bad idea. While you’re lounging around hoping to tan, read something other than the books you have to read for class. You never really get to hear about Shakespeare being mainly fart jokes, stabbings and sex from your English teacher, but that’s what it is.

Coriolanus has sex, stabbing and dirty jokes, so check it out!

4. Volunteer

In this economy summer jobs are hard to come by, so go out an volunteer. Get involved with a great organization locally or sign up for some group taking a trip abroad. Plus, the dirty little secret of volunteerism is that you get a little bit of a high from helping others. It’s true, so just think about that.

5. Learn to Code

This is no longer just for nerds. It’s 2014: you use a tablet, smartphone and computer everyday, so why not learn how to make stuff for them. The guy who invented Flappy Bird was bringing in over $50,000 a day before he pulled the app! Want to make enough money in a month to never have to work, then you’d better learn to code. You can get started online for free!