A 20-year-old Adelaidian law student, trying to broaden her horizions (and hopefully yours). Especially while she is stuck at home!
Published March 23rd 2020
Don't write off the next 6 months
Make the most of your time at home with these great online courses, tours and activities, including many which were not free before the coronavirus pandemic started (talk about a silver lining!) See the below for some tried and tested online resources including wellbeing, health and fitness, arts and culture and even tours of famous landmarks.
1. Yale's 'The Science of Wellbeing' Course Yale and Coursera have come together to offer Yale's most popular online course 'The Science of Wellbeing' online and free for everyone. The course is designed to improve personal happiness and increase productivity. The lecturer who takes this course also has a very successful podcast called 'The Happiness Lab'.
2. Free Premium Access to Yoga 'DoYogaWithMe' are offering free premium access for two months to be able to follow a huge amount of yoga practice videos and access an active online wellbeing community.
3. Online Wellness Community and Strategies 'Sanvello' is also offering free premium access to their wellness through their app, 'Pacifica', The app provides strategies and wellness activities to keep you in tune with yourself. A great option!
4. Online Workouts and Yoga DownDog offers online classes of yoga, HITT, barre and 7-minute workouts, through their website and app. DownDog have made all of their classes free until April 1st for everyone - and for students and healthcare professionals, even longer. They have done this to encourage people to continue practising wellness and exercise despite not following normal routines.
5. Audiobooks Audible, a company popular for its collection of Audiobooks, are offering free access to kids and teens to a collection of interesting titles, see here.
6. Free Access to Textbooks Cambridge University Press is currently offering free access to 700 of their core textbooks across a variety of genres on their website, great to further your learning, or learn about something new!
7. Learn How to Play Chess Online Internet Chess Club is an online community that play chess together over the internet. The site also offers several free courses on how to play chess and different tactics and strategies, a really great way to learn something you usually need to do face-to-face with others.
8. Learn a Language Duolingo is a very popular free application for accessing modules to help you learn a variety of languages. Celebrate your new language skills after completion with an overseas trip to that country when travel bans have lifted.
9. Watch Broadway Productions Online Consider yourself a Theatre Nerd? or haven't seen enough shows to cultivate your interest? Now is your chance: Playbill has written a brilliant article, on 15 professional plays or musicals that you can watch online across a variety of platforms. (note: some require access to paid streaming services, but many of these services offer free-trials). Theses stunning recordings include classics like Newsies, Billy Elliot, Peter Pan and more.
10. Watch Opera Performances Streamed by 'The Met' The Met Opera, while having to cancel their 19-20 season, are now offering a variety of different performances on their website. I have certainly never been to an opera performance, so this is a great option to expand your horizons!
11. Or write your own play: Lauren Gunderson, the 'most produced playwright in America' is offering a multi-part Livestream series on her Facebook page, offering classes on how to develop your own playwright skills.
12. Virtually Tour an Internationally Known Museum or Gallery
Travel Leisure have curated a great selection of tours of a range of places across the US, Europe and Asia available across different platforms. These tours are great because they can be done from anywhere!
13. Tour an American National Park With new travel restrictions and bans in place across the world, this is a great option to explore beautiful natural environments without leaving your house. Or maybe use these virtual tours as a way to decide places that you want to visit in the future (it's on my list!).