2020 Gap Assistant Skye Holmwood recently shared her Top 10 answers about her UK Gap year with Letz Live.
What is your job as a Gap Assistant at your school?
My job at my UK school was titled “School Assistant”, however, my role has changed throughout the course of the year given the COVID-19 lockdown. I started with working in the nursery with the babies whilst also attaining a boarding role in the nighttime. During the lockdown, I was more of an academic tutor and supervisor for the students who still remained on campus.
Where have you recently travelled to over the school holidays?
Italy, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria
What were the highlights of your trip?
It’s hard to pinpoint the best destination or experience, however, living on a yacht for a week hopping between Croatian islands is definitely up there. The stunning views of Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre are certainly hard to beat, whilst ziplining through Slovenian mountain ranges was a whole new exciting experience.
Who did you travel with?
I travelled with some friends from high school, Gap Assistants from my UK school and also many who I met along the way.
Do you have any future travel plans before returning home? If so, what are they?
I hope to visit France, Switzerland and Germany before returning home!
What is one of your favourite memories from your gap year so far?
Stepping foot out of the airport in Rome after flying in from the UK was one of the most surreal moments of my life. After spending a long three months in lockdown, to suddenly be surrounded by a new culture was an experience like no other. Exploring the Roman streets and major historical sites was so special given we were some of the only tourists, we practically had the Colosseum and Vatican to ourselves!
Why would you recommend Letz Live to others who would like to take a Gap Year?
I would recommend taking a gap year with Letz Live in a heartbeat. It’s the perfect balance of spending a year gaining independence and exploring the globe whilst having an incredibly supportive network at Letz Live who are always there to help with anything!
If you could give one piece of advice to future Gap Assistants what would it be?
One piece of advice I would give future Gap Assistants is to not hold back. You’ve got a year living on the other side of the world, make the most of every opportunity- explore everywhere you can and meet as many people you can along the way.
What is the best part about being a Gap Assistant?
The independence and freedom
If you have plans for 2021, what are they?
I plan to start studying a Bachelor of Philosophy (honours) Science at the Australian National University, which is a highly regarded research-intensive degree which leads to either medicine or further academic research.