COVID-19 news and updates
Update as at 20 February 2021
It goes without saying that 2020 was a year like no other and whilst travel has been disrupted we remain focussed on achieving what we do best: offering amazing gap year experiences in the UK, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.
Given the circumstances of the current climate, we are delighted to advise that our programmes have remained operational in 2021 having received a large number of very strong applicants and schools that were keen to continue to recruit Gap Assistants. As ever, we are determined to maintain the quality of our Gap Assistants while seeking to meet school requirements and acknowledge applicant preferences such as a student year level and school location.
Applications for our 2022 intakes are now open. With vaccination programmes becoming more prevalent around the world and global Covid-19 case numbers falling quickly, we’re already starting to see application levels return to pre-pandemic levels for programmes commencing next year. Our advice to prospective applicants for 2022 is to lodge your application prior to the 1 April 2021 closing date.
If you or your parents have any questions, queries or concerns regarding the programme, please contact our offices and one of our team can assist you.
We will continue to update this page with news regarding COVID-19.
We have introduced a refund clause into our gap programme participant agreement should you be unable to travel within a designated timeframe ahead of your gap placement.
Flexible Payment Options:
We fully appreciate that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed financial strain on a number of families. In light of this, we’ve teamed up with Skye Finance who can potentially provide you with flexible payment options for your gap year placement with 0% interest repayments. Please contact our office should you require additional information regarding this flexible payment arrangement. NB: this is available to Australian residents only.
The Department of Home Affairs announced a new category for exemptions to travel overseas. You can now apply to travel if it is for over three months or for essential business. This is welcome news for Gap Assistants wanting to travel abroad for their Gap Year, and at the time of writing 100% of our participants were successful in obtaining their exemption to travel.
In recent months, Letz Live has seen two dozen exemption approvals for participants to travel for work to the UK to begin their role within a school for their August/September intake. These results are very encouraging and we continue to watch, with great interest, the decisions made by the Federal Government. You can find further information about exemptions online here.