Frequently asked questions

Here you can find answers to our most commonly asked questions. Please remember you can contact our team at any time should you need more information.

General FAQs

Whilst we cannot guarantee that all applicants will receive a placement (as the partner schools make the final decision), we do make a conscious effort to identify opportunities across our entire network of placement partners to ensure there is a suitable placement for all our outstanding candidates!

The answer is… possibly but not likely. It really does come down to the individual school and their unique set of requirements. In saying this, we only have a handful of placements that only appoint one participant, so the chances are you’re likely to be placed at a school with a fellow Letz Live participant. What makes this even better is that you will have communication from them the moment placements are confirmed and have the opportunity to chat to other gappies via Facebook groups and meet them on our orientation programme!

We certainly take down your preferences for a number of things including your preferred location, age groups, if you’ve got a particular interest in a school or if you would like to travel with a friend. In saying this, whilst we take them as “preferences” we cannot guarantee this and therefore some flexibility on your behalf is required. Our job is to match YOU to the best possible placement based on YOUR strengths and interests. The wonderful thing about our placements is that there are many travel opportunities for you to catch up with friends, and make new ones.

The call is yours! We’re always available should the need arise and can offer you all of the support (or space!) that you may require throughout your placement. Having experienced a gap year ourselves, we understand that sometimes you need a sounding-board and other times you might like to be left alone to experience everything first hand. Either way, we’re only a phone call away if you need us.

Our in country managers will check-in with you throughout your placement both in person and over the phone so you never feel alone. 

Your airfare, insurance (mandatory requirement for our programmes) and your visa are not included in our programme fees. In saying this, we will provide you with a travel quote that includes both flights and insurance upon acceptance of your position. 

Absolutely! We have access to some great airfare rates and can provide assistance with your comprehensive travel insurance policies. We also work with an Immigration expert who, for a small fee, can lodge and manage your visa application on your behalf.

More information on travel packages can be found on the FAQ for each destination. 

Assuming that you have applied before the application closing dates stated above, we will aim to notify applicants as per the below schedule:

  • January Intake: Applicants notified between June and August
  • July Intake: Applicants notified between February and March

Programme fees are reinvested into the organisation to facilitate ongoing participant support and promotion of our programs. Our goal is to offer opportunities to those travelling on a budget by ensuring that programme fees are kept to a minimum.

For an in depth breakdown of the inclusions for your fee please refer to programme fee inclusions for each country programme below. 

Gap Years in the UK

Throughout your placement, your UK based Country Manager is available directly via telephone or email whenever you require; they’ll even come and visit you during your placement! 

In conjunction with your country manager,  our global team we are always on hand whether you need help booking travel or just need some more information.

OriginApplication FeeProgramme Fee
Africa (inc. South Africa)R990.00R19,900.00
Australia & New Zealand (& everywhere else)$125.00$2,690.00
Europe£50.00£1,250.00
Domestic Placement(open to UK residents only)£50.00£885.00
Second Year Placement$1,500 (AUD)
Only applicants who are offered and subsequently accept a placement will be charged the programme fee.

The fee includes:

  • Your placement as an assistant at a leading UK school, carefully selected by our team (we visit our host placements annually to ensure their continued suitability to host our participants)
  • A position within a school that will pay you an allowance
  • Food and accommodation for the duration of your placement (throughout term time)
  • Our famous ‘Orientation’ program which is held prior to the commencement of your placement
  • Orientation includes, 2 nights accommodation, meals, training course + you meet countless other participants!
  • A dedicated ‘Country Manager’ who will be your key point of contact in the lead up to and throughout the full duration of your placement with us
  • Local UK mobile phone SIM card
  • Access to a variety of discounted tours throughout the UK and Europe to enjoy during your time abroad
  • 2 x complimentary international money transfers
  • Gappie support group to meet others on the programme prior to departure 

Previous orientations have been held in Dubai, London, Bangkok, Singapore, Los Angeles, Sydney and more. 

At this time, as the world returns to normal, we are hoping our 2023 orientation will be held at our most requested destination, the UAE. 

As you can imagine, the logistics of arranging several hundred young people to travel to the other side of the world can be a challenging process. With this in mind, our dedicated in-house travel team will manage all your travel requirements from your home country to the UK prior to your placements. This includes connecting your travel via the orientation programme. What makes this even better is the flexible payment options and you will arrive with other participants from the programme to be met by your team at the airport. 

Based on last year’s departures from Australia/New Zealand to Dubai, the travel package is approximately $3945. This includes return airfares + taxes at peak season and also 12-month comprehensive travel insurance that covers you throughout the UK and EU. Please be advised every quote is individual based on your requirements. 

Don’t stress about the payments either. We offer flexible payment options and the ability for interest-free repayments.

To live and work in the UK you will need either a British/Irish passport or you will need to apply for a working holiday visa. Please see below for the costs for the two different visa types, Youth Mobility Scheme Visa and British Ancestry Visa.

Tier 5 Youth Mobility visa

The Tier 5 Youth Mobility visa will cost £230.

The British High Commission requires you to have the equivalent of £2530 or more in available savings. You will need a bank statement or a letter from your bank as documentary evidence.

At some VFS Global offices, there may be additional service charges to cover the courier costs of sending your application away for processing. 

International Health Surcharge Fee is – £940

Ancestry Visa

The Ancestry Visa will cost you £516.

The British High Commission requires you to have the equivalent of £2500 or more in available savings. You will need a bank statement or a letter from your bank as documentary evidence.

International Health Surcharge Fee is – £3120

For full information visit GOV.UK

If you’re a British or an Irish passport holder you do not require a visa to work in the UK.

 

 

 

Owing to a recent change in interpretation of certain UKVI (border agency) regulations, a UK Gap Year experience isn’t possible for those under 18 on the date of travel, unless you hold a UK ancestry (blood grandparent or parent, born in the UK) or have a British / Irish passport in your own name. But, all is certainly not lost for the younger applicants, as we have procured a good number of gap placements in Thailand (for both 6 or 11 months) and New Zealand and these are open to all ages from 17 years.

Unfortunately, due to the complicated nature of visa and entry clearance requirements imposed by the UK government, we are unable to offer alternative programme options in the UK at this time. We do, however, offer several Gap Year programme options for participants to enjoy across the world. Some of our other fantastic destinations include Australia, New Zealand and Thailand!

Yes, we have placements in and around London. However due to the limited number of school placements available in London, we are unable to guarantee that a participant will be placed where requested, but don’t let this discourage you! The United Kingdom public transport system is a convenient and cost-effective way to explore every corner of the island nation, including London!

All earnings on our Gap Year programmes are dependent on your job offer and the salary that school pays. 

When on a Gap Year in the UK you can expect to earn about $12,000 – $16,000 AUD (about £6000-£8000) per year.

During the school holiday periods, you’ll be able to explore and travel around the United Kingdom at your own leisure. Why not make the most of our amazing ‘gap-only’ tours, explore the island nation with family and friends, or even take a quick trip to visit Rome, Paris or even Berlin? The world is your oyster!

Every holiday we organise different tours with Letz Travel and we will be in contact with you to provide travel options. 

Depending on your placement, it is to your schools’ discretion whether or not your accommodation will be available during the holidays, so be sure you ask your employer. Please note that food is only inclusive during working terms and will not be provided during school holiday periods.

Gap Years in New Zealand

Throughout your placement, your designated Country Manager is available via telephone or email whenever you require; they’ll even come and visit you during your placement! 

In conjunction with your Country Manager, our global team is always on hand whether you need help booking travel or just need some more information.

If you have an Australian or New Zealand passport you don’t need a visa to work in New Zealand. 

Please contact us for entry requirements if you’re applying from anywhere else. 

OriginApplication FeeProgramme Fee
Africa (inc. South Africa)R990.00R19,900.00
Australia (& everywhere else)$125.00$2,690.00
The UK & Europe£50.00£1,250.00

Domestic Placement

(open to NZ residents only)

$125.00 (AUD)$1885.00 (AUD)
Second Year Placement$1,500 (AUD)

Only applicants who are offered and subsequently accept a placement will be charged the programme fee.

  • Your placement as an assistant at a leading New Zealand school, carefully selected by our team (we visit our host placements annually to ensure their continued suitability to host our participants)
  • A position within a school that will pay you an allowance!
  • Food and accommodation for the duration of your placement (throughout term time)
  • Our famous ‘Orientation’ program which is held prior to the commencement of your placement
  • Orientation includes, 2 nights accommodation, meals, training course + you meet countless other participants!
  • A dedicated ‘Country Manager’ who will be your key point of contact in the lead up to and throughout the full duration of your placement with us and is based in New Zealand
  • New Zealand mobile phone SIM card
  • Access to a variety of discounted tours throughout your trip
  • 2 x complimentary international money transfers
  • Gappie support group so you can meet other participants prior to departure

Our orientation in New Zealand generally takes place in the amazing city of Auckland! You will arrive and meet your fellow Gappies, take part in the essential training and also enjoy a day trip before heading to your placement. 

When you are offered a Gap Year position to New Zealand, we will send you a proposed option for flights from your home port to your school. We will attempt to have our Gappies travel and arrive together wherever possible. We will provide arrival requirements for your international flight (time and date) and your school may request for you to arrive on certain flights when travelling internally within New Zealand to ensure a smooth collection at the airport. Travel Insurance is a mandatory part of your placement and we will provide you with details of this policy when we send your proposed flight itinerary.

Please be advised every quote is individual based on your flight requirements and cover required for insurance. 

Don’t stress about the payments either. We offer flexible payment options and the ability for interest-free repayments.

During the school holiday periods, you’ll be able to explore and travel around New Zealand at your own leisure. Why not make the most of our amazing flight deals and take a quick trip to see Australia, Fiji or even South East Asia? You could road trip around the North Island or go skiing in Queenstown, the list is endless! 

When on a Gap Year in New Zealand you can expect to earn about $8000- $14,000 NZD per year.

Gap Years in Australia

Throughout your placement, your designated Country Manager is available via telephone or email whenever you require; they’ll even come and visit you during your placement! In addition, you’ll have the ongoing support of our friendly and dedicated global headquarters team based in Queensland.

We have partner schools all across Australia. From Cairns in North Queensland, to Hobart in the South, Sydney in the East to Perth in the West… and everywhere in between. Some schools are located in capital cities, whilst others might be a little further afield. Wherever you are placed, you can be assured that our team has visited the placement to ensure it’s suitable for our participants. 

During the school holiday periods, you’ll be able to explore and travel around Australia at your own leisure. Why not make the most of our amazing flight deals and take a quick trip to see New Zealand, Fiji or even South East Asia? The choice is yours!

OriginApplication FeeProgramme Fee
Africa (inc. South Africa)R990.00R19,900.00
New Zealand (& everywhere else)$125.00$2,690.00
The UK & Europe£50.00£1,250.00
Domestic Placement(open to Aus residents only)$125.00 $1885.00 
Second Year Placement$1,500 (AUD)
Only applicants who are offered and subsequently accept a placement will be charged the programme fee.
  • Your placement as an assistant at a leading Australian boarding school, carefully selected by our team (we visit our host placements annually to ensure their continued suitability to host our participants)
  • A position within a school that will pay you an allowance!
  • Food and accommodation for the duration of your placement (throughout term time)
  • Our famous ‘Orientation’ program which is held prior to the commencement of your placement
  • Orientation includes, 2 nights accommodation, meals, training course + you meet countless other participants!
  • A dedicated ‘Program Manager’ who will be your key point of contact in the lead up to and throughout the full duration of your placement with us
  • Ongoing and unlimited support from local ‘Country Manager’ based in Australia
  • Australian mobile phone SIM card
  • Access to a variety of discounted tours throughout your trip
  • 2 x complimentary international money transfers
  • Gappies support group to meet other participants prior to arriving

Our orientation in Australia generally takes place on the beautiful Gold Coast! You’ll arrive and meet other participants, complete the essential training and have time for a day trip and surf lesson. After this you’ll head to your placement.

When you are offered a Gap Year position to Australia, we will send you a proposed option for flights from your home port to your school. We will attempt to have our Gappies travel and arrive together wherever possible. We will provide arrival requirements for your international flight (time and date) and your school may request for you to arrive on certain flights when travelling internally within Australia to ensure a smooth collection at the airport. Travel Insurance is a mandatory part of your placement and we will provide you with details of this policy when we send your proposed flight itinerary.

Please be advised every quote is individual based on your flight requirements and cover required for insurance. 

Don’t stress about the payments either. We offer flexible payment options and the ability for interest-free repayments.

A gap year in Australia on the Letz Live programme includes full-time employment at a leading boarding school as a boarding house assistant. You have the opportunity to travel around this beautiful country on the school holidays. There is so much to do and discover on a gap year in Australia. Check out our Australia Destination page for ideas.

During your gap year to Australia you can travel along the famed east coast and visit the Great Barrier Reef, learn to surf and sail around the Whitsundays. Head south to iconic cities of either Sydney and Melbourne, or swim off the coastline of South Australia with sea lions. Over to the west is the famed wineries of Margaret River and the heart of Australia lies in the red centre where you can experience Australia’s Indigenous history and see the clearest views of our stars above.

By contacting Letz Live. Feel confident before you leave your home country knowing that employment, accommodation and a network of support is waiting for you. Not sure where to start? Submit a contact form and we’ll get to know what you want to do.



Gap Years in Thailand

All our placements in Thailand are in international schools whereby English is spoken as a first language. The majority of school staff and a good proportion of students are expatriates from Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, South Africa, North America and the United Kingdom.

The short answer is ‘Yes’! Like anywhere that you travel, it’s always important to remain cautious of your actions and those around you to ensure that you stay safe. To date, we have not experienced any problems with participants in Thailand and do not anticipate any in the future.

With each school catering specifically to western staff and students, the standard of food and accommodation offered as part of our Thailand Gap Year Programme is exactly as you would expect if you were placed in any of our western programs. However, you will of course be able to indulge in traditional Thai food if and when you please!

A lot of food in Thailand is prepared in peanut oil or with peanuts. It’s very hard to cater to a diet in Thailand unless you are prepared to source your own food.

Our partner schools are situated in cities located across the entire country of Thailand, including the beautiful countryside. Wherever you may be placed as part of your program, you can expect a culturally rich experience during your time in Thailand.

OriginApplication FeeProgramme Fee
Africa (inc. South Africa)R990.00R19,900.00
Australia & New Zealand (& everywhere else)$125.00$2,690.00
The UK & Europe£50.00£1,250.00

Domestic Placement

(open to Thailand residents only)

$125.00 (AUD)$1885.00 (AUD)
Second Year Placement$1,500 (AUD)

Only applicants who are offered and subsequently accept a placement will be charged the programme fee.

The fee includes:

  • Your placement as an assistant at a leading international Thai school, carefully selected by our team (we visit our host placements annually to ensure their continued suitability to host our participants)
  • A position within a school that will pay you an allowance!
  • Food and accommodation for the duration of your placement (throughout term time)
  • Our famous ‘Orientation’ program which is held prior to the commencement of your placement
  • Orientation includes, 2 nights accommodation, meals, training course + you meet countless other participants!
  • A dedicated ‘Program Manager’ who will be your key point of contact in the lead up to and throughout the full duration of your placement with us
  • Ongoing and unlimited support from our team based in Australia
  • Local Thai mobile phone SIM card
  • Access to a variety of discounted tours throughout Thailand and Asia
  • 2 x complimentary international money transfers
  • Gappies support group to meet other participants prior to arriving

Our orientation in Thailand generally takes place in the exciting and bustling city of Bangkok. When you arrive you’ll meet your fellow Gap participants, complete the essential training and enjoy a day tour of sight seeing. After the 2 night/3 day orientation you’ll head to your Boarding School Placement. 

When you are offered a Gap Year position to Thailand, we will send you a proposed option for flights from your home port to your school. We will attempt to have our Gappies travel and arrive together wherever possible. We will provide arrival requirements for your international flight (time and date) and your school may request for you to arrive on certain flights when travelling internally within Thailand to ensure a smooth collection at the airport. Travel Insurance is a mandatory part of your placement and we will provide you with details of this policy when we send your proposed flight itinerary.

Please be advised every quote is individual based on your flight requirements and cover required for insurance. 

Don’t stress about the payments either. We offer flexible payment options and the ability for interest-free repayments.

Gap Years and COVID-19

At the time of writing you do not require proof of vaccination to enter any of our destinations, but quarantine requirements, negative PCR tests and health declarations may differ depending on your country of origin and destination. 

We do however foresee increased travel privileges to those who have been vaccinated. This is already in place for participants on our UK programme, where home isolation is available to vaccinated travellers returning from amber list countries. 

For the latest advice please call our office. 

Yes. The countries in which our programmes operate are all offering vaccinations to non-residents and visa holders. 

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.

You will receive a 70% refund on your programme fee. 

What can
Letz Live offer?

Letz Live is passionate about worthwhile travel. To us, there’s no better way to understand the world than by diving into the local culture. Our organisation is partnered with renowned schools in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and the UK that welcome gap assistants with open arms.

We know what it’s like to yearn for an in-depth overseas experience that a tourist vacation can’t provide. So we encourage everyone with big hearts, open minds and positive attitudes to apply for our gap year programmes. We organise an experience that combines work and travel for a better understanding of life on the other side of the world.

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