Paid Gap Year in Australia
Live & work as a Gap Assistant in an Australian Boarding School
Are you a fan of white sandy beaches, lush rainforests and stunningly perfect weather? Perhaps you’re a sports fanatic, or enjoy bonding with mates over beers and an outdoor BBQ? If you answered ‘yes’ to one or more of the above, then a gap year in the land down under may be calling your name!
Our Australian Gap Year Program offers you a taste of the Aussie lifestyle that a normal tourist could only ever dream of. Working as an assistant at a leading Australian school, you’ll be completely immersed in every aspect of typical Australian life. From the stunning tropical coastline of Northern Queensland, to the rugged and impenetrable forests of Tasmania, we offer a wide variety of school placements throughout Australia!
During school holiday periods of which there are many, you’re free to explore every corner of this wide brown land. From the parched landscapes of the Red Centre, where you can gaze awestruck at Uluru and learn about its importance to the Aboriginal Dreamtime, to the picture perfect coastal towns of Port Douglas and Cairns, where the combination of the rainforest, beach and Great Barrier Reef will make you feel as though you’ve stumbled right into a postcard. And when you’ve had just about enough of all of the disturbingly beautiful nature, you can treat yourself to the cosmopolitan delights of Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide or Brisbane.
Our Australian Gap Year Program is inclusive of meals (during term time), accommodation, weekly allowance, visa assistance, a comprehensive in-country orientation (watch our video above for more), and ongoing support from our committed team. If you find yourself in the surfing hub of the Gold Coast, you can even pop into our offices to say hi!
Applications for July 2020 & January 2021 are now open!
Contact our office for placements commencing in January 2020.
Priority Application Dates
(Jul 2020 & Jan 2021)
The sooner you apply, the better! To be fair to all applicants, our priority application dates are strictly enforced and therefore it's advisable that applications be submitted in-full prior to the dates that are listed below.
Whilst you can still apply after the dates listed below, preference may be given to those who've applied on-time.
Africa (inc. South Africa)
Americas (North & South)
Asia / Pacific (inc. New Zealand)
Europe / United Kingdom
Our placements commence in late January and mid July each year and conclude in December or June depending on duration and intake.
We have placements available for both 6 and 11 months in Australia. It's important to note that schools generally prefer a longer commitment (ie. 11 months).
You should anticipate remuneration around AU$150.00 - $350.00 per week in addition to food & accommodation during the school term.
"When looking to do a gap year you are presented with many different companies all wanting you to choose them. Letz Live helped us with all of the questions we had. All of the staff that I worked with was so helpful. Just before my journey into Australia there was a problem with my insurance policy being accepted by the Immigration department. Not only did Letz Live help my family and I through this ordeal, but they emailed us through the whole process and made sure I was able to fly out on time. Once in Australia the orientation was awesome. I would highly recommend Letz Live to any student who wants an awesome work experience in a different country."Lucy W
“I left home for Australia almost a full year ago now, and I’ve never looked back. The year has gone so well for me. I was actually offered a chance to continue my job in Queensland, which I’ve accepted. I’ve had some amazing experiences over the last 12 months. Coming here was one of the biggest and by far the best decisions I’ll ever make in my life. The weather’s great, the people even better, and within half a year I already knew I’d need more time to explore this wonderful corner of the world.”Joe M
“This was a brilliant program, I met great people from around the world and it was a great opportunity to work in an overseas school. If I could do the programme again I would!!!! During my time I travelled to various places around Australia and then went on to New Zealand and Fiji. The program gave me the confidence to travel. The team and the school were great.”Megan O
“After arriving in Australia on the 17th of July, I have settled into life in Aus very quickly. I think it was hugely beneficial to spend a couple of days in Sydney with Letz Live during our orientation that gave us the chance to acclimatise and meet other young people on the program from around the world! Another reason that I settled quickly is the people. The people have been very welcoming and have gone out of their way to help us settle in.”Dom M
“I can only describe the last 6 months in Australia as unforgettable, challenging and above all, fun! I have loved every second and have had the opportunity to involve and fully immerse myself in so many new and interesting activities. I never had a reason to worry as Letz Live were totally approachable, informative and professional. The orientation on arrival was amazing! There was no time to feel homesick or jet-lag as we surfed the Gold Coast, explored Surfers Paradise and learnt about our roles as gap assistants. It was great to meet other gappies before moving into our respective schools around Australia.”Hannah D.
"I would recommend Letz Live to anyone who was interested in doing a similar gap year to me because they managed to find me a place in Australia within a few months of application at short notice. The communication between myself and Letz Live was very good. They kept me up to date with what was happening and were able to answer any questions I had quickly. They were exceptional and a lot better than the previous company I had tried to go through as I was kept in almost limbo for about 7 months with no communication."Luke B
“I would most definitely recommend Letz Live to anyone considering doing a Gap Year. They were so helpful throughout the process, which at times was challenging especially with the time difference, but having people who themselves have experienced a gap year means that when you ask questions you know that you are getting truthful answers, something that has proved invaluable. Furthermore their knowledge of things to do and companies to contact when travelling has been fantastic. I cannot fault them and the help and advice they have given me on making this an amazing year.”Nicola T
Our programme inclusions are listed below.
- Your placement as an assistant at a leading Australian school, carefully selected by the team (we visit our host placements annually to ensure their continued suitability to host our participants)
- A dedicated ‘Country Manager' (that has personally experienced their own gap year working in a school) who will be your key point of contact in the lead up to and throughout the full duration of your placement in Australia
- Ongoing and unlimited support from our Australian Headquarters and team based in New Zealand, South Africa & the United Kingdom
- In-country orientation course upon arrival, including 2 x nights’ (4-star) accommodation, daily breakfast and welcome dinner
- ‘Duty of Care’ course in conjunction with the Australian Boarding School Association as required by the Australian Boarding Standard
- Surf Safety and Learn To Surf lesson (weather depending)
- Local Australian mobile phone SIM card
- Discounted travel insurance policies and tours throughout Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia for the school holiday periods
- Assistance with international money transfers and pointers on establishing an Australian bank account
Applicants for our Australian Gap Year Program must:
- Be aged between 17 and 25 years old at the time of their arrival into Australia
- Have a valid passport from their home country
- Have no serious pre-existing medical conditions
- Have no prior convictions, with the ability to provide evidence as required
- Have completed secondary schooling prior to arrival in Australia
- Be willing to undergo a medical examination as part of the visa application (if required by Australian Immigration authorities)
Application & Program Fees
All of our gap year programs are subject to a non-refundable application fee which is payable at the time of your online application. The application fee includes all costs associated with the processing of your application and interview.
Only applicants who are offered and subsequently accept a placement will be charged the remainder of the program fee.
|Region of Origin||Application Fee||Program Fee||Total Payable|
|Africa (inc. South Africa)||ZAR 990.00||ZAR 19,500.00||ZAR 20,490.00|
|Americas (North & South)||AUD $125.00||AUD $2,690.00||AUD $2,815.00|
|Asia / Pacific (excl. New Zealand)||AUD $125.00||AUD $2,690.00||AUD $2,815.00|
|Europe / United Kingdom||GBP 50.00||GBP 1.250.00||GBP 1,300.00|
|New Zealand||AUD $125.00||NZD $2,690.00||NZD $2,815.00|
|Other||AUD $125.00||AUD $2,690.00||AUD $2,815.00|
LODGING AN APPLICATION
To apply for this program, you’ll first be required to share a bit about yourself by completing an online application form and uploading your photo. Be sure to include as much detail as possible! This will help us to secure the right placement for you.
So, you’ve completed the form. What’s next?
Once we receive your application, we’ll contact your three nominated referees and ask them to complete a confidential online evaluation form regarding your suitability for the Australian Gap Year Program. Once we’ve heard back from each of your referees, we’ll get in touch with you via email to arrange a time and date for your face-to-face interview.
Following your face-to-face interview, we hope to be in a position to discuss your application with the ideal school for you in Australia!
Frequently Asked Questions
• January Intake: Applicants notified between June and August
• July Intake: Applicants notified between February and March