Gap Year

New Zealand


Gap Year - New Zealand
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Torn between splashing in the sea, shredding it down the slopes, or trekking through a jungle? Get more out of your gap year with a trip to a country that has it all, New Zealand. Never more than a couple of hours away from golden beaches, rolling green farmland and spectacular snow-covered mountains, it’s no surprise New Zealand is a popular destination for gap years and working holidays. 

Few countries boast such a diverse range of breathtaking views and thrilling experiences, but in New Zealand the options are endless. New Zealanders believe in balancing a good day’s work with time for family and friends, plus all the recreation and wide-open spaces their country offers.

Become immersed in a culture like no other and experience life the Kiwi way. We offer a wide variety of placements across the North and South islands, giving you the chance to work directly with local students and teachers as an assistant at a leading New Zealand school. 

When school is out, travel the length of this stunning country, its scenery, intriguing environment and unique wildlife. If you are into adventure, New Zealand’s mountains, lakes and coast make for the perfect playground, offering a dazzling array of high-octane activities that are affordable and easy to access. 

If you prefer to stay away from adrenaline-fuelled activities, tour other worldly locations used inpopular advertisements and films including The Lord of the Rings, trek the famous Fox Glacier, indulge in the renowned Marlborough wine region or explore snow-capped peaks and rainforests with fish-filled rivers and sparkling coves. 

New Zealand is the perfect place to make lifelong connections with new and interesting people from around the world gathering in the North and South Islands, with a unique diverse blend of European and Māori traditions mixed with influences from Polynesia, Asia and elsewhere. 

Our New Zealand Gap Year program is inclusive of meals, accommodation, weekly allowance, visa assistance, a comprehensive orientation and ongoing support from our committed team. 

The country is known for its welcoming, generous spirit, which the Māori have a word for – Manaakitanga, which loosely translates to hospitality, making it an appealing destination for a gap year abroad. 

Applications for January 2020 placements are openApply today!  

Contact our office for last minute vacanices for July 2019 placements.

Closing Dates (July 2019)

The sooner you apply, the better! To be fair to all applicants, closing dates must be strictly enforced. Therefore applications must be submitted in-full prior to the closing dates that are listed below for your convenience. 

  • Australian residents: Mar 8, 2019.
  • EU / UK residents: Dec 15, 2018.
  • South African residents: Dec 15, 2018.
  • The rest of the world: Dec 15, 2018.


Placements for our New Zealand Gap Year Program commence late January and mid July.


Our New Zealand Gap Year Program typically requires a commitment of 11 months. From time to time, some schools may require placements to be shorter than 6 months.


In addition to complimentary food and accommodation, participants can expect to receive between NZ$150 and NZ$250 per week as an allowance throughout the school term.

Lewis B review

"I’ve had no regrets on my gap year and would certainly recommended it for anyone in decision whether to go ahead with it. I’ve made lifelong friends with many people I’ve met here, from all over the world- some Kiwi, English, Australian and South African. I have also learnt many important life skills – interacting with adults and learning how to conduct myself in a professional workplace. Some may feel also a bit daunted at the fact you are going away for a year- one year is a long time but the school holidays break up the year and it just flies by. I’ve never felt homesick and you just get used to living here! Letz Live have been great in organising this opportunity for me."

Lewis B
Greta W review

"When one year ago I considered taking a gap year, the prospect of spending one year on the other side of the world away from family and friends seemed scary. And it is – in the beginning at least. But it is 110% worth it. I have always enjoyed traveling and meeting new people. On my Gap Year I have travelled the North and South Island of New Zealand thoroughly, visited Melbourne and Sydney and went to Samoa as well as Hong Kong. Thinking about how much I have experienced, how many amazing and inspiring people I have met whilst traveling and working and how many lessons I’ve learnt it just seems surreal. I would do it again any day.”

Greta W
Josh S review

“Without a doubt, my gap year has been the best thing I have ever experienced. I was given the opportunity to become a role model for the hundreds of children at my school. As a young man who loves his sport, I’d have to say the highlight of my working year would be the time I spent helping to coach the under 10’s rugby team to premiership victory. If you’re looking for a life-changing experience, then a gap year with Letz Live is definitely the way to go.”

Josh S
Mitch S review

“Letz Live has been a real asset for my gap year. As an (initially) inexperienced traveler, it was great to fly with a group of other ‘Gappies’ and the Letz Live team. Our accommodation and transfers were all organised for us in advance, but more importantly, Letz Live provided invaluable advice and a wealth of traveling experience. I’ve benefited the most from this ongoing support throughout the year. Its great to have Letz Live contact us regularly to help us organise our flights and tours (not to mention the discounts they have provided us with)“.

Mitch S
Sam W review

Taking a year out and travelling to New Zealand has been one of the best decisions that I've made. I've had the opportunity to live and work in a school where I was instantly welcomed and made to feel part of a community surrounded by people who are iincredibly friendly and hospitable. Sport is one of my passions and the college has provided a platform for me to develop my coaching skills. This opportunity provided me with a school-tour to Canberra (Australia) coaching the schools First XI cricket team. I have made what I hope to be lifelong friendships with people from all over the world - Kiwi's, South African's and even Australian's!


Sam W

BEST YEAR OF MY LIFE!! Even better than I could have possibly imagined. I left the UK full of uncertainty and worry. But now looking back I don’t regret a thing, perhaps not having enough time to do all I wanted, from going over the Tongariro crossing to Bungee jumping in Queenstown to traveling around the globe at Christmas. It’s near impossible to pick out an individual highlight, but the thing I will look back on most fondly is the experience of being a gap assistant especially at my school - which was fantastic. The sense of independence yet still having someone watch over you is the perfect way to begin adult life. Meeting so many new people eases the burden of leaving all your friends and family at home, and with technology makes it easier to keep your family updated of what you do. Anyone reading this who is unsure of whether to do a gap year or not, think of it as a leap of faith; if you jump you will not regret it and if you pass up the opportunity you’ll be left regretting it for the rest of your life !

Michaela  review

Exactly 353 days ago, I left my family, friends and everything else I knew behind to explore another country with people I had never met. Little did I know that this would be the greatest decision of my life. 

Not only has New Zealand shown me some of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, but it has also allowed me to grow as a person in so many different ways. The freedom of a gap year has made me more financially responsible and helped me figure out all the things I want and don’t want out of my university experience in the years to come. 

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not always easy sailing. There’s ups and downs at work, with your roommate and other gappies you spend loads of time with but all in all the pros by far outweigh the cons.

I wouldn’t change anything at all.


Just 18 days after finishing school last July I found myself on a plane to New Zealand and about to start the most incredible year of my life. I’m working at a school in Christchurch as a Gap Assistant, helping out in areas such as sport, the Learning Centre and of course in the boarding house.

I’ve had the most incredible opportunities at the school: coaching rugby alongside an ex All Black, being taught how to row by an Olympian and getting to explore some of the best countryside New Zealand has to offer. And all whilst being paid! I’ve also been travelling during the school holidays. 

 Of course, it’s not all play and requires a lot of hard work at times, but it has been so unbelievably worth it.


My time here has been amazing, not only have I learnt more things about myself, like how to be more independent but also about how to see from other peoples perspectives better. New Zealand  has been amazing and it is so beautiful, especially in the ways that you would not expect, for example how clear the stars are here or how rapidly the scenery can change over the course of a few miles.

I've seen amazing places and this year has definitely changed me for the better which I've been very grateful for, and in that aspect I'm sad to be leaving because I know how much here has made me happy but I am also looking forward to seeing my friends and family at home and starting university soon.



The New Zealand Gap Year Program includes:

  • 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 dedicated ‘Country Coordinator’ and '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 New Zealand based team
  • In-country orientation course upon arrival, including 2 x nights’ accommodation, daily breakfast and welcome dinner
  • The opportunity to see and explore Auckland during orientation
  • Visa sponsorship (required to partake the program)
  • ‘Duty of Care’ course in conjunction with the Australian Boarding School Association as required by the Australian Boarding Standard
  • Local New Zealand mobile phone SIM card
  • Discounted travel insurance policies and tour rates throughout New Zealand, Australia, the South Pacific islands and throughout South East Asia
  • 2 x complimentary international money transfers and instructions for establishing a New Zealand bank account
  • Plus much more!


Applicants for our New Zealand Gap Year Program must:

  • Be aged between 18 and 25 years old at the time of their arrival into New Zealand
  • 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 New Zealand
  • Be willing to undergo a medical examination as part of the visa application (if required by New Zealand Immigration authorities)
Affordable & Inclusive


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.

 Application FeeProgram FeeTotal Payable
Australia (+ Other)AUD $125.00AUD $2,490.00AUD $2,615.00
UK (+ Continental Europe)GBP £50.00GBP £1,250.00GBP £1,300.00
South African (+ Continental Africa)ZAR 865.00ZAR 17,500.00 ZAR 18,365.00
North, Central & South AmericaAUD $125.00AUD $2,490.00AUD $2,615.00
Application Procedure


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 New Zealand 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 New Zealand!

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Below, you will find the answers to some commonly asked questions regarding our New Zealand Gap Year Program. Can’t find the answer to your question? Get in touch with one of our friendly team today!
Throughout your placement, your designated Country Coordinator and Program Manager are available directly via phone or email when ever 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 team based in New Zealand.
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.
Absolutely! With access to some of the best airfare rates and travel deals available, we can even provide significant discounts on comprehensive travel insurance policies as part of your visa requirement.
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 to August
• July Intake: Applicants notified between February to March
Program 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 program fees are kept to a minimum.
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? The world is your oyster!
Unfortunately, due to the nature of school placements, we are unable to guarantee that you will be placed with a friend. But don’t let this stop you! There will be plenty of opportunities to explore and travel together during school holiday periods.