Gap Year

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DESTINATION OVERVIEW

 

Stunning coastlines, bustling metropolises and lush tropical rainforests. A land where old meets new, incredible food is served with the warmest of hospitality, and hidden gems are just waiting to be discovered. It’s no wonder that Thailand plays host to millions of visitors each year; the history and natural beauty of this South-East Asian country has long captivated the hearts and minds of those who venture to its shores.

Through our Thai Gap Year Program, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the country just as the locals do, immersing yourself in the culture by living it and breathing it. Working as a Gap Assistant, you’ll live and work in a Thai international school where English is the native student language.

We’ve partnered with only the most reputable of schools, ensuring that you’ll enjoy your placement at a secure, clean and modern facility, often sharing your experience with a large percentage of staff from Western countries. Your new colleagues will be as welcoming as the locals, helping you to adjust to your new Thai life both professionally and socially. In fact, our partnered schools are so good at sharing their slice of paradise with new gap assistants that many previous participants have referred to their Thai schools as the ‘Hogwarts of Asia’!

Between terms, you’re free to explore Thailand and everything it has to offer; ride a tuk-tuk around Bangkok, learn the customs of the traditional hill tribes in the north of Chiang Mai, or simply lay on a secluded sandy beach and relax.

Our Thai Gap Year Program is inclusive of meals, accommodation, weekly allowance, visa assistance, a comprehensive in-country orientation and ongoing support from our committed team.

Applications for July 2019 & January 2020 are now open.

Call our office today regarding potential placements commencing in January 2019.

Closing Dates

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.
  • New Zealand residents: Mar 8, 2019.
  • South African residents: Dec 15, 2018.
  • Other: Dec 15, 2018.



Departure

Placements for our Thailand Gap Year Program commence in early January and early August and conclude in December or July depending on duration and intake.

Duration

Our Thailand Gap Year Program uniquely is offered as a 5 month or 11 month placement. However, schools generally prefer participants who stay for a longer period. Placement duration cannot exceed a maximum of 12 months.

Remuneration

In addition to complimentary food and accommodation, participants can expect to receive between AU$150 and AU$350 per week as an allowance during the school term.

Ellen F review

“Letz Live organised everything for me; from reassuring my worried mother that I would survive four months in Asia, to placing me in a school that was not only amazing but suited my interests and abilities.Thailand’s culture is so different to Australia – it was fantastic arriving with someone who had been there before, especially when it came to bartering.”

Ellen F
Courtney F review

“With the tropical location of Thailand, the sunny beach lifestyle plays a huge role in everyday life here (even more so on my days off). If I’m not on the beach you will probably find me at the markets where I have perfected the art of bartering. I also get to eat the greatest Pad Thai in the world! But the real highlight is the role I play within the school. Mum - you might have to drag me on to the plane home!”

Courtney F
Peta B review

“Before going on my Gap Year I wasn’t entirely sure how the year would turn out, but sure enough it was the best year of my life. Initially it was hard saying goodbye to all my family and friends, but after having spent a year in such proximity with my new family (the school community) I found it even harder to return to Australia. Being given the chance to embrace a totally new lifestyle with a whole range of responsibilities so far away from home, gave me the chance to become my own person and with that I was able to gain confidence in myself."

Peta B
Nick W. review

My year in Thailand was life changing! Immersing myself in a completely new culture was both a unique and rewarding experience that not many people get in their life. The school I was placed in was perfect, we were only a short drive to Bangkok known for it’s cheap shopping, food and flights all over Asia, the school was 10 minutes to the beach and had a full international buffet ........ so I never went hungry and most of all the people were incredible! I was teaching English in the Early Years department which allowed me to develop skills and confidence that I still use in my career today.

Nick W.
Carl P review

“When I first arrived in Phuket, I had no idea what to expect, but from my first day here I have loved it! The school is great and all the staff are really easy going; many are from Australia and the United Kingdom. The students are also really friendly and are always smiling. As are most of the local Thai people for that matter!”

Carl P

Inclusions

Our Thailand Gap Year Program is inclusive of:

  • Your placement as an assistant at a leading international school in Thailand, carefully selected by our team (we visit our host placements annually to ensure their continued suitability to host our 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 world-wide team
  • In-country orientation course upon arrival, including 2 x nights’ accommodation, daily breakfast and welcome dinner
  • Local Thailand mobile phone SIM card
  • Discounted travel tours throughout South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand
  • 2 x complimentary international money transfers

Eligibility

Applicants for our Thailand Gap Year Program must:

  • Be aged between 17 and 25 years old at the time of their arrival into Thailand
  • Have a valid passport from their home country (United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or South Africa)
  • Have no serious pre-existing medical conditions
  • Have no prior convictions, with the ability to provide evidence as required
  • Have no serious food allergies (eg: nuts)
Affordable & Inclusive

Costs

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
New ZealandAUD $125.00NZD $2,490.00NZD $2,615.00
South African (+ Continental Africa)ZAR 865.00ZAR 17,500.00 ZAR 18,365.00
United Kingdom (+ Continental Europe)GBP £50.00GBP £1,250.00GBP £1,300.00
North, Central & South America AUD $125.00AUD $2,490.00AUD $2,615.00
Application Procedure

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 Thailand 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 Thailand!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below, you will find the answer some commonly asked questions regarding our Thailand Gap Year Program. Can’t find the answer to your question? Get in touch with one of our friendly team today!
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 Program 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!
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.
Although highly unlikely, the number or participants depends greatly on the school. Each is different, with the smallest school hosting 3 participants at one time and the largest hosting 15 participants at one time.