Gap Year

United Kingdom

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Paid Gap Year as a School Assistant in
the United Kingdom


Our international gap year program in the United Kingdom is designed for school leavers through to University students / recent graduates.

Once a ruler of half of the world, and steeped in history and culture, the United Kingdom is a must-see for any keen traveller. But why just see it? Why not live it? With our UK gap year program, you have the chance to experience the real Britain.

This diverse country has it all. Witness the ridiculous opulence of Buckingham palace, home to the royal family. Enjoy the salt-of-the-earth banter that comes with sharing a warm pint of ale with a West country farmer (home to the famous ‘pirate’ accent!). Whether your idea of history is the antiquity of Stonehenge or the favourite haunts of The Beatles; whether you’d rather the white cliffs of Dover, or the charm of the lake district; there’s something for everyone in old Britannia. What’s more, the rest of Europe is just a hop, step and a jump away!

As a gap assistant, you’ve got the opportunity to work alongside staff at local schools in England, Scotland and Wales, experiencing life in the British Isles first-hand. And when school’s out, you’re free to roam not just the country, but the entire continent – all of Europe’s major attractions are right there on your doorstep, after all! If you show enough initiative and enthusiasm, you may even get the chance to experience the UK and Europe’s charms as an assistant on a school camp!

Our UK gap year program will include meals, accommodation, a weekly allowance, visa assistance, a comprehensive orientation and ongoing support from our committed team. If you find yourself in London, you can even pop into our offices to say hi!

Applications for January 2020 are now closed however we are accepting short term placements commencing in late August 2020.

Applications for January and August 2021 are now open.

(JAN & AUG 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, preference may be given to those who've applied on-time.


Africa (inc. South Africa)
December 15, 2019

Americas (North & South)
December 15, 2019

Asia / Pacific (inc. Aus & NZ)
March 20, 2020

Europe / United Kingdom
December 15, 2019

December 15, 2019


Placements for our United Kingdom Gap Year Program commence at the start of January and conclude in mid December or commence in late August and conclude in June the following year.



Our United Kingdom Gap Year Program is available as a 11-month commitment. At this stage, there are no shorter-term placement options available for this particular program.


In addition to complimentary food and accommodation, participants can expect to receive approximately £110 per week as an allowance throughout the school term.

Courtney D review

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity Letz Live has enabled me to have. Letz Live was of great assistance before I even arrived in England, organising my placement in a great boarding school, flights and travel insurance. They also helped me to apply for my Visa, which would have been extremely difficult without their help. I cannot recommend Letz Live enough to anyone considering to undertake this adventure. It has been an extremely worthwhile and life changing experience, and is a year I will treasure for the rest of my life.”

Courtney D
James H review

"Undertaking a gap year is an invaluable opportunity to experience things I'd never thought possible and learn new life lessons. Being placed in the UK (Brighton) allowed me to experience many different cultures and an entirely new way of life. The ability to travel so freely and cheaply around Europe and beyond in term breaks is a massive benefit after living in Australia and finding it difficult to travel efficiently and frequently."

James H
Steph P review

“I decided to take a Gap year instead of heading straight to University and it has turned out to be one of the best decisions/years of my life. I was greeted by my school in Northern England with open arms, which helped make my other Gap and I feel immediately at home. I worked at a day school, predominately helping out in the PE and Rowing department and it has been a both challenging yet extremely rewarding experience." 

Steph P
Boyd M review

"Doing a gap year with Letz Live has undoubtedly been the best experience of my life to date. They placed me in a school that best suited my interests and made my transition into the UK seamless by helping me organise all the paperwork to get there (passport, visa, insurance etc.) as well as telling me what to expect throughout the year. Over the 12 months I travelled to a total of 20 countries and experienced a number of different cultures and customs that have in effect broadened my outlook on the world. I highly recommend doing a gap year with Letz Live as it is truly an opportunity of a lifetime.”

Boyd M
Lucy B review

"Honestly, the first few months of my Gap Year were super tough and emotional. I had never lived away from home before and I was terribly homesick and not really enjoying myself. I almost wanted to go home. HOWEVER - 11 months later, at the end of my gap year, I couldn't recommend it more highly to anyone. This whole year has been the experience of a life time and I don't regret it one bit! Thanks to the great support of the Letz Live team and the wonderful people around me at me school, I pushed past the homesickness and have made the absolute most of this once in a life time opportunity."

Lucy B
Johnny H review

“Letz Live gave me one of the most memorable years of my life to date. They helped me set up everything for my gap year from the get-go (visas, passports, what to expect etc.). Countless experiences were made including Paddywagon (still the most fun and wildest week of my life to date), Topdeck, Snow skiing in the French Alps, La Tomatina and many more adventures. It’s still crazy to think I packed all of this (and more) into a number of months! I highly recommend Letz Live as they will set you up for a year of no regrets!”

Johnny H
Tian D review

“Taking a gap year through Letz Live will definitely not be a decision to regret, in fact it has given me memories and friendships to last a lifetime. I worked throughout the year in a prep school in the South of England and performed many roles across the sports and music departments. It was a year of independence, teaching and hopefully inspiring hundreds of children who have also influenced me a great deal and allowed me to find myself."

Tian D
Nick C review

“Letz Live placed me in a boarding school in a great school in the North of England. Prior to this they made it clear what needed to be done to get myself over there including information and recommendations about flights, visas and insurance. Once over there they kept in contact without ‘nannying’ and were always there if you needed any help. Definitely would recommend a gap year through Letz Live to anyone.”

Nick C
Holly B review

"I was placed in a wonderful boarding school in North London, where I had a multitude of roles. I worked in the boarding house four times a week, helping and working with the children, and also worked in the school four days a week as a teachers aid. I had two days off every week, in which I explored London, other cities in the UK, and sometimes even other cities in Europe. I also had about 15 weeks of holidays in the year to explore the UK and Europe. Taking a gap year with Letz Live was the greatest decision I’ve ever made, and I would encourage anyone to do it! I learnt and experienced so much, and met so many amazing people that will be my friends for life.”

Holly B
Anna M review

"I can highly recommend a Letz Live gap year to anyone considering it. Thanks to Letz Live, I have had the most amazing twelve months living and working in a boarding school in Northern England. I was lucky enough to be placed with a school that placed their full trust in me, meaning my days were filled helping out children in lessons, assisting in coaching sporting teams and matches and helping every morning and evening in the boarding house. This gap year has given me many unique and wonderful experiences, many of which I can safely say would not be possible in Australia." 

Anna M


Our programme inclusions are listed below.

  • 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)
  • Your host school will provide you with food and accommodation during term time in addition to an allowance
  • A dedicated "Country Manager" (who 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 the United Kingdom
  • Ongoing and unlimited support from our Australian Headquarters and team based across New Zealand, South Africa and of course the United Kingdom
  • Our famous 'Orientation' programme which is held prior to the commencement of your placement. The orientation programme includes 2 x nights; (4.5 star) hotel accommodation, daily breakfast, airport transfers, city tour and a welcome dinner to enjoy with your fellow participants
  • A day seminar during the orientation programme held in conjunction with the UK's Boarding School Association to ensure you're fully briefed on the roles and responsibilities entrusted to you by your host school
  • Local UK mobile phone SIM card
  • Access to our exclusive Letz Live Facebook groups where you can "meet" hundreds of other UK bound gap assistants
  • Access to discounted travel insurance, flights and  tour itineraries for you (and your friends / families) for adventures throughout your gap year experience
  • Assistance and guidance with international money transfers, estsablishing a UK bank account, police certificates and relevant complicance documentation required to work with children in the UK


Applicants for our United Kingdom Gap Year Program must:

  • Be aged between 17* and 31 years old at the time of your arrival into the United Kingdom
  • Be an Australian, British, Canadian, European, New Zealand passport holder OR be at least 17 years of age (at time of departure) and have grandparents that were born in the UK
  • Be a South African passport holder who have grandparents who were born in the UK
  • 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 into the United Kingdom
  • Be willing to undergo a medical examination as part of the visa application (if required by United Kingdom Immigration authorities)
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 United Kingdom 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 the United Kingdom!

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Affordable & Inclusive



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
Africa (inc. South Africa)ZAR 990.00ZAR 19,900.00ZAR 20,890.00
America's (inc. North & South)AUD $125.00AUD $ 2,690.00AUD $ 2,815.00
Asia / Pacific (excl Aus & NZ)AUD $125.00AUD $ 2,690.00AUD $ 2,815.00
AustraliaAUD $125.00AUD $ 2,690.00AUD $2,815.00
Europe / United KingdomGBP 50.00GBP 1,250.00GBP 1,300.00
New Zealand AUD $125.00NZD $ 2,690.00NZD $2,815.00
OtherAUD $125.00AUD $ 2,690.00AUD $2,815.00

Note: Prices do not include flights or travel insurance which are sourced at a discounted rate for all participants. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Below, you will find the answers to some commonly asked questions regarding our United Kingdom Gap Year Program. Can’t find the answer to your question? Get in touch with one of our friendly team today!
We want to ensure that all participants have an enjoyable and worry-free experience! It is for this reason that the travel package is a mandatory component of our Gap Year program. The travel package is a great way to mingle with other program participants before your arrival in the UK and more importantly allows our team to coordinate your travel requirements on your behalf, whilst still ensuring flexibility if any issues arise. We can also offer flexible payment terms. The 2020 travel package is roughly AU$3,950.00 / NZ$3,950.00 / ZAR27,000.00) which is inclusive of return flights from your home country and fully comprehensive travel insurance for the duration of your time abroad. NB. Flights are coordinated to coincide with your orientation.
Participants can expect ongoing support from a dedicated Country Manager who is based in the United Kingdom. They are available directly via phone or email throughout the duration of their placement and of course we aim to visit all participants at least twice during their 11-month placement.
Not at all! We have access to various visa options catering specifically for those under the age of 18. Should your application be successful, our team will guide you through the process and put you in touch with the experts over at Restless World ( to facilitate your visa application (if you require one).
Based on number of applicants received in previous years, the chances are high! Whilst we cannot guarantee that all applicants will receive a placement (as the schools make the final decision), we do make a conscious effort to identify opportunities across our entire network of placement partners.
Unfortunately, due to the complicated nature of visa and entry clearance requirements imposed by the UK government, we are unable to offer alternative program options at this time. We do, however, offer several Gap Year program options for participants to enjoy across the world. Some of our other fantastic destinations include Australia, New Zealand and Thailand!
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!
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!

Depending on your placement, it is to your schools’ discretion whether of 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.