Paid Gap Year in Australia

Live & Work as a Gap Assistant in an Australian Boarding School
6 to 11 Months

Overview

Are you a fan of white sandy beaches, lush rainforests and stunningly perfect sunny weather? Perhaps you’re a sports fan or enjoy bonding with r-nates over an outdoor BBQ. If you answered ‘yes’ to one or more of the above, then a gap year in the land down under is calling your name!

Our Australian Gap Year Program offers you a taste of the Aussie lifestyle that a tourist could only ever dream of. working as an assistant at a prominent 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 through Australia!

How Letz Live prepares you for your gap year

Occupying five per cent of the world’s land area and being the sixth largest country in the world, Australia may seem overwhelming to people who want to go on a gap year program. This is what Letz Live is for. We are partnered with renowned schools across the continent to make your search for a gap assistant job easier.

Our paid gap year programmes in the Land Down Under include:

Job at a leading Australian School

Your placement as an assistant at a leading Australian school is carefully selected by the Letz Live team. Rest assured there will be a great job ready for you, with well-equipped accommodation for your year ahead and your placement is best suited to your attributes and skills.

Trusted & Reliable Work

We visit our host schools annually, to ensure their continued suitability to host our participants. This means we know everything about your school and are on a first-name basis with the teachers you will be working with. 

Dedicated ‘Country Manager'

All Letz Live Country Managers have personally experienced their own gap year working in a school. Your country manager will be your key point of contact in the lead up to and throughout the full duration of your placement in Australia.

Face-to-face visits from Letz Live

Throughout the year, your country manager will visit you on your placement. We believe it helps to see a friendly face, have a chat about your placement and general gap year progress.

‘Welcome to Australia’ 3-day Orientation

Best known as the place for gappie networking, our 3-day orientation is an exciting time. Your Letz Live team organises airport transfers, 2 nights accommodation, daily breakfast, welcome dinner plus leisure activities as an introduction to Australia and to get to know your fellow gappies. You’ll complete the Australian Boarding School Associations Edition of Duty of Care course at orientation also.

Training Course + Certificate

Letz Live’s programme provides unique training of the Australian Boarding Schools Association certificate course as part of the 3-day orientation prior to arriving at your school. The in-country training provides all participants with comprehensive knowledge of boarding school life and ensures they are well prepared for core responsibilities and duties. Add this to your resume under skills and/or certificates.

Mobile Phone SIM Card

You can phone home quick as a flash! We’ll keep you connected with a local Australian mobile phone SIM card. 

Discounted Travel Insurance & Tours

Our inhouse travel team, Letz Travel stays in touch throughout your placement to assist with flights, insurance and holiday tour ideas throughout Australia, the South Pacific and even South East Asia.

Bank Account Assistance

We’ll assist you with international money transfers and pointers on establishing an Australian bank account.

Ongoing and Unlimited Support

We are only ever an email or phone call away. We are proud to support our gap assistants. We boast an Australian Headquarters, a team in New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom. There is always a team ready to support our Gap community.

Dedicated Social Groups

Gain exclusive access to your Gap Year’s group page. The group aims to connect all gap assistants for each programme. It’s a great way to get to know who will be placed at your school or nearby and share plans throughout the year.

A Network of Gappies

Share, laugh, live and connect with past gappies via our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Life Experience

By living in another country, you are forcing yourself to take charge and gain independence. While we’ll be on hand to offer guidance, the thrill of blazing your own trail and making a life for yourself in a foreign setting is enormous, and the personal growth that you’ll experience is immeasurable.

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July 2021 applications close in

Application close time!

Looking at applying in the future? Applications for 2022 are now open.

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Departure

Placements commence in late January & mid July.

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Duration

6 or 11 months available. Please note schools prefer a longer commitment (ie. 11 months).

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Remuneration

Approximately AU$150.00 – $350.00 per week + food + accommodation during the school term.

Application and Programme 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 programme fee.

OriginApplication FeeProgramme Fee
Africa (inc. South Africa)R999R19,900
Australia & New Zealand (& everywhere else)$125$2,690
Europe & United Kingdom£50£1,250

Eligibility

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)

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the answers to some commonly asked questions regarding our Australian Gap Year Programme. Can’t find the answer to your question? Get in touch with one of our friendly team today and request an information pack!

What support is available to you whilst I'm 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.

Where are you likely to be placed?

We have partner schools across Australia. From the Cairns in the North, 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 have visited the placement to ensure it’s suitable for our participants.

How much involvement is there from Letz Live?

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. Our team in Australia is only a text message or email away!

Can you help me with my flights and visas?

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.

When are you notified if your application has been successful or not?

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

Where does your fee money go?

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 program fees are kept to a minimum.

What happens during the term breaks / holiday periods?

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 world is your oyster!

Can you be placed with a friend?

Unfortunately, due to the nature of school programs 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.

How many gap assistants are placed at the same school?

Every school is unique in their requirements although we presently have no schools that take a single gap assistant. Therefore, you are likely to be placed at a school in Australia with at least another young person on the Letz Live programme!

What is not included in my programme fee?

Your airfare, insurance (mandatory requirement for your Australian visa) and our Visa are not included in our programme fees. In saying this, aside from your visa application – we can point you in the right direction to ensure you’re receiving discounted flights / insurance from reputable operators.

How much does a gap year in Australia cost?

A gap year in Australia with the Letz Live, the costs are broken up into two stages. The application fee costs AUD$125 and covers all costs associated with the processing of your application and interview. The programme fee is AUD$2,690. Only applicants who are offered and subsequently accept a placement will be charged the programme fee.

What is a gap year in Australia?

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 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.

What can you do in a gap year in Austalia?

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.

How do you plan a gap year in Australia?

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.

How the gap process works

Apply online

Send us your gap year application for your chosen destination & programme. It’s as simple as that!

Interview

Face-to-face online interviews.
We get to know your preferences, discuss the job & the programme.

Offer accepted

We discuss your application with partner schools. It’s up to you to accept the offer & pay the programme fee.

Take off

Our in-house travel team can assist with flights, advice, insurance & visas for a smooth start to your gap year.

Support

Vital ingredient!
Our Global HQ is available + our travel team for travel ideas + your country manager.

Visit the land down under on your gap year

Australia may be the world’s smallest continent, but it’s also the world’s largest inhabited island. Each of its six states and two territories has something unique to offer when you spend your time in the country on a paid gap year program.

It would be impossible to tour all of Australia on one vacation, so a year on an Australian gap year program gives you the time you need to experience backpacking, camping and diving in all of the renowned destinations.

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Explore Australia on your gap year

Nick Hare, the founder of Letz Live, returned to Australia late in 2004 after a gap year in the UK. He made lifelong friends and learned immeasurable life lessons during his time away from home. He wants other young people to have a similar experience, with Letz Live making gap year preparation easier for you.

On a gap year program, you get to spend an entire year living and working like a local. This gives you a better understanding of Australian culture than any tourist vacation can. Also, spending time on the other side of the world can help you have a better grasp of how things are at home and what you really want to do with your life.

Let our team take you on a journey of a lifetime. Fill out an application form to become a gap participant in Australia today.

My time in Australia was incredible
Dylan S
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