Paid Gap Year in Thailand

Live & Work as a Gap Assistant in a Thai International Boarding School
6 or 11 Months


Embark on a journey like no other with our Paid Gap Year placements, where you’ll find yourself in the heart of leading international schools across Thailand. And guess what? You don’t need to be a Thai language expert to dive right in!

Picture this: Stunning coastlines that stretch for miles, bustling metropolises buzzing with life, and lush tropical rainforests just waiting to be explored. Thailand is where ancient traditions seamlessly blend with the modern world. It’s a place where you can savor mouthwatering cuisine served with the warmest hospitality imaginable.

But wait, there’s more! Thailand is a treasure trove of hidden gems, waiting for intrepid explorers like you to uncover. With its rich history and natural beauty, this South-East Asian gem has cast a spell on millions of visitors every year. Get ready to be captivated by Thailand’s charm and let your adventure begin!

Live in the Heart of Southeast Asia During Your Gap Year

Our Thailand paid gap year programs are designed for young people interested in the country’s rich cultural heritage. The program is available for individuals between ages 17 and 25 who want to take a paid and organised break before entering university or the workforce. A Gap Year programme in Thailand gives you time to explore and appreciate the stunning coastlines, excellent cuisine and opulent temples. Check our blog with a list of places you must visit when on a gap year in Thailand.

How Letz Live prepares you for your gap year

Letz Live connects you to an international school where English is the native language. We work with the most reputable schools that ease your transition into the Thai professional and social environment. If you want to know more about your gap year in Thailand you can check this link too.

So what's included in a gap year placement?

Placement at an International Thai School

At Letz Live, we take pride in hand-picking your role as a Gap Assistant in a top Thai school. We want you to be confident that we’ve got a fantastic placement waiting just for you, complete with comfortable accommodation for the duration of your time in Thailand Plus, we’ll tailor your placement to perfectly match your unique strengths and skills. Your journey with us is all about setting you up for success!

Trusted & Reliable Work

Every year, we make it a point to personally visit our host schools to ensure they remain an ideal fit for our participants. This dedication ensures that we have an in-depth understanding of your placement, and we’re on a first-name basis with the staff you’ll collaborate with. Your confidence in your placement is our top priority!

Dedicated ‘Country Manager'

Every Letz Live Programme Managers have firsthand experience with their own gap year, having worked in a school themselves. Your Letz Live contact will be your main point of call both in the lead-up to and throughout your entire placement in Thailand. They’re here to guide and support you every step of the way!

Face-to-face visits from Letz Live

Letz Live is there to lend a listening ear, offer guidance, and address any concerns you might have. They’re not just interested in the logistics; we genuinely care about your overall well-being and personal growth. These face-to-face interactions help strengthen the bond between you and Letz Live, ensuring that your gap placement is not only a successful journey but also a deeply enriching and fulfilling experience.

Discounted Travel Insurance & Tours

Our in-house travel team are here to provide invaluable support when it comes to coordinating your flights, securing insurance, and even brainstorming exciting holiday tour options across Thailand and further afield in South East Asia.

Rest assured, we’re not just here to help you with the essentials; we’re also your go-to source for travel inspiration and ideas to make the most of your gap year journey

International Money Transfers

We’ll assist you with international money transfers. Thailand Programme gap assistants receive 2 x complimentary international money transfers to help set you up.

Ongoing and Unlimited Support

Our commitment to supporting our Gap Assistants is unwavering, and we’re just a click or a call away whenever you need us. At Letz Live, we take immense pride in providing top-notch support to our gap community, no matter where you are in the world.

With our headquarters based in Australia, a dedicated team stationed in New Zealand, in addition to the United Kingdom, you can trust that there’s always a responsive team ready to assist you. Our global presence ensures that no matter the time zone or location, you’ll have access to the support and guidance you require.

We consider ourselves not just a program provider but a dependable partner in your gap year journey. So, don’t hesitate to reach out to us; we’re here to make your gap year experience as smooth, enjoyable, and enriching as possible.

Dedicated Social Groups

Unlock your exclusive gateway to your Gap Year group page. This dedicated space is designed to foster connections among all Letz Live participants. It’s an invaluable platform for getting acquainted with those who will be placed at the same placement as you or in nearby locations, as well as for sharing and discussing plans and experiences throughout the year.

A Network of Gappies

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

Life Experience

Embracing life in a foreign country is like stepping onto a path of self-discovery and empowerment. It’s an opportunity to take the reins and truly thrive in a world that’s different from what you’ve known. While we’ll always be here to provide guidance and support, there’s an exhilarating sense of accomplishment that comes from forging your own unique path and building a life in an unfamiliar place.

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Applications for January 2025 placements have closed. We're happy to accept and process late applications, however preference in the first instance may be given to those who applied by April 2, 2024.

Application close time!
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Placements commence in early January & mid August



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



Approximately AU$150 – AU$350 per week + food + accommodation.

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
AfricaAUD $125.00ZAR = R24,995.00
Europe & United KingdomAUD $125.00GBP = £1,350.00
Everywhere ElseAUD $125.00AUD = $2,690.00
Returnee ParticipantAUD $125.00AUD = $1,500.00


Applicants for our Thailand Gap Year Programme 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 (Australia, Canada, EU, New Zealand, South Africa or the United Kingdom).
  • Have no serious pre-existing medical conditions or serious food allergies (eg. nuts)
  • Have no prior convictions, with the ability to provide evidence as require

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the answers to some commonly asked questions regarding our Thailand 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 me whilst I'm in Thailand?

Throughout your placement, your designated Country Manager is available directly 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.

Do I need to speak Thai?

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.

Is Thailand safe?

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.

What is the food & accommodation arrangement?

With each school catering specifically to western staff and students, the standard of food and accommodation offered as part of our Thailand Gap Year Programme 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!

Where are the schools located?

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.

Will I be placed by myself?

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.

What does the programme fee include?

The fee includes:

  • Your placement as an assistant at a leading international Thai school, carefully selected by our team (we visit our host placements annually to ensure their continued suitability to host our participants)
  • A position within a school that will pay you an allowance!
  • Food and accommodation for the duration of your placement (throughout term time)
  • Our famous ‘Orientation’ program which is held prior to the commencement of your placement
  • Orientation includes, 2 nights accommodation, meals, training course + you meet countless other 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 team based in Australia
  • Local Thai mobile phone SIM card
  • Access to a variety of discounted tours throughout Thailand and Asia
  • Gappies support group to meet other participants prior to arriving

How the gap process works

Apply online

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


Face-to-face online interview.
We discuss your preferences, the placement & the programme.

Offer accepted

We put forward your application with partner schools. It’s up to you to accept the offer, then 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.


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

Thailand appeals to all travellers

Tourists come here for many different things. Some visit for the street food and spicy dishes. Some explore the remnants of centuries-old temples and shrines. Some go island hopping and scuba diving. These visitors have varying interests, but they all agree on one thing about their experience: it’s amazing.

A huge part of why tourists enjoy their stay so much is how pleasant Thais are. So, the tourist agency launched the slogan ‘Amazing Thailand’ to spread the mentality and hospitality that make the country, well, amazing.

Get a deep understanding of the reason behind this slogan by spending a gap year in Thailand.

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Immerse yourself in the Thai culture

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 programme, you get to spend an entire year living and working like a local. This gives you a better understanding of Thai 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 Assistant in Thailand today.

If I’m not on the beach you will probably find me at the markets
Courtney F
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