Paid Gap Year in the UK – Camp Assistant

Experience working abroad in the United Kingdom
Up to 2 years

Overview

Working and living in the UK is an experience like no other! On an Activity Camp Working Holiday, you could be working as an activity/ group leader with our partner outdoor learning centres. No experience is needed as you’ll be given training for the job, where you’ll be supporting young people with essential outdoor learning activities. This could include canoeing, high ropes, sports, archery, paddle boarding and other age appropriate activities. As well as  facilitating the day-to-day operations to ensure the students are supported throughout their stay. 

With staff accommodation on-site, all meals will be provided while you earn a competitive salary. Our activity camp positions are available from a 6 month duration. If you love being outdoors and working with kids, this is the programme for you! 

About the job

Our partners have fantastic activity centres all over the UK. Schools and groups will book to stay (similar to a school camp) where they’ll take part in activities and games for bonding and confidence. You might be helping kids overcome their fears in the morning, facilitating puzzles and games in the afternoon, and singing around the camp fire in the evening. It’s an exciting and rewarding experience where no two days are the same.

No qualifications are required and you’ll also receive comprehensive training prior to starting your job. Broaden your experience and develop transferable skills while you have a lot of fun every day!

Paid Working Holiday in the United Kingdom 

Discover the beautiful British countryside and travel on your days off. The UK is easily connected by public transport so you can visit nearby towns when you aren’t working. You’ll be living and working alongside like-minded staff where you’ll make friends from all over the world. 

An Activity Camp Working Holiday is a fun and fast-paced opportunity – you must be energetic, great with kids and enthusiastic about outdoor adventures.

Our Activity Camp Programme includes:

Placement at a leading Activity Centre

Work with only trusted and reliable partner schools and activity centres. We ensure they maintain a high standard of staff satisfaction.  A more detailed placement description will be sent to you prior to your employment but tasks may include:

  • Sports coaching (helping to run a team)
  • Games supervision (general)
  • “Activities” supervision (day and evening)
  • Outdoor Education activities (camps etc.)
  • Swimming pool supervision (a life-saving qualification is often required)
  • Assistance with meal, transport and general supervision
  • General supervision tasks
  • Computer-literacy tasks (inside and outside the classroom)
  • Involvement in music and drama
Dedicated Country Manager

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

‘Welcome to the UK’ 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 and welcome dinner so you can get to know your fellow gappies. You’ll complete the relevant safeguarding training courses at orientation also.

Training Course

Before arriving at your placement you will take part in a 6 day training course for Activity Instructors/Group Leaders. This will be run at a centrally based centre by the centre staff to ensure you are fully prepared and ready for your new role. You will then travel to your placement.

Ongoing and Unlimited Support

Ongoing and unlimited support from our Australian Headquarters and UK based staff.

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.

Mobile Phone SIM Card

Local UK mobile telephone SIM card sent to you prior to your departure.

Visa Assistance

Assistance and support with relevant UK visa and entry clearances (if required).

UK Bank Account Support

Assistance and support obtaining a UK bank account, National Insurance Number and registering with the National Heath Scheme.

Discounted Travel

Access to discounted travel insurance, flights and tour itineraries with our travel partners.

National Insurance Number Application Assistance

It is important to gain a National Insurance number which is requirement when working in the UK. We have been there, done that and will help you with your application.

Let us simplify the application process for you.

Applications are currently OPEN for March 2023 programmes

Application close time!
job

Full-time paid employment with training and support.

pub accommodation

Accommodation provided on-site and all meals included.

Uk travel

Placements based all across England, Scotland and Wales.

Application and Programme Fees

All our Working Holiday programs are subject to a non-refundable application fee which is payable at the time you complete your online application. Only applicants who are offered and subsequently accept a placement will be charged the remainder of the programme fee.

OriginApplication FeeProgramme Fee
Australia & New Zealand (and everywhere else)AUD $125.00AUD $2690.00
African (incl. South Africa)R990.00R19,900.00
Domestic Placements (UK residents only)£50.00£885.00

Eligibility

Applicants for our United Kingdom Working Holiday Program must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age (at time of departure) and hold a British or Irish passport or have parents or grandparents who were born in the UK
  • OR be at least 18 years of age (at time of departure) and hold a valid Australian, Canadian or New Zealand passport
  • Have no serious pre-existing medical conditions
  • Have no prior convictions, with the ability to provide evidence as required
  • Have completed (at a minimum) 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)

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the answers to some commonly asked questions regarding our UK Working Holiday – Activity Leader programme. Can’t find the answer to your question? Get in touch with one of our friendly team today and request an information pack!

Where is the accommodation?

In most cases, you will be living in staff quarters at the same location as your place of employment.

How long do I need to stay in the job?

The opportunities we provide are full-time positions for a minimum of 6 months. Towards the end of the 6 months you can decide if you’d like to stay longer or try something new.

What are your thoughts with travel insurance?

We’re big advocates for all participants purchasing travel insurance, so much so, it’s a mandatory requirement for the first six months of your placement. Don’t worry, we have some connections in this space and can offer you some decent savings upon request.

Do I need a UK Tax File Number?

Yes, you will need to apply for a NIN (National Insurance Number) which is basically a tax file number. We will provide you with some detailed instructions in obtaining this and of course your employer in the UK can point you in the right direction. This cannot be sorted prior to your arrival in the UK.

What is the cost of a UK working visa?

To live and work in the UK you will need either a British/Irish passport or you will need to apply for a working holiday visa. Please see below for the costs for the two different visa types, Youth Mobility Scheme Visa and British Ancestry Visa.

Tier 5 Youth Mobility visa

The Tier 5 Youth Mobility visa will cost £230.

The British High Commission requires you to have the equivalent of £2530 or more in available savings. You will need a bank statement or a letter from your bank as documentary evidence.

At some VFS Global offices, there may be additional service charges to cover the courier costs of sending your application away for processing.

International Health Surcharge Fee is – £940

Ancestry Visa

The Ancestry Visa will cost you £516.

The British High Commission requires you to have the equivalent of £2500 or more in available savings. You will need a bank statement or a letter from your bank as documentary evidence.

International Health Surcharge Fee is – £3120

For full information visit GOV.UK

If you’re a British or an Irish passport holder you do not require a visa to work in the UK.

Should I arrange a UK bank account before I arrive?

Yes, we can certainly line you up with a UK bank account ahead of your arrival. About 6 weeks from your intended departure date we will send you all the relevant information required to obtain a UK bank account – it’s pretty straight forward!

How to apply for a working holiday

Apply online

Send us your application with employment history + referees & travel dates. It’s as simple as that!

Chat with us

Casual over the phone chat to discuss your plans, the type of role, the destination and position details.

Employer Intro

We’ll organise a time for you to speak with the potential employer so you can ask question & discuss the role.

Accept the offer

Once you accept the job & pay our fee it’s time for us to help you with visas + bank account details.

Support

Our staff are well-travelled & can assist with specific travel Qs & general tips before you depart. 

Discover the magic of the United Kingdom

On your days off, you’re free to take in the history and charm of your new surrounds and beyond. From the beautiful, pebbled beaches of Brighton, in the south of the England,  to the rolling Scottish Highlands, and all that’s in between. You can even plan a European adventure before or after your placement. Start researching your list of places today and get set to have some truly diverse adventures!

So what are you waiting for? Kick-off your journey to the United Kingdom by completing our application form!

Let us simplify the application process for you.

Explore the UK

On a working holiday programme, you get to live and work like a local, meeting friends from all over the world. This gives you a better understanding of the local 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 today.

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Applications are OPEN!

Gap Year applications are open for UK Camp Assistant March/April 2023. Apply Now!