Paid Gap Year in United Kingdom

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

Overview

Our UK gap year programme is designed for young people who want to immerse themselves into British culture. The programme is available to those who are graduating high school, university students or recent graduates. With a UK gap year programme, you will live and work as a gap year teaching assistant in a prominent UK boarding school. We have hundreds of positions across the United Kingdom and match your skills and attributes to a UK school.

How Letz Live prepares you for your gap year

The United Kingdom is one of our most popular gap year destinations. There are iconic cities to explore and stunning countryside to discover and let’s not forget the neighbouring countries in Europe! The United Kingdom can be a long way from home for most of our gap participants, that’s why our programme offers you ongoing support plus full-time employment with renowned schools across the United Kingdom secured before you leave home! After you submit your application, allow us to take care of the rest. Simply pack your bags and bring a bright, curious attitude and you’re ready for your adventure.

So what's included in a gap year placement?

Job at a leading UK School

Your placement as an assistant at a leading UK 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. A more detailed and specific job description will be sent to you from your school, however the following are areas of responsibility in which you are likely to be involved:

  • 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 classroom, meal, transport and general supervision
  • Individual tutoring Boarding House supervision (including some Matron work, where appropriate)
  • Attending school functions (and assisting as necessary)
  • Assisting the grounds staff (boys only)
  • Filing, photocopying, and general office tasks
  • Computer-literacy tasks (inside and outside the classroom)
  • Involvement in music and drama
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 the UK.

Face-to-face visits from Letz Live

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

‘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 UK Boarding School Association Duty of Care course at orientation also.

Training Course + Certificate

Letz Live’s programme provides unique training of the UK Boarding Schools Association certificate course as part of the 3-day orientation prior to arriving at your school. The 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 UK 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 so you can plan all your holidays with your fellow gappies and for when family and friends visit.

Bank Account Assistance

We’ll assist you with international money transfers and pointers on establishing a UK bank account. We offer guidance with police certificates and relevant compliance documentation required to work with children in the UK.

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 based 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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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 £110 per week + accommodation + food.

Application and Programme Fees

All of our gap year programmes 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)R990.00R19,900.00
Australia & New Zealand (& everywhere else)$125.00$2,690.00
Europe & United Kingdom£50.00£1,250.00

Eligibility

Applicants for our United Kingdom Gap Year Program must:

  • Be at least 17 years of age (at time of departure) and hold a British 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, British, 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 United Kingdom 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 the UK?

Throughout your placement, your designated Australian based Country Manager is available directly via telephone or email whenever you require; they’ll even come and visit you during your placement! Yes, that’s right, our UK country manager will fly over to the UK to visit you. In addition, you’ll have the ongoing support of our friendly in-country manager who lives just outside of London!

Will you be the only participant at a placement?

The answer is…… perhaps. It really does come down to the individual school and their unique set of requirements. In saying this, we only have a handful of placements that only appoint one participant, so the chances are you’re likely to be placed at a school with a fellow Letz Live participant. What make’s this even better is that you will have communication from them the moment placements are confirmed and have the opportunity to meet during pre-departure functions and our orientation programme!

What are your chances of success?

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 to ensure there is a suitable placement for all our outstanding candidates!

Can you be placed at the same location as a friend?

We certainly take down your preferences for a number of things including your preferred location, age groups, if you’ve got a particular interest in a school or if you would like to travel with a friend. In saying this, whilst we take them as “preferences” we cannot guarantee this and therefore some flexibility on your behalf is required. Our job is to match YOU to the best possible placement based on YOUR strengths and interests. The wonderful thing about the UK is that there is PLENTY of travel opportunities for you to catch up with both old and new friends during your year in the UK.

What is the travel package?

We want to ensure that all participants have an enjoyable and worry-free travel experience! There are two reasons why the travel package is mandatory; Firstly, travelling with a few hundred young people embarking on the same experience in the UK as you, provides you with a great opportunity to meet and network with other young people. Secondly, we host our “orientation” programmes outside of the UK, typically in Dubai, Singapore or alike en-route to the UK prior to your placement. Obviously coordinating several hundred flights for the orientation is near impossible and a logistical nightmare.

To give you an idea of costings, last year’s travel package prices were AUD/NZD$3,950.00 (for Australian / New Zealand participants) and R27,000.00 (for South African participants). The price included return airfares including taxes, generous baggage allowances and connecting flights in-line with your orientation and host school arrival / departure dates. The travel package also includes fully comprehensive travel / medical insurance for the full duration of your gap year abroad in addition to any holiday adventures you undertake outside of the United Kingdom.

Don’t stress about the payments either. We offer flexible payment options and the ability for interest-free repayments.

What if you are not 18 at time of travel?

Owing to a recent change in interpretation of certain UKVI (border agency) regulations, a UK gap-year experience isn’t possible for those under 18 on the date of travel, unless you hold a UK ancestry (blood grandparent or parent, born in the UK). But, all is certainly not lost for the younger applicants, as we have procured a good number of gap placements in Thailand (for both 6 or 11 months) and New Zealand and these are open to all ages from 17 years.

Are there alternative options if you don't meet the eligibility requirements?

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 in the UK at this time. We do, however, offer several Gap Year programme options for participants to enjoy across the world. Some of our other fantastic destinations include Australia, New Zealand and Thailand!

Can you arrange a placement in London?

Yes, we have placements in and around London. However 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!

What happens during the school holidays / term break?

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 or 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.

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.

The best of the United Kingdom

The country is a melting pot of all things modern, traditional and ancient — from the wonder of The Beatles’ Liverpool landmarks to the opulence of the Buckingham Palace to the antiquity of the Stonehenge. Even a regular weekend seems like a holiday when you visit the Lake District or look for the best pint of ale in the West Country. The rest of Europe is only a train ride away. Living in the UK lets you experience all of this.

Why just see the country when you can live it? Spend your gap year on a UK Letz Live programme.

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Explore the UK 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 UK 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 the United Kingdom today.

Absolutely loved my UK gap year with Letz Live!
Nick L
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