Shannon Leo and her impressions of a Gap Year in New Zealand


Hi, my name is Shannon, and I am a Letz Live Gap Assistant in New Zealand. I have been in NZ for the past 11 months and it has been the best decision I have ever made. Whilst living and working at a school in the South Island I have made unforgettable memories. 

Why did you decide to take a gap year?

I decided to take a gap year because I didn’t see myself going to university just yet. Having always had a desire for travel and working with kids, Letz Live was the perfect opportunity. 

The day in the life as a gappie at Rosmini House:

First, we wake up and set up the breakfast stations and have breakfast with the kids and guide them through their daily routines for school. Once the kids are off to school this is the prime time to explore/day trip to the gems that surround us. 

We then greet the kids as they come back from school. We either take the kids to sports or complete afternoon activities and just have fun with them. We then guide the kids through their nightly routine after prep.

Advise for someone thinking of taking a gap year:

For anyone who’s considering taking a gap year. Do it! I can promise you; you won’t regret it. It’s a great way to explore a new country that is rich in history and culture. You get to learn so much about yourself and gain so much independence and important life skills. You meet so many people from different walks of life who become long-life friends.

Expectations vs reality

The only expectations I had coming into this experience was that it would be cold and lots of mountains, that was it. At first I had no idea what else to expect, but in all honesty, I wasn’t picturing this at all. I don’t think there is one word to describe New Zealand, most of the time you can’t even believe what you’re seeing, It’s just unreal. My school also has been above and beyond.

Favourite travel destination:


It’s extremely hard to pick just one! I loved Mt Cook it’s such a breath-taking drive. I also loved Rotorua for the cultural aspect and Milford Sound.

I’d just like to say thanks to the Letz Live team for all their help and making this all possible.  

Now is the time to listen to that inner voice urging you to take a gap year! We offer a range of paid gap year programs – don’t hesitate to contact us here or drop us a message on Instagram for more information about upcoming adventures!

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