Gap Year in the United Kingdom

Gap Year in the United Kingdom

Experience a country steeped in history and culture.

Program overview

Once a ruler of half of the world, and steeped in history and culture, the United Kingdom is a must-see for any keen traveller. But why just see it? Why not live it? With our gap year UK program, you have the chance to experience the real Britain!

Witness the ridiculous opulence of Buckingham palace, home to the royal family. Enjoy the salt-of-the-earth banter that comes with sharing a warm pint of ale with a West country farmer (home to the famous ‘pirate’ accent!). Whether your idea of history is the antiquity of Stonehenge or the favourite haunts of The Beatles; whether you’d rather the white cliffs of Dover, or the charm of the lake district; there’s something for everyone in old Britannia. What’s more, the rest of Europe is just a hop, step and a jump away!

As many come to realize that there is huge value to be gained from a break between high school and university. It can offer new challenges, opportunities to travel and see the world, experiencing first hand new cultures and give one an added maturity that is both immediate and an enduring benefit.


Through partnership with our UK partner organization we offer the school leaver ( undergraduate or recent graduate) the opportunity to work in an overseas school environment as a Gap Assistant at either a primary or high school. In a secure, stable , supportive environment where participants are provided board, lodging and a financial allowance in return for performing a range of tasks and responsibilities at the schools discretion. As an assistant the tasks are not always glamorous!

As a gap assistant, you’ve got the opportunity to work alongside staff at local schools in England, Scotland and Wales, experiencing life in the British Isles first-hand. And when school’s out, you’re free to roam not just the country, but the entire continent – all of Europe’s major attractions are right there on your doorstep, after all! If you show enough initiative and enthusiasm, you may even get the chance to experience the UK and Europe’s charms as an assistant on a school camp!

The program will include meals, accommodation, a weekly allowance, visa assistance, a comprehensive in-country orientation and ongoing support from our committed UK partner organization.


The Job:


It is important to have an understanding of what the job entails. There is a many schools and there are many factors depending on age range, the strengths, the staffing and the needs of the school. The placement is determined by the strengths and interests of the participant. The following are areas of responsibility in which participants are likely to be involved in:

  • Sports coaching - Helping run a team
  • Games supervision (general)
  • Activities supervision - day and evening
  • Outdoor education activities - Camps etc
  • Swimming pool supervision - A life saving certificate will be required
  • Assistance with classroom, meal, transport and general supervision
  • Individual tutoring- Boarding House supervision
  • Attending school functions - Assisting as necessary
  • Assisting the grand staff - Males only
  • Filing, photocopying and general office tasks
  • Computer literacy tasks - Inside and outside the classroom
  • Involvement in music & drama
In order to qualify

As the saying goes: "Life is 5% what happens to you, and 95% how you react to it."

  • Be between the age of 17 and 25 at the time of your arrival into the UK
  • Must hold an EU passport or have grandparents who were born in the UK which would then make you eligible for an ancestral visa. First bullet also change the minimum age to 18.
  • Have no pre-existing medical conditions
  • Have no criminal record - evidence through a police clearance certificate will be required
  • Have completed a minimum of secondary schooling prior to arrival into the UK
  • Be fit and health and willing to work hard and open to new ideas and cultures
  • Must be available for a 12-month commitment, commencing in the first week of January and concluding a week or so before Christmas in December.
What are the costs?

Enrollment   R3 000

Program fee   R27 000

Travel insurance   R5 100

National Health Insurance   R3 800

Return flight   R10 000

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