Gap Year Work

Are you searching for a job on your gap year to top up your funds or are you looking for a gap year job to boost your CV and get some work experience? For both the reasons you should join our programs. Our programs prepare you for the job and get you job offers in!

Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Africa

Australia and New Zealand are the most popular destinations for a work and travel gap year. You will find many jobs here with our programs, like working on a farm, in a bar, fruit plucking etc. You can also become a Dive Instructor in Costa Rica or Thailand. So are you ready to earn your own money in the best locations of the world? We help you make it happen. Check out your options below.

Gap year work can refer to 2 different things: either finding work to help finance your gap year, or gap year work referring to finding paid work abroad. this section concentrates on the latter, if you are looking for help on gap year fundraising check out our gap year budget section.

Some Gap Year Work Options:


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      Work and travel along the East Coast of Australia! Travel and fun in the sun, exploring, sailing, cruising, off roading, amazing accommodation, fun transport, surf lessons and help to get ready to find a job in Australia... You name it. It is included! If you wish to find your luck In Australia for a while and travel and work in Australia, this is the trip for you. With lots of inclusions to make it super easy for you to have the best time ever!

      The Surf Instructor Course in Morocco is an exciting way to learn something new, experience a fantastic culture, feel part of a community, and make a difference. Throughout the 12 week course in Taghazout, you will become a fully qualified surf instructor, learn Arabic, teach English in local school, spend some time in a local Berber family and live a stones throw away from the beach in one of the most sociable settings possible! Roof top parties, camp fires, heaps of friends from all over the world. You name it, we got it.

      Exceptional scuba diver instructor training delivered in a 14 day instructor development course (IDC). Cast-iron guarantee that you will pass or your IE fees back. With a close to 100% pass rate, we operate one of the best scuba diver instructor training courses in the world. This is the gateway to becoming a SCUBA dive instructor and changing your life forever.

      The Mexico divemaster Internship has it all. Clear aqua marine seas, exciting marine (and night) life and action packed days learning to dive and moving towards your professional level dive accreditations. A great location for Whalesharks between May and September - but great anytime of year.

      Step off the plane and into paradise, living on an incredible tropical island and getting paid for it! This once in a lifetime opportunity is not to be missed. Become an underwater videographer on the island of Koh Tao in Thailand, spending your days filming colourful and tropical scenes underwater, and your afternoons editing your footage into awesome movies! This is living!

      Doing the surf development course is an amazing experience. You will spend a couple of months developing your surf skills on some great Australia breaks. Everybody at the camp is so enthusiastic that you will have a good time and enjoy the surfers life style. Our professional surf instructors help you to push your surf abilities and you will become a real surf dude. Together with beach parties, BBQ's, sun and your new friends, this will be an awesome experience!

      Whitsundays sailing course Australia Want to get paid to do a job you love? Sailing on luxury yachts over the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays in Australia? This is the ultimate Australia gap year programme training you to qualify as a salty sea dog, and work on boats all over the world. After this 23 day internship you have exceptionally good chances of being paid up to $500 a week too!

      Learn kung fu in China in a 2000 year old temple. Training under grandmasters, this is the ultimate Kung Fu in China experience. Our Western run academy with deep links to the Shaolin Temple, provides you with an incredible opportunity to develop serious kung fu skills. Whether it's one month or one year you will be amazed by what your body is capable of. Train from a few weeks up to a year!

      Become a Divemaster in Byron Bay! Living the life as a Divemaster in Australia in one of the coolest towns in Australia, Byron Bay! Diving everyday at Julian rocks, one of the best dive sites in Australia. You will be living in the thick of the action as you discover why Byron Bay is one of the most fun towns in Australia.

      Xtreme Gap offers courses designed to supply the South Africa safari Industry with high caliber professional Field Guides. But these courses are not only available to people wishing to enter the industry as field guides, but for anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of the African Bush. So whether you have chosen a professional career linked to wildlife or nature or just finished school and are on a gap year, or if you have possibly taken a career break or are a regular traveller to the bush, this course is for you. Including work experience as a real guide!

      All you need to get set up to work in New Zealand. Perfect to extend you travels and find paid work abroad in this beautiful country. This 8 day arrival pack and job search assistance programme offers you all advise you need from our Kiwi experts. Now you don ´t need a fortune to travel the world, instead you can make a fortune earning the strong Kiwi dollar.

      Experience the Australian outback and get paid to work up to 12 months on a real Australian Ranch! This 2 week trips gives you the unique opportunity to experience a new way of life in the Australian Outback! Including fun activities like riding horses, motor bikes, quad bikes, 4 x 4 and tractors. So if you are not afraid to get your hands dirty, sign up and start earning down under.

      This is the ultimate beginning to an epic adventure in Australia. The Sydney ConneXion is all about having an amazing first week, meeting new friends and doing some incredible adventures fully guided in one of the coolest cities in the world. Whilst you're out having fun we take care of all the hassle enabling you to get set up with a job with a 12 month membership access of the best backpacker job network in Australia. Everything is taken care for you so no worries about arriving in Australia this can turn into one of the most daunting yet exciting things you will ever do!

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Firstly the most important point to consider is: finding gap year work depends on your travel plans. This means that the destination you choose to visit, will have a big impact on how easy it is to find a gap year job. The most common destinations to find gap year work are Australia and New Zealand, due to the working holiday visa scheme it is very easy to work in these countries, providing you are not over 30 and have not been there before on a similar Visa.
People also find gap year work in Canada and the USA although this is a lot more complex, and the gap year work options are a lot more limited.

How to find gap year work

Finding gap year work is a challenge but not difficult, if you have the right frame of mind. There are many gap year work programmes in the market place that will assist you to find gap year work, although many of these are quite expensive for what you get. In recognition of this we launched our Australia gap year work programme last year, aimed to be a low cost solution, yet still an incredibly effective arrival and working holiday set up package.

This programme is the ideal solution if you are looking to work in areas like hospitality, (bar work or tourism), temping in offices and even agricultural work (like fruit picking), however if you are not so inclined to travel 11,000 miles to work in an office or on a farm, we recommend finding gap year work that will truly offer you a different experience. After all that is what gap years should be about isn’t it?

We would recommend going for a gap year qualification enabling you to find work in a completely new and exciting field. Some of these programmes enable you to effectively change your career as the same time (or start off in one foe the first time). Examples of programmes that can actually turn into paid gap year jobs like this include:

  • Surf Instructor Programme
  • Divemaster Course (we run several Divemaster courses)
  • Underwater Videography course (this is actually paid during the internship!)
  • 1 year South Africa Field Guide Programme

Of course everyone is different, and the above programmes cost a fair amount to go on, but the rewards are certainly there, especially when you consider you have the time and the opportunity to genuinely change your lifestyle, by getting qualified to actually work in these fields.

If you would like any further information on finding gap year work, please get in touch and we can happily talk you through your options.

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