Gap Assistant at an Australian School

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Trip code: GAAS

Duration: 6 or 11 months

Spend 6 or 11 months as an assistant, or “gappie”, at a boarding school in Australia: Get great work experience abroad and boost your CV! Enjoy a 3-day orientation before school starts and assist in the classroom, in general school duties and/or the sports field, inspiring Aussie students and helping with their daily routine. Get a weekly allowance of spending money between AUD75 and AUD200, plus accommodation and meals included during term time. There's plenty of time off to travel and explore Australia during school holidays too!

Trip highlights

  • During term time you will support the everyday running of the school as a 'gappie' assistant, following a busy timetable supervising break times, lunch queues and assisting teachers both in class and on the sports field
  • The schools are boarding schools, so the students live in houses on campus - you’ll live on campus too and help supervise the students in all kinds of activities and in their free time
  • Any special skills that you have, such as computer skills or sports skills, will come in very useful in your new 'gappie' role
  • During the holidays you will enjoy time away from the school and get the chance to explore amazing Australia! We can arrange discounted tours and travel for you before you go, or you can book locally
  • This is a really inspiring job role, as you will be influencing the bright young students of Australia at some of the most prestigious schools Down Under
Further trip information

Apply to become an assistant at an Australian boarding school. The 'gappie' programme offers 6 or 11 month placements where you can gain great experience for your CV, earn some travel money and experience the laid-back Aussie way of life abroad. Help out as an assistant in an Aussie school and assist with academic subjects & general school duties and help coach sport for a brilliant work experience adventure Down Under.

If you want to make a real difference, inspire as a 'gappie' mentor and make your CV shine with work experience in a rewarding and responsible role then this is the perfect placement. Plus you can take advantage of the amazing opportunities for work and travel in Oz! With free food and accommodation during term time thrown in and a weekly allowance in your pocket there will be plenty of time off to travel and explore Australia.


You will arrive into Brisbane on day 1 and be taken to your orientation on the Gold Coast, where you will spend two nights staying in a hostel with your fellow 'gappies'. Orientation includes a welcome meeting, an arrival dinner, two breakfasts, a duty of care course, surf lesson and time to get to know all about your new job role before you travel independently to your school location.

School ‘Gappie’ Assistant Placement

Your hours of work will depend on your individual school placement, and once you have been matched with a school, your individual contract will lay out your expected working hours and duties. Typically, you can expect to assist in the classroom or school offices and coach sports during the day, but you may also help out in the evenings with games and activities, or helping the kids with their homework or offering one-to-one tuition. This role involves assisting with a wide range of general duties at the school. 

Usually, weekends will be your free time, but you may be asked to help out at the weekends, in which case you can expect to have a day off in the week instead. You should be open and flexible about your working hours, and be prepared to muck in with all aspects of school life and general school duties, just like any other member of staff.

As well as regular days off every week, you will get time off in the Australian school holidays, which usually run for 2/3 weeks, allowing an ideal window for travel; it’s time to spend your allowance! During the holidays, please note that accommodation and meals are not included.

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Please note: The below start dates are approximates only, and your confirmed start date will be finalised during your application process.
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