Take your Gap Year in Australia & New Zealand

Why not head down under for an Australian gap year, or a New Zealand Kiwi adventure? You would certainly need a full year to explore all the incredible sights these islands have to offer, but if your time is limited, we also have shorter duration courses available. You can offer your time to help others, take a skills course such as learning how to scuba dive in the South Pacific, or take a paid internships or guaranteed job that will enable you to earn the money to travel beyond your host town or city. Australia is one of the most incredible gap year destinations on Earth!


Australia Adventure

Australia Adventure


Select either our 7-day Australia Essentials program with 12 month Job seeking assistance, or our 5 week Australia Explore program which includes everything in the Essentials package plus a 3 week East Coast Adventure and a week of either Surf lessons, Outback ranch or Dive training - you decide!
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Adventure Guide Program - New Zealand

Adventure Guide Program - New Zealand


Head to NZ for 12 weeks of adventure travel to rival any other. Whether you are looking for a foot in the door to an adventure tourism career or the ultimate adventure holiday, this program will perfect your outdoor survival skills, surround you with awesome people & explore the stunning landscape.
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Wildlife Research in a Big 5 Reserve

Wildlife Research in a Big 5 Reserve


You will be part of a small team of rangers and researchers doing research and wildlife monitoring helping to the wildlife reserve to run successfully. You will be tracking hyena's, cheetahs and looking after rhino's, lions and elephant populations. A truly exciting adventure.
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Australia Adventure

Australia Adventure


Select either our 7-day Australia Essentials program with 12 month Job seeking assistance, or our 5 week Australia Explore program which includes everything in the Essentials package plus a 3 week East Coast Adventure and a week of either Surf lessons, Outback ranch or Dive training - you decide!
Get more details & apply
Make an enquiry with Gapforce

Adventure Guide Program - New Zealand

Adventure Guide Program - New Zealand


Head to NZ for 12 weeks of adventure travel to rival any other. Whether you are looking for a foot in the door to an adventure tourism career or the ultimate adventure holiday, this program will perfect your outdoor survival skills, surround you with awesome people & explore the stunning landscape.
Get more details & apply
Make an enquiry with Pure Exploration

Conservation Gap Year

Conservation Gap Year


Make a genuine difference with Oyster's many links to charities and organisations from around the world. Volunteer with exotic wildlife and help with environmental conservation by choosing from a variety of beautiful and exotic locations. Volunteer from as little as one week to up to 12 months.
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Gap Year Snow Jobs
SPECIAL OFFER!

Gap Year Snow Jobs


Want to get paid to do what you love? Want to train and play in world-class ski resorts? Want to gain an internationally recognised qualification? SPECIAL OFFER: Sign up for an EA course before 1 October 2018 and we'll give you a brand new Go Pro Hero 6 to take with you this winter.
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Instructor Training + guaranteed job
SPECIAL OFFER!

Instructor Training + guaranteed job


EA Ski & Snowboard is the world's largest provider of ski and snowboard instructor courses. Choose from over 30 resorts in five countries to learn, earn and play this winter. EA Ski & Snowboard's programs are the gateway to a career in snowsports.
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Expedition Leader Program

Expedition Leader Program


This is a comprehensive program for people looking to become globally experienced and qualified Expedition Leaders, capable of leading treks into high altitude and developing world regions.
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Paid Work

Paid Work


Chose from instructing, hospitality and support roles in one of our Canadian ski resorts. Experience the Aussie Outback or the cosmopolitan city of Sydney or Auckland. We offer the chance to earn money teaching in China or Thailand. Travel, gain experience, get to know the locals & enhance your CV.
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

Ski and snowboard instructor paid internships

Ski and snowboard instructor paid internships


Snow Trainers has teamed up with Coronet Peak to offer you an amazing opportunity to work and train with their legendary ski school. Based in beautiful Queenstown you'll train for your internationally recognised Level 1 & 2 qualifications while gaining valuable work experience at the same time.
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australasia map

Popular Asian Destinations:
Australia, New Zealand

Quick Asia Facts:
Population - 30 million
Languages - English, Maori, and many other Polynesian languages and native languages

Visa Information:
You will need a visa to visit Australia and New Zealand, the type depends upon the duration of your stay.

Australia & New Zealand Gap Travel

What is the attraction when it comes to Australia, New Zealand and the many Pacific Islands? Is it because they are about as far away as you can possibly get? Is it because many Australians and New Zealanders are our distant ancestors and therefore speak the same language? Is it because everything from the landscape down to the trees, is so very different? Or perhaps it is because the weather that we like to moan and fret about is so much warmer and brighter.

Whatever your reason for liking the region, there are plenty of opportunities down under to work, volunteer, or just hang out as part of your adventure. Our advertisers offer courses in the big coastal cities like Sydney, Melbourne and Aukland, as well as many small settlements in the dry Australian interior, with names like Coober Pedy, Cunnamulla, and the famous Alice Springs.

Want a thrill-seeking tour of Australasia as part of a round the world trip? Fancy learning to be a surfing instructor or lifeguard with a course at some of the best beaches in Australia? How about teaching sports to underprivileged children in New Zealand? Or you could take part in wildlife conservation in Western Australia?

My Australian Gap Year

I have recently returned from a 12 month working gap year in Australia, a trip that was one of the best experiences of my life! I travelled on a 12 month package with Real Gap which started off in Sydney with an amazing week of sight seeing, meeting new people and partying! Real Gap's rep was really helpful, especially during the first week because even though I was excited and looking forward to the adventure, it was still a daunting experience. The work experience program was very helpful in helping me set up my bank account, apply for an Australian National Insurance Number, sign up for job support and providing me with guidance in Sydney when I first arrived. They also helped me find my first job which allowed me to get the hang of how it works over there, after which I felt confident enough to go solo, do my own thing and find my own work with the knowledge that if I needed assistance Real Gap would be there to offer help and advice.

tuna If you go to Australia on a working holiday or working gap year, be sure to go with an open mind and don't expect to land your dream job right away. I started off fruit picking on a vineyard for a few weeks which was hard work, but ultimately enjoyable and paid reasonably well. It also allowed me to work in the beautiful Australian countryside and get rid of my English sun tan! I then signed up to a recruitment agency which was owned by a friend of a friend and they landed me plenty of work, which varied from unloading a 40ft shipping container filled floor to ceiling with tins of Tuna, to helping move and set up furniture for a catalogue photo shoot! Although some of this work was hard going, it allowed me to see new places, experience working life in another country and meet new people who could provide me with other opportunities. I was never destined to be the best Tuna unloader (my office hands were too soft!), so I was fortunate to get an interview through a friend at a Industrial Castings company (it turned out to be one of Australia's largest companies) and I secured an office based Sales Co-ordinator role which was fantastic. This gave me a great opportunity to build my confidence, learn new skills and really immerse myself in the Australian lifestyle. The extra money was great because it meant I could plan weekend trips to various places of interest, I was able to buy a car so I could get about more easily, and I was able to play rugby and surf every weekend. At the end of my time in Australian Gap Year I was offered a position with the same company in their Perth office, and although this would have been an amazing opportunity, for one reason or another I had to return home (not before I enjoyed a 4 week road trip up the east coast to Brisbane!)

If you're planning on taking an Australian Working Gap Year, give yourself plenty of time to do everything you want to do because the country really is that big. There's plenty of work out there but as I mentioned earlier, go with an open mind and don't be afraid to get your hands dirty because it will be worth it in the end. I'm really glad I used a company like Real Gap because they were fantastic in helping me get established, secure my first job and I'd imagine it was far easier and less daunting than doing it by myself, but once you're out there make the most of it and take every opportunity that comes your way.