What Gap Year Options are available 2017/18?


We all appreciate how awesome New Zealand is… BUT we can’t help being curious about the rest of the world. It’s in our nature to hunt for adventure, our tradition of taking a working holiday or gap year just keeps getting stronger and stronger. If this is how you’re feeling, we get it and are here to help! There are so many options for taking a gap year, IEP have a great range of programs to choose from. We can help you through the visa process, get you overseas and even set you up with a job for when you arrive! Check out our most popular programs below!

Gap Year Ideas: AMERICA


Summer Camp USA

Do you enjoy working with kids? Love adventuring outdoors? Keen on sports? If so, our Summer Camp USA program is for you! Summer Camp USA is Australia’s highest paying camp program and we guarantee you a camp job or your money back. On our Summer Camp program you will work as a camp counsellor in the US for 8 to 10 weeks between May and August. You’ll be teaching summer camp activities in anything from water sports, performing arts, arts and crafts and a range of land sports. We make sure we understand who you are and what your skills/interests are to make sure your placement is the best fit possible. Everything at camp is free, you won’t have to pay for your food or accommodation while you’re there! Once you’re finished with your contract you’ll have up to 30 days to travel around the US before you come home too! Applications stay open until April but the earlier you apply the better your placement prospects will be!

Ready to start your adventure on Summer Camp USA? Find more information on how to apply here.


Work USA

Are you a full time Uni or Tafe student? Or have you just graduated? If so, you may be eligible for a 12 month working holiday visa in the US on our Work USA program! This program lets you live and work in the US for a full year. This might be your chance to take what you’ve learned at University and kick start your career in the States. Maybe you’re just looking for a fun gap year to get some adventure in after finishing your studies? Either way, our Work USA program is for you! On our Work USA program you will have assistance with your visa application, we also provide visa sponsorship (compulsory for the 12 month J1 visa), pre departure guidance, we will connect you with other participants heading to the US and provide support the entire time you are away from home. This program is available year round, get in touch to see if you’re eligible and we’ll let you know your next step!

Keen on heading to the States for a year after a hard slog at Uni? Check out how to apply here.


Gap Year Ideas: CANADA


Work Canada Winter Jobs

If you are between 18 and 30 and hold a Australian passport you may be eligible for a 24 month Canadian working holiday visa! Our Work Canada Winter Jobs program offers visa assistance, support from when you start planning your trip until you return home and comes with a guaranteed ski resort job. Wouldn’t it be awesome to experience a winter in Canada, the home of big mountain snow sports!? We host winter job fairs in August where you can meet and interview with our Canadian employers in person. You will get confirmation of a job offer on the day! You can expect great staff perks with our employers such as discounted food and drink, rentals and free ski passes. Most resorts also offer staff accommodation. After the winter season you will have access to resources and support to find other work for the rest of your stay in Canada.

Want to see where you might end up? Check out the amazing employers we work with here! Keen to kick start your working holiday in Canada with an awesome ski season? Find out how to apply here!


Work Canada Summer Jobs

Our Work Canada Summer Jobs program also offers visa assistance and support the whole time you are in Canada but guarantees a summer resort job instead! With this program you could swap winter for a summer spent adventuring and working in the Canadian Rockies. Check out our summer employers to see where you might end up here. We will organise a skype interview with the summer employer of your choice around January/February. You can expect to start your 5 month job contract sometime between March and June. Once your contract ends we offer a range of resources to make sure you are sorted for the rest of your 24 month working holiday visa in Canada.

Want to kick start your working holiday in Canada with a sweet summer gig? Find out how to apply here!


Want more Gap Year Information for 2017/18?

A great way to learn more about our programs is to come to a FREE information session. We regularly host these around the country. Check to see when we are visiting your city here. If you have any questions in the meantime feel free to contact us here or give us a call on 0800 700 705.