The big question: ‘Can I afford a gap year?’ Well yes, yes you can. Simply put, if you want to do something badly enough you can raise the money. This is a quick guide to working out a budget for your gap year, getting a job and earning money, raising cash through fundraising events, and – wait for it – getting your hands on ‘free’ money through sponsorship and grants. Read through these top tips and you’ll have reached your target in no time.
How to budget
Set your target
Work out a rough budget for your trip so you know how much money you need to raise. How much money you will need depends on where you are going and how long for. You need to pay for travel, accommodation, food and fun. And don’t forget to budget for insurance, vaccinations and medication, as well as the kit you need before you go. If you’re taking part in a supported placement you will be given a fundraising target, but remember to add the cost of any travelling after the project is over. If you plan to work while you’re away, you will need to raise the fare to your destination and some funds to tide you over until you receive your first pay packet. Getting sponsorship or grants
Do a sporting activity
Do a sponsored marathon, bungee jump, abseil, parachute jump, trek, bike ride, and long-distance swim – whatever takes your fancy! Get your friends, family and local businesses to sponsor you. Offer to write a newspaper article or talk to your local council to raise awareness of what you are doing. It might be a good idea to combine fundraising for your trip with fundraising for a good cause – then you can give half the total raised to a charity and more people may be more willing to sponsor you. It’s a win-win situation.
Write begging letters
Write to companies and grant-making trusts, your old school, local church or other local associations. This route is most likely to be successful if you can demonstrate that your gap year is going to be of benefit not only to yourself, but to a disadvantaged community or a conservation project. Also check the criteria of each grant and tailor your application to fit those categories. Be professional, focused and keen – trusts and companies get numerous requests for sponsorship and donations each year. Don’t waste your time applying for grants whose criteria you don’t match.
FINANCING YOUR GAP YEAR
This is How You Can Afford a Gap Year
AUSTRALIA PAID WORK PROGRAMS
Australia is our most popular destination for travellers seeking paid work abroad, and it's not hard to see why! Due to Australia's Working Holiday Visa scheme, gap travellers aged 18-30 are snapping up the chance to earn money in a paid job in Australia.
How can I find paid work in Australia?
It's best to set up your opportunities before you go, so you have a guaranteed way into work once you are abroad. The best way in to a reliable and reputable job is through a job package or established gap year programme, where you can get help with your CV, interview techniques and that all-important job search. Our job packages are varied and exciting, ranging from work in the hospitality industry, working with kids as an Au Pair, to specialist outdoor farm or ranch work, or educating kids with some paid teaching work.
What to Expect on our Paid Work Program?
A perfect way to get your Working Holiday off to a great start! If you're between 18-30 years old, expect to earn £10 - £16 an hour and get paid weekly. Start with 8 days of fun in Sydney or Melbourne plus the inclusions below:
AMAZING INTRO WEEK
See the amazing sites of Sydney or Melbourne, explore stunning beaches, trek the mountain and splash around in waterfalls. Learn how to surf, discover the Aussie culture then kick back at a BBQ Aussie style. Get up close and personal with the local wildlife and take a selfie with a kangaroo, fun night out in town…welcome to Australia!
FRIENDSHIPS FOR LIFE
Life was meant for good friends and great adventures and with our small groups (up to 20 people) that’s just what you’ll get. You’ll meet some fun, young and amazing people from all over the world, as well our awesome group leader who will be there with you from the moment you step off the plane. This is perfect way to make friends and share the experience – after all, who wants to explore Australia alone?
After a brilliant week of fun in the sun! Then it's time to get job hunting with the help of our expert jobs team: We’ll help you find a job and get you set for up to a year of paid work. Get advice and assistance organising interviews & arranging accommodation, training course, plus lifetime access to employer database and advice.
WE COVER THE ESSENTIALS
Australia Bank Account Australian SIM Card Tax File Number Medicare Guidance Free Mail Holding Support the whole time you're in Australia Luggage Storage
ALL INCLUDED, GREAT VALUE
All Accommodation All Activities An Instant Group of Friends All Transfers Airport Pickup Arrangement Support before, during & after the trip Some Meals & Drinks, BBQ and Party
AWESOME GROUP LEADERS
Our tour leaders are what make us special. They'll be your best mate, dance partner, share all their local knowledge and work their bums off to show you the trip of a lifetime!
AREAS OF EMPLOYMENT
Some typical areas of employment include: Accounts, Banking, Au-Pair, Nanny, Childcare, Hospitality, Chef, Beauty, IT, Media, Office, Admin Jobs, Retail, Customer Service, Sales, Marketing, Teaching, Coaching Jobs. Please click here for more.
Wages are typically between £10 (AU $18) and £16 (AU $30) an hour, so get out there and start earning! Especially you only pay 15% for taxes as a working holiday maker.
CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY
If you are planning to work in Australia whilst you’re here you’ll need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa. You can choose to book your Oz Gap Year programme with the visa included. Please click here for further details.