Living and working in Australia on your gap year allows you to experience the country’s rich cultural heritage. There’s so much on offer. From vibrant cities to the rugged outback or the northern tropics, Australia is the perfect place to spend a year’s work placement abroad. Working in a variety of settings, you’ll be able to develop your skills and pursue new interests while contributing to children’s education and enjoyment.
Schools Assistant placements are located throughout Australia in some of the country’s most welcoming and exciting schools. You will have the chance to work alongside teachers, develop your own teaching skills and build strong relationships with the children as you assist with all aspects of school life.
School Assistant placements offer the chance for volunteers to live and work with young people from a variety of backgrounds. In indigenous communities it may be the first time that the children have attended formal education.
Volunteers assist with the supervision of students in the boarding house before and after school and at weekends, as well as providing assistance in the classroom with one-on-one tutoring and group work.
This is particularly important for students with low levels of grammar and literacy. Help is also required in intensive English programmes for children who do not have English as their native language.
Volunteers have the opportunity to become involved in areas of personal interest such as sport, music and drama. They might also supervise on school camps, help in the school office or library and, for those with driving licences, transport boarders to doctor’s appointments, sports fixtures, and other appointments as required.
Minimum age: 18
Departs: Jan / Jul
Duration: 5 or 11 months
- Pre-departure briefing
- Accommodation & food
- Pocket money
- In-country support
- 24/7 support
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation is provided in the staff quarters on campus, or volunteers are given their own room within the school boarding house. Food is supplied in conjunction with accommodation.