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Gap Year Work Opportunities in the UK for South Africans

While the quest for experiencing a gap year in the UK once had a broader range, changes in visa regulations have streamlined opportunities. Let’s explore what is available for South Africans looking for a memorable and enriching experience abroad.

The Historical Landscape:

In the past, South Africans could benefit from the Working Holiday Maker visa. But since 2012, the UK government implemented the Youth Mobility Scheme visa, which unfortunately excluded South Africans. This transition led to fewer gap year working opportunities for South Africans in the UK.

To find out more about why the UK’s replacement visa doesn’t include South Africans, check out our Youth Mobility page.

Au Pair in the UK:

The dream of many gap year students, to be able to go and work in the UK as an Au Pair. It would be a great way to see the country and earn some Pounds.

Here is why South Africans cannot get visas to conduct Au Pair work in the UK.

Join HMAF:

For those looking to make a significant contribution and seeking a unique experience, consider joining His Majesty’s Armed Forces. Dive into the challenges, camaraderies, and character-building experiences this option offers.

Learn more about this opportunity here.

Join a UK Club for a Season:

This option is often considered by South Africans for those looking to continue their High School sports careers and get exposed to UK sports clubs.

Find out more about visa provisions.

Get Tertiary Qualifications:

One of the more constructive options, although costly, is to consider getting a student visa in the UK. Full-time student visas also allow for part-time work (20 hours per week). 

Find out more about studying in the UK.



Though opportunities might seem limited at first glance, South Africans still have avenues to explore, learn, and grow during their gap year in the UK. Dive into these options, and let’s help you pave the way for an unforgettable experience.

Gap Year Visa Options

For more information for under 30s looking for UK work experience:

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