A gap year is simply a year, or even less, taken out from formal education.
NB: The closing date for some GAP providers (Lattitude/Tutors Worldwide) is March of the prior year to travel.
This year may occur during the transition from secondary school to tertiary education, or even after completing all formal education but before entering the workforce. Regardless of when it occurs, there are many options for gap years that include travel, work or volunteering.
For an excellent overview of taking a gap year, what type of things you can do, including advantages and disadvantages of taking time away from study visit http://www.careers.govt.nz/?id=2413
There are several organisations that can assist with overseas placements. Some of these are:
Tutors Worldwide offers the school leaver the opportunity to work in an overseas school environment as a tutor at either a prep or secondary(high) school. In a secure, stable and supportive environment a tutor is given board, lodging and a financial allowance in return for performing a range of tasks and duties.
Projects Abroad is one of the biggest volunteer abroad organisations in the world. Approximately 10,000 people are sent abroad each year on a variety of service projects and internships overseas. All participants receive in-country support from full-time, professional staff to ensure that the experience is safe, worthwhile and fun.
IEP GAP YEAR
Whether your dream is to work at a world class ski resort in Canada, serve lattes in the Big Apple, teach at a US Summer Camp, undertake the classic UK OE or volunteer in Cambodia, there are many working holidays to choose from at IEP.
AU PAIR NEW ZEALAND
Explore the world and gain a unique cultural experience living with a host family abroad. They have Au Pair and live-in nanny programmes in the USA, China, England, France, Germany and more. if you love children and want to travel, think about becoming an Au Pair overseas.
VOLUNTEER SERVICES ABROAD
VSA is New Zealand's largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in International development . An example is Kiwi volunteers sharing skills with people in the wider Pacific to help them build a better future for themselves and their children.