Alliance Abroad | GapYear Programs in Australia

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Your GapYear should be more than just a "break from reality". Your GapYear should be the best experience of your life. It should define who you are and everything you do from then on. Alliance Abroad Group GUARANTEES a 6-12 month PAID hospitality job BEFORE you land in Australia. How do we do it? We have a great team in Australia and the US that have established excellent relationships with leading Australian hotels and resorts. We also ensure you are taken care of every step of the way. We help with your visa, housing and even organize Meet Ups with other AAG participants in Australia. Don't spend your GapYear stressing about finding a job. Work with AAG. You'll leave with a deeper understanding of the world, a love of Australia and a passion for travel. What are you waiting for? Join AAG's Work Experience Australia.

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Hi Molly! I got this from the Alliance website- "Your friend or significant other may also enroll in the program and we will work to place you on the same property or in one nearby. Once you each apply, we’ll be able to provide you with more details in terms of specific location and placement. If you are choosing the freestyle package, any number of friends can go with you. They’ll just need to...

Reviews

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based on 58 reviews
  • Housing 7.7
  • Support 8.7
  • Fun 7.4
  • Value 8.6
  • Safety 9.1
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Jamal
10/10

Thanks so much!

I decided to go to Australia after meeting someone who had done it previously and loved it. I was already hating the after college life and needs change quickly! I was about 2 weeks out from my departure date when I stumbled upon AAG. It almost seemed to good to be true. I inquired and was quickly responded to. Rose helped me through the process and she was amazing. They help you step by step and I'm sure everything is even better if you give them more advanced time to work with than the 2 weeks I gave. They got me a job with a few days to spare and I was off to be a food and beverage attendant at the Sea Life Aquarium. It was not the most glamorous work, but it was a blast. I got to work with some truly amazing individuals and made friends that will last a lifetime. Every facet of work was great. I was averaging around 30 hours per week, which was okay. It was difficult to save at first, and then a manager in the Events department asked me to start working functions at all the various attractions. I started doing that, and saving was no longer an issue. It meant working a lot, but the people I worked with made work seem like a giant hangout. If things already weren't great, Anita came to Sydney periodically to arrange one large hangout with the rest of the AAG people. We had excellent nights out and it was cool to meet everyone else in the program. Anita is fantastic and always looking out for you. Once Rose was done helping me, Carolyn stepped up and she was always checking in to make sure everything was great. I decided not to use them for the second six months as I couldn't commit to another 6 months. I have a booked travel schedule the last 3 months. So I have been looking for another job on my own. Let me tell you, it is difficult! I'm confident I will find something soon, but AAG got me a job before I arrived and allowed me to enjoy Sydney stress free, totally worth the money! I'd like to thank you guys again, you were wonderful!

How can this program be improved?
I never got a chance to really use the housing director, but help with that before you arrive might help. If there was an opportunity to for shorter term jobs that would be awesome as well. I know you have started that with the ski resort jobs.
Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hey Jammy Jam!
Rose, Carolyn and I are stoked to hear that you've had such an awesome, unforgettable time here in Sydney and Australia. Thank YOU for sharing your story and it's so great to see that you've made some amazing lifelong friends and seen some beautiful parts of Oz. We're really glad too that we were able to facilitate your transition to living here to help with the hours and having a job set up, waiting for you prior to your arrival... and ending up to work with your new friends!

I really enjoyed meeting you and it was awesome to have you come out, meet new people the program and of course, check out some cool, new, hidden places. Great to hear you enjoyed them too as I sure did!!

Keep in touch and enjoy the rest of your time in Oz!

Best wishes, Anita Program Manager, Alliance Abroad - Australia

Yes, I recommend
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Mike
8/10

Travel to Australia with AAG

Living in Sydney has been an awesome experience so far and coming over with AAG was definitely the right decision. They have been great at getting back to me with answers to any question that I have had and its been a big advantage already having a job lined up upon arrival. Sydney is amazing there are so many different little suburbs that cater to all different types of people and interests, from artsy to beach bumb to hipster to city business life there is somewhere for everyone. The one difficulty that I have had is with the housing. Its hard to get that set up before you come and it takes a while to find a place after you have been here. I found out afterwards from talking to people in the program that most end up staying in hostels for the first 3-4 weeks before moving out. while its possible to find a place sooner than that. If I was to do it over again I would just plan on staying in a hostel for 2 weeks while I got settled and found a place I was happy with.

Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

HI Mike,

Thanks for your feedback and great to hear that you're enjoying Sydney and loving all the amazing aspects of the people, many awesome things to do and fun places to explore!! It was great meeting you and learning more about what you love about Sydney.

Thanks too for your feedback about the housing too. It's an ongoing piece we aim to resolve to the best of our ability and I really appreciate your thoughts here.

Looking forward to hearing more about your adventures in Australia!

Best wishes,
Anita
Program Manager, Alliance Abroad - Australia

Yes, I recommend
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Yoann
10/10

Thank you

I have been traveling for a few years, living in Paris, London, Miami and San Francisco - so I know how to handle stuff by myself. The thing is AAG have b3een helping me from France to Australia in a way I was not expecting and this for a few reasons.

First of all you have to understand that they are able to find a matching position for you in Australia whatever your background. Please do not believe that because of your chaotic or diverse professional background AAG won't be able to find a GREAT professional position for you in Australia. Sydney? Melbourne? Cairns? Perth? Darwin? Or maybe the outback? Your choice.

I was lucky enough to end up in a 5 star hotel in the heart of downtown Sydney for my first placement. I spent 6 months interacting, meeting, dealing and building strong relationships with people form all over the world. How will you feel knowing that you have dealt with a cosmopolitan teamwork and dealing at the same time with demanding international customers? I am convinced you will feel proud of yourself and... accomplished! Such as lifetime experience... Thank you AAG.

AAG organization and dedication made me feel safe and even more confident while traveling from France to Australia. The process from A to Z was managed perfectly. Big up to the American Team in Austin especially Rose who did just a faultless job in getting me in Australia, with a professional and friendly way. Thank you Rose ;)

When it comes to find an accommodation, guys, there is nothing to worry about! (at least in Sydney). Sydney is really easy going city and you won't have any trouble to find the accommodations which match with your expectations, If I found, 24h after my flight landed, the perfect single room (no room share) in Hyde Park area for only 250$ a week...everybody can do it ! Just be smart and confident ;) And yes! Sydney salaries are high so you will be able to afford a room in the city center and not to worry about public tranportations on a daily basis ;)

After my #ozsome Sydney Experience, I decided to keep working with AAG for another 6 months placement. Why ? simple because they did such a great job for the 1st one. I'm now about to work in another 5 star company in a completely different place, far away from the big cities... new experience, new lifetime adventure... Thank you AAG.

Yes the program is pricey, it is...but ITS WORTHY! The Team is so dedicated and they will do their best to tick all the boxes... and trust me, even if you are demanding and picky, you won't be disappointed. Just give it a shot.

To conclude, I just want to say thank you.

THANK YOU AAG, especially Anita the Program Manager based in Melbourne. If you guys got the chance to interact with her, she's gonna with her expertise and dedication do her best to make your Australian Adventure at the best and I am convinces, with her professionalism, her reactivity and her enthusiasm that she will with no double exceed expectations. Thank you so much Anita for going the extra mile.

Thank you too to Carolyn for all your support in getting me from Sydney to Queensland. I really appreciate all your support and help with the practice interview, planning of my travels and updates and tips.

Thank you AAG team.

Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hi Yoann,

Thank you so much for your detailed and thorough review! I'm sure many people will find this so helpful and appreciate the time you took to share so much about your experience.

I am confident that many people will feel very motivated that they will find housing in Sydney, have a good job and find some great friends with our support, even, as you mentioned, if they are well traveled.

Thanks too for sharing your thoughts on the program's process and team: We really appreciate your accolades and strive to make everyone's experience as positive and memorable as possible. Looking forward to hearing more about your experience!!

Best wishes,
Anita
Program Manager, Alliance Abroad - Australia

Yes, I recommend
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Genki
10/10

Ayers Rock

Ayers Rock was nice place but sort of difficult place to understand particularly about aboriginal people. For example after restaurant is closed some people come into there from behind door and try to steal food from fridge.of course not all of them. But Ayers Rock is the place for them and they are like a god there.they often do whatever they want. But I could learn heaps of stuff there.

Yes, I recommend
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Nolan
10/10

6 months in Ayers Rock, i would of stayed longer if i could of

i am really liking the program with alliance abroad

i emailed them with asking them a couple questions one day because i was unsure about coming to Australia. i got a call back from rose who is unfortunately not there any more but she helped me out in any way possible answering any questions i had and when i sent her an email even after office hours i would get an email back right away. that is what sold me on alliance abroad is there will to help me out before i had even booked my plane ticket or applied for my visa.

when you arrive in Sydney they will put you up in a hostel for two nights, i was in wake up hostel. and it was the funnest hostel i had so many good times there and made lots of friends in just two days, not to mention there is an excellent bar just beside the hostel which took lots of my money :p

i then flew to Ayers Rock, they will pick you up from the airport and you go through your orientation. i was working as a porter at sails in the desert, 5 star hotel and loved every second of it!

this was an awesome 6 months they have a great front office team and good atmosphere to work in. the porter team is the best team there by the way ;)

you live in the staff accommodation which is about a 20 min walk to work. they call it "share share" this type of accommodation is for all entry level positions. you have 2 people on one side and 2 on the other with a kitchen and bathroom in the middle to share.

staff meals are so good there. you get a meal while you work. and the new 10 day menu is excellent!

i will never forget the amazing sunrises and sunsets, and the best yet is the stars the Australian sky out in Uluru is something like you have never seen before and words can not describe it

i also got to climb Ayers Rock and that was the best hike/ climb ive done yet, i also went to kings canyon which is a three hour drive away and the canyon edge walk is so amazing. if you love the outdoors you will love Ayers Rock

you can also do a couple of walks through kata tjuta which is another rock formation there and the views you see from the walks are amazing

i went skydiving here, very scary but well worth it and would do it again in a heart beat!

as you can see there is lots to do in your down time and there is more than what i have listed. i got to see it all while i was there, ayers rock is an experience i will never forget

im now addicted to working in remote locations because the people are great, the work is good, and most importantly you get to work in some of the most beautiful places around the world. city life is boring ;)

Ayers Rock is a great place to make money and was one of my incentives to go there. you have your full time job and you can also multi hire around the resort for some extra money

im now doing my farm work in Queensland in order to get my second visa. it will be a long time before i return to Canada in July 2016. i love it here. next plan on getting a job on an island somewhere off the Queensland coast

i want to thank the alliance abroad crew. you have all helped me out through emails and calls. and you will be getting more reviews from me on each place i work at!

How can this program be improved?
the price could be lowered just a little bit, considering all the other things you have to buy on top of that like plane tickets, your Australian visa, travel insurance and more.
Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hi Nolan,

Thanks so much sharing so many amazing details of your fantastic experience at Ayers Rock!! It's so wonderful to hear that you've had a great time in Sydney and then, found a wonderful community and experience at Ayers Rock.

Great to hear that the staff accommodation was good, the team atmosphere and not to mention, all the awesome activities you got to do when you were there!!

Thanks so much for sharing all the photos. Keep living your dream!!

Best wishes,
Anita
Program Manager, Alliance Abroad - Australia

Yes, I recommend
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Elaine
10/10

BEST CHOICE I EVER MADE!!

Coming to Australia was really the best choice I've made. Without AAG it wouldn't have been nearly as great as it has been. I had no idea where to start in terms of staying for a long time and really had too many specific questions that needed to be answered, so i couldn't Google them. AAG helped me with all of that. to start, they answered any questions about moving over to OZ and really guided me through the visa process. To top if off they found me the most amazing job at the Westin in the middle of Melbourne's CBD. I don't think i would have had a chance at landing this job without them. The location couldn't have gotten any better and as a potential Hospitality Major working here gave me invaluable experience that I can put toward my studies.By having a job before I landed, I wasn't worried about where my next paycheck was and knew I wouldn't have to worry to much about money, this left me with plenty of time to explore the city and the food! I'm about 6 months in and love this place much more than i could have ever anticipated...I don't ever want to leave!

How can this program be improved?
I honestly cant think of any way the program can be improved....its all run so smoothly for me! Everyone who works at AAG is very supportive, super friendly and knowledgeable too!
Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hi Elaine,

It's so wonderful to hear that you are enjoying Melbourne to the fullest with exploring all the fantastic food, cafes, bars and more! We're so pleased to have been able to assist you making Australia a reality for you.

It's wonderful to also hear that you feel that you are able to apply your Hospitality major to your work experience here.

Keep us posted on how things go!! We always love to see photos!

Best wishes,
Anita
Program Manager, Alliance Abroad - Australia

Yes, I recommend
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Sarah
9/10

Adventure of a lifetime

I came to Australia to escape the brutal winters back home and make a little extra money. What I didn't know was that this would be the adventure of a lifetime! I've made amazing friends and seen so many beautiful places. I couldn't have done it without the help of alliance abroad. They made the process of working abroad so easy and offered so much support even after I arrived in AU. I'd recommend this trip to anyone who, like me, is a first time traveler.

Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hi Sarah,

We really appreciate your thoughts and feedback - Thank you!! We're so pleased to hear that you've adapted there so easily, smoothly and happily!! Great that you've made some awesome friends and judging from the photo: Tried some super fun activities and seen some amazing scenery!!

We're super happy for you and glad to have been able to support you in this exciting move here to Oz. Keep livin' your dreams Sarah!!

Best wishes,
Anita
Program Manager, Alliance Abroad - Australia

Yes, I recommend
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Cody
9/10

AAG: Just Do It

Working with AAG is a bit like kissing your girlfriend or boyfriend for the first time. At the beginning, you don't really know what you are doing, groping and hoping you'll grab on to something awesome. But, with a little practice and patience, both become so much more, and can really excite you in more ways than one.

I have participated in the AAG program for one year, doing 6 months first in Sydney, Australia as a Skywalker and my second 6 month placement in Cairns, working as a 'houseman' at Lizard Island.

Both job placements have been incredibly fun and interesting, at least so far. I have met some truly interesting and genuine people, and am still in touch with many of them.

I could go on about the program staff, who are really topnotch, Ash in particular is a spry fellow who gets things done, and has a personality of a jovial school girl with a lust for adventure.

Everything about the program is very well done, they don't hold your hand necessarily through all the steps, but they don't leave you blind either, which is the best way for someone to grow into their own abilities.

I have had a great time, and would absolutely recommend this program to anybody, especially if you have never worked abroad before. What are you waiting for? Sign up now!

How can this program be improved?
Perhaps better support finding housing. Sending people a few links before they fly to Australia does not necessarily equate to having a place to stay when they arrive.
Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hi Cody,

Thanks for the detailed and thorough review! We really appreciate your comments and we've really enjoyed supporting you during your time in Australia! It was great meeting you and many of the other participants in Sydney and we really liked showing you around Melbourne too when you came to visit!

We think you'll really enjoy working in North Queensland - A big difference from Sydney but complementary for your full experience in Oz.

Haha! You feedback is really funny about Ash too - I'll remember to tell him that you've appreciated his help too. :) All the best and stay in touch!!

Best wishes,
Anita
Program Manager, Alliance Abroad - Australia

Yes, I recommend
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Immelie
9/10

Time flies when you're having fun!

The working abroad program of AAG was absolutely a once in a lifetime experience! I made memories I would never forget. I loved my job at the Wild Life Park on Hamilton Island, a paradise island on earth! I cuddled with lots of Koalas and also with Dingo's. Besides working as a Food and Beverage attendant, they also let me help in the park sometimes. I loved this, it made my job very divers :)! On my days off I traveled the island and the mainland. I have been to awesome backpackers destinations like Airlie Beach and Cairns. I saw the pearls of australia: White heaven Beach & The Great Barrier Reef. After working for six month's I will definitely have enough money to travel the east and south coast of Australia! AAG made my dreams come true!

How can this program be improved?
This program is amazing for personal development. One thing that could be better explained is that in my case (I am dutch) you are working mainly with an American organisation and not with a Dutch one. I didn't have any problems with this but in the beginning this was not clear to me.
Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hi Immelie,

Great to hear that things are going so well and that you are having such a GREAT experience!!

It's really wonderful to hear that you're adjusting well there and that your job is very diverse. It must be so awesome to be close to so many other amazing locations in the Great Barrier Reef, not to mention the fantastic weather AND saving lots of money to travel after!!

Sounds like you are having the time of your life and an experience to remember forever. I think we are all very jealous of you having such a cool job where you get to cuddle with adorable koalas and dingos - Please send more photos!

Best wishes,
Anita
Program Manager, Alliance Abroad - Australia

Yes, I recommend
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Mitchell
10/10

Amazing support

The support i was given was amazing. They were understanding in many situations and were able to cater to my needs. Defiantly going above and beyond to find me a placement that was right for me. There was always fun events and get togethers that are planned for everyone to do and a staff thats very friendly.

How can this program be improved?
I think it would be cool to have a shared house for the program people can move right into. Having a shared house gives options for more fun events.
Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

HI Mitch,

Thanks for the great review! We're really happy that you've found the program to be very supporting of what you're looking for and what you need. We're really happy to be able to place you with a great company in a fantastic city - Melbourne!

It's awesome to hear too that you're having fun at the events we've organized and that you enjoy meeting the other participants in the program. Looking forward to updates from you!

Best wishes,
Anita
Program Manager, Alliance Abroad - Australia

Yes, I recommend
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Trish
9/10

Australia is awesome

I've been in Melbourne for 4 months now are I'm truly loving it here. I have been enjoying the new experiences and city life. Made some really great friends and have grown a lot personally. The team has been enjoyable to work with and also a good listening ear when I had some family trouble back home. Auz is amazing, try on a new adventure, you might like the person you find at the end.

Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hi Trish,

Thanks so much for sharing your story and some insight about your time here in Melbourne. It's great to hear that you've found some great colleagues and friends here in Australia and that it has helped you to discover a lot about the country... and yourself!!

Hope to catch up with you soon again at our next program meetup event!

Best wishes,
Best wishes,
Anita
Program Manager, Alliance Abroad - Australia

Yes, I recommend
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Maria
8/10

Amazing !!

It's been truly amazing so far ! At first, when I arrived I thought "ok where do I go, what do I do, what did I get myself into " etc but as soon as I got approached by a shuttle bus driver I knew at least where I was going. And from that moment all it went quite smoothly, got my RSA certificate, found a room in the city center, opened up a bank account and went to work all within 4 days in Sydney ! Sydney is AMAZING, incredibly multicultural, nice and friendly people from all backgrounds, great night life and of course the food to kill for ! It was hectic and stressful at first, settling in and all, but anyone can make it here in Sydney, that's for sure !

How can this program be improved?
sorry I have a couple to comment on
housing - shared hostel with 5 guys is not the best option for a girl who just landed after a 12 hour flight. single room would be the best option, or at least one gender room
it'd be much nicer if there was a person who could meet the participant at the airport
working hours - i am not getting my average of 30 hours per week, for example this week I had 4 days off in a row...
otherwise all good :)
Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hi Maria,

Thanks for your feedback! It's great that you're loving Sydney and enjoying trying all the food, meeting tons of people and explore such an iconic city!!

We have noted your feedback and acted it upon it already: We have checked in with the hostel to reaffirm about where and how to work with our participants and of course, we have already been in touch about the hours for your work. I understand that you've been really understanding and patient especially with the intense situation that happened when you arrived and I hope this doesn't dampen your experience!

I would love to see you again next time I go to Sydney but in the meantime, enjoy all the wonderful sunshine and maybe, we'll see you in Melbourne soon!

Best wishes,
Anita
Program Manager, Alliance Abroad - Australia

Yes, I recommend
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Jeremy
10/10

Alliance abroad

My trip to Australia would have never been as amazing as it was without Alliance. I lived in the most amazing place in the world, made friends I'll have for the rest of my life, and learned so much about myself. Thank you alliance!

How can this program be improved?
Being able to meet the coordinators in person
Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hey Jeremy,

Totally awesome to hear about your amazing time in Australia! We're super happy for you that you made it here and that you've met some fantastic people. We're happy to be a part of it!

Best wishes,
Anita
Program Manager, Alliance Abroad - Australia

Yes, I recommend
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esra
10/10

3 weeks in Sydney

Hi ^^ my name is Esra from Turkey. Ive been in Sydney during 3 weeks. First weeks are a little bit hard for me because im only with myself and i have to do everythings myself. But hard days are gone i foubd a house and started working. Everything is getting better and better. Of course Alliance Abroad has always been with me . I always ask for help to Nina and Anita. Everything is much easier with their helps. And if you thinking about coming here but you are afraid. Dont think anymore . Even the worst thing you will come across in here, there will be amazing experience for you.

Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hi Esra,

Thanks for updating your review for us! We're so happy to have you recommend us!! It was great meeting you in Sydney and seeing you have such a great time in such a beautiful city. Sounds like you've learned a lot and now, you're enjoying work and things keep getting better and better.

Our team is really pleased to hear that things are working out for you - Thanks too for your advice for future travelers: You're right - Don't be afraid and come to Australia to get an amazing experience!

Take care and see you again soon - Come visit in Melbourne!!

Best wishes,
Anita
Program Manager, Alliance Abroad - Australia

Yes, I recommend
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Alyssa
9/10

Everything I Needed

AAG offered everything that I needed to start my life in Sydney. They helped make the transition smooth and simple, from setting up interviews to assisting me with getting a visa and tax return. Without them, I would have been totally lost.

How can this program be improved?
It's a bit expensive.
Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hey Alyssa,

It was great meeting you and so happy to hear that you're enjoying Sydney! We're very happy for you and happy too to be a part of each step for you to make this dream a reality for you!

Thanks for your feedback as well and we have even more options now to make the trip more affordable. We take your feedback seriously and have now researched more possibilites to make the program more "doable" for as many people as possible.

Love the photos - Send more!

Best wishes,
Anita
Program Manager, Alliance Abroad - Australia

Yes, I recommend

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