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

87%
based on 58 reviews
  • Housing 7.7
  • Support 8.7
  • Fun 7.4
  • Value 8.6
  • Safety 9.1
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Alexandre
10/10

Great experience with a good staff support

Hi guys!! I couldn't find a job in melbourne(i arrived at the begining of winter) so i decided to participate to the AAG program and after 2 interviews I get a really good 6 month experience in one of the most prestigious hotel in Melbourne!! It's not easy everyday and I work long day shift but the things I learned here will help me all along my career!! I'm entirely satisfied with the experience and I recommand everybody to do it!! You are SURE to get a 6 month job in a good company!!

Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hi Alexandre,

Thanks for your honest comments, feedback and recommendation for us! We're really happy that we've provided you a great experience with our program. It's great to hear too that it will be beneficial to your career development and enable you to keep learning and applying your skills too! Keep us posted on how you do and you'll be getting more info and newsletters from us too - Enjoy Australia!!

Best wishes,
Anita
Program Manager, Alliance Abroad - Australia

Yes, I recommend
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Lance
10/10

Some food for thought

Why Australia? Why not Australia, I think I speak for heaps amount of people when I say Australia is on their bucket list. It's one of those places that people dream of either visiting or living. As for myself, I moved to Australia in the summer of 2014 (or winter of 2014 depending on which side of the world you're on). The reason for me moving here was actually a great unexpected surprise. A few months back I was living in Athens, Ohio, I dropped out of school and was working part time at a bar n grille joint on court street. Night after night, drinking my life away, I was stuck between a rock and a hard ( 148 hour style) and I seemed to be literary doing nothing with my life. With summer approaching fast I was moving back to Cleveland to live with my folks and had no clue what my future held for me. Upon waking up one morning, still drunk from the night before, I did what any person 12-40 years of age does first thing in the morning; checked every social media account I owned before stumbling out of bed. Opening up Facebook I saw I had a message from my mom, I opened it and what I found is what changed my life for the better. It was an ad for a cooking contest that was sponsored by AAG and if you won, you received an all expenses paid trip to Australia to work under a working holiday visa for a year. A working holiday visa is basically how it sounds you apply for a visa through the Australia government and after answering a couple questions, making sure you're not a criminal and 400 bucks later you are granted a working holiday visa. The contest rules were simple, cook a dish that represents Australia to you. See here's the thing, I've been working in kitchens for half my life so I can cook some fierce food that would make any mouth water. Therefore, after reading the rules and regulations I called up my good friend Tommy who owns a videography/photography company called GeniusFilms located in Cleveland, Ohio ( see what I did there, you're welcome Tom). I explained to him the whole situation and asked him if he could film me cooking a dish and he quickly agreed with a "hell yeah". Fast forward a few weeks later. Tommy and Greg (co-owner of the company) started to set up cameras and bright lights in his kitchen and man let me tell you I felt like I was on an episode of chopped, it felt pretty fricken incredible. At that point, my nerves started to set in and what's the best way to calm the nerves, that's right you guessed it, I shot gunned a couple beers . The meal I prepared was grilled Lamb chops over an Asian Coleslaw, you can check out my YouTube video if you'd like, just type in Lance Zacher and you'll see me wielding my main hand chopping weapon of cutlery. After filming the video I was on the road again on a 3 hour journey back to Athens. A few weeks later after Tom and Greg were done editing the video they sent it to me via email. I kid you not, the dead line for the video was April 30th at midnight, I uploaded and sent it in at 11:58pm, talk about to close for comfort. Fast forward 2 months. Thinking I lost the contest because I never received a phone call nor email I was back to not knowing what the hell I was going to do. One afternoon I receive a phone call from Austin, Texas, not knowing who it was I did what any good lass or chap does from the information generation, let that shit go to voice mail; before returning the call. Beep beep, beep beep, I look down and saw I had a new voice mail. Texas? I know absolutely no one from Texas I said to myself. I listen to my voicemail and the first words I hear were "Congratulations! Lance, you won the contest". YESSS!! I scream at the top of my lungs, my mom came barreling in the kitchen like a crazed wildebeest running from a lioness. I won the contest Ma, I'm moving to the land down under. Instantly I start playing Men At Work, who wouldn't.

In addition, AAG ultimately changed my life for the better. They are professional, very knowledgeable on the process of bringing you to Australia and they help you with each step along the way. Would I recommend AAG to others. You bet!

Thank you again AAG, without you guys none of this would have been possible.

I hope that this story inspires anyone who reads this. Life can be ruff sometimes and when you're at a low point you never think it'll get better. Well, I'm here to tell you that it does. Never give up and keep chugging (like "Thomas the train"...or beer which ever you prefer)

Cheers,
Lance

How can this program be improved?
The only problem I had when I first arrived was receiving very little help with my living situation. This problem has since been fixed and they now has a great team to help you with your living situations.
Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Thanks so much for sharing your story Lance! It's fantastic to hear about the experience now in Australia has given you a new perspective on life and changed you personally and professionally! It definitely is encouraging to hear about your perspective in giving things a try and being open-minded to see where traveling can take you - Sounds like you LOVE it here!!

Glad too that our program has been able to support you with each step in the transition here and that housing has been resolved too, especially with our housing coordinator on board to focus on that one specific piece.

Hope you continue to enjoy each aspect of Australia: Summer has only just begun!

Best wishes,
Anita
Program Manager, Alliance Abroad - Australia

Yes, I recommend
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Mollie
10/10

Great Program

Alliance Abroad is a great program! They provide everything they say they do, as well as set you up with an individual counselor that makes any questions clear and goes above and beyond to make sure you on the path to have an amazing adventure! I got Rosemary, and she was beyond great in every step, even with my never ending questions! I got the perfect job in the perfect situation I wanted, all thanks to alliance abroad and Rose. I recommend this program to anyone looking to go to Australia, and definitely worth the money in all they do for you and your future career!

How can this program be improved?
I can honestly say I would not change one thing wrong with this program. As long as you have the money ahead of time, every step is easy and exactly as explained!
Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hi Mollie,

Great to hear that you're super happy with your job and location and sounds like you'll be coming at the perfect time for you too!

We're so glad to hear too that you have enjoyed Rose's support for you. She is a great asset to our team and we'll make sure to pass on your feedback!

Best wishes,
Anita
Program Manager, Alliance Abroad - Australia

Yes, I recommend
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Abdi
9/10

Train

The thing I enjoy about work is that I enjoy doing what I do and I work with a great staff and making everything accommodating to me. I find the train system is totally accessible and would recommend this program to anyone with or without disability

How can this program be improved?
I really have nothing to change about the program, but have staff dedicated to finding everything that's accessible for the members. The staff is amazing especially Anita just making sure I had interviews and supporting me through out this whole process and I am thankful.
Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hey Abdi,

Great to hear that you're enjoying your work and the city of Sydney! Love the photos too! So happy for you to be going out and about exploring the city and enjoying the great weather!

Thanks for your positivity and for recommending the program. It's been supporting you and I hope to see you again next time I go to Sydney.

Enjoy ever moment!

Best,
Anita
Program Manager, Alliance Abroad - Australia

Yes, I recommend
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Amber
10/10

Working Abroad in Australia

I began this program from another website, and I sure am glad I did! From the very beginning Rose was very informative and answered all the questions I needed to know. It has been a very long journey to get to where I am now departing for Australia tomorrow! There are many steps to take, and this group has helped me every step of the way. Thank You Alliance abroad for everything you have done for me and giving me this life experience I will never forget

How can this program be improved?
the only negative thing I could say about this group is waiting for the job placement.
Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hi Amber,

Thanks for the great review and for taking the time to share your thoughts. I worked with Rose when she was in our Melbourne office and she is awesome! Glad that you also found her fantastic to work with and we're so excited for you to come to Australia so soon.

We understand that it can be challenging to wait for that great placement to come through but we hope that you now also agree that the wait was worth it to be going to a great city with a fun opportunity with a top tier employer. We try to work with each person's timeline and when we all work as a team, it usually works out - Like in your case!

Let us know anytime if you have any questions. You are coming at a great time with the warmer weather just around the corner and many fun festivals already in motion!

Best wishes,
Anita
Program Manager, Alliance Abroad - Australia

Yes, I recommend
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Alex
8/10

The move to Sydney

The biggest difficulty i've encountered so far was finding an accommodation which suited me perfectly. It takes a lot of time, searching and hunting but in the end there will always be something. The city is just fantastic and incredibly easy to get around! Within the first week it felt like home and I feel like I've been living here for years. Found accommodation just a 5 minute walk from work and 10 minutes from the city centre. Im so happy here and everyone is so friendly and welcoming. I have already made friends which i'll keep for life and makes the transition movement so much easier. A big highlight was meeting everyone from alliance abroad. Were still in contact and meeting up regularly. It nice having people who have gone through the same thing and were all in the same position. Im so happy I've done this and couldn't imagine what it would have been like if i hadn't.

How can this program be improved?
I would say it was a quite expensive but being here in a stable job is reassuring and i've seen the struggle people go through coming out here to find a job so having one secured before arrival is definitely the best option.
Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hi Alex,

Great to hear you are loving Sydney and that you’ve adjusted easily and found the people there friendly, helpful and welcoming. Your accommodation sounds great to enable you to walk everywhere including easily going to work, to the city and to all the other fun things in Sydney!

Thanks too for sharing your thoughts on finding accommodation. We have seriously taken your feedback and others’ comments into consideration and have already hired a Housing Coordinator to provide personalized and in person support to each person arriving into Australia within their first few days of arrival. We hope to directly and quickly address each person’s concerns and needs. Hopefully this will make the transition even more smooth for everyone!

Awesome to hear too that you’ve made some great friends through the program! We’re really pleased to see you doing well: Thanks for the photos too! Looks like you’re enjoying the beach and all the cool festivals already too. Keep in touch!

Best wishes,
Anita
Program Manager, Alliance Abroad - Australia

Yes, I recommend
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Natasha
8/10

A ROSE by any other name....

...Would still not be this girl!!! Rose is amazing. There were definitely a lot of bumps starting this process, but she really helped me navigate through it. Rose was always a call/Skype/email away and always quickly responded and answered my incessant questions. For months. Now that I'm in Australia she still checks up on me and want to see the latest pictures of what I'm up to. No clue what she's making, but she definitely deserves a raise! I should also add that Nina has also been really great since I got here. Thank you ladies!

How can this program be improved?
Finding adequate housing has been difficult. I was found a job in the Blue Mountains, which does not have the same housing options as the city. I haven't seen 1 available place in Medlow Bath, so anyone working at the Hydro Majestic has to commute. Since the Australia Hospitality Program is so expensive, it would be very helpful if they would have also secured housing.
Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hi Natasha,

Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback and experience. We're really pleased to hear that you have had such a positive experience with our team! We'll make sure to let Rose and Nina know that they are doing a great job!

Glad to hear that you've already found housing now but we really appreciate your comments and have now moved forward to hire on a Housing Coordinator. This person will fully dedicate time, experience and efforts to assist with this specific part of the program. We hope that this will provide lots more help and insight for each person now.

Have a great experience here in Australia!

Best Wishes,
Anita
Program Manager, Alliance Abroad - Australia

Yes, I recommend
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Camille
9/10

Great experience!

This is my second time in Australia and I'm so happy and so lucky to have this opportunity!
My first time was in 2007-2008 and after that I really wanted to go back but thought that I wouldn't have the opportunity.
I worked for more than 5 years in 2 different hotels (front desk) and last year I wanted some changes. I was working part time in a company but I was thinking to go abroad more and more everyday.
So the day that I found out about this program I was thrilled! Of course I was still a bit cautious at first, I was like "it seems too good to be true".
The strongest point of this program of course is that you have the job before you arrive! For me that was what made me go! For years I wanted to go back to Australia but it felt so unsecured to go there without a job!

Anyway, I've been working at the Mangrove Resort hotel in Broome, WA, since March and it is a really great experience! I'm glad to discover the west coast this time! I'm working 40 hours per week on average so that's good! I try to enjoy my days off as much as I can: going to Cable beach, doing tours around (Cape Leveque, Willie Creek...).

I would like to say a big thank you to Laura at AAG! She was always able to reassure me when I had doubts before arriving in Australia and really friendly!
Big thank you also to Rose and Anita!

How can this program be improved?
As other people said already...it's quite expensive!
I guess that some people would love to enter the program but can't afford it! I know that AAG needs the money to keep finding good partners though...
I paid for the 6months program. I would love to have another job after that but I'm still hesitant because of the money...!
Yes, I recommend
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Gavin
9/10

My Time in Austarila

First think I would Like to say is a big THANK YOU to Alliance Aboard Australia and the great staff (Anita and Laura) for helping me to get here from start, very encouraging and supporting though out.

The thing I like about Alliance aboard is that they are able to find you a job before you set a foot in Australia, taking the hassle of having to wait and such for job while your here, for both of my jobs they found me I was placed in 5 hotels, for my first 6 months I was placed in Perth in Hilton hotels as a food and beverage attendant which is great for my resume for when I return to the UK. Perth was a great experience and such a different and relaxed environment and amazing weather, the best thing about Perth was the views you would get from the river looking over the city and from kings park, the best beaches I have ever seen!!

My second placement was in Sydney in yet another 5 star hotel in the same role, for Pier One harbour hotel with great views of the harbour and bridge, right next to the opera House. I would say I love Sydney more as I'm a city boy! while at this job I decided I wanted to stay another year as I was enjoying my experience in Australia way to much, so I decided to find a regional job on a farm for 3 months to gain a second year in Australia.

Once I compete my work 3 months I will defiently use Alliance Abroad Group again for a 3rd Plaement...

How can this program be improved?
I would say the program itself is a bit on the costly side however you can easily make that back in a weeks pay or so.
Yes, I recommend
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Kristin
10/10

Best experience of my life!

I highly recommend using Alliance Abroad to come to Australia! I was VERY hesitant to go through this company at first because of the lack of reviews and information online. I wasn't sure if the company would be a scam or not, but I took a chance and used them. I am SO glad I did this! I cannot say enough praises about AAG and how amazing my time in Sydney has been. I can say hands down this has been some of the best months of my life.

AAG was great at preparing me to go to Australia - I made a last minute decision to move here, and they helped me prepare in less than 2 weeks! Getting my visa was very easy, and it was a huge relief showing up in Australia knowing I already had a job lined up. During my first few weeks in Sydney, I met so many backpackers who had been searching for jobs for weeks on end, and a lot of them eventually ended up leaving Sydney to find work elsewhere. Needless to say, already having a job with a reputable company was a blessing!

I have noticed a lot of people have complained on here that AAG doesn't help you secure housing, but they make that very clear from the beginning. However, Anita and the other staff went out of their way to email me as much information as possible to assist me in finding housing once I arrived. They did a great job of checking in with me to make sure I was doing okay. I had no problem finding housing, and I absolutely love where I live!

I have also noticed a few complaints that using AAG isn't worth it because of the high cost. I completely disagree with this - the staff at AAG have significantly influenced my experience in Australia. When I first moved here, I was having some issues at my workplace, and AAG acted VERY quickly and professionally to help me fix those issues. If it wasn't for AAG, I definitely would have left the job and probably left Australia with a negative experience. Because they helped address the issue, the problems in my workplace were resolved, and I ended up staying with the company for 6 months, and had an amazing experience! Most importantly, Anita, Rose, and Ash are all available to help any participant 24/7 via text, email, or Skype, and they are always willing to listen to any concerns voiced. The contracts they offer are also worth the price you pay - I have interviewed for so many jobs on my own in Sydney where the hours are ridiculous, the pay is low, and where training isn't paid for. A lot of companies try to pay cash in hand here, so the pay isn't as high in those instances. I think a lot of these companies take advantage of backpackers, so it is definitely necessary to be well versed in workers laws here and what pay you require. AAG makes sure participants don't have to deal with any of those issues! You are set up with a minimum 30 hours per week at your host company, and these companies are very reputable and actually care about their employees. You won't have to worry about being taken advantage of!

I am so thankful for AAG and highly recommend them to anyone and everyone. I am having the time of my life in Sydney, and never want to leave! Beyond loving Australia, this experience also opens up the door for you to travel to nearby countries! With our close proximity to Southeast Asia, I have so far traveled to Thailand and Cambodia with the money from my first job AAG helped me get.

I can't say it enough - come to Australia with AAG - you won't regret it!!

How can this program be improved?
It would be awesome if AAG organized meet ups in other cities besides just Melbourne. I have made friends very easily in Sydney, but would have loved to connect with more AAG participants as well.

I also wish there was a deferred payment option for the second placement. They offer a deferred payment for your first six months, which is great, but it would be nice to have the option for both terms so you can fund your time here with your tax refund you get at the end. I do understand though that this is difficult for AAG to make happen because they do need funds going into their business, but it would be neat if they could somehow offer this in the future!
Yes, I recommend
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Lisa
8/10

Melbourne

The staff was so unbelievably nice, supportive and encouraging! They really knew how to help you prepare for interviews. I would suggest entering the program as far in advance as possible so that you have a job upon arrival. I did not use the housing services but I am sure they would be great and safe!

How can this program be improved?
Have more options available for clients
Yes, I recommend
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Courtney
10/10

Alliance Abroad Working Visa

I never made it the full year in Australia but I just want to say that Anita from Alliance Abroad was awesome! She was always quick to reply with answers in e-mails, and was full of knowledge. I am a little late in writing the review but please let her know how amazing of a job she is doing! Definitely will tell people about Alliance Abroad!

Yes, I recommend
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Chris
9/10

Awesome time

Everything was great. When I was being helped with selecting an apartment and which area of the Melbourne to choose the program coordinator was very helpful and helped make me aware of all the options I had and gave me excellent ideas about each area of Melbourne as well. So that was a great help right off the bat.

Work was awesome and I felt very taken care of with my practice interviews for the Grand Hyatt and making sure that I was well prepared for what everything would be like.

Day to day difficulties, I would say internet was the main one. For the first few months before buying a portable wifi modem I was relying on free wifi ports throughout the city (starbucks, the state library, etc) so I would say that was a main one.

Other than that I feel like everything was great, being linked up with someone to do my taxes for me after my leaving was also awesome! It just removes that one extra thing before I leave and made things much easier on me.

Yes, I recommend
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Sarah
9/10

Thoughts

I love meeting people here from all over the world. Definitely an eye opening experience, the weather and beaches are also fabulous.. My co-workers are awesome I am so happy with where I was placed and I love the city, not anything like I expected. My program people are very good at responding to emails if I have any questions. I would recommend to anyone, best decision!!

How can this program be improved?
I disliked how the program promised to help find housing and while I received a bunch of info on different places to live in the city, I thought I was going to have a place to live before coming to Sydney and was very scared not having that all sorted out before coming, it turned out to be fine but just thought the promise of housing wasnt fulfilled how I thought it would be
Yes, I recommend
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Samantha
10/10

Lifetime experience

This experience was absolutely amazing! The program gives a really good opportunity to go overseas and work. It is nice to know that once you get here you are not totally alone when you face either work issues or difficulties with the people you live with. Coming from Canada was quite a big thig and language was not a total issue, but sometimes it could be hard. Although everyone was bringing really good support, whether it was with talking over the phone, messages to give feedback or just to see that everything was okay or even postcard correspondence. It was absolutely great to feel like you are not just one random person that that you get personal support.

The negative point that I could see is related to prices of the program itself. No doubts that there is an incredible support from everyone with feedbacks, but once you get here you find out how easy it can be to find yourself a job around and that the agency does not find you a place to live, it is staff accommodation that are already in place with the workplace. Either it was a misunderstanding from my part, but I did feel like with the program they strange everything for it but it's not totally it. Same thing regarding the minimum hours of work that was outline in the "contract"... Even if mentioned to coordinators, I've never heard back from it and had few weeks with less than te minimum hours.

Even though I have few negative points, I do recommend the program,BUT not to people that have travelled before and that either organized everything themselves or either love unplanned adventure. The program is amazing for new travellers that might be afraid to leave or that need all the support that they can get.

How can this program be improved?
As mentioned above I dot think that price paid makes sense if you look back to what you've got. All the paperwork was really long and seems like it wasn't very worth it or even used at workplace.
Yes, I recommend

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Alliance Abroad Group (AAG) has been the leader of international recruitment for over 20 years. Since 1992, AAG has successfully matched more than 100,000 international students with many of the world’s leading tourism and hospitality companies. AAG...