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!!