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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Alexander
10/10

Thank you very much!

It was truly once in a lifetime experience! Excellent! Every staff was helpful, and everything was perfect. The Taxback staff was very helpful, and professional. Everything was so perfect that I hope this standard lasts for forever. I think it might be difficult to keep this standard, because it is too perfect. Far beyond the expectation. Thank you so much for giving me this precious once in a lifetime experience!!!

Yes, I recommend
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frh
8/10

My Oz Experience

I came to Australia as a sort of gap year while I applied for jobs in my own country.

I did my first placement in QLD up in Townsville. People rag on Townsville whenever I tell them I lived there for 6 months but I really loved my time there and I made some friends I know will be a part of my life for many years to come.

It was also really cool to be a positive representative for my country. I had a roommate that told me I totally changed his ideas of what an American was, haha.

After Townsville I travelled down the East coast (Amazing!) to find my second job in Melbourne.

I planned on just working, saving up money and making some new friends but I ended up getting so much more than I expected out of it. I came in to meet the AAI team in Melbourne and because my degree is in International Education I ended up interning for them for the rest of my time in Oz. I gained so much valuable experience and learned so many things that will benefit me in my career for years to come!

Coming to Australia with AAI was a great decision!

Yes, I recommend
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Allison
10/10

Slice of Paradise

Hands down - the best experience of my life. I was fortunate enough to be placed in Coral Bay, Western Australia. A small tourist town remotely located in the northwest part of the state, boasting some of the best beaches and marine life interactions anywhere. The job I was selected for was reception at a caravan park, but there were times when I was asked to do housekeeping and other times where I was asked to be a deckie on a boat for a day. Swim with mantas? For a job?! Um, yes please!

The accommodation is basic.. .and by basic, I mean a box of a room with a bed and a wardrobe. Rusting showers and toilets and cockroaches living in the kitchen. Did I care? No. It was different than I expected, but knowing about remote locations before my travels here, I grew to really enjoy my accommodation and place of stay. No one in town lives fancy... if you're looking for city life - make sure you ask to be placed in a city. Otherwise, learn to love how the other half of the world lives and know that it's not forever.

I was able to save money, and even plan a trip to Bali! I have no idea where I will be heading after my 6 months is over here, but I know it was the best decision I ever made to interview with this location.

How can this program be improved?
Knowing ahead of time my visa would only be good for a year - that I would run into European backpackers who had availability to a two year visa that Americans are not. Would have softened the blow a little to learn my experience here couldn't be extended.
Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hi Alison,

Thanks for your feedback. Coral Bay truly is a great place and not visited by many backpackers and working holidays makers which is a shame the west coast often gets left off many peoples travel lists. Glad to hear you are enjoying your time there and in our country.

Ash
Director Alliance Abroad - Australia

Yes, I recommend
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Matt
9/10

Adventures await!

Alliance Abroad is an incredible program. I wouldn't have had the opportunity to find such an awesome job in Australia without them! Working at the Q Station Resort in Manly is intriguing, odd and fun all at the same time and I'll always look back on this time in my life with a smile. The staff have been great and the experience unforgettable!

How can this program be improved?
The only difficulties I've encountered was on finding housing. I felt like it would have been more helpful, and far less stressful, if Alliance Abroad had already had a place lined up for me to live. It was intense trying to start a new job in a new country and not having a place to live yet. I stayed in a run-down hostel my first several days until I found a room, and I didn't feel comfortable staying there.
Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hi Matt,

Thanks for your review. We are glad you are enjoying your time in Australia and at Q Station -its a unique resort.

I agree housing can be difficult- but it isn't always possible to line up accommodation before arrival as we prefer participants to actually view any accommodation before they move in. This isn't possible prior to arrival.

Keep up the videos- we enjoy watching them!

Ash
Director Alliance Abroad- Australia

Yes, I recommend
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Bailey
10/10

Great Life Experience

I have been here a little over a month and it has been an amazing experience. I've gotten to do things I never expected to do in my entire life. I've gained a lot of experience with the resort I am working with also. Skills I will definitely use in the future. I feel lucky every day I am here! Enjoying every minute of it, and I have time to do outdoor activities as well.

Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hi Bailey,

Thanks for your feedback. Glad you are enjoying your time at Capella Lodge- its a beautiful location. Living on an island is a unique experience and one we encourage if possible.

Enjoy your time in Australia.

Ash
Director-
Alliance Abroad -Australia.

Yes, I recommend
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Danalah
9/10

Experience of a lifetime.

I worked at Ayers Rock Resort in the Northern Territory. The staff at Alliance Abroad were great in helping me find a position and whilst i was there just knowing they'd be there to help if anything went wrong gave me peace of mind. I was told before hand that it was a remote area but i don't think i was quite prepared for how remote it would actually be. I basically lived in a desert for 6 months with some of the best and most inspiring people I have ever met. Every day i climbed a sand dune, which was right outside my front door to get to work, and at the top of this dune i had the most breath taking view. The famous Uluru was right there and i thought that eventually i would get fed up of seeing it but even on my last day i was blown away when my new friends and i sat on top of that dune and watched the sun rise over it, we also sang songs from the lion king as we sat there.
I had never lived in a small town before and with Yulara having a population of about one thousand i thought i was going to hate my new home but i absoloutley loved it. I made friends so easily and they are friends that i will have for the rest of my life. They are the kind of people that only show up in fictional travel stories, larger than life personalities, always up to something, and will and do drop by your house at three in the morning to get you to come do something extremely random, weird and amazing.
I made some great memories with them and i don't regret a day that i was there.
Before i went i was told that the company i was going to work for were really good to their staff, i didn't quite grasp how good they actually were. Meals were provided when you were working, and these were buffets cooked by five star chefs, and when you weren't working you got a discount at all the companies restaurants and supermarkets. Basically when you arrive you're given a residents card and that entitles you to discounts on everything and entry to the residents only pub/club/what ever it wanted to be that night.
Since its such a small community you get to know everyone and since your also working with the people you're living with these people quickly become your family, making working there a job as well.
I'm so thankful for the opportunity i was given to go to Ayers Rock Resort, it was the best experience i could have asked for.

Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hi Laura,

Thanks for the detailed feedback. we are really glad you enjoyed your time at Uluru. Many people are reluctant to go to such a remote location but it truly is a unique and rewarding experience and we hope that many more will take this opportunity after reading your review.

Ash
Director
Alliance Abroad - Australia

Yes, I recommend
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Keunsoo
7/10

good experience

I am having good experience.
I met many people and learnd divers culture.
I don't work many times per day.
so sometimes when I have free time, I go around city.
already I have been to around Melbourne.
I am satisfied my life
Thank you so much.

Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hi Kensoo,

Thanks for your comments. We are glad you are enjoying your time at Crown and also in Melbourne. I may be biased but I think Melbourne is the best city in the world!

Ash
Director
Alliance Abroad- Australia

No, I don't recommend
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Jun
10/10

Challenge

When I first started my work as a housekeeper, It was really hard to finish on time for me and I made some mistake like lost the key So I was scolded for slow pace by my manager frequently. but ,at that time, The staff who work in this company encoraged me to do work well and keep instilled confidence in my mind and I 've always tried to do my best . Now ,time after time, I became a good employee in my department. Her name is Anita. I 'd like to express my gratitude for all of her help.

Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hi Jun Seok,

Thanks for your comments. We are really glad you stuck with your position at Rendezvous Scarborough and continued to improve and enjoy your time there.

We will also pass your gratitude onto Anita- thanks for the kinds words!

Ash
Director
Alliance Abroad- Australia

Yes, I recommend
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Chris
7/10

An interesting job.

Living and working in Melbourne has been fantastic, the job pays well and the place I live is fun and friendly. Although work isn't always busy, and can sometimes be extremely boring, my personal time out of work has been fun! There's lots to see and do in Victoria, from drinks with friends on the beach to trips to great places like The Great Ocean Road and Wilson's Prom.
Over all I'm having the time of my life, and the experience has been worth every penny!

How can this program be improved?
The cost is a little steep when considering the alternative options when looking for work in Australia, although the program has lead to a guaranteed job, support from the agency has been minimal, with only the occasional email at random times.
Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hi Chris,

Thanks for your feedback.

Although your work hasn't been as exciting as you may have hoped we are really glad you have enjoyed Melbourne (the best city in the world!). Its good that you have always found the time to explore a lot of the surrounding areas.

We have taken on board your comment about support and have added additional resources and team members to the on ground team in Australia to ensure this has improved.

Ash
Director
Alliance Abroad- Australia

Yes, I recommend
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oowaltonoo
3/10

A lot of Money for not much reward

The employer which has been found for me has not delivered on hours promised, suggested more responsibility than has been available and failed to pay me for the training day; which included around 2-3 hours of actual work.
Overall I shall be surprised if the business itself has not gone into administration before my scheduled departure from the position on the 20th March 2014.
There was a "meet up" of users of the AAG service planned, which has still not occurred.

Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hi.

Thanks for your feedback.

Sorry that your experience hasn't been as anticipated and you don't feel your employer has lived up to expectations. We have discussed this with your employer and decided not to continue using them in our program.

We have scheduled a meet up of Melbourne participants in December and also have another one in a few weeks time which we hope you will be able to attend.

Ash
Director
Alliance Abroad- Australia

No, I don't recommend
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Fraser
8/10

Day dream Island-AAG Is a joke!

Firstly, My time on Daydream was incredible (socially), pushing a minibar round 6 days a week not fun!. But AAG is and absolute joke, no consideration given to it's customers, my advice don't go threw them as they scam you and want more money for a second placement, a sum of $1500 extra. I hope more intern-ships have turned out like mine I have enjoyed the experience but it was all down to me, eg. you didnt even care about one client as he was stuck doing nothing, so he flew home, well done AAG !! Met some amazing people and some great memories on the beach,diving, having a drink or 2... Now en route to Sydney, found a marketing job, don't go through this "SCAM OF AN AGENCY", not worth the hassle.
P.s Thankyou for sending a sim-card for a phone 1 month after the arrival with no credit, and on a service that gets no signal, dont worry though already set-up one after ,my first week !!! Cheers for nothing AAG

Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hi Fraser,

Thanks for your feedback.

I'm sorry that you feel the program wasn't of value. We do take your comments seriously as we want to ensure everyone has a good time and gets the experience they are after. When our participants reach out to us we aim to solve any problems or difficulties they may be experiencing. We have added more resources and staff to the support infrastructure to ensure this happens quicker and more efficiently.

I am glad that you did manage to have a good time and meet some great people and undertake some adventures. I hope you enjoy your time in Sydney.

Ash
Director
Alliance Abroad- Australia.

No, I don't recommend
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AshLiz03
10/10

Excellent!

The support from the staff was fantastic, so supportive I couldn't have asked for any better people to help me get to Australia.

However the choice of hostel for when I arrived was awful & I would not recommend you use it again.
I moved hostel to far better one with much better facilities & entertainment which helps to make new friends which I believe is important when you are travelling alone!

How can this program be improved?
Again, the choice of hostel the program uses for when people arrive, perhaps I better cleaner hostel!
Response from AAG - Alliance Abroad Group

Hi Ashleigh,

Thanks for your feedback.We are glad you are enjoying your time in Melbourne and have found our support staff good.

We have taken your feedback on the hostel on board and have switched the hostel we use to one which is better suited to the requirements and needs of our program participants.

Enjoy your time in Melbourne!

Ash
Director
Alliance Abroad- Australia

Yes, I recommend
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Sol
8/10

Intern in Melbourne

I consider my internship in Melbourne an unforgettable experience, not only because of all the professional experience I was able to take with me, but discovering an incredible city full of life, art and nice people really changed my life.

Melbourne is simply amazing. I was expecting more of a warm beach town,but when I finally got there a big windy city surprised me (it was winter).. But the weather is the least thing that worried me, all the activities, the multicultural scene, and food were incredible..

I worked for 5 months in an digital marketing company called Komosion,all my colleagues were very nice and friendly to me, always putting attention to my questions and needs. We are still in touch!

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...