Alumni Spotlight: Aaron Johnson

Why did you choose this program?

Combining my plans to travel abroad with a paid work program can make the year become a life-changing experience. On the other hand, Grabatour Travel offers an 8 day Gap year package including so many amazing activities; plus, they also helped travellers to sort out everything we had to prepare in order to get a job in Australia.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Grabatour Travel had helped me a lot before I booked the trip with them. Their online customer support team was fantastic and the booking experience on their website was pretty cool too. I received a welcome pack, including the itinerary and details, airport shuttle location after booking, and they answered all the question I had.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Be prepared for the fun. There were so many fun activities during the first week in Sydney. They were all I could hope for. You will meet a lot of new friends from around the globe. So you should widen your horizon and talk to them, make new friends and enjoy all the amazing things that Sydney has to offer.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The day started with a breakfast in a very well-located and lively hostel in the heart of Sydney city. You'll then have an orientation session and the group leader who is going to share with you some information regarding what you're going to do during the week and where you'll go. Everyone from the team is extremely outgoing and you won't have a dull moment during the trip.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My GPA will suffer: After taking a year off of school, it will be difficult to go back to being a full time student and I am worried that my grades will worsen.

I won’t go back to school: My one gap year will turn into two, or even three and I won’t want to go back to school at all.

I’ll be out of my comfort zone: I’ve never been out of my home country or away from my family before, and I’m worried I’ll be too uncomfortable on a gap year.

Luckily, I have overcome these fears and totally become a different version of myself.