Alliance Abroad

Alliance Abroad

About

Alliance Abroad has been the leader of international recruitment for over 20 years. Since 1992, Alliance Abroad has successfully matched more than 100,000 international students with many of the world’s leading tourism and hospitality companies. Alliance Abroad is in the business of connecting, enriching, and empowering the global community one person at a time. Whether you are looking to intern or work in the United States or Australia, Alliance Abroad has a program for you!

Founded
1992
Headquarters

1645 East 6th Street, Ste 100
Austin, TX 78702
United States

Reviews

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Alex
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I didn't feel like going on the other side of the planet on my own, that's why I have chosen Alliance Abroad Group.

This experience was unique and amazing ! I really appreciated that AAG helps you with the administrative procedures. And it's a real security to have already signed a work contract before I landed in Oz. I really want to thanks Lisa & Carolyn for everything. I will be grateful my whole life for all of this!

To be honest, at first, I was like : I'm gonna stay 6 months then travel a little bit and go back to Europe. But now that my 6 months program is finished I plan to stay 6 more months and why not another year ?
The work experience was fantastic, and living in Sydney is great ! I fell in love with this city. There's so many things to explore in Australia though! That's why now I'm going to travel and go with the flow..! It's a miracle ! I wasn't kind of a self confident person but this program impacts my life in a way I didn't expect. It made me strong person! I think this kind of experience is unique, opens your eyes on so many things.

I grew up both on the professional and personal aspects here. I think I found the meaning of "happiness" in Oz. I mean the rhythm of life is great, the weather, the landscapes, the food, people are so nice. I can't explain it, you need to live it!

I 100% recommend AAG for your future program guys !
If you are still hesitating about what to do just think about a quote that I've learnt here :
"If you don't get out of the box you've been raised in, you won't understand how much bigger the world is."

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sabrina
2/10
No, I don't recommend this program

It was a very nice placement in a Yacht Club in Sydney.... but I was just working on Sundays.... The amount of working hours was to small..... ( 5 - 10 hours by week). I tried to contact Alliance Abroad and the employer for more hours but nothing was done... Fortunately, I found an another job in Sydney. So with my 2 Casual job, I was a very good experience. But it did not worth paying so much and working so little.....

Nick
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome experience

I am working in 5 star hotel
in Sydney cbd
I start as a porter now I am working as Doorman
so I already step up
it was an honor to met Lisa deLuca and Carolyn Mclean
they very nice and always helpful

I can't wait for my second job placement !!!
where it could be?? Sydney gain? Melbourne, Gold Coast, Perth??
who knows

I arrive on the 7th of September,
so by the 12th I was already working
so there is not the ansia to look for a job, go around with your cv,
etc etc
and I got a few days to look for accommodation

What would you improve about this program?
housing
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Riccardo
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I've just gotten back from my 6 months program in Sydney; it has been such an amazing and unforgettable experience! Thanks to AAG, I worked at the Sheraton On The Park and I couldn't ask for anything better. I was part of an international team, so I had the chance to make friends from all over the world and practise and improve my english skills. If you like being in contact with different cultures and people, this is the right place for you. During my time off, I explored the area around Sydney -its beaches and amazing national parks, especially Blue Mountains, will leave you breathless- and I've been to Cairns, Queensland for a little holiday. Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef is a once in a lifetime experience! I saved money during my time in Australia, so I could backpacking New Zealand as well.

AAG did a terrific job. From the first time I contacted the office, they've always been very nice and detailed. They were ESSENTIAL during my job research, providing tips, interviews and plenty of support. They helped for tax refound, accomodation and bank issues. I really want to thank my team leaders Lisa and Lexi for her wonderful job. If you are looking for a safe, guided and high quality support, don't hesitate!

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Hayley
1/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Initially, I was overjoyed when I received news about finding a placement in Melbourne, Australia. What could possibly be better than a Visa that permits both a stable source of income and a holiday in Australia?! Unfortunately, that hasn't been the case, in a sad turn of events, I've yet to receive anytime off in the three months I've worked, to explore Oz. My hotel is short-staffed, which as permitted me from experiencing the "holiday" in my "Work/Holiday Visa". I was hired as a part-time employee, but I typically work full-time, without receiving any of the benefits. When I inquired about taking annual leave (seeing as I did not move to the other side of the world to spend all my time working) I was denied and was told that my annual leave would come to me in the form of a pay check at the end of my contract. If you could only imagine my frustration. I'm very disappointed. If I had known that this would be my experience, I would not have participated in AAG. However, I say this baring in mind, that I am one participant. This is my story. It's not to say this will be your experience. On a positive note, I work with people from all over the world. It has brought me immense joy meeting people from all walks of life. I think overall, if I had been afforded time to travel, I would have been satisfied with my experience.

Response from Alliance Abroad

Dear Hayley,
We're sorry that this experience has not been what you've hoped. That's disappointing for us as well. Our goal is to make the experience a great match with your needs and goals and the work experience. I have sent an inquiry to our Australia office and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

The Team at AAG.

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Alexis Chem

After a big turn over in my life, I really needed to see something else. Exploring the world would be the best option and it led me to this wonderful country of adventures : Australia.

Why did you choose this program?

I have chosen this program for few personal reasons. I had to leave France as soon as possible because I really needed change. As I needed to go ASAP, I wanted first some security before going on the other side of the world. Having help on the administrative procedures and a work contract was very appreciated. I didn't know exactly what to do with my life so the 6 months contract appeared to be the best option to me, not too short, not too long (in case I didn't like the country, lifestyle etc..)

So the main reason of choosing this program would be the security. But keep in my mind I was keen for adventures and it was like the best way for me to chase my dreams.

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

They assisted me about everything I could ask for. The Visa process, the Tax File Number, the interviews to get a job/contract before landing to Australia, the booking of my first 2 nights with instructions and a map to know exactly from the airport where I had to go (best thing ever, you already have a place to go, no need to stress out after this long trip!).

Then they could have assisted me with the flight, the medical insurance or even the accommodation, but it was my personal choice to do it on my own.

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

If you're looking for a big change in your life, it will be a huge one, indeed. But keep in mind it's still another culture, and a different country so you will need a little bit of time to get use to it.

I'm gonna use my own example. When I arrived in Sydney I felt directly at home, I was so surprised to have such a reaction! But after 1 month, I became homesick! It always happens when you don't expect it. The only way to get better is to experience as much different things you can.

The main advice I will give would be to keep aiming as high as you can. Everything's possible in Australia!

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

An average week will start with work of course! I had the chance to work for a very famous wax museum which was very entertaining. The thing is you always feel like you are on holiday with a Working Holiday Visa, and Australia has a lot to offer when speaking about holidays. So after work, sometimes, you can escape to some happy hours with friends, and also have a beer on the harbor watching the sunset!

But in a city like Sydney, you have so much to explore. And as you're working you have enough money to enjoy the must-to-see of the city (museums, monuments, hikes, etc) and also to plan longer trips. (A weekend in Melbourne, Canberra etc).

Every single week was different to be honest. No time to waste, no time to get bored!

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

I don't think there's one particular fear. It's more like I had several small fears. I mean, the language barrier for example, but now we're talking about the biggest fear I would say, to not succeed in my new position at work, or not being capable or get used to the rhythm of life.

I was thinking, "What if you don't understand what are they talking about? What if they don't like the way you work Alex?" Whatever could come in my mind back at this time could become a fear to be honest.

Now after 6 months here I can tell you something: it's that no matter what fears you have, with a little bit of time they will be replaced by self confidence. The key is : no pressure, keep focusing in what really matters, and LIVE THE DAY.

Is there something more you would like to share about your experience abroad ?

I would like to say that every city was a gift. This experience taught me how to believe in myself. It made me stronger than I was in a way I didn't expect. I professionally grew up more in 6 months here than in 4 years in the tourism industry.

Moreover, I'd like to share that every single person that I met was part of this wonderful experience and nothing would have been the same without them. I came here for only 6 months, but look where I am now, in a camper-van, travelling the whole east coast of Australia. All of these new adventures, I owe them thanks to this experience. This kind of overseas program opens your eyes on the world and I truly believe it changes you forever.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Tim Oakes

Job Title
Program Coordinator
Tim has recently joined Alliance Abroad Group as a Program Coordinator in Melbourne, Australia.
He is an Aussie that was born in the colder southern states but has spent most of his adult life in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Japan. He recommends Queensland above all!

Did YOU intern abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to go?

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Tim: I had the honor of being the first exchange student sent from the University of Tasmania to our sister school in Japan. For the entire year, I lived with a host family and totally immersed myself in the local culture.

This led to a full year internship to work with a Japanese automotive company, living in an all-male dormitory with rooms the size of a shoebox.

I was inspired by the opportunity to diversify and gain an understanding of how the country channelled all its energy into ‘group effort’ to recover from the situation it found itself in after WWII.

What about the future of the industry? How do you think intern abroad and international education will change over the next 10 years?

Tim: To be honest, I have changed industries just to be a part of the excitement surrounding international education here in Australia.

With an expected population boom and ageing population, there’s going to be a plethora of opportunities as we open our doors to enthusiastic and motivated internship participants that are willing to give the 150% that is required in this age of business streamlining and efficiency.

Buildings lit up in the night

As Aussies, we have the opportunity to promote our culture on an international stage and develop global citizens with Aussie flavor all over the world!

What does the future hold for Alliance Abroad Group - any exciting new programs to share?

Tim: IAAG is now also offering exciting Business, Event and Creative Internships that give recently graduated or qualified internationals the chance to enhance their skills in their chosen vocation in Australia before taking on a full time career at home.

Some of our opportunities are with business administration, event planning, videography, graphic design, marketing, program coordination, sales and social media.

What was your favorite traveling experience?

Tim: There’s been a few! I have escaped unscathed, but the near-misses are always favorites for some reason. The first was when I was holidaying in the Philippines in 2013, and I was caught in a major flood.

Tassie, ‘The Nut’

My only shelter was a nearby local family home that was half underwater. Stuck for 2 days, I bonded with fellow travelers stranded at the house across the street (now a river) by communicating with a megaphone.

When enough was enough, I decided to jump off the verandah onto a passing truck (narrowly missing the floodwater) and hitch a ride to Boracay Beach.

The second one was when my trip to Spirit Lake in Iowa in 2014. Woodpeckers, squirrels and chipmunks everywhere! I truly understand how Americans feel when they see kangaroos, koalas and echidnas for the very first time and say “wow they actually exist” !