Stepabroad

Stepabroad

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About

Stepabroad gives Canadians, typically between the ages of 18 and 35, the chance to experience work and travel in five destinations around the globe. As one of Canada’s fastest-growing travel agencies based in downtown Vancouver, Stepabroad coordinates every aspect of the work and travel process.

We offer international internships and working holidays for young Canadians, providing the chance to gain the unparalleled growth and development that comes from travel – something that also stands out to potential employers upon your return.

Our agency is here to guide and support our working travellers and interns from the moment they decide to leave, throughout their stay, until they return home. We are here to provide a safe, enriching and beneficial experience – one that will remain with them for a lifetime.

Website
stepabroad.com
Headquarters

525 Seymour Street
Vancouver BC V6B3H7
Canada

Reviews

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Erika
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Myself and my childhood best friend from Canada decided to move to Tokyo for a year and used Stepabroad to help us set up our Working Holiday Visa applications to ensure we left prepared. The Stepabroad representatives were extremely supportive, knowledgeable and attentive. They provided us with a great information package that proved to be useful throughout our Japan trip. Unfortunately, we had to return early due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and appreciate how the Stepabroad crew would follow up to ensure we were supported and alright throughout this complicated process.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
This program provides you with great information, however, it is very much a self-starter package. Such as, you are given all the information to be able to set up your own housing, phone plan, banking, etc on your own. There isn't a person (that I know of) that does these services for you but they provide you with resources and support to do so.
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Jonathan
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Australia was my first backpacking trip, and a wonderful place to do it. I went all over the country, from Darwin to Adelaide, from Melbourne to Cairns, and Tasmania. After the countless activities I've done and things I've seen Down Under, I would tell anyone else that's going there to make their experience unique. It doesn't necessarily matter how, but do something that makes you smile and laugh when you look back at it. For me, this involved getting a bike and bikepacking Tasmania!

If it weren't for StepAbroad, I wouldn't have taken the first steps to leave! They offer a great service by making it easy to get to wherever your backpacking / travel dreams take you. I didn't need too much support from them while I was down there, so I can't comment on the quality of their help from abroad, but the regular check-ins from my Stepabroad adviser Alison were always delightful. Stepabroad and their Aussie associates helped me become very comfortable in Australia, and it was comforting to know that assistance was only an email away if I ever needed anything! Part of the reason I didn't need much assistance while I was down there was because of how well they prepared me for it all!

This program is great for first-time travelers and those nervous about making friends (I made a lifelong friend out of this program!), or for those feeling overwhelmed at everything. If you're an experienced traveler and confident in your abilities to handle the little or big things that come up, then this program may not be for you. That being said, it would add value to just about anyone's travels, even with the little tips that they give you on where to find cheap but good coffee and food!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would've gone away from the "traditional backpacker scene" much earlier.
The East coast of Australia (Sydney to Cairns) is very heavily traveled by backpackers. If you take the traditional route of using Greyhound buses to commute between the cities/towns along the coast, you'll likely run into the same people repeatedly. For me, travelling the East Coast added very little value to my time down under. The best place I travelled to (ever) has been Tasmania. THAT is an incredible place that deserves your travel time and dollars!

My semi-guided trip up the East coast was hectic - running up the coast in 3 weeks was just way too fast. Performing this section of my adventures solo left me somewhat floundering around in some places after being dropped off on the bus. I made lots of one-night friendships and shared a lot of goon, which is quite a common story for many travelling the East coast. In regards to the scenery, I'm sure there are lots of incredible places that I missed, but having grown up in Northwestern Ontario, with time spent in BC, Newfoundland, and western Alberta, none of the scenery I saw came close to Canada's beauty (it is subjective, so go and see for yourself)! If I could go back, I would've skipped the east coast entirely and spent that time in Tassie. After two months in Tasmania, I was still dumbfounded at how beautiful and lush everything was. Working here was great, and the Tasmanian people were so friendly, and less backpackers. I got to really know some locals and contribute - it was wonderful.

If you want unique experiences, to get to know people and understand the area and Australia, don't backpack the entire time - settle down somewhere and work and play. That's what the working visa gets you, so make use of it!
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Hannah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Go Step Abroad is the most amazing company as they help you every step of the way to help you with moving and working abroad! Leaving home to go somewhere new can be very scary and overwhelming to do on your own! Go Step Abroad makes it easy by being there for you through finding a job, accomadation, visa process and everything else in between! They have made the process of moving to Japan way less stressful! They have been there for me through the entire process from helping me land my job, to just getting my visa approved and so much more! Great trustworthy company that I would recommend to anyone! I have always wanted to go abroad to travel and work but never knew how to do it! They help you whenever you need it! From the practice interviews to looking over your visas it all helps a lot!

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Yvonne
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am a seasoned traveller and generally don't use any visa service agencies to jumpstart my adventures. But as a resident of the Northwest Territories, I suddenly found myself unable to be physically present for the Japanese working holiday visa interview in time. I was in panic mode after the disaster, but found StepAbroad's website and had a glimmer of hope of making the flight I already had booked.

Tessa put a lot of work into fixing every little detail of my application and doing her best to get me approved the first time. They schedule a simple digital call to discuss the entire process and walk you through it step by step.

We won! I'll be heading to Japan in 6 days because of these beautiful people. Thank you so much for making the experience so personal, comforting and effective! I could not be happier with their services.

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Paige
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Step abroad is a great program for people who have never gotten a working holiday Visa and have never moved to another country as part of a gap year. They were very helpful by sending a very detailed document about living in Auckland, and they also video chat with you to explain everything. They give you information on housing, getting a phone, banks, average living costs, etc. They also set you up for 2 nights in a really great hostel that I have been living in long term. The agency that I have found work through was great too because they go out and find jobs for you. My only complaint is that they say they provide assistance with finding a place to live but they really just give you a couple websites and that's it, I ended up doing it all myself which I haven't done before.

If you have traveled before or done a working holiday Visa I would not recommend spending the money on the program as I have traveled before and I probably would have not done the program if Iknew exactly what it would be.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
To be honest since I have experience travelling I wouldnt do the program because I didnt need it, it's more for complete beginners

Programs

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Australia Working Holiday Programs for Canadians
Australia
8.67 •3 reviews

Stepabroad's Australia Working Holiday programs offer Canadians the...

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City Experience Program in Tokyo, Kyoto & Fukuoka for Canadians 18 - 30
Japan
10 •2 reviews

Stepabroad’s Japan City Experience for Canadians aged 18 to 30 helps...

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Work & Travel South America: Chile Working Holiday for Canadians
Chile
9.5 •2 reviews

Stepabroad’s Working Holiday Program for Canadians allows you to...

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Canadians: Work at a Japanese Ski Resort
Japan
10 •1 review

Do you love the ski and snowboard season? Spend the winter at Japan's...

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Work and Travel New Zealand on a Working Holiday for Canadians
New Zealand
8 •1 review

Stepabroad's New Zealand Working Holiday program helps Canadians aged...

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Canadians: Summer Camp Jobs during your Gap Year in the UK
Multiple Countries

Canadians aged 18 - 30 can experience living and working in the UK on...

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New Zealand Hospitality Program for Canadians
New Zealand

Canadian Hospitality students and recent graduates can kick-off a...

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International Internship in New Zealand for Canadians
New Zealand

Are you a Canadian under 35 looking to gain international work...

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International Internship in Japan for Canadians
Japan

Are you a Canadian under 30 looking to take your work experience to...

Alumni Interviews

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

Geneviève Latour

Gen is currently living a pretty nomadic lifestyle and working her way across the globe, getting lost in every single country and worrying her mom sick.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program because I had been in Asia for more than a year at that point, and Chile seemed like a good change of pace – a way to get me back into culture shock. As a bonus, StepAbroad is a Canadian company, and it's always good to encourage our own. A Working Holiday also shows up pretty well on a résumé, won't lie!

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

StepAbroad did most of the planning. They found a program that worked with the time I had available. They sent me a novel's worth of information on the country so that I'd know what to expect; they booked my in-country flight and got me airport pickups and the likes. The only thing I had to do really, was book my flight to Chile, and even then, if I had asked, they would've probably done it for me.

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

You can prepare as much as you want and the company can have prepped you to no end, but there will still be surprises, and that's okay. South American culture is very different, and we're just along for the ride.

I think the biggest thing people should know is that as amazing as it is to be in another country and fully experience it, there will still be bad days and mishaps. But at the end of the trip, it will all be more than worth it!

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

In the Working Holiday Program in Chile, there are many different jobs. For me, I worked a couple of hours a day, usually early morning or late evening at the front desk of a hostel. I checked people in and checked people out. Whenever I had free time, I walked around my city or hopped on a bus to somewhere new.

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 go into trips pretty mindlessly, so I didn't really have any fears. However, the language barrier had never bothered me in Asia but in Chile it was extremely difficult for me to understand pretty much anything.

The fear of sounding stupid is there for anyone learning a language (I should know; I teach English) but you have to keep in mind that most people are just happy that you're trying to power your way through an encounter even if it's with very mediocre Spanish.

What would you tell people who are thinking about going on a travel program?

Just go for it. Find a way to make get on that plane and live out that crazy experience. I'm not saying every step will be a piece of cake but when it's all done, it will have been worth it. Bonus, you'll have great stories to tell people that will make you seem way cooler than you've ever actually been!

Staff Interviews

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

Alison Westfall

Job Title
Digital Marketing Coordinator

Alison grew up on the doorstep of the Canadian Rockies and spent much of her early career studying, travelling, and working in Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. She now works as part of an energetic and dynamic team at Stepabroad, bringing the opportunity to see the world while working and travelling to fellow young Canadians!

What is your favorite travel memory?

Although it's hard to pick just one, my favorite experience abroad was completing a yearlong student exchange in Paris. Living in a foreign country was an incredible way to experience a culture, and it helped me realize immense personal growth.

I made over 100 friends from around the globe, many of whom I am still in touch with today. While in Paris, we would frequently meet up for picnics under the Eiffel Tower. It was one of those moments when you can hardly believe that what you are experiencing is real. It’s a memory I will cherish for a lifetime.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Working at Stepabroad has been an incredibly rewarding opportunity, and I am very grateful to be able to be a part of such an amazing team. Working with the company made me realize that anything is possible, and there are no limits to the kinds of opportunities we can provide Canadian youth. It's just a matter of spreading the word about the opportunities available to them, which is what I'm here to do!

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Hearing how much participants enjoyed living in a new place and experiencing life as a local is always exciting to me. Whether it's exploring a local market or discovering a local pastime, learning about new ideas and ways of doing things, it is always eye-opening for a young person.

Experiences like these widened my perspective and helped me appreciate other cultures as well as my own, so it is exciting to hear participants undergo similar experiences. When participants come back expressing greater personal and professional confidence, I feel proud to have been a part of that!

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Tough choice – Japan is high on my bucket list and would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the culture, sights, and food in depth as a local as opposed to a tourist. But New Zealand is one of my favorite places on Earth because of its out-of-this-world beauty, laid-back vibes, and friendly culture so I would never pass an opportunity to live in the land Down Under!

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

What makes us unique is that our programs are designed specifically for Canadians by Canadians, so there is no chance of getting lost in a large global company.

Our programs are also very affordable compared to other experience providers because we believe that you shouldn't have to take out a loan to see the world. We strive to make travel accessible to anyone, at any time.

It has been very rewarding seeing our program participants embark on the journey of a lifetime. It continues to make me more and more excited about the work we do here at Stepabroad. Our team consistently places our participants’ needs first, no matter which stage in the program they are on.

It's this level of dedication that makes me very proud to work here. When we hear the excitement from a newly registered participant, I feel like I get more excited than they are because I know how much fun they are about to have!

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Critical to our success as a work abroad experience provider is putting our program participant's needs first and ensuring they feel confident they can rely on our team to support them every step of the way. It can be nerve-racking to take the leap and move to another country, so it is wonderful to hear from participants how we relieved their concerns and stress from planning a trip abroad.

That, and the fact that we are a friendly, non-judgmental group of travelers ourselves, who are eager and excited to answer any hesitations or questions so our participants can get on the work experience of a lifetime!