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Erika
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Bestfriend Tokyo Trip

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

Make your experience special

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

Working in Japan

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

The Amazing Race!

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

I stepped abroad to new zealand for 6 months

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
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Ian
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Stepabroad Working Holiday: Brisbane 2018

Imagine finishing work and heading straight to the beach to catch some waves or into the mountains for a sunset hike. For most of us that seems like a far fetched reality too good to be true.

A couple months ago I felt the exact same way, but a Working Holiday in Australia with StepAbroad has allowed this distant dream to become my new reality for my time working abroad in Australia.

For the past few months I've been participating in StepAbroad's Working Holiday in Brisbane, Australia, and loving every moment of it. Life down under is definitely a little different than back home in Canada, however after experiencing what the locals call "winter" here in Queensland, I've got to say I'm all for it. Being able to go surfing comfortably in the midst of winter is definitely an idea I could get used to. No matter how many times I see people bundling up in jackets, scarves and beanies in 16 degree weather, it will always get a smile out of me.

Stepabroad has made the crazy process of moving across the world to work in a new country extremely straightforward and easy to understand. They helped me in obtaining my working holiday visa, setting up my bank account and tax file number, getting my phone set up, and finding accommodation. This initial process of moving and adjusting took me a couple weeks to get used to, but once I'd settled into my accommodation and found a job I liked it was everything I could've expected from it. I ended up working a job at a local digital marketing agency that I absolutely loved and met some incredible people that I still keep in touch with frequently.

Just about every weekend I was making trips out of the city to go for a hike or off to the beach, and at the end of the summer I spent two weeks road-tripping up to coast from Brisbane to Cairns. Australia has so much to offer and making money while travelling allowed me to experience so much more of it than I would've been able to without doing so. Even with working there's still so much more to see and can't wait to get back some day.

Moving abroad alone was a huge step for me, but left me with some of the best memories of my life and has made a huge impact on my life overall. It's taught me important skills that I had never had to learn living with family and friends. By forcing me out of my comfort zone just about every day I was constantly trying new things and picking up valuable lessons.

Overall if you're debating going on a working holiday, I would 100% vouch for taking the leap as it was an incredible experience and changed my life for the good.

What would you improve about this program?
The program support is based out of Sydney, providing phone support for any participants other Australian cities. I had a great experience with my representative, Kim, and she provided me with a ton of help in getting settled into my new life for the summer (or winter). I never felt a need to have in person support, however some travelers who are less comfortable on their own may like having this option.

This program could potentially be improved by having representatives in some of the other large cities around Australia for in person support.
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Geneviève
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Perfect Support System

I went on a working abroad holiday with Stepabroad to Chile. Initially I was supposed to stay a full 4 months on the island of Chiloé. While the experience on the island was incredible, I was itching for a change.

Stepabroad put everything in motion for me to be able to head on out to Santiago (with a quick little break in Argentina and Uruguay which was delightful) and get a change of pace. I only had to voice out my impression and they took care of everything. Working in Santiago was better than I could've imagined. The city is vibrant, there is always something to do and I was surrounded by plenty of other travelers.

I really felt like Stepabroad cared about me and how I felt while I was halfway across the world. No question was left unanswered and I really did feel like I could voice my thoughts. They took out a huge stress for me and it really helped me enjoy my time in Santiago to the fullest. I worked in a lovely hostel in the center of Santiago. I had two days off per week and I spent that time exploring the city. Working at a hostel also meant free tours to a couple of cool places that I would've never had an opportunity to visit had it not been for this program.

Plus, I get another neat experience on my résumé!

What would you improve about this program?
Add more countries!
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Kailey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Gap Year in Aus

I decided to take a break from my studies back home, I figured I needed a fresh start, gain new experiences, and meet different people. I’ve wanted to come to Australia for a very long time, since I can remember really. I figured that in order to actually fulfill this crazy dream of mine, I would need a company to help me!

As soon as I discovered Step Abroad- it was exactly what I was looking for! Problem solved - get a visa, buy a ticket and let the staff take care of the rest. I wanted to feel safe and look back upon my time in Australia as a great adventure, not a series of difficult, stressful and frightening situations. Thanks to Step Abroad I knew that someone had my back and that I could rely on their help whenever I needed it. This was the perfect option, considering I came here from far away, and had no friends or family in Australia I could turn to for help.

Once I packed my bags and landed in Australia, I was a little worried for how all of this is going to turn out. But they took care of EVERYTHING. I had transport from the airport, a reservation at the hostel and once I arrived in my room, I already made a few acquaintances and got my new Aussie phone number and details of my bank account.

The first few days I spent exploring Sydney, and they made sure to check in and make sure I was doing okay. Step Abroad helped me more than I initially thought would be possible. My experience has been amazing! I honestly can not say enough why it is worth reaching out to them. Let Step Abroad take you under their wings and I promise it will be an unforgettable experience! :)

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Geneviève
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Great Helping Hand

Not to brag (which usually means that someone is about to brag) but I’ve travelled and worked abroad quite a lot. However, this was my first time having help in the matter. I’ve been through mountains of web searches and paper work and countless confusing exchanges with varying degrees of success.
This time, Stebabroad took care of everything for me, and I mean everything. It was an extremely stress-free experience. They found a job for me, they helped me book flights, find accommodation and sent me a literal novel of tidbits on Chile so that I’d know everything there was to know before I even stepped foot in the country. They even got me a pick-up from the airport!
All throughout the trip, my coordinator was only an e-mail, or a Skype call away to help me out with any worries or questions. It’s really comforting when you’re halfway across the world, to know that you have someone back home whose got your back. I never felt left to my own devices.
Working in another country let’s you experience it in a way most people would never dream of but getting there isn’t always easy. Stepabroad took care of the nitty and gritty so that I could enjoy all the good parts. And there are so many good parts. I’m talking all the food, the views, the people, the trips, the experiences and so much more. I’m not usually one to ask for help, but sometimes, it’s worth it.

What would you improve about this program?
The more experience they gain the more everything will run smoothly. It's hard to expect how each individual will react in each specific situations, but the more hosts they get and the more they get to know the hosts the better the program will be.
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