Even though I did not spend the full one year available on my visa to New Zealand, I still had a great experience for the almost six I was there. Greenheart gave me great program guidance as I was beginning my journey and I was able to navigate fairly well on my own after that. You could easily obtain the New Zealand work and holiday visa without needing to go through any program, but it is good to have a support and network to fall back on when or if you need more guidance. For those new to international travel or unsure about venturing out on their own, I would highly recommend it. For me, the greatest benefit was being able to follow up with Greenheart and share my experiences through their website and social media and hopefully maintain an ongoing relationship with the organization for future travels!