If you want to experience working and travelling abroad but don’t want to make the first step on your own then this programme is perfect for you. You will join an instant group of friends and be shown around the city, travel to the beautiful Blue Mountains, experience Aboriginal culture and get all the insider local knowledge that you’ll need to hit the ground running.
You’ll be helped with applying for a tax file number, getting Medicare cover, opening a bank account and setting up an Australian mobile SIM card. Take advantage of advice and support on improving your CV and interviewing techniques and once you are all set, you'll have access to an exclusive online database of available jobs.
It's not all hard work either. We include a fantastic orientation week which includes a trip to the fabulous Bondi Beach, a visit to the Blue Mountain region, Wildlife park and a half day abseiling adventure! We also put on regular get togethers over a BBQ, beer and pub crawl for all the people who have arrived that week. It's a good chance to meet new people as well as those who have been there for a bit who are more than happy to share tips on Sydneylife.Sydney is a fantastic place to explore and enjoy a rich and cosmopolitan lifestyle. Earn good wages and save up to fund further travels around Australia!
What will I be doing?
The work available to you in Sydney is plentiful, with the majority of the jobs in retail, bars, restaurants, cafés, factories or offices. The pay is pretty good, with wages around $17 per hour if you have no experience, up to around $25 per hour for those with relevant skills.
Working in a city abroad definitely helps your CV and gives you excellent preparation for going away to university or starting a future job. And what better city to work in than Sydney? You will be working with Australians and most likely other backpackers too, so you’ll instantly be making friends in the workplace and adding to your social life. You can work for each employer for a maximum of 6 months. By that time you will have the skills and know-how to find yourself another job should you want it.
You'll spend your first week in a hostel in the heart of the city, within walking distance of one of the main train stations, the supermarket, the main shopping areas and The Darling Harbour. The hostel has a huge kitchen, laundry and computer area, with an adjoining bar and restaurant that holds nightly activities. You will be sharing an en-suite room with the rest of your group.
During the week you will be helped to search for an apartment for the rest of your time in Sydney. However, you might like to continue staying in the hostel for a weekly discounted rate.
Our team in Sydney will be there to help and support throughout the duration of your 12month stay. You are able to use our offices in any city in Australia and also New Zealand! Free Wifi for all and access to free consultations on job finding wherever you are.
What do I get for my money?
To participate in the 12 month programme there is a charge of £895, this includes:
- Full support throughout from the UK(including a pre-departure course) and our representative in Sydney
- Airport shuttle transfer
- First 6 nights accommodation including 6 breakfasts and 3 dinners
- Job and travel presentations with help finding an apartment in the city
- 12month job finding assistance and support
- Help arranging Medicare, bank account, tax file number and mobile SIM card
- Sydney City and Coastal sightseeing tours
- Aboriginal cultural experience
- 4 km hike in the famous Blue Mountain region
- Trip to Bondi Beach, a welcome pub crawl and Aussie BBQ
- Abseiling activity
- Coastal walk in the suburb of Coogee
Budget extra (approx £900) for flights to Sydney. Oyster can book your flights for you.
Am I eligible?
To be eligible, you need a Working Holiday Visa or Work and Holiday visa that is available for passport holders from many reciprocal countries. You must be aged between 18-30 (There are plans to extend this to 35 from 2017 onwards). You also need to be able to speak English and be capable of working hard.