Work, Travel and Learn to Dive
Duration: 12 Days
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Kick off your working holiday in Australia with a bang as you start your adventure seeing the sights and meeting new friends on a 7 day Sydney Intro, followed by 5 days at an awesome PADI Dive School in Cairns.
Work, Travel and Learn to Dive in Australia
Australia is world renowned for having some of the planets top scuba diving sites. The Great Barrier Reef stretches for about 2300km up the East Coast of Oz, and a trip to this incredible country is just not complete without experiencing the natural beauty of one of the wonders of the world.
Let’s get things started in Sydney on our specially designed intro tour, that will show you the incredible sites of this urban wonderland, including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach and much, much more! Our team will get you set up with everything you need to make the most of your Working Holiday down under, with an Aussie bank account, Tax File Number, expert recruitment service and that’s just the start. After experiencing the wonders of Sydney you can then take your time as you work and travel up the East Coast to Cairns where you will start your 5 day dive course on the Great Barrier Reef!
7 Day Sydney Intro
This action packed introductory week will give you a fantastic taster of the Aussie culture, and will show you all of the highlights of the stunning city of Sydney. With a city walking tour, harbour cruise, sandboarding, bush walking, dolphins, kangaroos, koalas, Aussie BBQs, bars, clubs, and of course beaches and sunbathing, this is awesome!
Sydney is jam-packed full of world famous sights and beautiful beaches. Soak up the views of the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Darling Harbour from the deck of a luxury catamaran, meet the resident Parrots in the Botanical Gardens, and relax on the famous Bondi Beach. This is just a taster, and there is so much more for you and your new travel buddies to experience and explore during this incredible week.
5 Day PADI Dive Course
After the excitement of Sydney and taking your time to travel up the East Coast to Cairns, you will begin your 5 day intensive PADI Open Water dive course. Over the course of 5 days containing a mixture of classroom, pool and outer reef dive training and practice, you will become a qualified diver.
After your initial theory training, you will spend 3 days and 2 nights aboard a premium dive vessel, completing 9 dives, including 1 stunning moonlit night dive, at a selection of exclusive, breath taking dive sites on the outer Great Barrier Reef!
Paid Work Opportunities
You will get set up with an local mobile phone SIM, an Australian bank account, and your TFN (Tax File Number), so that you will hit the ground running and be ready to work as you finish your intro tour of Sydney. We will also set you up with an account with a 12-month membership to the best back-packer recruitment agency in Australia, who will keep you up-to-date with new job opportunities all over the country, and will give you all the support you need to make sure your CV is top notch so you can apply for jobs as you travel!
Work, Travel and Dive in Australia
What better way to spend your time in Oz than meeting new friends, travelling between amazing locations, and earning as you go! To top it off you will come back home with a diving qualification that is recognised worldwide. Not a bad way to spend your gap year, career break or student travels!
- Trip Name
- Work, Travel and Learn to Dive
- Trip Code
- Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (airport code: SYD)
- Minimum Duration
- 12 Day
- Minimum Age
- Trip Type
- Courses & Qualifications, Paid Work, Group Tours
- Sports, Adventure, Hospitality
- From £1145 for 12 Days
- £ 195.00
- Preferred Duration
- This is an initial 7 day intro tour of Sydney, with a 5 day open dated PADI Dive Course.
- Participants may need to be of reasonably fitness due to some physical activities as included in the Sydney Intro itinerary. To take part in the dive course, participants will undergo a self assessment medical declaration, and will need to be able to swim/snorkel 200m and tread water/float for 10 minutes.
- Ideal for
- Paid Work in Australia; Working Holiday on Australia; Scuba Diving in Australia; Intro Tour of Sydney; Gap Year, Career Break and Student Holidays in Australia; Work and Travel Arrival Package; Dive the Great Barrier Reef.
Start dates are flexible. Please ask one of our friendly Travel Advisors for more info regarding arrivals.
British Nationals require a working holiday visa to work in Australia. You can check your visa requirements by visiting the Australian government website by clicking here.
- 7 nights accommodation in a centrally located back-packer hostel in Sydney + 4 nights accommodation at Dive School. Accommodation provided has all facilities available with shared bedrooms.
- Arrival Transfer
- We will provide you with an arrival transfer from Sydney Kingsford Smith airport. Available on your arrival date.
- All activities on the 7 day intro tour itinerary are included + 5 days of professional dive lessons.
- Bank Account
- We will set you up with an Australian bank account to get you started.
- Tax File Number
- All workers in Australia require a TFN to get paid and pay relevant taxes. We will help you with the tax registration process.
- SIM Card
- You will be provided with an Australian SIM card when you arrive at your hostel.
- CV Assistance
- You will receive expert advice to help you build up your CV from our dedicated in-country team.
- Job Support
- You will receive 12 months of job support with a membership to one of Australia’s top back-packer recruitment services.
- Postal Forwarding
- Our in-country team will provide you with a postal address for tax purposes, as well as an address for your family and friends contact you by post.
- Travel Discount Card
- The discount card will be provided when you arrive that offers deals on hostel accommodation, travel, tours, shopping and entertainment all over Australia.
- RSA Course
- Responsible Service of Alcohol Course provides bar staff with the knowledge and awareness required to supply alcohol responsibly within licensed venues.
- Bar Skills Course
- The bar skills course provides you with all the skills you need to become a Bar Attendant.
- Medicare Assistance
- If you're from the UK, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium or the Republic of Ireland you may be eligible for free healthcare (Medicare) whilst in Australia. We'll help you arrange Medicare once you arrive in Sydney.
- Accommodation Tour
- We'll help you find furnished share houses by the beach, inner city and all of Sydney’s top locations, if you plan to stay and work in Sydney for a while after your arrival tour package.
- PADI Qualification
- As part of your 5 day dive course your will receive your PADI Open Water diving qualification, which is recognised worldwide.
- Great Barrier Reef Dives
- As part of your 5 day dive course you will take part in 9 dives across 16 exclusive outer reef dive sites, including 1 night dive.
- You will have access to a dedicated in-country team, as well as 24 hour emergency support from our UK based team.
- Equipment and Medical Discounts
- Changing Worlds customers will receive 10% off Travel Equipment, Medical Supplies and Vaccinations from Nomad Travel Store.
- Excursions and Activities
- A range of excursions during your 7 day arrival package in Sydney are included (as per itinerary on Extra Info tab). Including: Sydney Harbour Cruise, Beachcamp (3 days), Sydney Pub Crawl, RSA Course, Bar Skills Course Sydney, Welcome Dinner & Drink, Guided Sydney City Tour, Comprehensive Info Session, Beach Walk, and more!
12 Day Itinerary
7 Day Sydney Intro:
Day 1 – Sydney City Walk
Spend your first day getting to know some new friends as you take a guided tour of the stunning city of Sydney. Hit some of the city’s top landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, the amazing Botanical Gardens and much more! Remember to bring your camera for this one as you are guaranteed to have a lot of Kodak moments. The evening will be just as fun-packed with a welcome dinner and drinks for your new group of friends.
(Included: Dinner and 1 Drink)
Day 2 – Sydney Harbour Catamaran Cruise
Get ready for a really exciting day out as you take to the open water on an awesome catamaran cruise around Sydney Harbour, taking in more of the sights of this incredible city, this time from the comfort of the deck of a stunning catamaran. Experience the delights of the famous Darling Harbour, Harbour Bridge and Opera House from the glistening waters of Sydney Harbour as you relax, swim and sunbath on this 4 hour cruise!
Day 3 – Jobs Info and Beach Camp
After a morning chat about the ins and outs of working in Australia and getting set up with everything you need to get working after your Sydney Intro week, you will leave the city after lunch and head off to our beach camp where you will stay for the next 3 days. The beach camp is set in the heart of a lush rainforest, just a 5 minute stroll to the beach, so why not take a dip when you arrive. The evening is a chance to mingle some more with your fellow travellers, and also get to know some of the resident animals including kangaroos and possums.
Day 4 – Bush Walk and Sandboarding
Today is action-packed, so prepare yourself for some adrenaline fuelled fun! After a good breakfast you will pile into the 4x4s and head to the sand dunes for a spot of sandboarding, before heading back to basecamp for some lunch and trekking out into the bush in Tomaree National Park. The scenery is sensational, so this is yet another opportunity for some incredible Kodak moments with your new friends, as you can spot wild koalas in the treetops and migrating whales in the ocean before enjoying a true Aussie BBQ for dinner!
Day 5 – Dolphin Cruise
Be prepared to be amazed by the acrobatics of Sydney’s wild bottlenose dolphins as you embark on an amazing dolphin watching cruise. Chill out on the deck and witness the playful nature of these incredible animals as they swim alongside the boat enjoying the wake! After experiencing these majestic creatures just hit the beach for a swim and a sunbath for a few hours before heading back to your hostel in Sydney.
Day 6 – Sydney Bar Crawl
Tonight is party night for you and your new travel buddies. Experience Sydney’s awesome nightlife as you hop on the party bus and go to 3 of Sydney’s hottest bars/clubs. This will really be a night to remember as you meet more travellers and enjoy the highlights of Sydney at night!
Day 7 – Coastal Walk
As a way to relax and unwind after an awesome night out you will hop on a bus to Coogee beach and take a 6km walk (it may sound far after a night out but it is really worth it!) along the coast to the world famous Bondi beach. Soak up the stunning coastal scenery, with 5 of Sydney’s incredible beaches, then spend the rest of the day sunbathing, swimming and reflecting on a fantastic week!
(Return bus tickets to Coogee approx. $5 AUD)
5 Days at PADI Dive School, Cairns (can be done at any point when you are in Australia - not immediately after the intro week):
Days 8 and 9 – Theory and Practice
The first two days of your PADI dive course will be spent at an established dive school in the adventure capital of Australia, Cairns. Through 2 days of classroom based learning and pool training and practice sessions in our ultra modern training centre your scuba skills will develop at a dramatic speed!
At the end of your 2nd day our qualified instructors will give you the opportunity to attend a fun and informative marine biology presentation called Reef Teach, which will teach you all you need to know to appreciate the fragile nature of the Great Barrier Reef, greatly enhancing your overall experience on the reef in days 3 – 5.
Days 10 to 12 – 9 Live Aboard Dive Trip
The final 3 days of your 5 day dive course will be spent experiencing some of the best outer reef dive sites on the Great Barrier Reef! This is your opportunity to put the skills and knowledge you have picked up in days 1 and 2 to the test and experience some of the worlds best dive sites over 3 days and 2 nights living on board a premium dive vessel!
You will learn about world’s largest barrier reef, as you travel between a selection of exclusive dive sites on the outer Great Barrier Reef. Over the course of 9 exhilarating dives you will come face-to-face with an incredible array of tropical fish, swimming with sea turtles, rays, and even sharks!
During your first 4 dives you will complete your PADI Open Water certificate, then with 5 more dives remaining you can kick back, relax and embark on 5 more recreational dives as a qualified diver! One of the highlights of your time aboard will be a guided night dive, experiencing the crystal clear beauty of the reef under the glistening moonlight.
When you return to Cairns after your time on the reef, you will be invited to attend a farewell meal with your dive instructors and other course participants, who you will have built a strong bond with over the course of the week!
(Your 5 days at Dive School in Cairns is open dated, so you can choose to take some time to relax, work and travel your way up the East Coast before taking part in your 5 day course following your 7 day Sydney Intro.)
12-Month Job Service
During your time in Australia you will have a membership to the Back-packer Recruitment Service, a leading job network for travellers in Australia. Through your online account and email notifications you will find hundreds of jobs available right across Australia, with new jobs added to the network on a daily basis, so you can work as you travel and travel as you work. Benefits of this service include:
• Access to an extensive online database of jobs all over Australia in a range of industries.
• Sign up to receive daily email updates regarding your job applications and job matches.
• Make use of the expert CV/Resume service, to create an online CV and apply for jobs directly through the website.
CV/Resume Review Service
When finding a new job, or hunting for your dream job, an impressive CV/Resume that stands out from the crowd will greatly improve your chances of finding employment quickly. You will have access to a team of Job Consultants who will be available to review your CV/Resume and give feedback providing you with the top tips for ways to improve this vital element of gaining employment down under.
12-Months Mail Service
Every travelling worker in Australia will need to set-up a fixed mailing/postal address. Not only is this a great way for your family and friends to have a point of contact for your while you are on your travels in Oz, a fixed address is a requirements when setting up your bank account, TFN (Tax File Number) and your medical care.
Our in-country Mail Holding Service provides a secure fixed mailing/postal address for the duration of your working holiday in Australia. You will have access to your mail at anytime through your online account, where details of any mail/post will be uploaded to a secure server for you to view and keep track of.
Australian Bank Account
Before you start your journey to Australia we will have already set-up your Aussie bank account. You will receive and Email from your new Australian bank (Commonwealth Bank) before your start your working adventure with your account details, giving you the chance to transfer some funds into the account before you arrive. Easy as that!
Upon arrival in Australia you will be supplied with your ATM card for your account (or directed to the closest branch to pick it up), so you can start using the account straight away. Your account will be a CBA Smart e-Access Account, which has a nominal usage fee of just AUD $4 per month, giving you unlimited transactions and telephone banking. Commonwealth Bank has the largest ATM network in Australia, so you will never be too far from an ATM.
Tax File Number (TFN)
During your arrival meeting with a member of the in-country staff, you will be shown how to apply for your TFN (Tax File Number), so that you will be able to work straight away when you arrive in Oz. Although it takes around 2 weeks for your TFN to be issued and sent back to you (it will be available in your online Mail Service Account) you can still legally work during these 2 weeks.
Mobile Phone SIM Card
During your arrival meeting with a member of the in-country staff, you will be talked through a range of pre-paid / pay as you go plans to get your mobile phone up and running in Australia. Once you have settled on a suitable plan for your usage, yu can activate the service instantly!
Tax Refund and Superannuation Advice
Our in-country team will be on hand throughout your 12 months of work in Australia to answer any questions you have about the taxation process, and they will even lend a helping hand so you can claim your tax refund back after working in Australia, and also help you claim your Superannuation after leaving the country at the end of your trip.
Australia Working Visa
If you are aged 18 - 30 yrs (not turned 31 years young yet) and you want to live and work in Australia, then you will need to apply for a 12 month Australian Working Holiday Visa.
It is extremely important that you are eligible to apply for the visa before applying for any of our Paid Work trips in Australia, as failure to meet the requirements will lead to you not being able to work and travel in Australia!
Please ensure you comply with our Eligibility Requirements listed below as they are very important for the success of your application.
Eligibility Requirements / you must:
• Not have previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday Visa before.
• Be 18 years - 30 years & 11 months old.
• Have a passport valid at the time of application, issued by one of the following countries: United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Korea, Sweden, Taiwan.
• Not have any dependants (e.g. children) – applicants with children may be eligible, but they cannot be accompanied by dependants at any time during their stay in Australia, and they will need to submit a paper-based application to DIBP.
• Have sufficient funds available for a return ticket and to cover their stay in Australia.
• If you have a one way ticket, you will require AU$5,000 plus additional funds to cover a return ticket. Alternatively, if you have a return ticket, you will require AU$5,000. You may be asked to provide evidence of this in the form of a recent bank statement.
• Have over 6 months validity on your passport after your proposed return date to the UK.
If any of the items above are not met, then unfortunately, you are not eligible for the visa.
Extra documents are required e.g. X-rays, court records, proof of employment etc., if you:
• Intend to work in an Australian hospital, school (children under 5) or childcare centre.
• Have any criminal convictions including ones which have been removed from records or have received official police cautions
• Have, in the last 5 years, visited or lived outside your country of residence for more than 3 consecutive months.
• Have had tuberculosis or been in close contact to tuberculosis or have other serious medical issues, such as diabetes, schizophrenia or conditions requiring regular medication.
If any of the 'Eligibility Requirements' in the 'Eligibility Requirements/You must' section are not met, then unfortunately you are not eligible for the working holiday visa.
Extra Nights - Sydney
If you want to book up some extra nights accommodation at your hostel to add on to the accommodation we will already be arranging, that is fine! Just let us know how long you will need to stay at the accommodation on top of your pre-booked nights on the trip, and we will make sure we book up those extra nights for you so you are safe in the knowledge that you have somewhere to stay while you get things in order for your Working Holiday in Australia.
Just add this Add-on to your booking form and let us know how many extra nights you need in the comments box on the booking form!
- 1 night of accommodation at your hostel in Sydney before / after the initial 7 nights included in your trip.
It’s easy to see why Australia tops the charts as the most popular tourist and gap year destinations in the world; it’s history, culture and outstanding landscapes make the country a unique land to explore and discover. Australia’s fascinating history dates back 50,000 years when the first Aboriginal settlers arrived bringing with them a rich living culture and a longstanding history of diverse arts, dance, music and myths and continues to draw in the more nomadically inclined of us.
These days Australia is a unique blend of established traditions and new influences and has become a melting pot of art, cuisine, architecture and fashion, due to the settlers travelling from fruitful locations across the world.
- Commonwealth of Australia
- Bordering Countries
- Australia does not have any bordering countries
- Capital City
- Federal monarchy, Constitutional monarchy, Parliamentary system
- 23 million
- Australian Dollar (AUD)
- Commonwealth of Australia
- 12.5% of the population live below the poverty line
- Main Exports
- Coal, Iron ores, Tin ores, Wool, Beef, Barley, Raw sugar.
- Varies from the tropical northern regions, to the temperate climate of the southern regions.
- Time Zone
- GMT +8/11 - Australia covers multiple time zones.
• More than 80 percent of Australians live within 100 kilometres of the coast
• Australia contains 16 world heritage listed sites including historic townships, cities and landscapes
• Canberra was selected as the capital because Sydney and Melbourne could not stop arguing which city should be the capital of Australia
• Star-gazing at the beautiful and peaceful Ayres Rock (Uluru)
• Take a trip to the Sydney Opera House
• Ride on the southern hemisphere’s steepest train in the Blue Mountains
• Experience the amazing landscape of Frazer Island
• Swim with turtles and try to find Nemo while snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef
Where is Australia?
The sixth largest country in the world, Australia comprises of the mainland of the Australian continent and numerous smaller islands all situated in the Southern Hemisphere. Located just to the south of Southeast Asia, and dividing the Indian and South Pacific Oceans Australia’s neighbouring countries include Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and New Zealand.
Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year but the climate can vary throughout the country due to it’s size. Northern areas of the country are typically warm throughout the year with southern areas experiencing cooler winters. As with all countries in the Southern hemisphere, Australia’s seasons are opposite to those in the Northern hemisphere, so it’s summer falls between December to February is summer, March to May is Autumn, June to August is winter, and September to November is spring. It is also one of the driest continents on earth with an average annual rainfall of less than 600 millimetres.
Language in Australia
Although Australia has no official language, it is largely monolingual with English being the most widely spoken, however Australian English has a distinctive vocabulary and accent and differs from English in spelling and grammar. The next most common languages are Mandarin and Italian. Prior to the arrival of the Europeans in the 17th century around 400 different languages existed amongst the Aboriginals.
The People of Australia
The people of Australia are recognised worldwide for their chilled out nature, welcoming attitude and positive outlook on life. With a mix of indigenous cultural traditions and a rich mosaic of migrant cultures the people of Australia are as varied as it’s landscapes. The country's original inhabitants were the Aboriginals who are the custodians of one of the worlds oldest continuing cultural traditions and have lived in Australia for 50,000 years. There is a great diversity among different Indigenous communities and each encompasses its own mixture of cultures, customs and languages. Some of these communities strive to protect their traditions and way of life by living in rural Australia, typically practising and selling aboriginal art, such as paintings, beadwork, woodwork, bark paintings and paintings in order to make a living, however many have now chosen to integrate into Australia’s modern society and live in the major cities.
Infact more than 75% of Australians live a cosmopolitan lifestyle, mostly inhabiting the major capital cities along the coast, which are renowned for their lively arts scene, including film, art, theatre and music. When you think of music in Australia the first thing that springs to mind is the iconic didgeridoo, developed by indigenous Australians around 1500 years ago. Music forms an integral part of the social, cultural and ceremonial observances of these people and the didgeridoo has played a large part in this history. These days there is a thriving modern music scene in Australia, from folk to hip hop and rock to pop there is something to suit all tastes and you are sure to stumble across a great club night or one of it’s many music festivals during your stay.
Travelling in Australia
There is plenty to keep you busy in Australia and whether you are an adventure seeker, city slicker or wildlife enthusiast you are sure to never get bored! If you fancy pushing your endurance you could explore the famous Blue Mountains on the Six Foot Track, tackle the Australian bush, hike Tasmania's overland track, or snowboard down the pristine winter slopes. Make sure you check out the world famous Great Barrier Reef where you can swim, snorkel, dive and sail through one of the most fascinating nature spots on earth. Gain a deeper understanding of Australia's rich cultural history as you explore the Northern Territory and walk the base of Uluru at the Red Centre. Browse Aboriginal art in Alice Springs and learn about traditional Dreamtime myths in Kakadu national park where you will also find a huge array of rainforests, wildlife and beautiful waterfalls. Choose from skiing down the snow covered mountains, discovering the fascinating coral reefs, exploring the vast deserts or surfing the sparkling clear waters.
Gap Year and Career Break Travel in Australia
Australia is jam packed with adventure activities, beautiful landscapes and thriving cities that is perfect for explorers and travellers alike. Make sure you make the most of your gap year or career break abroad where you are guaranteed a good time in one of the worlds most popular and sought after destinations.
Before you see a trip on our website, a lot of background work has gone on. We have met with local organisations, vetted in-country staff, conducted rigorous safety assessments and thoroughly evaluated the benefits of the placement, both for you and the organisation and community. Only then do you get to see the placement on our website and book or apply for your place, safe in the knowledge that it is well-structured and beneficial to your career development.
Help Choosing Your Trip
If you are not sure which placement or country to choose, our hugely informative Travel Advisors are here to help. They are a friendly bunch, have all travelled extensively and can offer lots of advice on choosing the right placement for you. This makes the task of deciding to work in a foreign country much less intimidating, and far more exciting.
Once you have booked your placement, you will be assigned a dedicated Travel Advisor to offer essential pre-departure advice on vaccinations, visas, kit lists and more. They will also be on call to answer those important last minute questions like “how many pairs of socks do I need?” and “can I take my mobile phone with me?”
Help with Flights and Insurance
We do not include flights and travel insurance in our placement fee. This avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. It also gives you flexibility to plan any further travel before or after your placement. We do, however, offer lots of help on this through our leading flights and insurance partners, providing you with an easy booking facility and the best prices around.
Landing in a foreign country for the first time can be daunting. This is why we ensure we arrange an arrival transfer for you and give you all the relevant instructions so everything is very straight forward.
We will take you through a local orientation and placement induction on arrival. This will introduce you to any useful amenities and local customs, and it will also show you how to stay safe while working abroad. Our team also have lots of handy travel tips and advice if you are thinking of exploring the country in your spare time.
On arrival in Australia we will provide you with your accommodation in a central hostel, and provide you with accommodation for your activities.
Your safety and enjoyment is extremely important to us. That’s why we have dedicated in-country teams to look after you throughout your placement. Our staff members can be reached 24-hours a day and will check-in with you throughout your placement to ensure everything is running smoothly, and you are happy in your new working environment.
24-Hour Emergency Support
In addition to our in-country staff, you will benefit from our international support network. You will be given emergency contact details before you leave which you can call in the event of a crisis. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Recruitment of More Workers
In order to provide a reliable flow of workers on our trips overseas, we have to spend a chunk of money on recruiting people like you. It costs to maintain a website, an office, phone lines and a team of dedicated Travel Advisors to answer all your questions!
There are quite a few things to consider and to organise before you travel to your chosen destination to take part in your placement, trip or tour.
Flights and insurance are not included on your placement which means you will have to arrange them before you leave. But don't panic this can be simpler than you may think! To make life much easier for you, we offer a free, personal booking service through our chosen flights and insurance partner – STA Travel. They will guide you every step of the way. If you would like to talk with one of our STA Travel advisors to get a quote then either call them on +44 (0)333 321 3102 or email email@example.com
In many cases your chosen destination country will have requirements with with regards to visas, which will depend on the purpose of your visit, and there will be recommended and required vaccinations to make sure you are protected against any possible health issues that you may face in specific areas. Changing Worlds is here to help and we are on hand to provide you with advice on visas and vaccinations.
Booking your flights is an essential part of your trip. That's why we have teamed-up with STA Travel. This means that once you have reserved your place on your chosen placement, trip or tour, you will have a dedicated booking agent on hand to talk through your plans.
Travelling after your project? Need a round-the-world ticket? Not a problem. Your booking agent will work with you to find the most suitable and flexible flights possible. And remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the better the price will be.
STA Travel is also one of the world’s largest flight providers specialising in adventure travel and can therefore offer some of the cheapest prices around. They have over 700 branches worldwide, which makes them easy to contact wherever you are in the world. They also hold an ATOL licence through the Civil Aviation Authority, meaning you can book in confidence, secure in the knowledge that your flights are fully protected.
Note: If you choose to book your tickets through another flight provider, you must ensure that they hold a full ATOL licence.
Why are flights not included?
By not including flights in our placements, trips and tours, it avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. This keeps the cost of your trip lower and also means you have the freedom to search around for the lowest fares and most flexible tickets that fit your travel plans. It also means you can benefit from the expertise of our preferred partner – STA Travel.
We take the safety of our travellers very seriously. You must therefore book adequate travel insurance before you come away with us – you simply won’t be able to participate in your placement, trip or tour if you don’t. Although policies vary, your insurance must include emergency medical expenses, personal accident cover, and repatriation. We also recommend that you book baggage, personal liability and cancellation cover.
To help you navigate through this confusing world of insurance, we have partnered with STA Travel to offer you a specialist insurance service. Your personal advisor will find out exactly what you’re planning to do, from scuba diving to jumping out of planes, and tailor a policy specific to your requirements. In addition to this personal service, some of the other benefits of booking with STA Travel are as follows:
• Access to a network of over 700 branches in over 40 countries worldwide
• Advice and assistance over the phone from a travel help facility, available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year
• Access to a 24-hour multilingual emergency telephone number for medical help, hospital treatment and/or repatriation
• A choice of 3 levels of cover to suit your needs – budget, standard and premier
• A range of durations, from 4 days up to a maximum of 24 months
• A simple extension service that gives you the flexibility to extend your 4-week volunteer project while in-country (up to 24 months!)
• Cover for over 100 adventure sports and adrenalin activities, including black water rafting, bungee jumping, elephant trekking, heli-skiing, kite surfing, scuba diving, shark cage diving and sky diving
• Peace of mind – STA Travel is an Appointed Representative of Towergate Underwriting Group Limited and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.
Note: You must provide us with details of your travel insurance before you leave as you will not be permitted to participate on your placement, trip or tour if you do not have adequate cover. It is also advisable to book your cover as early as possible to make sure you are insured for cancellation of your trip due to illness, serious accident or any other insurable reason.
Why is insurance not included?
Each of our volunteer’s plans are different, and while STA Travel can provide adequate cover for the vast majority of our travellers, there may be some activities or destinations that cannot be covered by STA Travel. It is therefore important to give you the freedom to choose the insurance that covers your plans and that you feel comfortable with. It also saves us from having to pass on extra admin costs to you.
Different destination countries have different visa requirements depending on things such as your length of stay and your reasons for entering the country, and whether you will be gaining paid work during your time in the country. Changing Worlds will supply you with any advice you need with regards to the visas you require for your chosen destination, and we will make information available to you to assist with your application.
It is important that you check your visa requirements well in advance of your travel date, as with many tourist and working holiday visas you will need to submit an application to the relevant consulate, embassy or high commission before your travel date. In some cases entry to your destination country will be granted at immigration on arrival without having to apply for a visa before the departure date for your travels.
With all visa applications it is important that you have sufficient space available in your passport for the relevant visas required for your travels, and that your passport is valid for at least six months after your planned date of return.
At least 6 – 8 weeks before your chosen travel date you should visit your local GP or Nomad Travel Clinic to discuss your vaccination and medication requirements. Your medical professional will be able to advise you of any recommended and required vaccinations for your chosen destination(s).You should inform your doctor of all of your destination countries, and what activities you plan on doing, and in which regions you plan to stay while you are there, as different regions and activities have different health risks in some countries.
Some destination countries will require you to produce a certificate of vaccination in order to enter the country, so be sure that you understand any vaccination requirements for your chosen destination, so that you do not have any issues when passing through customs.
Above all you should make sure you are well prepared for your travels, so that you have the best experience possible whilst overseas!
If you have any questions or would like some more information, simply contact one of our friendly Travel Advisors. You can give us a call, request a call back or drop us an email and they will be able to answer any questions you might have.
Book Your Place
Once you have decided to travel with us, you can secure your place by paying a small deposit. You will then be able to pay the rest of your placement fee in easy-to-manage instalments.
Once we have received your deposit, we will send you a welcome email confirming your booking. This will contain your personal login details for your Travel Centre – an online account full of useful information about your destination, you chosen project and all the things you need to do before you depart.
We will ask you to provide some key information to help us create the best overseas experience for you, such as medical and dietary requirements, any previous language lessons you have done, and what you’re hoping to get out of your time abroad. We may also ask you to complete a police background check.
Flights and Insurance
You will need to book your flights and travel insurance before you leave, and then provide us with these details. We do not include flights and insurance in the project fee (to avoid passing on extra admin costs to you) but our partners will help you find the best options around.
Next you will need to get your visa for your trip. British citizens do not require visas unless they are planning to work before or after the course, in which case a Working Holiday Visa will be required. We will also provide you with lots of information to make obtaining your visa very straightforward.
We will ask you for your final payment 90 days before your scheduled departure date. Once paid, you will be ready to pack your bags, grab your passport and get on the plane!
You will need to obtain a Working Holiday Visa to take part in this trip. One of the requirements for the WHV is that travellers are 18-30 years old. Therefore you will need to be at least 18 years old to take part in this trip.
2) What type of jobs can I find and how much can I earn?
As part of your trip fee we will sign you up to a 12 month membership to the best back-packer job service in Australia. The jobs database advertises thousands of jobs at a time, so there are some amazing opportunities out there for you! You can expect job listings in the following areas:
Admin / Office
Accounting / Finance
Au-Pair / Childcare
Bar Staff / Hospitality
Call Centre / Telemarketing
Engineering / Mechanic
Farm / Ranch worker
Hairdressing / Beauty Therapy
IT / Web
Marketing / Media
Nursing / Health Care
Retail / Customer Service
Sales / Fundraising
Teaching / Sports Coaching
Travel / Tourism
The type of jobs you receive offers for will depend on your relevant experience and your CV. Wages / Earnings will vary depending on the job you find. Average wages in Australia are approx. £10 - £15 per hour.
3) Will I pay tax?
When you arrive in Australia we will set you up with a Tax File Number so that you will pay tax on your earnings. However, as you are working on a Working Holiday Visa in Oz, when you return home or leave Australia, you will be able to claim your tax re bate and superannuation refund on your earnings during your time down under. This can equate to up to £1500 depending on how much you have worked in Australia.
4) Do I have to stay for 12 months?
No, you do not have to stay for the full 12 months. We offer job support, and other awesome benefits for 12 months if you plan to stay this long, but if you want to stay in Oz for less time than this is not a problem. If you want to stay for longer than 12 months then there are ways of extending your visa. The most common way is gaining employment that qualifies you for a visa extension. In order to gain a visa extension to 24 months you will need a minimum of 3 months experience working on a ranch or farm.
5) Are meals included in this trip?
Some meals are included during your intro week in Sydney. You will receive a welcome dinner on your first night, beach camp dinners (2 nights), and lunch on your Sydney Harbour catamaran cruise. Your hostel accommodation has a fully functional kitchen for preparing your own meals, as well as a café and bar, as well as being located in the heart of Sydney, so you will have access to a wide range of cuisines at Sydney’s amazing restaurants.
6) What accommodation is provided?
Accommodation is provided for your first 7 nights from your trip start date in Sydney. 5 nights at one of the city’s top back-packer hostels, and 2 nights at our awesome beach camp. Accommodation provided has all facilities available with shared dorm style bedrooms (4 – 8 per room). Your hostel has it’s own incredible back-packer bar for meeting a wide range of travellers, as well as a café, kitchen and communal lounges.
• Are there laundry facilities available at the accommodation?
Laundry facilities are available at your hostel. Coin-operated washing machines and tumble dryers are available for laundry.
• Can I make international calls and use the internet at the accommodation?
Being situated in the heart of Sydney, you will be in close vicinity to a range of shops and internet cafes where you will be able to purchase international phone cards and make use of internet. The hostel will also have it’s own WiFi internet connection available at a fee. You will be provided with a local SIM card during your induction session, so we recommend taking an unlocked phone so you can get up and running with your Aussie number straight away.
• Can I book a private room?
This can be arranged after your initial 7 days (initial 7 days you will be accommodated in a shared dorm), however private rooms in hostels tend to be very expensive. During your accommodation tour in Sydney our team will show you the best places to stay, where you will be able to get a private room.
• Can I book extra nights?
Yes, you can book extra nights at your hostel accommodation for before and/or after your 7 day intro. If you are arriving a few days early, we can arrange your accommodation in advance. Please take a look at our Add-ons tab for more info.
7) Do I have to stay in Sydney and where can I stay after my intro week?
No, you do not have to stay in Sydney after your intro week. Our team will give you options, including finding accommodation and jobs all over Australia, so you can head off to find your working paradise in Oz after your intro is complete! Our jobs database will show jobs listings from all areas of Australia so you can really work as you travel!
There are different options available to you for when you finish your intro in Sydney. If you plan to stay in a shared house, you can expect to pay anywhere between £100 - £150 rent per week, with a minimum commitment / contract of 3 months. Sydney is among one of the most popular locations so rent can be more expensive.
Another option would be to continue staying at hostels while you work, which gives much more flexibility. Paying up front at a hostel can work out at approx. £150 - £180 per week.
8) What Activities take place throughout the day?
During your 7 day intro in Sydney you will take part in a range of activities, including: Sydney Harbour catamaran cruise, City Walking tour, Dolphin cruise, Wildlife / Bush trek, Sandboarding, Sydney Bar Crawl, Beach tour / Coastal walk, and more! For full details take a look at the daily itinerary on the Extra Info tab.
9) What experience do I need?
You do not need any experience to take part in this trip, however your job search will need to be relevant to your work experiences.
10) What support will I receive in country?
You will receive an amazing range of support services whilst you are in Australia, including assistance with you CV, to make it top notch, job search support, so you are applying for the right jobs, help with setting up you Aussie bank account, help with arranging your Tax File Number, assistance setting up your Medicare, a Postal Forwarding service so you have a contact address for family, friends and tax purposes, and you will have access to our 24 hours emergency service based in the UK!
11) When can I arrive?
Arrivals into Sydney should be either early on your trip start date (as your group will be meeting at 11am that morning) or we suggest booking an extra night in your hostel and arriving the day before your trip start date. We will arrange your airport transfer on arrival, and will email your transfer voucher before you set off on your working holiday adventure!
12) Is transport included?
Your arrival transfer from Sydney Kingsford Smith airport is included, and our in-country team will provide you with transport to and from our beach camp, however independent travel around Sydney during your first week, and around Australia during your working holiday is not included.
13) Will I need a Visa?
Yes, you will need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa before you set off on your trip. This application usually takes around 48 hours to complete. When you book your trip, our flights desk will give you a call to help you arrange all aspects of your trip, including your flights, insurance and your Working Holiday Visa. For more info about Working Holiday Visa requirements and eligibility, please take a look here: Working Holiday Visas
14) Will I need vaccinations?
You do not need any specific vaccinations for a trip to Australia, however you will need to contact your local Travel Nurse or GP to discuss your personal vaccination history. Please also consider that you may require specific vaccinations if you are travelling to other countries before or after your trip to Australia.
15) What is the climate like in Australia
As with all countries in the Southern Hemisphere, Australia’s seasons are opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere, with December to February being the height of summer, March to May is Autumn, June to August is Winter, and September to November is Spring. Northern regions of Australia receive warm weather throughout the year, with the southern areas fluctuating between seasons. In Sydney temperatures can reach up to 30C in the summer, and can get as low as 12C in the winter.
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