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1. Posted by doyle369 (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y

My name is Will, I am 18 years old and live in England, and have done all my life.

I am currently at college and finish in 3 months.

I have always wanted to take a gap year, and recently I have been doing some research into it.

The main reason I want to take a gap year is for the experience, enjoyment, and to gain life skills, who wouldn't want to take one? But also I am not 100% sure what I want to do with my life, so going away will give me time to think.

So many people I have spoken to have said it's a brilliant idea. I am young, so I should enjoy life. My media teacher at college took a gap year before uni and after.

when I finish college I plan to get a job for say 6 months, maybe even a year and earn some money. This will go towards the gap year. I may even carry out some volunteering work in the UK to improve my C.V

I was thinking Australia.

I have found this site.

http://www.ozintro.com

It basically costs £500, and for that I get...

Working Holiday or Tourist Visa

7 night's Accommodation

Airport transfer

City Orientation

Jet Boating on Sydney Harbour

Learn to Surf Trip

Blue Mountains Day Trip

Bondi Beach & Snorkeling Trip

Trip to Sydney Aquarium

Beach Barbeque

Pub Crawl (with free drinks)

Farewell Dinner up Sydney Tower

An Australian Bank Account

Help Finding Work

‘Work in Oz’ Information Pack

Tax File Number

Medicare Card

An Aussie SIM Card

International Phone Card

Free Luggage Storage

Mail Holding & Forwarding

Free Internet Access

Lots of great Info & Advice

Transportation to all activities

3 Lunches & Lots of Free Drinks

Discount Vouchers & Free Stuff

After the 7 days I am basically on my own. I will have to find a job or something. There are many jobs out there...

The most popular jobs are Fruit-picking and Harvest Jobs.. but there are also bar work etc..

But with the company I get a personal assistance who will help me find a job.

Does anyone think this is a good idea?

Anyone done anything like this?

I have a mate who is doing this.. he flys off in July, I will keep in contact with him and see how he gets on.

I plan to travel on my own, this was taken from the site on the FAQ page

Do many people travel alone?

Yes. In fact most people who go to Australia are travelling solo.

By going with OzIntro you’ll be going as part of a group, so it’s a

great way to meet people!


The main thing that is stopping me is that it is quite hot in Australia? I am a red head.. and burn easily.. hmm :(

Any help or advice will be appreciated..

Thanks

[ Edit: updated to content from duplicate thread. ]

2. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 6y

Sounds like a great idea, I've seen a few posts about ozintro and generally it sounds quite good. If you stay in the south of Australia it is quite cool in winter and you probably won't need to worry about getting sunburned, in summer it'll be warm and sunny but that's what sunscreen's for

3. Posted by doyle369 (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y

admin

can you please delete this thread

I needed to edit it.. but I couldnt, so I made a new one

Thanks

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 6y

Quoting doyle369

admin

can you please delete this thread

I needed to edit it.. but I couldnt, so I made a new one

Thanks

I've removed the other one (it was in the wrong forum and didn't have any answers), but have updated your post here to match what you wanted.

5. Posted by doyle369 (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y

Thanks

6. Posted by doyle369 (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y

Anymore advice?

Thanks

7. Posted by wanderer82 (Full Member 111 posts) 6y

Doesn't have pretty much everything done for you defeat the point of travelling?

Called me old fashioned but surely charging people to pay for things like meeting other travellers is a bit silly?

You can get a visa and a sim before you leave - tax file numbers can be obtained online and medicare cards can be obtained with one visit to an office with your passport.

Once you've got you TFN (which takes a few days) you can get work almost immediatley through most work agencies

There are LOADS of travellers in sydney, it's not hard meeting people especially if you're staying in hostels, going on trips, visitning bars etc.

The point I'm making is that travelling abroad is about 'growing up', doing things for yourself and becoming independent and self sufficient.

It's nice to have piece of mind especially as you are so young but I'd save your money for the trip instead....

8. Posted by doyle369 (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y

Quoting RUGBYJOCK

Doesn't have pretty much everything done for you defeat the point of travelling?

Called me old fashioned but surely charging people to pay for things like meeting other travellers is a bit silly?

You can get a visa and a sim before you leave - tax file numbers can be obtained online and medicare cards can be obtained with one visit to an office with your passport.

Once you've got you TFN (which takes a few days) you can get work almost immediatley through most work agencies

There are LOADS of travellers in sydney, it's not hard meeting people especially if you're staying in hostels, going on trips, visitning bars etc.

The point I'm making is that travelling abroad is about 'growing up', doing things for yourself and becoming independent and self sufficient.

It's nice to have piece of mind especially as you are so young but I'd save your money for the trip instead....

But have seen what I get for the £500???

At my age what is travelling about then if it isn't about growing up', doing things for yourself and becoming independent and self sufficient as you have said?

Thanks

9. Posted by wanderer82 (Full Member 111 posts) 6y

Yes I and I still think you'd be better off saving your money....

A lot of the things on there are free or can be picked up for free dirt cheap (medicare, tax file number, sim, phone card, travel guides etc).

Sydney is a great city, but I'm not sure you need an 'orienteering' trip to see it all.

A bit of simple shopping around can help you get pretty competitive prices for the activities listed and you will meet other people just like you, young, travelling alone or in small groups and eager to meet other people.

I'm just a favourite of the traditional way of travelling, exploring cities on foot, working out bus/rail maps on my own, asking cabbies/barmen for advice, haggling for a good deal......all that stuff.

I just find all that stuff just a boring really, I mean what's the point leaving travelling to the other side of the world just to be sheparded around like just another tourist?

I understand where you are coming from, I was like you before I left for Australia, I was scared stiff that I would hate it, not meet anyone and be home in a few weeks - but trust me you will have an awesome time and meet so many like-minded people you probably won't want to come home!

Have a great trip

RUGBYJOCK

10. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 6y

Quoting doyle369

But have seen what I get for the £500???

A long list of things which are either doable yourself for free or a nominal charge, a visa which you can get yourself more swiftly, a couple of overpriced touristy activities (day trips) which you don't really need (and would do less than half of yourself if you were in the city on your own (and most hostels organize orientation trips and pub crawls for free)), accommodation in a hostel which you probably wouldn't have picked yourself if you went to Sydney on your own, and a lot of handholding, which could easily be replaced by carefully reading a lonely planet and asking some questions on any travel website's forum.

People are generally positive about oz intro, but as someone who landed in Australia ad did everything by himself, I can tell you that their services are quite unnecessary, and that it's really supremely easy to find your own way around; the entire country is set up in such a way that it really couldn't be easier to be a backpacker over there. (And if on the ground you discover you need help with something after all, then there's dozens of organisations who're all too willing to take your money and help out.)

Don't be blinded by the length of the list; go through the items one by one, and determine for yourself if you really need them, and how much they are actually worth to you. It's fine if your conclusion is that you want the hand-holding, but 500 pounds minus the AUD $230 fee for the visa comes out to AUD $630, which you could use for a whole lot of other things over there.