Visitoz – visit Australia – is the only organisation in Australia that guarantees jobs for young people coming to our country on a Work and Holiday Visa. The visa is for people between the ages of 18 and 30, but most participants are in the 18/19 Gap Year age group.
We meet them at Brisbane airport on a Thursday morning and they get together with all the rest of their group at the YHA hostel that evening. The next morning they travel together to Rainbow Beach for some sun, sand, sea and surf while getting over jetlag. On Monday morning we send a bus over to meet them and bring them back to the Visitoz headquarters on Springbrook Farm. Here we do the necessary red tape paperwork with them, the bank comes to meet them and we get them work ready over the next five days – they learn a lot about living and working in the countryside.
We teach them a lot about safety, they get to ride horses and motorbikes, drive tractors and work with cattle, make fences and learn basic vehicle maintenance skills. While on the farm they get job offers, they speak to the employers on the phone and decide which job to accept. On their 9th day in Australia they go to the paid job of their choice. The basic requirements for the programme are (a) the ability to speak English! (b) a driving licence and (c) a willingness to get their hands dirty. Visitoz starts training courses every Thursday throughout the year except over Christmas and New Year – when everyone needs a rest.
The sort of jobs we provide are anything you can do in a rural area, work on a farm, with horses, cattle or sheep, drive machinery for harvest, work as a carpenter, builder or general helper, work in a hotel, restaurant, pub or rural resorts – and work with children, nanny work, teaching and homestead helper jobs.
For young Americans this is a huge chance to get away from home and stand on their own two feet, to manage their own finances, to make their own decisions like when to work and when to holiday and how to spend the money their earn. A great chance to grow up and become citizens of the world before going to University.