About Stepabroad

At Stepabroad, we provide enriching working holiday and international internship opportunities to Canadians. We are passionate about helping you obtain personal and professional growth through work abroad experiences.

We Are a Recognized Organization

Stepabroad is a trusted, recognized and certified organization by the Government of Canada. We give young Canadians the opportunity to experience work and travel in destinations around the globe. Stepabroad’s friendly and hardworking team coordinates every aspect of the work and travel process for Canadians across the country.

Thanks to our Recognized Organization (RO) status designated by International Experience Canada (IEC), we are proud to help Canadians experience the world while they gain valuable international work experience. Our international internships and working holidays provide young Canadians with the unparalleled growth and development that comes from travel – something that also stands out to potential employers upon your return. Our inbound department, Stepwest, is also available to help foreign youth come to Canada for work and travel experiences.

We guide and support you from the moment you decide to leave, throughout your stay, until you return home. We provide safe, enriching and beneficial experiences that will remain with you for a lifetime.

Our Vision

To be the most trusted Canadian provider for internships and work experiences abroad by providing Canadian youth of all backgrounds with opportunities for personal, career and cultural growth through affordable, all-inclusive work experiences.

We see a future where we can empower young Canadians, regardless of socioeconomic status, to work and travel anywhere on the globe cost-effectively, and foster the latest technology to share their experiences with others both in Canada and around the world.

Stepabroad Team

Thomas Prieur

Chief Experience Officer

The countries I’ve lived and worked in:

France, Canada, Ireland.

My top tip for moving abroad:

When I land in a new country, I usually go straight to the local market, and check out the type of produce they have, pay attention to the way people communicate and what they eat. Then I usually proceed to the nearest food stall and order whatever people around me seem to be eating and enjoying. Best way to get an immediate shot of local culture!

My top travel moment:

While in Tokyo, Japan, I was sitting at this tiny elbow to elbow yakitori place, I started ordering whatever people around me were eating. This was a very local joint, and after a while the table next to me proceeded to send me a round of sake, and I immediately returned the favour. After a few exchanges of “courtesy”, we ended up bringing the two tables together where they introduced me to a bunch of local dishes I had never heard of before. It was a table of local office workers who were decompressing after a long day at work. This was my first night in Japan, and it could not have been a better introduction to what it is to be a Tokyoite!

Lizzie Shipley

Digital Marketing Manager

The countries I’ve lived and worked in:

England, Canada, Panama, Honduras, Colombia.

My top tip for moving abroad:

Go for a run! You’ll get familiar with your local surroundings, see the sights and earn the beers after. Also, book a ticket to Sofar Sounds to see local artists performing in intimate venues.

My top travel moment:

There are too many! But I’ll always remember my first big solo backpacking trip, which started in the hustle and bustle of Bangkok in Thailand, and the exhilaration of being somewhere totally unlike anything from back home. On my first night I got wonderfully, purposefully lost at a night street market; after looping the narrow alleys I settled on the plastic chair of a discreet market stand and had (to this day) the best curry of my life (this was before Thai food went global – when everyone carried thumb-worn issues of Lonely Planet, relied on internet cafes to email home and Sriracha hadn’t become a household staple). Yes, it’s a well trodden path, but it cemented a lifelong obsession with travel.

Shawna Sanders

Sales & Development Manager

The countries I’ve lived and worked in:

Canada, USA, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, South Africa. 

My top tip for moving abroad:

Learn the language! I found making an effort to hang out with local friends rather than relying solely on other expats for company to be key in becoming fluent in Spanish. Taking language classes, using apps like DuoLingo, or finding a language exchange buddy can all be great ways to begin learning a new language.

My top travel moment:

I have three! Watching the length of the Amazon drift by from my riverboat hammock in Brazil and Peru, DIYing a low budget safari in South Africa with a rental car and borrowed camping gear to road trip through Kruger Park and experiencing green sea turtles nesting on the beaches of Tulum, Mexico. 

 

Robyn Downie

Travel Coordinator

Countries I’ve lived and worked:

Scotland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada

My top tip for moving abroad:

Pack less than you think you need, other countries have just as many malls as home if you forget something! Push yourself out of your comfort zone and say yes to opportunities, especially if you are travelling alone and trying to make friends. Meet-up events and hostels are great for socializing and meeting new arrivals. Also, hostels are not as scary as your parents think they are. They’ve come a long way since the 80’s and 90’s and some are incredibly beautiful – I’ve stayed in ones that have hot tubs, free pancake breakfasts and cinema rooms!

My top travel moment:

I spent three months working in an outback pub in Australia which was an incredible opportunity to get to know the locals. I became friends with some members of the community who were aboriginal elders, who shared their love of their land with me. They showed me how their grandparents taught them to forage, hunt and work in the outback, and I felt very privileged to witness this authentic side of Australian culture.

Another unforgettable experience was in the small beach town of Kaikoura in New Zealand. The town is home to a large pod of dusky dolphins, and you can take a boat out into the ocean to see them in their natural habitats. For those that are brave enough, you can also join them in the icy sea for a swim, but unlike in an aquarium, they are free to leave whenever they choose. Often they will swim laps around you, playing and squeaking in excitement while you try to keep up.

Tinyung Niu

Travel Coordinator

COUNTRIES I’VE LIVED AND WORKED:

Canada, Taiwan, UK, Cambodia, Japan, New Zealand, USA

MY TOP TIP FOR MOVING ABROAD:

Have fun! Enjoy everything and be open to anything, and expect to be surprised! Go out, speak to people, meet the locals, be friendly and make friends. Don’t be scared, you’re there to explore – have memorable adventures and create adventurous memories!

Don’t worry about being awkward or shy when asking for advice or making mistakes – you are new to the place and you are still learning and adapting. Ask questions, and be excited to learn more about their culture. People are often proud of their own culture and love talking about it!

MY TOP TRAVEL MOMENT:

I volunteered at a hostel in Japan and became great friends with the hostel owner and the Japanese staff. I got to attend a summer festival with them in a Yukata they lent me! We also made takoyaki together.

Also, not a top ‘moment’ per se – but I remember seeing tonnes of rainbows when I was in New Zealand, sometimes multiple a day! Throughout the month I was there, I saw at least one a day. We also saw some remarkable glaciers on that trip! And learned about the impact of climate change on glacial retreat.

Tater

Chief Security Officer

The countries I’ve lived and worked:

Canada, France.

My top tips for moving abroad:

Sniff out the food scene.

My top travel moment:

Meeting sea dogs for the first time!

Our Mandate

Our current mandate is to allow more Canadian youth to embark on work experiences abroad in order to create a 1:1 reciprocity ratio with foreign national youth coming to Canada.

We want to be able to provide both Canadian and foreign youth with the same amount of opportunities to travel to a new country and to gain work experience. Through these experiences, we aim to see youth immerse themselves in a new culture and eventually grow into mature and well-developed citizens who will be active and engaged members of their respective communities.

Our Values

Global Citizens

We help young Canadians, like you, step out into the world so that you can become a global citizen, playing a positive role in the world by becoming more culturally aware and understanding.

Passion & Adventure

We are passionate about helping you break out of your comfort zone and into the world. We are dedicated to helping you begin the best adventure of your life for a memorable experience that enriches and inspires.

Genuine Support

We are just like you, we eat, sleep, and travel! We are a team of experienced travellers and can relate to the jitters and excitement that come along with moving abroad. We are here for you every step of the way!

Want to know more about Stepabroad?

Get in touch with our team to learn more about how you can travel, live and work abroad with Stepabroad.

Let’s start planning your adventure of a lifetime!