Stepwest Testimonials

Ramiro, Argentina

Study and Work, Hospitality

Stepwest helped me apply for my visa, and even with all the COVID regulations changing all the time, I made it to Canada! I am so happy I did this, I got education and experience for my career, and met so many good friends on the way!

I had no idea I would study and work in Canada, but the combination has been perfect for what I wanted to achieve. I have been able to improve my communication skills in English and work at all times, which meant not using all my savings.

I was apprehensive about moving to Canada during the pandemic. But travelling to Canada to study and work has opened so many international opportunities for me.

Stepwest helped me apply for my visa, and even with all the COVID regulations changing all the time, I made it to Canada! I am so happy I did this, I got education and experience for my career, and met so many good friends on the way! I even spent my first white Christmas in Vancouver, where it barely snows! I guess I was very lucky!

Natalia, Spain

Study and Work, Finance

Not only did I get the job but after I could apply for a Young Professional work permit. Fast forward, I am still leaving in Canada and have adopted my dog Forty from northern BC!

Improving my English skills through work experience has been my goal since day one. I graduated with a BBA in Spain, and completed an MBA there as well, but I was looking for a professional challenge, which I found in Vancouver!

My ultimate goal for my time in Canada was to get a job in my professional specialization of finance. I was determined to get this type of work for the co-op (full-time work) portion of my program. Starting a new job is always hard at first but with discipline and perseverance, I began applying to new positions. I did this while working a part-time job in retail during my studies at the college in Vancouver. I knew it could be difficult to find a job as English is not my first language, but I continued studying and working hard to achieve my goal and... I did it! Not only did I get the job but after I could apply for a Young Professional work permit. Fast forward, I am still leaving in Canada and have adopted my dog Forty from northern BC!

Karolina, Czechia

Working Holiday, Summer Resort

After graduating, I wanted to take a gap year. Stepwest helped me secure a position at a great hotel in Banff where I enjoyed an incredible summer in the mountains!

After graduating, I wanted to take a gap year. Stepwest helped me secure a position at a great hotel in Banff where I enjoyed an incredible summer in the mountains!

Over the course of the summer, I took advantage of living in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. I bought a second-hand car to explore Western Canada’s most famous places, I would go hiking around Banff National Park with friends, saw Lake Louise... there were plenty of outdoor adventure activities to keep me busy all summer long!

In the fall I then took a road trip across the Rockies to experience Whistler in the winter. While in Whistler, I even worked at a Christmas shop where they sold decorations, lights and Christmas trees! It was a truly quintessential way to experience Canada in the holiday season.

Gabriel, Costa Rica

Internship, Hospitality

I am a recent Gastronomy and Culinary Arts graduate. I knew that as a culinary professional, I needed to continue travelling to improve my skills. Stepwest helped me land a paid position as a pastry chef in Banff.

I am a recent Gastronomy and Culinary Arts graduate. I knew that as a culinary professional, I needed to continue travelling to improve my skills. Stepwest helped me land a paid position as a pastry chef in Banff.

I got the opportunity to complete a hospitality internship in Canada and did not think about it twice! I started my process with Stepwest and in less than six months, I started working in Canada. I have worked with international chefs and this has helped me improve my cooking skills - you learn so much from other professionals!

I have lived life to the fullest here and have enjoyed every second of my adventure in Canada! Thank you for absolutely everything Banff and Canada, I owe you a lifetime of gratitude!

Samira, France

Internship, Digital Marketing

I study Business at ISC Paris and needed to do an internship abroad to graduate. I wanted an experience outside of Europe that would give me a completely new world view and would improve my resume greatly - which I did!

I study Business at ISC Paris and needed to do an internship abroad to graduate. I wanted an experience outside of Europe that would give me a completely new world view and would improve my resume greatly - which I did!

I chose Canada, specifically Vancouver, because my goal was to only speak English during my journey. Canada has very friendly people and is open-minded, so it was the perfect opportunity.

I was lucky enough to be in Vancouver throughout the whole summer and did a lot of hikes, outdoor activities and beach time, as well as enjoying the city patios! I got to enjoy an amazing summer in Canada with new friends and I was immersed in English 24/7!

Enjoy this experience, you might not know it yet but it will be the best experience of your life. You will meet new people and discover something new every day. It’s very rewarding!

Oskar, Sweden

Working Holiday, Ski Resort

I would totally recommend this experience. I got a year off and I wanted to spend it learning English and doing some skiing, which is what I get to do every single day at Sunshine Village Mountain Resort in Banff, Alberta.

Getting used to life in the Rockies took me about 20 minutes... the best part is that I can go skiing whenever I want, I have a lot of friends and there are people that come from different countries, so it feels like home already!

I would totally recommend this experience. I got a year off and I wanted to spend it learning English and doing some skiing, which is what I get to do every single day at Sunshine Village Mountain Resort in Banff, Alberta.

Martin, Slovakia

Study and Work, Business

Stepwest was so helpful when it came to all things connected to my studies and they also helped me find my placement during the work experience part of the program. I am really happy I went for the study and work program!

I am a Media and Marketing Communication graduate from Paneuropean University in Bratislava, Slovakia. Canada has always been a dream country for me, I had my first taste of it ten years ago when visiting my family in Ontario - and knew instantly I wanted to return on day!

I knew that Vancouver and BC have some of the most amazing nature so my choice and direction were clear. Stepwest was so helpful when it came to all things connected to my studies and they also helped me find my placement during the work experience part of the program.

I am really happy I went for the study and work program because it gave me a fantastic experience in Canada! I met so many new friends and I got to know cultures I did not know before. This experience has been a great step before applying for the Working Holiday visa for next year - which I am thinking about now!

Claire, France

Internship, Marketing

I wanted to do a full-time marketing internship abroad, and my internship in Canada has ticked all the boxes! I know that this internship in Canada will get me ready for employers back in Europe.

Do you want to work in digital marketing? It is EXTREMELY important to have real work experience! This is why I wanted to do a full-time marketing internship abroad, and my internship in Canada has been a great personal and professional experience.

You learn a lot in University, but when you go to the real job market, it’s up to you to put what you’ve learned into practice. I know that this internship in Canada will get me ready for employers back in Europe that want results and also want to hire a marketing professional who can get the job done. I am certain that as a student about to graduate you need to put the extra effort in by getting an internship and gaining as much experience and knowledge as you can! It’s a very competitive market and I want to make a difference!

Maider, Spain

Study and Work, Business

I found out about Stepwest's Study and Work program, where I could work while studying in Canada for a more affordable price. I also saw their client reviews online, so I found my plan for Canada!

Hello everyone! I'm Maider and I am from the Basque Country in the North of Spain. After finishing my BBA, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next, but one thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to have work experience abroad, which is why I ended up doing my work experience program in Vancouver with Stepwest.

I had originally started looking for University programs and Master’s Degrees in Canada, but the prices for international students were way higher than what I had in my budget. I was determined to have my work experience in Canada, which is how I found out about Stepwest's study and work program. I could work while studying in Canada for a more affordable price. I also saw their client reviews online, so I found my plan for Canada!

Julius, Germany

Working Holiday, Ski Resort

I love winter sports so spending my working holiday in Whistler has been such a good decision. I am also working for a very good hotel here, so I get to make money to then enjoy my time in Canada. 100% recommend!

It's been one of the best experiences I have had! I am in Whistler, so I have had the best winter ever. When I'm not working, I get to spend my days off snowboarding, which has been the best.

I wanted to have work experience abroad, outside of Europe, right after I completed my university entry exam (Abitur) back home in Germany. I love winter sports so spending my working holiday in Whistler has been such a good decision. I am also working for a very good hotel here, so I get to make money to then enjoy my time in Canada. 100% recommend!

Valeria, Costa Rica

Working Holiday, Vancouver

I would 100% recommend Stepwest. I arrived in Canada and after a week I was already working in the position that I stayed in until the very end of my working holiday.

Canada has always been on my list of places to visit. When I realized that as a Costa Rican I could apply for a Canada Working Holiday visa, I was sure I wanted to make the step! I chose Vancouver mainly because of its mild weather. I had no idea how amazing the city is. Today I would not change it!

Of course, my working holiday in Canada took me out of my comfort zone. I didn’t know I would be able to do so many things starting from zero. Working hard in Canada gives you the best results and the experience enabled me to gain an international curriculum that will help me in the future.

I would 100% recommend Stepwest. I arrived in Canada and after a week I was already working in the position that I stayed in until the very end of my working holiday. I have nothing but good things to say about how Stepwest treated me. They were really organized and always made sure I was doing everything right! Totally worth it to count on Stepwest!

Chloe, France

Internship, Marketing

This internship experience in Canada has taught me a lot about the workings of a marketing agency and all the jobs related to it. I have realized how inspired I am by marketing and how it is the right career path for me to pursue.

This internship experience in Canada has taught me a lot about the workings of a marketing agency and all the jobs related to it. I have realized how inspired I am by marketing and how it is the right career path for me to pursue.

My highlight was a Twitter campaign supporting Kristi Gordon, the weather channel tv presenter for Global News. We created a hashtag #KushionsForKristi to support the tv host when the public criticized her pregnancy on TV. Being on one of the main Canadian tv channels was something that I could never imagine during my internship program!

I am currently on the last week of my internship in Vancouver. I honestly can’t believe these five months went by so quickly! I feel really prepared to apply for jobs in the public relations field, and I am confident that I will transfer my experience to my future profession.

Mariel, Mexico

Study and Work, Hospitality

I did my own research on how to get a study and work visa... I was getting a bit overwhelmed with the information... I looked up Stepwest online and saw all the amazing reviews they had from previous clients, and that's where all began!

Three years ago, when I was studying for my Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism Management at Universidad Estatal De Sonora (UES) in Mexico, I got a scholarship from the Mexican Government to go to Canada to study English at the University of Calgary. I immediately fell in love with the country and decided that I would love to come back to Canada in the future, not only to study but to also gain professional work experience.

I did my own research on how to get a study and work visa, work permit, study permit... I was getting a bit overwhelmed with the information. I didn't know which one to get, what it was and how much money I would need if I wanted to have work experience in Canada. Frustrated, I decided to open the Canadian Government website and saw that Stepwest was one of the Recognized Organizations by the Government of Canada. I looked up Stepwest online and saw all the amazing reviews they had from previous clients, and that's where all began! So happy I found them!

Amelie, Germany

Working Holiday, Ski Resort

I've enjoyed my time at the hotel in Banff very much and I have settled in super fast. Everyone is very nice and I get to explore the area a lot. I can’t believe I’ve been here for two months already. Time really flies by!

I've enjoyed my time at the hotel in Banff very much and I have settled in super fast. Everyone is very nice and I get to explore the area a lot. I can’t believe I’ve been here for two months already. Time really flies by!

Ximena, Costa Rica

Internship, Gastronomy

It's been an amazing trip living the Canadian adventure dream! I graduated from a culinary school in Costa Rica and wanted to get international work experience. Canada was my dream choice and here I am!

It's been an amazing trip living the Canadian adventure dream! I graduated from a culinary school in Costa Rica and wanted to get international work experience. Canada was my dream choice and here I am.

I am from Costa Rica so working at hotel in the middle of the Canadian Rockies has been like living in a snow dream. A normal winter day will be a causal -40C in Canada! I would not change this experience for anything in the world, I am so happy I took the decision to work in Canada.

Elena, Spain

Working Holiday, Ski Resort

Paradise doesn’t have to be tropical. I got the chance to do ski & snowboard guide training and it's something I will never forget. No question why Canada is called the Great White North!

Paradise doesn’t have to be tropical. I got the chance to do ski & snowboard guide training and it's something I will never forget. Exploring Whistler’s backcountry skiing is a must for any keen skier! No question why Canada is called the Great White North!

Luisa, Colombia

Study and Work, Hospitality

The placement coordinators at Stepwest helped me with interview preparation beforehand, to ensure that I would be ready. The interview went great and I landed this amazing job almost upon arrival to Canada!

Hi everyone, my name is Luisa! I’m 24 years old and I am from Bogotá, Colombia. I studied Gastronomy & Culinary Arts in Colombia for three years and right after spent two years living in the United States. After that, I decided that it was time to chase my dreams in Canada!

When I first got to Vancouver, I was looking for a job and Stepwest helped me get set up with an interview and get ready for my first job interview! The placement coordinators at Stepwest helped me with interview preparation beforehand, to ensure that I would be ready. The interview went great and I landed this amazing job almost upon arrival to Canada!

I’ve been working at an award-winning restaurant in Vancouver (one of BC’s best seafood restaurants) for almost four months now. The executive chef even made time to talk to me about my expectations and experience, and after just one month of working with the executive chef, he even gave me opportunity to work in pastry!

Giuliana, Argentina

Study and Work, Hospitality

The whole experience of moving to Canada was one big adventure that I was very ready for. I have always wanted to move abroad, and I knew it would be complicated to start with, but now I have made Vancouver my home.

The whole experience of moving to Canada was one big adventure that I was very ready for. I have always wanted to move abroad, and I knew it would be complicated to start with, but now I have made Vancouver my home.

Charlotte, Germany

Study and Work, Business

If you want to have international experience, DO IT! Canada is such a great country and Vancouver is such a cool city... I’m really happy that my agency in Germany connected me with Stepwest.

I am from Munich and am currently completing my Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communications. I wanted to gain international experience and learn about media in other countries, while getting an international education.

I thought about doing an internship in an English-speaking country. England and Ireland are too close to Germany (and too rainy), Australia was too far away, and I’ve already been in New York for my semester abroad, so I chose Canada. Thanks to Stepwest, I meet two great guys from Costa Rica and we ended up going to a concert in Whistler together. It was a pretty good start to life in a new city!

If you want to have international experience, DO IT! Canada is such a great country and Vancouver is such a cool city. You can so much: hiking, skiing, snowboarding, beach, party... I’m really happy that my agency in Germany connected me with Stepwest. I got all my visa and paperwork done so fast because they helped me a lot.