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Alliance Strategies expands global reach with acquisition of Stepwest
WYSE News | May 29, 2024

Alliance Strategies, Elite Member of WYSE Travel Confederation and a leading provider of cultural exchange and work and travel programs, has announced the acquisition of Stepwest, a prominent Canadian organization specializing in internships and working holiday placements. This strategic acquisition further solidifies Alliance Strategies’ position as a global leader in cultural exchange, bringing Stepwest under its umbrella alongside Alliance Abroad and GeoVisions. 

Stepwest has earned recognition as a trusted organization by the Government of Canada. It offers a range of programs, including Internship, Study and Work, and Working Holiday opportunities throughout Canada. Focusing on providing exceptional experiences for international students and young professionals, Stepwest has helped hundreds of individuals from around the world pursue their dreams of studying, working, and traveling in Canada. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Stepwest to the Alliance Strategies family,” said James Bell, CEO of Alliance Strategies. “Thomas leads a remarkable company, and we greatly admire the achievements of him and his team. Their dedication to providing high-quality programs aligns perfectly with our mission. I am delighted that Thomas will continue to grow his business under our umbrella, and his entrepreneurial skills will help elevate Alliance Strategies to new heights. Canada has long been a destination we have wanted to offer to our global community, and this expansion signals even greater opportunities for cultural exchange and personal growth for the thousands of students, graduates, and professionals we work with from around the world.”  

Stepwest’s outbound division, Stepabroad, offers similar opportunities for Canadian youth seeking work and travel experiences abroad. Through Working Holiday programs in destinations such as Australia, Japan, and the UK, Stepabroad enables Canadians to immerse themselves in foreign cultures while gaining valuable work experience. 

“It is a great achievement to be recognized by such a leader of our industry. We are excited to join forces with a highly successful group of companies composed of exceptionally talented people, who like us are passionate in providing the best experiences to our participants” said Thomas Prieur, CEO of Stepwest. “We cannot wait to get started and leverage the expertise of the powerhouse that is Alliance Strategies so we can together enhance our programs in Canada and beyond.“ 

For Alliance Strategies’ partners and participants, this acquisition opens up exciting new opportunities to experience the sought-after destination of Canada. The beautiful landscapes, vibrant cities, and diverse culture of Canada will now be more accessible than ever. Simultaneously, Canadian youth will find extended opportunities and the global support of Alliance Strategies and its extensive network, empowering them to explore the world with confidence and ease. 

Stepwest will continue prioritizing personalized experiences as part of Alliance Strategies, providing guaranteed work placements, visa assistance, and ongoing participant support. Featured programs include the Summer Working Holiday, Winter Resort Working Holiday, and Business Co-Op, offering diverse opportunities for personal and professional development in Canada. 

Member snapshot

Alliance Strategies is the umbrella entity that serves strategically and tactically the Alliance Abroad global footprint as well as the – GeoVisions – Sociedad Mexicana de Gastronomía – YoWork – and –The Work Nomads– subsidiary brands. For over 30 years, we have been a leading facilitator of global cultural exchange programs. From our five offices strategically located in Australia, Mexico, Spain, South Africa, and the United States, and our extensive network of recruiting partners worldwide, we have successfully facilitated meaningful cultural exchange experiences and career development opportunities to hundreds of thousands of international participants from over 55 countries. Our extensive portfolio of programs provides young people the opportunity to experience a destination and gain in-depth and authentic exposure to its culture, people,

Membership plan: Elite
Country: USA

Alliance Strategies | WYSE Travel Confederation member |