Making it work since 1962

We’ve been shaping the way students and young people travel and work abroad for 60 years.

For travellers by travellers


Founded by students

Work and travel adventures for 18-30 somethings


Travellers like you

All our team have worked or interned abroad


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Over half a million happy travellers and counting

Our story

Don’t follow guidebooks. Write your own story.

BUNAC was founded in an era of change. Kennedy was in the White House, Civil Rights Movements were on the streets, and change was in the air. Two students understood that crossing borders had the power to break down barriers and build cultural connections. They chartered a plane, started running trips for other students and BUNAC was born.

60 years later, this pioneering spirit has never been truer for our travellers. We belong to a generation who want to buck trends – not tick bucket lists. Who want to see the world with a purpose – whether that’s earning money on a working holiday visa, inspiring young people at a summer camp, or getting work experience on an overseas internship.

And now, it’s your turn. Go BUNAC, go be you.

Our people

Our customers are genuinely like friends to us, and their trips are as familiar to us as our own. In fact, all our team travelled before they worked for us. What can we say, we’re honestly like a family. Meet some of the team behind your trip.


Adam Head of Operations

Adam is our original Captain America. Before hanging up his cape to work for BUNAC, he did Summer Camp USA eight times, Intern USA for 18 months and even moved to the States full-time to work as camp director at Camp Sloane YMCA. Just like Captain America, he’s strong and dependable – leading the team, solving problems and putting out fires. He’s also a black belt in martial arts. Roll over Steve Rogers, there’s a new superhero in town.

Our values

We make it simple

We make it simple

Working abroad can be overwhelming. But go be you, we’ve got this. Visas, jobs, internship placements, travel planning, accommodation, arrival support... our team help take care of it.

We keep it real

We keep it real

Travelling will 100% shape how you see the world, but there may be challenges along the way. We’re honest about the thrills and the spills. And if you need us, we’re there 24/7. 

We do it right

We do it right

This isn’t just a job for us. Yes, we’re a profit-making business, but we don’t believe in exploring at the expense of exploiting either our customers or the communities we visit. 

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Our history From 1962 to you. Buckle up, it's been quite a ride.

1962 The British Universities North America Club (BUNAC) was officially founded by uni students Christopher Harbour and Martin Truscott.

1963 BUNAC chartered its first transatlantic flight program with 1,530 travellers – a return flight was just £59!

1966 The Exchange Visitor Program (now known as Work USA) was created for UK university students to work over in America.

1971 BUNAC’s Summer Camp USA program was established, sending 351 happy campers to work for the summer in the States.

1986 After years of lobbying, the Canadian Government gave its approval for a flexible work program – to be called Work Canada

1988 BUNAC UK begins receiving Australia, New Zealand and Canadian students.

1989 Our Work Australia program is launched.

1992 BUNAC turns 30 and sends its 150,000th participant.

2009 BUNAC becomes a UKVI sponsor for the GAE visa program and our Intern in Britain program is born.

2017 Our Intern Canada, Intern Australia and Intern New Zealand programs are launched.

2018 We launch Work Japan.

2022/23 You read this and had the epiphany: ‘Why am I here, when I could be earning money and seeing the world?’. And promptly booked an appointment with one of our awesome Travel Experts. The end.

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  • United States: +1 3323303222
  • Australia: +61 3 9119 5252
  • New Zealand: +64 9 883 2525
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