Information for parents and guardians
Looking after what’s important
Your child tells you they’re going overseas. Whether your first thought is panic, pride or ‘What colour are we painting the new spare room’ – we understand you’re going to have questions. Here’s why you can feel comfortable and confident when they travel with us.
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All our team have worked abroad
In many ways, we’re the parent of the work abroad world. Founded in 1962, we’re recognised as one of the most established work, learn and intern abroad organisations in the world. Heck, many of our travellers were recommended to us BY their parents who had done BUNAC trips when they were younger.
With age, comes experience. And to date, we’ve helped over half a million young people have life-changing adventures – watching them return with more confidence, more skills and a greater empathy for the world around them.
Our customers are genuinely like friends to us, and their trips are as familiar to us as our own – which is why generations of travellers book with us time and time again.
Meet the repeat offenders
“My mum took part in a BUNAC program when she was a student! She said it was an amazing experience and that I had to do it for myself. After I decided going Stateside for the summer was something I was interested in doing, I signed up and started to apply for jobs on the BUNAC Job Zone. I've done the program twice: I worked as a lifeguard at Water Country USA in Williamsburg, Virginia and at Trimper's Rides in Ocean City, Maryland.”
Meet the parents
"We were pleasantly surprised when Josh brought up the idea of working in Canada when he finished university. We were 100% behind him especially as he had done all the research, found the pre-arranged training / job option as well as accommodation. When November came, we drove him to the airport and saw him off and I admit that was a little hard…. but we face timed regularly (morning was best) and it was so exciting to hear all his news and we got to join him for his first Christmas in Big White ski resort which was awesome. The second Christmas was during the pandemic so no travelling allowed but by then he had met a lovely group of friends to spend the holidays with. I can honestly say that helping our children achieve their dream of working and being a guest in other people's countries has been the making of them, as well as it being an enjoyable experience, I can see that they are more confident well rounded young people."
Meet the team
“Our travellers get to experience everyday working life in a new country with the full backing of our BUNAC team – embedding themselves in a culture different to their own while also exploring some of the most remarkable places on the planet. Past BUNACers often talk of how their experience has been a key discussion point in interviews, providing them with demonstrable transferrable soft skills such as communication, adaptability and responsibility.”
Props to all the parents and guardians out there whose children are planning an adventure. It’s a big deal – and we know that the fun times can be mixed with worrying times. You’re probably going to have different questions and concerns to the person travelling, so let’s jump on a call and talk it out.
We want to make all our guardians and parents proud, but if you can’t find the answers you’re looking for, get in touch.
Do many people travel alone?
Yes! Depending on the program, typically 80-90% of our customers are solo travellers. Our programs are a great way to meet like-minded people from all over the world, making connections and friendships that last a lifetime.
If you’re concerned about your family member arriving into a new country on their own, talk to the team about the best program for them. For example, our Work New Zealand and Work Australia programs have an Ultimate option.
This is a fixed-dated intro week that includes airport transfers, arrival accommodation, guided trips, job workshops and social events – usually with up to 20 other BUNAcers. Typically in this week, our program participants will start to find jobs and places to live together.
To encourage our travellers to connect with each other before they go, we also set up a WhatsApp group, Facebook group or online group orientation. Plus, our BUNAC teams and partners on the ground are support and social hubs for our travellers – where they can reach out for assistance and come along to regular social events.