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Monday, July 5th, 2010
8:45 pm
passport pages

I'm going to be doing my Australian WHV (NOT through Bunac since its too expensive) starting in December 2010.

My question to you all, is how many pages does the WHV take up for Australia? I am running low on my passport and I need to know if I'll have to get a new one before I apply. (I have a US Passport)

thanks in advance!
Saturday, May 16th, 2009
3:38 am
Australia/New Zealand
I'm curious if anyone here has any experience with BUNAC and finding a job in Australia or New Zealand. I understand they don't place you - you have to do that yourself, and that's totally daunting to me, as well as apartment hunting on the fly. But then again, I dream of seeing Australia and New Zealand, and while surfing the net came across opportunities to work "down under" by getting a temporary work visa (I think I would do the 416 - the 4 month one, not the 12-month visa).

To be honest, I'm not really interested in starting a career or a life down there; I just want to an excuse to visit while also earning money. ;-)

Please give me any input you can.

Thanks very much,



edit: I don't know if editing a post is allowed, but here goes:

Does New Zealand only offer the once-in-life 12-month visa, and not the 4-month visa like Australia does?

If that's so, since I'm not sure about staying a full year, I guess I would just be interested in working/traveling for the four months in Australia.

Also, was it possible to say, work and live like normal for say three months, then take off on a whirlwind trip for the final month? And would it be possible to enter New Zealand afterwards for a few weeks as say just a vacation after living/working in Australia on the visa?

Basically I would love to see both countries, but don't know if I could stick it out so long. I thought of staying for say four months in Australia, and four months in New Zealand, but I don't want to waste a year-long visa if that opportunity is not possible later on, see?

edit2: By the way, I'm from the United States.
Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
12:49 am
BUNAC New Zealand
I was just wondering if there are any over 30 year olds out there who have used the BUNAC program in NZ and what their experience was like.  I would love to go over on a working holiday, but I don't think I will have my funds and everything else taken care of by the time I am 30 (just a little over a year away).  I noticed the BUNAC program, currently, goes up through 35.
Most of the people I have seen comment that BUNAC is not worth the cost are pretty young looking and I am guessing they qualify for the working holiday visa.

I guess in the end I am curious about the work side of it, it seems like an easy way to get a work visa in NZ for up to a year and I was curious if there were any drawbacks to it, and if you truly can do "any" work.  Are there any time limits?  Ideally I'd like to get a permanent and full-time position as I am planning on hopefully moving to NZ permanently.

Any feedback would be appreciated!

Current Mood: hopeful
Thursday, February 12th, 2009
9:37 am
Hey everyone!

I'm considering doing the BUNAC work New Zealand program this summer after my first year at a university. I was thinking I could just stay for two months working and living, and traveling occasionally. I'm just not sure how hard it is to find a place to live? Do most people stay in hostels or is it possible to find a small flat somewhere? Or even an apartment with other BUNAC travelers?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
1:45 pm
Contacting BUNAC
I'm planning on doing the BUNAC Ireland program starting in May or June, and I'm trying to get some info before I send in all of my paperwork. I'm mainly curious about how long the visa is for, as the website says they are in talks for a 12 month program.

Does anyone know which BUNAC office to contact for Ireland information? I called the US office and keep getting the answering machine, but it seems that that office is set up for UKers in the US. Should I perhaps call the UK office instead?


Current Mood: curious
Saturday, November 29th, 2008
8:58 pm
australian flights
My love and I are thinking about doing WHV to Australia and then perhaps going straight into one in New Zealand.

Our projected leaving time would be mid august 2009. Right now I can find a one way ticket on Air Pacific for $742. Since they don't have dates/prices online for a whole year and a half in advance, I don't know how to compare that price (2x) for estimating a return flight vs. what the airline might offer me at this stage a year in advance. I know that I can call them and find out, but I was just curious as to what people here spent on the plane ticket, or what their experiences in general were regarding airfare.

we are definitely NOT going through BUNAC as it is sooooooooooo much cheaper to just fill out the paperwork yourself since its on both the Australian and New Zealand government websites! For US residents its only about 120 USD for Australia and FREE FREE FREE for New Zealand.
Thursday, November 27th, 2008
9:02 pm
I heard a lot of people in Ireland are losing their jobs lately, recession blah blah blah. Anybody confirm or deny? I should be heading out in a few months and want to know how wary and willing to degrade myself I should be.
Monday, September 22nd, 2008
6:59 pm
Hi everyone!

I just joined this community. I will be arriving in London in a week.
I am sure this question was asked before, but I was wondering about any one else's experience regarding finding a legitimate internship or job there. I just graduated college and I want a job that is relevant to a career, not just waitressing or nannying. Is that even possible? I was thinking about extending my stay to a year to because I think that would increase my possibilites.

If anyone has any advice, pleassseeee respond. I am so nervous (but excited!) and I really want a good job over there. I will prob waitress in addition. Thanks
Thursday, August 7th, 2008
1:23 pm
A Well Deserved Thank You
I just wanted to post here to thank everyone that helped me regarding my application to BUNAC. I am currently in the UK and having a wonderful time. Everything went smoothly with the application process and at the UK border.

I also wanted to state here that at my orientation meeting for BUNAC yesterday, they told us that they are discontinuing the Blue Card program for Americans to work in the UK at the end of this year. I am not sure what, if anything, will replace it. When I know more I will let you know :).

Thank you again for everything.

Friday, July 25th, 2008
1:49 pm
Americans on WHV
i have been wanting to create something like this for a long time and no better place to start then LJ!

when i was searching for information on americans on working holiday visas in new zealand i found very little information. i found tons of stuff targeted towards europeans (mainly uk'ers) but nothing on americans and that frustrated me greatly! i have been wanting to start something targeted towards americans and the right forum and format finally came to me.

if you are interested in working holiday visas (you don't have to be american to join!) please join:


x-posted all over travel communities (sorry in advance for the spam!)
Friday, May 23rd, 2008
7:40 pm
ireland or scotland?
Hello everyone!
I am applying to BUNAC anticipating an arrival in October. I was thinking of doing the Ireland program and going to Cork, although I also like Edinburgh (Which, I know, is the UK program). Is one of these locations better than the other in terms of things to do? Also, which one has a higher cost of living? I was thinking that it is probably Edinburgh, but does that mean that I would get paid more there as well? I have some pretty heavy student loans to pay back and want to be sure that I can afford to live and pay them back at the same time. Also, how easy is the job search? How easy is the apartment search? Do people usually find apartments, or do they end up living in hostels? How much would you recommend I go there with? Did you end up spending more than you earned? Any information/stories/feedback would be very helpful and appreciated. Thanks in advance. :)
Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
10:39 pm
Two Time BUNACers?
I'm graduating in December planning on doing BUNAC sometime in January or maybe February. I'd like to come back in May to walk with my class in the spring graduation, as my university doesn't offer a ceremony for the December graduates. On top of that, I really want to be able to stay and work in Britain as long as possible because my boyfriend lives there. Is there any way to do BUNAC twice, by say, reapplying after I return home a week to walk with my class? I'm guessing there isn't, but I figured it's always worth asking. Does anyone have any advise for continuing to work in Britain after doing BUNAC?
Sunday, May 11th, 2008
1:14 am
BUNAC question
So the website is unclear so revert my question to this community :)

I graduate in about 2 weeks from my college in NYC and I was planning on applying for BUNAC after that (when the stress is gone). I also know that you can enter the UK as a recent graduate on BUNAC up until the 31st of December of your graduating year. (I am planning on going in august)

With this said: Does the paperwork need to be sent in BEFORE you graduate since you have to show proof of being a full time student? Or can it be done after since 1. it is before the 31st and 2. since I am a recent graduate hence being eligible.

Any help is appreciated!

Thanks in advance.

Monday, May 5th, 2008
6:21 pm
LJ Advisory Board
Hi guys!

I think most of you know me fairly well. For those of you who don't, I'm an active member of this community and brits_americans who did the BUNAC program in Jan-Jun 2005 and ended up married to a lovely british boy shadowofsummer. (That's our wedding photo in my LJ icon.) My husband's immigration time line is available on my profile.

I'm running for lj advisory board -- a group of community members who will advise the LJ big wigs. If you support my nomination, please click the link above and comment with 'I support this nomination'.

Thanks! :D
Friday, April 25th, 2008
12:42 pm
Work in non-Londonian England?
Hello! Well, I fell in love with a nice English boy from Somerset while studying abroad in Denmark, and I really want to be with him (not to mention, I'm in need of a change of scenery). I know BUNAC has many programs in Britain situated in London and Edinburgh, but what about smaller cities, such as Bristol, Bath and (oh glorious day!) Wells? I'm interested in doing office work, preferably in academia, but I'll take what I can get...any suggestions?
Thursday, April 10th, 2008
12:09 am
work ireland
hi - i'm applying for the work ireland program and i was wondering if anyone could give me some tips on finding housing/roommates. also, has anyone ended up getting a real work permit after their bunac time ended?

thanks - kelly
Sunday, April 6th, 2008
1:34 pm
New Zealand Jobs
What are the more popular jobs in Newzealand?
how hard is it to get a marketing admin job..or someother office and/or marketing related job.

how about front desk/guest services at hotels/Hostels?

what is the typical pay ranges in NZ?

What are some good jobsites to take a look at for new zealand ? something along the lines of gumtree, craigslist. but more NZ oriented.
Sunday, March 2nd, 2008
10:07 pm
Would love an opinion
Maybe some of you have been in this position? I've gone through some past posts on BUNAC and visas but didn't see my question answered, so I'm hoping one of you lovelies with know!

I studied abroad in Germany last year for 11 months and spent 6 weeks in London and fell in love! So a bunch of girls I studied with in Germany are planning a mini-reunion in August. I'm planning on meeting up with the other American for a few days IN NYC, and then the 2 of us are flying to Dublin to meet up with the 2 Irish girls for a few days visit.  After Dublin, the 4 of us are planning on heading to London for a week or 2 to meet up with the English girl and see some theatre and have some fun.
My plan was to then stay for 6 months on a BUNAC work visa.  Problem is, I don't want my work visa to begin until I actually start working after our trip is over (I don't want it to start when I enter for the 2 weeks of festivities).

Would it be possible to enter for those 2 weeks just on my passport, and not say anything about the work visa and then after the 2 weeks to either go back to Dublin for a few days, France or Germany for a couple days, then fly back to London and provide them with my passport and BUNAC work visa then?  Possibly say that I was waiting for it to be mailed to me from family in the states and wanted to enter on my work visa properly, so I left until I had all the proper paperwork (work visa, proof of finances, etc.)

How do you think that would go down with immigration? I would LOVE to not get deported/held in a tiny room with a menacing immigration officer for hours on end while I try not to pee my pants with fear!

Thanks to everyone in advance!!

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
9:53 pm
bunac- australia or england
Hey, I'm currently a college student and am considering doing BUNAC the semester after I graduate. I know this is possible in England (if I arrive before December 31) but does anyone know if it is possible in Australia? I checked the website but couldn't find anything. I definitely could have just missed it, though.

Also, in either of these countries is it possible to find a "real" job or will I be stuck working retail, waitressing, etc? I'd like to find something in the public policy/advocacy area but I'm not sure if that type of thing is that popular outside of the US...

Thanks for your help!

Saturday, February 9th, 2008
3:00 pm
Te kescht agum
that's the phonetics for "I have a question" in Gaelic... anywho... my question is this

I'm going to London arriving March 14th leaving the 23rd... its a short stay for me and I'm looking for hostels. I have used Journey's Waterloo in the past. I've also stayed in the Maida Vale area and in the Bloomsbury area. I don't want to go back to Journey's Waterloo, it wasn't a bad experience, but I'd like to experience something new. What do you suggest?
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