BUNAC
88% Rating
(14 Reviews)

BUNAC

Since 1962, here at BUNAC we've been enabling hundreds of thousands of young people to go out and explore the world through global Work Abroad, Intern and Volunteering experiences.

All BUNAC programs include step-by-step support. Teach in Thailand, spend six months interning in London or 2 years working and living it up in down under in New Zealand - whatever you choose to do, we're passionate about getting you there. With year-round departures there's no better time to become a BUNACer, get outside and meet friends for life.

Most Recent Program Reviews

David
Male

BUNAC helped changed my life!

9/10

I was fortunate enough to receive BUNAC's scholarship in 2016. I was immediately thrilled at the potential of interning in Britain because I had studied there just the year before as part of a study abroad program, and I had been actively seeking opportunities to return.

I received the scholarship around August 2016 and then I had to decide if I would search for the placement company on my own or use one of their partner placement companies. I decided to independently seek a placement which took much longer than I anticipated but it ultimately worked out better than I could have imagined. Once securing placement, the BUNAC team was incredibly supportive through the Visa process and the weeks leading up to my UK arrival. I will admit that the idea of moving overseas again without the support of a full school system (as I had the year before) did make me nervous at first, but the BUNAC team was very responsive to e-mails and even facilitated a few phone calls when I requested them to clarify many details.

I ended up in London for a company that I had interned at before while in the US. I was in London from March through June of this year (2017) and had the time of my life. I made incredible friends in and outside of work and the city itself was absolutely overflowing with exciting things to do and see. Upon arriving, I reached out to the BUNAC team to notify them of my arrival and smooth transition and they were very excited for me. I was even able to meet the people who made this experience possible for me when we met at a pub local to their office in the city.

I write this review one month after my return and I am preparing to return to London as the company has agreed to hire me as a full time employee in London. This was all made possible with the support of BUNAC's scholarship and the phenomenal team that were willing to work with me in my aspirations. Thank you so so much for the opportunity. I would definitely recommend reaching out and making the most out of your experience.

How can this program be improved?

If possible (I'm not sure how many program folks there are at a time) it would be cool to have regular meet ups for the BUNAC interns to hear what everyone is doing. I know when I first went out there, I was eager to meet people and did want to meet other foreigners who were going through a similar experience. Could be nice to have a meet up every few months.

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Sarah
Female
21 years old
United States
Ohio State University

Interning in London

7/10

My experience thus far with BUNAC has been very good! They helped me prepare for my internship abroad very easily, and I felt even over-prepared. Requirements and deadlines were made very clear, and it was always easy to find the information that I needed. Getting all of my documents together and sent out was easy with all the instruction they provided, and I got my Visa in plenty of time. Very pleased.

How can this program be improved?

My company is not the best. I think they have gotten bad reviews before, so I'm not sure why they're still an option.

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Halsey
Male
23 years old
Connecticut
University of the South

Launched My Career

10/10

I owe a lot to the BUNAC program. I had always wanted to work in Venture Capital, and when I found the opportunity to intern for 6 months with one of London's best early stage venture capital firms, Seedcamp, I jumped at the opportunity. The only issue was the visa process - the firm I wanted to work with had never sponsored a visa before and were unsure if they could.

Luckily, I found the team at BUNAC - and they quite literally saved the day. They helped me with my applications, paperwork, best practices and made the process a breeze.

They made sure I was ready with everything I needed (housing, insurance, bank accounts, medical needs) in order to hit the ground running at my internship.

Without the BUNAC program, I never would have made it to London, or gotten a chance to kick start my career at Seedcamp and furthermore receive my job offer from another venture capital firm following my internship.

The BUNAC team made sure I felt like I was at home in London, they even brought me this surprise goody bag on Thanksgiving filled with all kinds of stuff I would be missing.

I highly recommend going with the BUNAC program for anyone that has an interest in landing an internship in the UK - it was an absolutely amazing experience.

How can this program be improved?

I would have liked a meetup with the other interns.

I just wish the program lasted longer.

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Carl
Male
25 years old
cleveland, ohio
Ohio State University

WorknHoliday Australia

10/10

I spent a portion of a year in Australia thanks to the help of the staff at BUNAC. It was one of the most valuable experiences of my life. The WorknHoliday program is awesome for people who want to go abroad, but not be totally on their own. The program provides guidance through all the steps of getting prepared for the trip, as well as getting you set up once you arrive. They have a hardworking and passionate team of people on both ends, and you are really taken care of with your best interests in mind. I really enjoyed my time there and am truly grateful for the help and support I received. I would highly recommend this to someone who wants an adventure with their own support group right there with them. 5 stars!!

How can this program be improved?

Less expensive

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Mike
Male
28 years old
Melbourne
University of Vermont

Good for young, first time travelers...not others.

5/10

I think my wife and I were expecting different things from this program than what they provided. The communication and details on the program were a little lacking, and I can't say we felt like much was taken care of.

We were told multiple times that someone would call us to set up flights and they never did. On one of the emails we were sent there was also some misinformation about where we could book a flight to. So when we booked our own flight, we made a mistake and lost a few hundred dollars on tickets that we didn't need.

The visa process was something you can easily fill out on your own if you're from the US, and the job opportunities available through the company are really only good options if you're willing to move around a lot and only live in a city/region temporarily. This is fine if that's what you're hoping to do, but again, we didn't feel this was clearly stated.

Pretty much everything else that was set up was nothing difficult or special. The only thing that we were really assisted with was getting our TFN, and I'm sure we could have figured that out if we needed too.

The staff are all very friendly and helpful, but if you're someone who isn't afraid to ask around and do a bit of googling, or who has ever traveled abroad before, this program really isn't for you. It's probably much better for first timers.

Response from BUNAC

Hi Mike,

Thank you so much for your feedback. We do apologize for the confusion surrounding the Melbourne office. At the time we were changing in-country partners and it seems that you got caught up in that. We will have an office in Melbourne starting in April, so we would be happy to send through information on that and you can take advantage of all resources available there.

Our job database is updated daily and job availability ranges from a few days to a few months, all over the country. If you are having difficulty finding work I would suggest reaching out to the resource center for assistance.

Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to improve your experience. You can email us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

Hope that you are enjoying your time Down Under!

Best,
The BUNAC Team

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