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BUNAC and Work&Travle are not worth time or money

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1. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 10y

TylerJames has indicated that this thread is about Australia

I travled to australia i got my visa through work&travle company and now that i have done it i do regret going throught that company. It was 500 usd that did cover your visa but a visa from the offical website is only about 150. Being an american and not part of the English Commonwealth and since my country has no working holiday programs for some reason i was only issued a 4 month visa. i got work but most of the jobs were cash only, so i diddent even need the visa. my 4 month visa ran out and i called work&travel and they were no help to me what so ever. i figured out by visiting the immirgration office countless times that i was able to get an 8 month travlers visa but could not get another working visa, so i was issued the travlers visa at about 120AU the price would of been the same if it were for 12 months. i was able to get work with that visa easily. if i were to do it again i would absolutly just apply independly and skip the companys that charge 500USD for a visa.

DO IT YOURSELF cheaper and easier


2. Posted by jimbob9876 (Budding Member 32 posts) 10y

Me and a couple of friends are off to Oz in April and are thinking of using the Work & Travel co.

One of their packages includes Working Holiday Visa, guarenteed job offer, unlimited internet access, 24 hour emergency assistance, bank a/c set up, sim card etc etc

Has anyone else gone with them? Are they very helpful? or do most people travel independantly?

Cheers James :)

3. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 10y

the guarenteed job is only for one day its bacicly a temp agencey not even part of the work and travle company i cant rember the name but i do rember it taking a while to get set up and i only got one days work out of it after that you must pay for the reference. unlimited internet access is nice but you can find places that are cheap enough and have a better connection. i never used 24 hr emergency assiastance and i really cant see when i would need it. bank account set up is easy to do on your own. and the phone they charge 75 dollars whick every vodafone offers. not worth 500 dollars.


4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

It is worth mentioning that if you are from the US, you in fact don't have any option to get any other visa that allows you to work LEGALLY other than the ones that BUNAC and Interexchange (W&T's partner in the US) offer. Getting work and being paid cash without having a legal working visa is illegal and if you are found out, you'll be fined, deported and most likely not be allowed back into the country for quite a few years.... not to mention the fact that 95% + of the employers will NOT hire people off the record as they stand to lose out in a MAJOR MAJOR way if they get busted (and it's not worth the risk for them considering there are over a 100 000 travellers that are on a legal working visa available at any given time...).

Of course this situation is different for those travelling from other countries where the 12 month working holiday visa is available.

5. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 10y

true, but all i am saying is that it is extremly easy to get cash jobs even at work hostles they have jobs that are only cash jobs for ppl on 12 month travel visas. it is a risk but the chances of getting caught if you stay out of trouble are slim. i just felt ripped off spending 500+ of work&travel and getting something that i found out to be useless to ME others could find it very helpfull but for just getting cash to travel or get a few drinks underthe table jobs are abundant

6. Posted by Peter (Admin 5791 posts) 10y

You make it sound so innocent, but the reality is that working illegally is a serious crime in pretty much any country. Aside from the fact that you broke the terms of your visa, you were effectively also stealing from Australians by avoiding the taxation system.

If you're willing to break the law, so be it, but we don't appreciate people advocating such behaviour on Travellerspoint. It's never a sensible idea to break the law in a country you are visiting.