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Alliance Abroad or BUNAC for my Australian Adventure?

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1. Posted by Kirby Lane (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

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Hello! A friend and I are planning to work/travel in Sydney for a few months starting in June 2008. Because this is our first international adventure (longer than a few weeks, that is), we feel safer going through a program, such as BUNAC or Alliance Abroad.

Has anyone dealt with either of these companies? Do you have some advice as to what to expect and if one is recommended over the other?

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

I used to work for Bunac's partner down under and would recommend them. The main thing you're paying for is a bit of extra help before you leave and when you first get there, plus a group of people to hang out with from day one. As long as you're not expecting them (or any of the other similar companies) to hold your hand for 12 months, it's a great idea :) I don't know Alliance Abroad and judging by their website, their operation in Australia is not nearly as good as BUNAC's. There are really only three organizations that run a similar type of operation in Australia where the quality is good and it doesn't look from their website like they work with one of them (could be mistaken though). Inter Exchange run a similar program and I know their partner is quite good too.

3. Posted by Kirby Lane (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

Thank you so much! I am so looking forward to this, and I do think I am leaning toward BUNAC / InterExchange over Alliance, simply because more people have heard of them and their process seems pretty "tried and true."

If you think of any advice for me from your experience with BUNAC's partner, I would love to hear. Thanks again!

4. Posted by LusciousLu (Budding Member 72 posts) 8y

Do these programmes really work for people?

I arrive in Syd on March 7th, I wasnt going to go with one of those kind of things but my accomodation and chum I thought I was staying with (for longer than just arrival weekend!) has kind of fallen through so rather than tramp the streets getting stressed not getting work and not knowing anyone should I maybe take the bait, cough up the £300 or so cash to have supposedly guaranteed work within 5 days or whatever they claim?

I turn 30 ten days later (eep!) and even though I may be getting on a bit, making this big step is still quite scary and I dont entirely fancy being all on me ownsome and jobless on the day I celebrate!

Or should I just be a big girl and head there and do all the jobhunting on me ownsome???

I went to a BUNAC talk in London a few months ago and they were not that good at convincing me the package is entirely useful and you hear so many different opinions on varying forums etc.

I am now working for an extra week in the temp job I am doing currently before I leave so those earnings could essentially cover the cost of the program if I decide to do it.

Sorry for cutting in on your thread Kirby.

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Well, if you're from the US you have no choice but to go through an organization since the same visa isn't available that you have in the UK. So, coming from the US, yes, it's definitely worthwhile.

It's different coming from other countries and it all depends on how secure you feel about heading to the other side of the world by yourself. You shouldn't expect the guys there to hold your hand finding work, but they can give you useful tips and advice it otherwise might take you weeks to figure out on your own. That alone can be worth the cost :) Also a lot of people like the idea of travelling in a group and getting to know a few people right off the bat that way. Especially if it's your first time in a hostel or travelling alone that gives a lot of security. Last but not least, for a slightly younger generations parents, this kind of org can mean a world of difference. There's a lot of parents I know that have paid for the extra cost of going through an organization like this, just to have the extra sense of security.

If you are outgoing, speak good english, don't have trouble making friends and research some stuff before you leave, you should be okay on your own too. Tens of thousands of others are each year