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1. Posted by rys (Budding Member 21 posts) 7y

How much more expensive is it to go through BUNAC than to arrange everything myself in the end? I know it's like $450 for the program/visa, but don't they arrange your airfare? I've been able to find some deals on my own.

Is it worth it?

Thanks.

2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 7y

The program fee for BUNAC for an American on their Work Australia program is US$420, however this does not include the cost of the visa (reference). The current cost of the visa would be an additional AU$195 - whatever that ends up in US$ which would probably be at the DIAC official exchange rate and not the current exchange rate (reference, DIAC currency convertor). I just checked on the DIAC currency convertor page, and today AU$195 would be US$195 for the application (current exchange rates would actually be closer to US$130 - but there's nothing you can do about this).

BUNAC don't arrange your airfare as such, however they have "special flight deals" for participants from Air New Zealand (reference). It's difficult to tell if the airfare you can get through this deal would be any better for you than if you went elsewhere.

You need to ask yourself if you think the US$420 program fee is good value for what you get. For example there is a package available through Travellers Contact Point for AU$260 which covers a lot of the same stuff. There are probably also other places you could look.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3711 posts) 7y

I think it depends how confident you are doing it alone. I did the BUNAC work Canada programme when I was 21, and as it was my first time travelling I was really glad that they could help out with visa, flight arrangements etc. They also arranged for all the Bunac group to meet at the airport so we all travelled together and stayed in touch when we got to Vancouver. Many of the group ended up sharing apartments with each other. After that trip however, I felt more confident travelling alone so opted to do Oz and NZ independently as I didn't think the BUNAC package would have been worth the money. The flight prices that were quoted for the OZ and NZ packages seemed much more expensive than I could have got myself, and the visa process is so easy so there didn't seem to be any benefits in that respect either.

4. Posted by rys (Budding Member 21 posts) 7y

Thanks for the info/input, guys. Is Traveller's Contact Point as reputable as BUNAC?

bex - I'm pretty confident (easy to say that, sitting here on my couch), my issue is I just want to have a little bit of a safety net while I'm there. I don't know anyone in Australia, and my parents would appreciate it if I had contact with someone down there that knew I was coming. (The curse of being an only child.)

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