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11. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 5y

Quoting LaurenLolz

I met people who went through IEP and Bunac and there's no huge difference between these companies.

That's because they're the same organisation - well, technically IEP (found in Australia and New Zealand) is owned by Bunac (based in UK and also found in USA).

However this doesn't really matter that much now, as IEP Australia does not do inbound programs as of 2011. So if you go through Bunac, in Australia you now deal with Work n Holiday who have offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Perth.

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Feb-2011, at 17:16 by mojorob ]

12. Posted by LaurenLolz (Respected Member 226 posts) 5y

the only other benefit of going with one of the companies.. is that you are guaranteed job. so if you want to search your self that's fine. also your employer needs proof of your tax id #. basically this is set up for you BEFORE you even arrive.

13. Posted by worldmap (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

Hi Guys,
I really suggest you don,t book any of theses packages.
From what i have seen it it is cheaper and better to do it all your self.
Only book a package if you feel you cant do it yourself.

14. Posted by Suzyb (Inactive 63 posts) 5y

Hi thanks for the advise! Well I think the STA work n play package is quite good as it includes great ocean road trip
And neighbours day tour included when you book it for melbourne!

15. Posted by sarahtea (Budding Member 16 posts) 5y

me and my friend were planning on going through Ozintro for our trip, but i got talked out of it by so many people saying that youre paying £500 or however much it is to do the same things you could get for free.

i personally think that although being in the same boat with other people would be really beneficial in a sense, that the whole nature of being a traveller is a fantastic way of meeting people anyway. you could walk into any hostel and meet likeminded people, or at the very least find someone to go along the next place with. same as you could walk around a city centre in a day and get tax numbers/bank accounts/sim cards/jobs sorted out etc.

but the security of it has its plus points! for us we realised it would be a waste of money especially since we had each other and hopefully we arent too incapable of sorting our travels out ourselves. fingers crossed anyway...

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17. Posted by sarahjh87 (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

Well just to give you my opinion on things, im 23 from the UK and i was considering whether or not to do Oz intro. I decided to go for it as i thought it might be the best way meeting new people in a similar situation and i started it the 10th of Jan for a week. I have to say i absolutly loved it and met so many people doing it in similar situations, mostly travelling alone. I would not worry about age or whether your a party goer as u dont go out drinking every single night you can just chill on the beach or sit and chat in the hostel with people you have met.

The age range was people from 18 all the way to 35 so it shows u the difference in people. The accomodation for a 7 night was in the Surfside backpackers in Coogee and its right on the beach and you only have to sleep there. To be honest your put in a room mainly with your oz intro groups and they set up a group for that date on facebook so you can chat and see people even before you meet them in person.

Just thought i could help you with my thoughts on it since ive actually completed it

cheers

sarah

18. Posted by hotdogfox (Budding Member 37 posts) 5y

Decided to go with WTCA in the end... as they have an in-house job agency and 15 locations of free internet... cost £280 and they seem to be able to help with everything but the Visa, which is fine by me as I found a Visa + 1 Yr Worldwide Insurance cover for £299... insurance doesnt cover Scuba diving or skiing but ive tried and failed at both of these so no problem :D

All the advice has been really helpful, cheers everyone :)

Tom

19. Posted by LaurenLolz (Respected Member 226 posts) 5y

Quoting hotdogfox

Decided to go with WTCA in the end... as they have an in-house job agency and 15 locations of free internet... cost £280 and they seem to be able to help with everything but the Visa, which is fine by me as I found a Visa + 1 Yr Worldwide Insurance cover for £299... insurance doesnt cover Scuba diving or skiing but ive tried and failed at both of these so no problem :D

All the advice has been really helpful, cheers everyone :)

Tom

If you want a job when you arrive .. make sure talk to them everyday till you get one. Sometimes they have waiting lists, but usually it is on average 2 weeks to get a job. I waited 1 week before I got a job through WTC.

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