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Who we are

At BUNAC we've been enabling life changing working adventures worldwide since 1962. Whether it's a two year working holiday, a six month internship abroad or a six week volunteer expedition, there's no country too far or duration too short for us to help you live out your travel dreams. It's a wondrous world out there. Let us help you explore it.

Why travel with BUNAC?

With over 55 years experience, you can be sure you’ll be setting forth on your adventure with trusted travel experts. 

Our extensive support services begin from the moment participants book onto any of our programmes and can continue until they return home. We pride ourselves on offering a 360 degree approach to overseas opportunities for young people, and our 55 year history means we are established in six continents.

  • We are part of the STA Travel Group - the world's largest youth travel organisation.
  • We work with experts in all of our destination countries, so you can be sure you’re in good hands at all points of your trip. With advice on all things visas, insurance, flights, bank account setup, social activities and sourcing accommodation, we act as a helping hand during your stay.
  • Many of our programmes have varying levels of support and inclusions – for all budgets and types of travellers. Perfect for first timers wanderlusters, solo or more experienced travellers.
  • 77% of our staff members have been on a BUNAC experience - from Summer Camp USA and Work Canada to TEFL Thailand and Big 5 Wildlife Conservation, we know our programmes inside out and hope to inspire the next generation of travellers.
  • Fancy making mates before you land in your dream destination? Our Group Flight packages are a UK exclusive and mean you will jet off with up to 40 other BUNACers, enjoying a three day stopover in either Hong Kong or Reykjavik with all your tours, travel and accommodation included.

BUNAC's history

Celebrating 55 years of excellence in worldwide work, intern and volunteer programmes

Think you know BUNAC? Think again. We’ve had quite the story - step back in time as we take you through the BUNAC ages…

  • 1962 – The British Universities North America Club (now known simply as BUNAC) was officially founded by Christopher Harbour & Martin Truscott.
  • 1963 – BUNAC chartered its first transatlantic flight programme with 1,530 passengers – a return flight was £59!
  • 1966 – The Exchange Visitor Programme (EVP, now known as Work America) was created for UK university students to work in the USA.
  • 1971 – BUNAC’s Summer Camp USA programme was established and sent 351 participants in its first year.
  • 1986 - After years of lobbying, Canadian Government gives approval for a flexible work programme – to be called Work Canada.
  • 1988 - BUNAC UK begins receiving Australia, New Zealand and Canadian students. BUNAC is a founding member of IAEWEP (International Association of Educational Work Exchange Programmes), an Association within ISTC - International Student Travel Confederation.
  • 1989Work Australia programme begins.
  • 1992 - BUNAC is 30 and sends its 150,000th participant!
  • 2007 - Teach & Travel China programme begins.
  • 2009 – BUNAC becomes UKBA sponsor for the Tier 5 GAE Blue Card Internship Programme (Intern in Britain).
  • 2011 – BUNAC becomes part of the STA Travel Group - the world's largest youth travel company!
  • 2012 – BUNAC’s 50th anniversary - more than 400,000 young people have taken part in a BUNAC programme worldwide!
  • 2017 - Hello Britain launches, offering international wanderlusters the chance to explore London and Manchester.
  • 2017 - Intern Canada programme begins.

Today could be the day you decide to embark on a lifechanging adventure abroad. Get in touch with us and we'll help make it happen - call us on 0333 999 7516 or email us at enquiries@bunac.org.uk

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