bunac vs going solo
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Oct 31, 2012 1:17 PM Last Post By: littlechilds
Oct 23, 2012 5:30 AM
bunac vs going soloHello everyone,
My boyfriend and I are flying out to Vancouver from London in March, and were just wondering if anyone could help advise us about working over there on working visas? We're not sure whether it would be more sensible to just fork out for the Bunac and receive their guidance, or to apply individually for working visas and then search for jobs out there.. We're not looking for any particularly fancy work - just bar, bit of admin, etc etc
Also, we're thinking of applying for volunteer work through Workaway and WWOOF - does anyone have any pearls of wisdom to share?
Oct 23, 2012 10:36 AM
Oct 24, 2012 3:39 AM
I've used BUNAC before to go to the USA on their work America Programme - They are definitely worth going with!
In fact I'm actually thinking of going to Canada too this year!
So if I do I will be applying for their Work Canada Programme.
As you said you get their guidance on the visa process - which I'd imagine is quite daunting to do on your own?
Plus they are really helpful when searching for jobs.
It was also a comfort (when I was actually out in the States) to know that I had that safety net of being able to call Bunac for advice if anything went wrong.
Good luck with your decision!
Oct 24, 2012 2:03 PM
Oct 24, 2012 9:27 PM
Oct 25, 2012 8:46 AM
I moved out to Whistler on BUNAC's Work Canada program in 2010. I personally found BUNAC really helpful, I really used their visa help service and I also used their job resources out in Canada quite heavily. I also loved the group flight as I ended up living with 2 girls off of my flight and am still good friends with most of the other folks on my flight. It was really nice to be in a large group of everyone in the same boat!
I worked up in Whistler which is absolutely amazing, loads of seasonal bar and touristy jobs! I found a job/flat after rolling up, but loads of my friends did get their jobs through BUNAC before leaving.
Overall I'd say if your confident enough to go out there without the help then go for it, but I personally found BUNAC to be worth the money. I
Oct 25, 2012 10:18 AM
Oct 26, 2012 1:24 AM
7If your not a very motivated person, then go through the agency.
I've worked with lots of brits in Canada. Vancouver should be quite easy to get a job as its a city, but if you hit up Whistler there are always plenty of jobs goin in bars. The Spaghetti factory is pretty good to get a foot in the door either as a busser or server.
Canada just likes to know you have some idea of whats going on, do you have any experience in bar work/housekeeping/serving? if yes, you should be able to do it on your own.
wwhoof has a site, check it out but just remember, if you dont hav money to spend, its probably not for you as you earn food/accom not a wage.
Oct 29, 2012 2:42 PM
8As you said you get their guidance on the visa process - which I'd imagine is quite daunting to do on your own
nonsense, it's a simple form that asks a few simple questions. Couldn't be easier.
And yes - #2 and #5 above obviously work for BUNAC. They have a Google Alert set up to email them when someone publishes something about them. They saw your post and quickly registered on this site to respond. Pretty lame attempt too. Hint to BUNAC - pre-register your handles, make a few unrelated posts, and use that to respond to posts like this. It won't be quite so obvious.
Oct 31, 2012 1:03 PM
9I went to Canada several years ago with BUNAC and I found them to be very helpful. I went to Australia on my own the previous year without using any agencies and managed to find work out there just fine. But I think Canada have a different system when it comes down to jobs, so I would recommend using BUNAC.
Oct 31, 2012 1:17 PM
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