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anyone done this?
What did you fink abaht it?
It was good, they handled the whole admin thing really smoothly and it's definitely the easiest way of getting a working visa.
I flew into Vancouver with about 60 other BUNAC types and later moved to Banff in time for the start of the ski season. You meet some nice people...I think about 8 people from our flight wound up in Banff so it was quite good having a little ready formed social network.
He really enjoyed it – if you want info I can probably get some off of him.
probably (well definitely) not this summer, but next summer I would love to do it. Probably in America somewhere though so I can travel after.
for a year and got a VISA through BUNAC. I don't recall it being a particularly cheap process but it was all very efficient.
Basically, going after university is best, because otherwise you won't really be able to drink legally (or you just have more hassle finding bars). You get (used to be able to get?) a multiple-pass visa which means access to Canada and Mexico. Handy. Sadly, I didn't do any of this - massive regret. My advice is maybe fix up some cheapo accomodation, save money and travel for a few months after starting work, because once you have a working visa you can pretty much work anywhere (and not have to do the tedious student job you signed up for).
work would be awesome cos basically I'd love to work in NYC at some point. How did you go about getting a job there?
I originally applied for a job at a glow-in-the-dark shop (!) in Myrtle Beach, which turned out to be the frat boy destination of the South :( I turned up, the woman said I was I was too short to stop people stealing stuff and she'd find me another job. By that point, I'd seen enough of South Carolina so my boyfriend and I went back to New York (which is where BUNAC's offices are on the east coast, i think). His dad had a flat in the city, so I basically went looking for work everywhere, until I told Bunac and they arranged another interview at the Statue of Liberty. I took it, but if you start looking now, you can probably set yourself up with some relevant work experience? I think BUNAC could point you towards some cheap accomodation.
i just imagine a camp would be very claustrophobic. also, the pay is pretty minimal as you get board and food included (i think)
for next summer, so it might be a bit far in advance for arranging experience now.
To be honest, I wouldn't care what I did (to a point...). I'd just love to work and travel there for a summer.
It's good. I'd recommend BUNAC, they make things easier.
Has anyone done anything to do with Bunac without being a student? I need some help sorting things out I reckon.
You just need to apply more quickly - you might have missed the boat for 2009 already. They have more student visas available than non-student visas. But pretty much the only difference is that you need to get a character reference for a non-student visa (on the student reference, you just need some evidence that you're a student).
They only get so many a year and you have to apply quick? And when you get it is it a year long from then or from when you enter the country? I am sorry for being pain like.
Only a certain allocation per year.
And a year from when you enter the country - so if you got your visa now, you'd have to enter between now and Dec - but you get 12 months from when you enter the country (and strictly speaking, you have another three months after the 12 months is up to travel, on your normal 90 day tourist visa).