Why You Should Take A Gap Year

If you’ve been working in the UK and are ready for a new challenge, then take a look at these exciting opportunities with BUNAC. However for those of you who have been earning whilst in the UK, don’t forget to apply for your tax back to take advantage of these fantastic opportunities.

Why take a gap year?

Are you bored of the British suburbs and the dismal weather? Why not pack your bags, passport and take a gap year. It’s the perfect way to relax, take time out and focus on the beautiful things in life, while gaining some all-important life skills and adding to your CV. Instead of working 40 hours a week in the UK, why not just head straight out to Australia, Canada or New Zealand and start your gap year on a working holiday visa?

What are my options?

Here are some suggestions to whet your appetite from BUNAC, the work, volunteer and travel experts who have been helping people to organise successful gap years and working holidays since 1962.


If the beach life is for you, then why not head to Sydney? As winter approaches the UK, temperatures are soaring down under, so pack your swimwear, sun cream and passport and start ticking things off your bucket list with the Sydney Opera house. Australia is the perfect place to begin your gap year by working for a few months while making sure you use all your days off to be the perfect tourist!


Do you dream of snowy mountains, Skiing in Banff or mountain-biking in Whistler? A flexible working holiday visa could be the perfect way to pay for it all and gain great experience while you’re away! After securing your IEC visa you’ll have the freedom and flexibility to do almost any job, anywhere in Canada! Plus, if you’ve ever wanted to check out Iceland, BUNAC offers group flights with a stopover, which is also a chance to start building those lifelong friendships.

New Zealand

If you’re an adrenaline junkie then maybe New Zealand’s the place you should be! With Work New Zealand you could live in Queenstown, New Zealand’s heart and home to extreme sports: sky diving, white water rafting and the infamous 134m Nevis Bungy Jump! Are you brave enough? BUNAC offers a year-long working holiday for 18-30 year olds, so apply now and be off in no time!

How do I get there?

There are various different visas available, depending on what you want to get out of your gap year! With a range of working holiday visas on offer for Australia, Canada and New Zealand, there’s something for everyone. BUNAC also offers group flights, giving you the chance to stopover in Hong Kong or Iceland and make friends with like-minded travellers. There’s even a visa to work in America that’s only available to students, so if you want to live the California dream or experience the hustle and bustle of NYC, then give BUNAC a call to find out more.

What else can I do on my gap year?

The list is endless! First, just decide if you want sun or snow. You can volunteer in wildlife conservation in South Africa, intern as a Ski Instructor in Japan or even boost your CV with a Marine Internship in Fiji where you will train as a certified PADI diver.

Think you may be due a tax refund? Apply here to get your tax back.

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