GoAbroad Interview

Terri Wright - Work Abroad Team Leader

Terri Wright - Work Abroad Team Leader

Terri has been working out of BUNAC’s London office for a little over a year. She loves that BUNAC not only gives people the opportunity travel the world, but also to volunteer and work in so many incredible places. In her own travels, Terri has traversed the South Pacific, including Australia and Fiji, Asia, and Europe, as well as Morocco and Turkey, just to name a few. As BUNAC’s Work Abroad Team Leader, she contributes to all working holiday programmes in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

Your travel experience is quite extensive. What originally inspired you to travel abroad?

After graduating university I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather do than travel. I wasn’t ready to dive head first into the real world, so I took the first opportunity I had to jump on a plane and start my adventure. It has been the best choice I ever made.

What has been your favorite destination thus far?

Rabbit Island in Cambodia. One word: Plankton. Anywhere is good in my book when you’re one of twenty people on an island and the ocean sparkles as you run through it.

Why did you decide to get involved with BUNAC?

After spending over two years in Australia, I decided it was time to move back home and start sending other people on adventures as incredible as my own.

How do you use your own travel experiences in your work?

Having done a working holiday myself in Australia, it’s great being able to give participants all the inside scoop about the best hostels, restaurants, or even banks!

Girl overlooking the outback in Australia

Terri enjoying the view of the Australian Outback

What makes BUNAC’s working holiday programs unique?

What doesn’t?! Australia, New Zealand, and Canada are such diverse and beautiful countries, there is something to interest everyone.

What do you think the best part about traveling abroad with BUNAC is?

Being able to head to the other side of the world, knowing you’ll have a built in support group and friends from the moment you land.

How do you prepare participants before and after arrival?

We’re there every step of the way, from the day they book till the day they depart, ready and waiting to answer any questions they may have! We’ll support them in their whole working holiday journey, whatever they need, we’ll be there!

What do BUNAC orientation packages typically include?

All three packages include year long social events, help setting up all the in-country essentials, like a bank account and tax number, comprehensive job finding support, arrival accommodation as well as help finding long term accommodation, and so much more! If you’re on one of our ultimate packages, you’ll also get a week's’ worth of activities and trips when you arrive; it doesn’t get better than that.

Girl on top of a snowy mountain

Terri during her gap year in Australia

How do you help participants immerse in the local culture?

We work with local partners in each destination who have local and knowledgeable staff, who love to share their favourite places and personal travel advice!

What makes BUNAC's programs one of a kind?

At BUNAC we’re all about ensuring our participants have an experience they’ll never forget, and to do that we want to make sure each and every person jumps on that plane worry free and ready for the journey of a lifetime.

What is the goal of travel in your mind?

Travelling is about broadening your horizons, going on adventures you’d never expect, and meeting people from all walks of life.

What is the most rewarding part about your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is seeing how excited everyone gets as their departure approaches.

What are your hopes for BUNAC’s working holiday programs in 2016?

All we could ask for would be to continue to grow and inspire young people to travel!

In one sentence, why is international education valuable?

Learning and experiencing other cultures is a life changing experience, which will allow you to grow as a person and build memories which will last a lifetime!