Need advice. Living/working abroad for one year, two people.
This is a tad lengthy, but I figure the more specific I am the better advice I'll be able to get.
I'm posting this in search of advice on how two people (my girlfriend and I) might spend a gap year between university and grad school working abroad.
Here's all the information I think is relevant:
-At the time of going abroad (Late summer or fall 08) I'll be 22 and she'll be 23.
-I have dual US/EU citizenship via Ireland. She is only a US citizen.
-I'll be a recent graduate, but she graduated Spring 07 so she'll have been out of college for over a year. (I've found that this is a problem because some programs only want people who have been full-time students in the last year).
-I have a little Spanish (up to AP in high school, for what it's worth).
-We're willing to any kind of work, as long as training is provided. And making money is not the point of this, but we'd like to try to at least break even, or at least not fall too far into the debt.
-We'd like to go somewhere in Europe, but South America, Australia, New Zealand, or maybe somewhere else would be okay too.
From what I've looked up, it seems like we're going to want to go with a US-based program that places us in a foreign country, especially in Europe--since from what I've read it's very hard for a non-EU citizen to get a work visa.
In particular I've looked into the BUNAC program in New Zealand. They want about $500 to take care of the visa process, provide accomodation for the first few nights, and provide ongoing assistance with finding accomodation and a job. They also offer deals on flights and travel insurance.
So far I've read mixed reviews about whether or not it's worth it go with BUNAC, or whether we should just do it on our own.
Any thoughts on BUNAC, or any other suggestions on ways for us to spend a year abroad, would be greatly, greatly appreciated.