BUNAC is offering young British and Irish people who would like to take part in one of its North American working holiday programmes in 2012 the chance to win up to £1000 towards their costs, courtesy of the Howard Crew Scholarships.
Introduced in honour of Howard Crew, General Secretary of BUNAC for 25 years, the Scholarships require candidates to submit an original and humorous piece of writing about a travel-related topic to email@example.com before the closing date of 5th March 2012.
Entrants don’t need to have applied already to a BUNAC programme in order to submit an entry. However, anyone who has already booked and paid for their place on a 2012 BUNAC programme can also take part and will be reimbursed up to £1000 towards their costs, if they are one of the lucky winners.
BUNAC offers a range of programmes that allow candidates to gain work experience in North America, and also to travel around the country before or after their assignment.
– One of the most popular options is to spend two months on BUNAC’s Summer Camp USA programme. Previous experience working with children, teaching sports and other activities, is essential for those wishing to take on the role of Camp Counsellor, but there are also vacancies for summer camp support workers such as kitchen hands on KAMP USA.
– The Work America programme gives British and Irish university students the chance to secure paid employment for up to four months, anywhere in the USA, with a full support package from BUNAC including visa applications, group flights and an exclusive jobs database.
– Work Canada involves spending up to a year working and travelling in Canada. Here again, BUNAC offers comprehensive support, from travel advice and group flights to job-hunting assistance.
– Another option is Volunteer USA: participants spend between eight and 12 weeks in America, helping on conservation projects in some of the country’s most spectacular national parks, forests and wilderness areas.
Entries to the Howard Crew Scholarship may be anything up to 1500 words in length and prizes are awarded according to the originality and content of the writing, with judges looking in particular for imagination and humour.
Applications are currently open. Applicants should email their entry in a Word document attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org with their name and the 2012 programme name that they have either applied to or are intending to apply to (ie Summer Camp USA, KAMP USA, Work America, Work Canada or Volunteer USA).
The best pieces of writing are shortlisted and then voted on by a panel of judges. Winners will be notified before the end of March 2012 and the value of the prize cannot be taken in cash or credited to any other use.
For further information visit www.bunac.org.uk/uk/awards/ or telephone 020 7553 6180. [/member]