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About us

Why we get out of bed

For coffee. And because despite what we’re told growing up, you should never have to choose between getting a job and going travelling. With JENZA, you can do both. 

Earn money, enhance your resume, explore the world.

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What makes our world go round

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Our story

Starting out in the '50s and ‘60s with mullets and a mission, JENZA is the travel love child of the two OGs of the work and travel world – USIT and BUNAC. The apple-on-the-head moment happened when we realised that yes, 60+ years is a really impressive amount of time to be the dreamweavers of the working holiday world. But the world’s a different place today, and what worked for our student forefathers might not work for today's travellers. So, we started again. Building a movement from the ground up – with our travellers as the architects. It’s all in our logo: You Shaped Travel.


Pre-vetted jobs

We hated that working holiday jobs were often poorly paid with rubbish terms. We also hated the insecurity of not knowing if we'd even be able to find a job overseas. So, all our employers are vetted to make sure they offer safe and fairly paid positions. You can then apply before you go or when you land. It's how we work.

Youth Advisory Panel

We know the world doesn’t need another work and travel brand – it needs a more authentic one. So, we recruited a Youth Advisory Panel (YAP). Our global panel of 18-25 year olds have been with us from the start, helping to shape everything we do – from what we sell to how we look and what we stand for.

Profit with purpose

We’re not looking to change the world. But we are looking to make our little corner of the working holiday world a fairer and more accessible place. We give 5% of profits to our scholarship fund, have made cultural and hiring changes to become a more inclusive workplace, and are set to become a B Corp by 2024.

The ministry of lost travel souls

Meet the team

As a close-knit company of just 40+ people, scattered across the globe from Melbourne to Manchester, we have to have a few rules. (1) We can work anywhere. (2) We’re all mental health aware trained – because being open and human makes the world of difference to a person’s day. (3) When you start to fear Monday mornings, it’s time to employ rule 1 or talk it over with someone – see rule 2. (4) We don’t employ assholes. (If the first three rules work correctly, this rule should be obsolete). We also favour life and travel experience over academic achievements. So, if like us, you’re either wanting to start a career in travel or you've spent far too many years on the road trying to find your place in the world – then we’re probably the place for you.

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Works for others

5% of JENZA profits go to our scholarship fund, so that more young people can have the opportunity to work overseas. Applications for 2023 funding closes 31 May.

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Travel happy

with our Extra Mile Promise

JENZA was founded on the four A's. Authenticity, Accessibility, Accountability and not being an A-hole. So when it comes to what we do, we own it. If you're not happy with part of your JENZA experience, we'll put a human on it to sort it - or refund it. T&Cs apply.

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