The essentials for starting off your trip on the right foot.
If you'll be joining on an upcoming Unbound program, use this handy checklist to help ensure that you've got your preparation steps covered!
Step 1: Accept Your Offer and Pay Your Deposit Once you have accepted your offer with Unbound, a $250 deposit is due within 2 weeks of your acceptance.The $3000 remaining fee due 1 month before departure date.
Step 2: Join Your Program's Facebook Group Please join your country specific Facebook group (you should have received an invitation to do so via email, but you can also request to join directly from Facebook!)
We’ll post updates about your trip and invite you to introduce yourselves to get to know fellow Unbound travellers!
Step 3: Attend a Pre Departure Information Session Near You If you’ve got any burning questions about your trip or just keen to meet other participants, join us at a pre-departure meet and greet evening in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide or online. We will provide light refreshments and beverages at each face-to-face venue.
Winter 2018 Pre Departure Events Click on the Facebook event that corresponds to your location: Melbourne Pre-Departure Meet and Greet Monday 4th June - 6pm at Captain Melville (34 Franklin St, Melbourne VIC 3000)
Online Pre-Departure Briefing (for those who can't make it in person) Wednesday 6th June - 6pm on YouTube Live (link to be shared closer to the date and will be recorded if you are unavailable at that time).
Step 4: Check Out Your Program's Itinerary Country specific itineraries are online here (https://www.unbound.edu.au/global-programs.html). We'll give you much more detail when you arrive in country to fill in the gaps, it'll be a fantastic trip with diverse, unique experiences and an opportunity to work on a practical project with inspiring local experts across the globe.
Step 5: Apply For a Visa Please check country specific visa requirements for your nationality. Apply for a TOURIST visa for all trips. We can support you if you need further documents, just drop us a line.
Country specific info and hotel addresses:
Visa on arrival available in country. Fill out this form online before hand or in country. Pay your fee (USD25 for 15 days; or USD40 for 30 days) and submit a passport photo.
Visa in advance available from Australia (you will need a visa fee of AUD65 for 15 days; or AUD85 for 30 days, passport photo, application form and passport)
Melbourne: Level 7, 28-32 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC Sydney: 1/F, 9 Napier Street, North Sydney Adelaide: 133 Portrush Road, Evandale 5069, South Australia Brisbane: Level 5, 269 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley
Hotel address: Hotel Timila, Tumbahal, Patan, Nepal
*Some nationals can enter visa free, including Indian, Chinese and other SAARC travellers.
Australians may enter Thailand without a visa for up to 30 days
Visa on Arrival available for 19 nationalities, including China and India: http://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/visa-on-arrival.php
Hotel address: Josh Hotel, 19/2 Phaholyothin Road, Soi Aair 4 Nua, Bangkok
Visa on Arrival available in country. Get a Vietnam visa approval letter (USD10 online here) BEFORE travelling. Print the email invitation letter and completed visa form, along with up to two 4 x 6cm passport photos and visa fee of USD25 for 30 days and present at airport.
Hotel Address: Church Boutique Hotel, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam
E-visa available here for up to 60 days, USD50 +2.5% bank charge for most nationalities. Enter your travel details and a photo of yourself with a white background. Your approval will be emailed to you, have a copy of it to show in country on arrival.
Visa on Arrival available, though not recommended as it is a detailed and long process.
Visa in advance available through VFS Global at various locations throughout Australia.
Visa on Arrival: USD40 for 28 days. Need an invitation letter, two 4x6cm passport photos, provide hotel address. More info here.
Visa in advance available via post to Canberra. Less convenient. AUD60 for 28 days entry. Need to post application, passport, 2 x passport photos, flight ticket reservation, return envelope. Applications sent AT LEAST FOUR WEEKS in advance of travel.
Hotel Address: TBC
Step 6: Book Your Flights You will need to book and pay for your own flights. Check out STA and other providers who offer student discounts for cheaper flights. Momondo is a great flight comparison search engine.
It is advised to arrive in the morning of the first day so you have time to freshen up and take a nanna nap if needed, before we commence programs in the afternoon at 5pm. Alternatively, you’re welcome to arrive or travel any time earlier to get to know your host country. If you choose to do this you’ll need to arrange and pay for your own living costs.
Step 7: Fill Out the Travel Details Form Please log in and complete thisformsite registration with your personal information (such as flights and any special dietary or other needs). You can fill in information and save as you go, completing final details as you can. Form needs to be completed one month before departure.
Please note: We need your flight details so we can be waiting for you with a big grin and sign with your name on it at the airport on Day 1. If you arrive earlier than our program commencement and request transport from the airport to the city, please let us know and we will see if we can arrange anything for you on a case by case basis! If you're an independent traveller and in country already, just cruise on down to our first hotel on Day 1 of the program.
Step 8: Lock in Your Travel Insurance It will make us really happy knowing that all your bones and bits stay together on our trip, so don’t forget this crucial and compulsory step! In most cases, your university should provide free basic insurance, as well as some banks and credit card companies too. Be sure to read exactly what is included if you want your personal belongings covered too.
Step 9: Register with DFAT Register your travel dates at Smart Traveller so the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade may contact your loved ones in any case of emergency.
Step 10: Arrange a Medical Appointment Please contact your local GP to get the best medical advice about any vaccinations or medication you may need during your trip. This is very important and your responsibility to be prepared.
For your assurance, all of our trips are facilitated by Senior First Aid facilitators and we will always be carrying emergency First Aid kits. In the event of any illness, our team will look after you and take you to any medical clinics if needed to make sure you are nursed quickly back to good health!
Step 11: Read our Code of Conduct Please read through and agree to this code so we all have a respectful and awesome adventure together.
Step 12: Get Packing!! Please read through our suggested packing listand get in touch with us if you have further questions! It's important to pack fairly lightly - backpacks are best if you have them because of their mobility and we can not guarantee smooth paths to wheel suitcases along. In fact there will be some bumpy roads! If backpacks aren't your thing, just bring a small-medium suitcase/duffel bag. Also bring a daypack for outings so you can pack your day to day get around stuff!