We don’t have it all worked out. But here are some of the things we’re doing to try and make the working holiday world a fairer and more accessible place.
Smalls steps for travelkind... check out our first annual [Impact Report] (https://www.canva.com/design/DAF6yFoRsfQ/HmnOcTxsY9F0rzAWCqTK-g/view?utm_content=DAF6yFoRsfQ&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=editor)
Okay, so our mission is serious. But we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We believe that crossing borders has the power to break down boundaries, build cultural connections and bring the world closer together. We also believe in hostel bars and beach days. Because life’s all about balance.
Some good stuff we're up to
Moments like these
Meet our 2023 scholarship recipients!
It's moments like this that remind us why we do what we do. We're happy to announce our 2023 scholarship awardees. Sofia from Colombia, Millenium from Tanzania, and Anna from New Zealand will be off on life-shaping work overseas experiences - living out their dreams and continuing to impact their communities and the people around them. Here's a peek at the moment we got to tell them the news. And thank you to everyone who took the time to apply for funding. It will re-open in April 2024.
Breaking down barriers
Access scholarship fund
5% of all JENZA profits go to our Youth Access Scholarship Fund, so that annually, we can award funding for selected young people from under-served and lower-income backgrounds to have the career and confidence changing experience of working overseas. We’ll secure an initial job, camp placement or internship, plus cover the program fee, flights, insurance and required proof of funds as start-up spending money. Check back in April for 2024 application dates.
In good company
B Corp certification
Becoming a B Corp means JENZA will meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance and accountability. From our HR policies to our supplier chains, it basically means we’re willing to have our company drawers rifled through and laundry hung out in order to be transparent about what we do. And join a global movement of businesses who think like we do. The process to becoming a B Corp is a lengthy one. We’re about a year into the journey and are on course for 2024.
Down to business
Access and inclusivity
For us, travelling is about embracing similarities and celebrating differences. So, if we’re all about celebrating differences, why is our workforce mostly the same? It’s time to practice at home what we preach on the road. We’re making changes to create a business and culture that attracts global talent from under-represented and under-served groups. This includes removing the requirement of a degree from all job specs to focus on potential over experience, becoming a remote first business to remove geographical and physical barriers, and flexible working hours to support the life, cultural and religious commitments of our workforce.
Cool to be kind
Lower impact travel
What about planes, JENZA: aren't they bad? Yeah, did you see that one with the snakes on? Okay, let’s get serious for a sec. There’s no getting around the fact that travelling is carbon intensive. But by their nature, working holidays are the opposite of ‘fast’ tourism. By staying longer, finding work and contributing to the communities and economies we live in – it's a lower impact way to see the world. But do we still need to be more active in owning the impact of our travel decisions? Absolutely. Is JENZA working on a way to do that? Watch this space.
Small steps for travelkind...
News: Read our first annual JENZA Impact Report
The one where we nailed some areas - and kind of screwed up others. Like all businesses, we're a work in progress. Our first Impact Report is about being open about those highs and lows - and where we are in our impact journey.
The one where we nailed some areas - and kind of screwed up others. Like all businesses, we're a work in progress. Our first Impact Report is about being open about those highs and lows - and where we are in our impact journey. READ THE REPORT
Canada and New Zealand news
News: JENZA x Go International launch Māori and First Nations pilot program
"It’s one of JENZA’s values to make travel for young people more accessible." Read more about our pilot work exchange program for Māori and First Nations young people.
"It’s one of JENZA’s values to make travel for young people more accessible." Read more about our pilot work exchange program for Māori and First Nations young people. READ THE BLOG
Mind the gender pay gap
No need. Our CEO and 70% of our senior leadership team are female and are paid an equal salary to the male members on our team.