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Don't know if anyone will actually be reading this as the series is not currently on tv but just wanted to comment on some views made with regard to the people that actually take part in this programme.

Our family was fortunate enough to be selected to take part in series 5 of the the programme (it should be on screen in Jan/Feb 2011).

I just wanted to let you know that certainly from our point of view we were not in it for a free trip and if anyone thinks that is what you get think again. Yes the BBC are very generous in that they pay for your flights/accommodation and car hire and petrol but you certainly work for it. For starters you have filming in this country before you go which lasts approximately three (full) days. Don't be fooled by what you see on the telly - whatever you see has probably taken five or ten takes to accomplish! We were filmed having breakfast and trust me by the time we actually got to eat, the eggs were stone cold and we had to pretend that they were delicious!

Then once you actually get to Oz (or in our case NZ) the hard work really starts. After a gruelling flight you then have to start filming at the airport and again once you get to your accommodation. If you are lucky you then get 24 hours off to recover (although we still had some filming to undertake within this time frame). Filming is usually from about 8 in the morning until 6 in the evening with small breaks in between for eating etc. Taking into account that you also have children on board it can be a very stressful experience (although we have to say that the guys who filmed our programme were great and tried really hard not to put too much pressure on us).

We were with the BBC for six (very full) days and you have to remember that although you are getting the experience of seeing the country etc they are making a tv programme and you are there to do what they want. If you are lucky (like us) when filming has finished you can change your flights home and stay on for a while to really see the country and perhaps chill out a bit.

We are extremely grateful to the BBC for selecting us to be part of Wanted Down Under as there was no way we could have afforded a trip to NZ otherwise but have to say that I consider we are a "normal" family. This is our first (and hopefully only) marriage - no grown up children from previous relationships and we were and still are very keen on moving to NZ. In fact, having now been to the country we are actively pursuing to emigrate and I don't know if we would have done so if we hadn't actually visited the place first. The programme has definitely been an influence in our decision and I hope when people watch the programme they will see that we were not just in it for a free holiday!!!!

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Comment by Sarah johnston on April 5, 2011 at 21:40

Hi there ,


We have just sent back our application to the program after passing the initial email process according to their email, i would love to know how long the process took you guys to find out you had got on the show.


We have wanted to move down under for yrs but feel we need further advice before making the move, we have had cold feet once b4 we rented out our house moved in with parents and went to new zealand my husband was offered a job and we were told from a agency they could do the visa straight away by applying for a work visa and i felt it was so fast and that we hadnt been given enough info to stay we had planned  to return to uk any way and save for 6mths before going but then i fell pregnant and we decided it wasnt the right time but here we are again and still wanting to make the move but we have finally agreed on australia and the area we want to focus on bit scared about the spiders tho x

Comment by Michael J Kelly on March 21, 2011 at 21:37
For once I'm saying nothing except, good luck! :)
Comment by Tracey Andrews on March 21, 2011 at 13:47

hi iam just about to apply for the next wanted down under so fingers crossed we so want to emergrate and the advice will hopfully put is the right dirction, i bet ill be one of hundreds aplying do you ahve any advice.


we have 4 children it sounds such hard work what advice can you give us.


to steph i have just booked the OET which looks better than the ilets iam told the ilets is very hard but the oet test is for nurses my test date is 7 may 2011. yes it alot more expencive but if dont get a high score in one section you can just resit that one section, i belive the ilets test you have to retake the it all. i cant belive iwas born in uk my passport is british my only lanuage is english my nursing course was in english yet i still have  to take a test..

Comment by Simon Wells on November 29, 2010 at 21:27

I dont know if you will get this as it has been several months since you posted. I have just picked this up today. We to are on series 5 in January - sent to Brisbane last March. All your comments are so true, we had a mixed time. After a non stop flight of 25 hours we were ambushed at the arrivals gate only to be told that we had no day off and were to be filmed after a short nap. We have two young children 3 and 8, so you can imagine what they were like. The worse thing was my daughter had to do an 'iron girl' competition on a tropical island literally hours after arrival! She was in tears and I can just imagine how the public will perceive it if not presented with the facts.

Although we had a great time and it was a real experience, the editing took away any spontaneous fun and comment - sometimes 10 takes! We dont know whether to look forward to the show or dread it. What you see is not really what happened a lot of the time.... and god those mozzies.

If you want to catch up on the experiences, give us an email - we are a select few!!!!!

Simon - the Wells Family from Shoreham
Comment by Ken Fayers on July 12, 2010 at 13:06
Stephanie - isn't it the same IELTS test and pass mark that foreign (non-EU) nurses wanting to work in the UK have to pass?
Comment by Stephanie Bennett on July 11, 2010 at 21:04
Hi! I actually applied to the BBC for the programme but never heard from them! Fortunately I have been to Australia twice and fell in love with the place. Unfortunately, as a nurse, I have to sit the IELTS test which I have sat once and failed by 0.5 points. I am resitting it Aug 21st. They do not mention the IELTS test in the programme or how hard it is to pass as we nurses have to sit the academic test.. Once I have passed it then the Ian Harrop agency said I should have no problems getting my visa.

Hope it all goes well for you!

Steph x

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