Our Story

Michael and Janine Bowmaker, with son Jackson

Michael and Janine Bowmaker, with son Jackson

Banora International trading as Education by Recreation was the creation of our Managing Director and with her awesome team, have been creating unique study tours for international students since 1996.

After hosting an exchange student at the age of 16, Janine became passionate about international education and has never looked back!

Today Banora International Group hosts over 2500 students per year in various programs that include homestay, farmstay, study, working, volunteering, travelling and adventure.

There are many roads that have led to the creation of Study ‘n Volunteer, Australia.

These include :

  • The need to meet the demands of our devoted agents for Gap Year and volunteering programs in the Asian market;
  • the business formula to offer group programs to the individual traveller market; but foremost,
  • the desire to give back to the local community that has supported our company through thick and thin.

On a personal level, over the past few years, Janine and her husband Michael have been faced with numerous personal tragedies including losing close family members and fighting cancer on three occasions. Tragedy leads people to take stock and live life differently, many tragedies makes you live life fuller, if that is possible!

Quite fortunate with their careers, their travel experiences, great friends and family, they have decided it is time to be involved in something bigger than themselves and contribute to their local community and environment.


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