Banora International Group (BIG)
Banora International Group (BIG) has been a leader in the travel education industry since 1996, with its head office located in Cairns, and supporting offices located along the eastern coast of Australia. BIG features seven divisions, each providing unique cultural or educational opportunities for our clients.
I have known Janine Bowmaker (CEO of B.I.G) since 2003 when I first started sending students from Japan to the Gold Coast area.
On my return to Australia, I continued to bring students from Japan and looked for a competent homestay supplier. I found to my surprise that Janine had married and moved to the Cairns area. I quickly contacted her and was grateful to have her assistance again.
My business has grown from 1 program in Cairns to 3 (average of 70 students per year) with another possible program beginning in November 2019. This is partly a testament to the wonderful homestay families Banora provides. I am always certain of the quality of the families and have never been concerned about getting a list of families in a timely manner.
It is extremely difficult to find families that can accommodate student wishes and medical problems such as allergies to pets, however Banora always comes through (in particular Junko-san). I would strongly recommend them to agents and to any overseas family looking to have a safe and enjoyable educational program in Australia.
I have been in the position of Director of International Education at Trinity Anglican School for ten years.
During this time, I have worked closely with Janine Bowmaker, Director of Banora International Group. I recommend her services to provide educational experiences for international students from around the world as she has proven to be consistent and dependable over these past years.
Janine has always been professional and organised with the programs we have put together and supportive of the education process. She is both reliable and flexible and always has the customer at heart. Janine has always added a personal touch and genuinely cares for the students and experiences provided to all international visitors.
I have developed a trusting, positive and long-lasting relationship with Janine over the last ten years and I would be happy to recommend her or her business to any client.