National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

06 December 2017

The new year will bring exciting global adventures for 40 young farmers who have all been awarded a place on a YFC Travel trip. 

Young farmers were invited to apply for 16 locations, including New Zealand and Montana, as part of NFYFC’s 2018 travel programme. All applicants were interviewed by a panel of judges at a Selection Day in Stoneleigh to determine who would be going on a trip of a lifetime.

One of the most coveted trips is the three-month working scholarship funded by C Alma Baker where YFC members get to work on an extensive sheep, cattle and dairy farm in New Zealand’s North Island.

Grace Gibbs, 22, from Staffordshire FYFC, was one of the four chosen to go on the trip and said she was slightly nervous but excited.

“It is a fantastic chance. I have always wanted to travel and learn more.”

One of the YFC Travel judges Martin Brown – a former YFC member and one of the first people to go on the C Alma Baker trip in the 1980s said: “Excellent applicants, high standards If you didn’t get a trip this year, apply again as your time will come.”

The YFC Travel opportunities are unique experiences for YFC members as they involve staying with farming families or being hosted by similar rural youth organisations around the world

Homestay opportunities include staying with families around Europe, including Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Norway, as well as travelling further afield to Australia, Canada and the USA.

Owen Watkins, 19, from Clun Valley YFC in Shropshire was “over the moon” to hear he had been awarded a place on the Colorado trip.

“I went along to the open evening about YFC Travel and saw it was a fantastic opportunity so applied. The interview process at Selection Day was brilliant - quick and easy.”

There were also volunteering trips available for members in South Africa and Nepal.

Laura Gascoyne, 21, from Oxfordshire FYFC is excited to be chosen as one of the members who will help out in the townships with agricultural projects.  

“I’ve always wanted to go to South Africa. It’s exciting,” she said.

There are still spaces available on the two-week South Africa trip. The adventure will involve helping to improve nutrition, provide a sustainable source of food and educate underprivileged community members about proven gardening techniques for their location.

If you are interested in applying for the South Africa trip, contact Erica Attwood.

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