National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

10 December 2013

 

Forty-six lucky YFC members will be jetting off on the trip of a lifetime in 2014 after gaining a place on the YFC Travel programme.

The members were all chosen at the YFC Travel selection day, which took place at the NFU Mutual headquarters in Stratford-upon-Avon this weekend.

Kirsten Hoggard (pictured left) from Southwell YFC in Nottinghamshire was one of four YFC members chosen to go on a three month working scholarship to New Zealand, sponsored by the C Alma Baker Trust.  She will be living and working at Limestone Downs – a 7,954 acre beef, sheep and dairy farm in the North Island.  Kirsten said:

“I especially chose this trip because I liked that it was a working scholarship, I’m really interested in farming and New Zealand has always been a place I’ve wanted to visit. I want to see how sheep farming works out there – it’s definitely on a different scale to our own farm!”

This isn’t Kirsten’s first experience of travelling with YFC, last summer she spent five weeks in Canada on a cattle ranch and organic farm:

“It was really amazing, an invaluable and unforgettable experience. I’m so grateful that I’ve been selected for another trip, it’s an unmissable opportunity and I feel very lucky.”

As well as working scholarships, the YFC Travel programme also offers a range of homestays and team travel opportunities, with trips ranging from one week to three months. NFYFC has been providing these opportunities for more than 60 years, and this year the re-launched YFC Travel programme saw nearly twice the number of applicants than in 2012. 

The programme is supported by the Young Farmers’ Ambassadors, a group of former YFC travellers who raise money to provide scholarships for future travellers, as well as the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, C Alma Baker Trust and the Australian Bicentennial Trust. Each year YFC Travel continues to develop, adding new and exciting opportunities for YFC members.

A brand new trip for this year is the Tall Ships sailing adventure which is a week-long sailing voyage open to YFC members aged 16-18. Adam Penny, County Chairman of Dorset FYFC, has been chosen as a leader for the trip:

“I was a late comer to YFC and I haven’t taken part in YFC Travel before. When Tall Ships popped up on my Facebook feed I thought it looked like a great challenge and something a bit different. I’m really looking forward to seeing the younger YFC members grow and develop during the trip.”

There are still five spaces available on the Tall Ships Sailing trip, and Adam would encourage anyone who is interested to apply:

“The application process was really easy – I was a bit nervous before the interviews but it was totally fine and everyone is really friendly so get applying!”

Click here for more information on how to apply for the Tall Ships Sailing trip.

You can view all of the pictures from the YFC Travel Selection day on our Facebook page, and you can download the full list of 2014 YFC Travellers here.


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