National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

01 July 2014

NFYFC welcomed six exchangees to England in June to be hosted by clubs and counties across England and Wales.

The visitors will spend time learning about life as a Young Farmer in the UK and for clubs hosting an exchangee it’s also a great way for members to learn about new cultures.

Gunvor Guttormsen from Norway is spending a week with clubs in County Durham and Caroline Baker from Stockton YFC said it was a great opportunity for members. (Gunvor is pictured left with Caroline right).

“We’re a small county but we have all worked together to put on an interesting week for Gunvor that includes a visit to Livestock, a trip to York and a tour round a large dairy farm. I lived in Germany for three months so I know what it’s like to be a stranger in a foreign country. It’s nice to be able to help someone else in a similar situation.”

While Caroline has had to work during the week days, members from the County have rallied round to help entertain Gunvor – including a tour of Raby Castle.

“So far it has been great,“ said Gunvor who lives on a small dairy farm in Norway and has visited a crop farm. “We don’t have a lot of arable land in Norway so that has been interesting. Our organisations are similar but we do longer projects rather than competitions. We’re reviewing our strategic plans at the moment though and looking at including shorter projects so it’s helpful to see how you do things here.”

NFYFC will host 10 exchangees in total this year – with three more due to arrive in the UK in July.

The YFC Travel programme is shaped by the Personal Development (PD) Steering Group and at the June Council meeting it was agreed that next year’s trips would remain the same as 2014. The only exception being the group travel trip, which next year will be to India.

Members on the PD group also help guide the Federation’s training plans and new proposals are underway for a new training programme. The group are also contributing to the YFC Buzz each month with tips and advice for Club chairmen.

Find out more about YFC Travel opportunities.


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