National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

03 November 2015

The first ever “National Young Farmers’ Week” is well underway – a week celebrating one of the biggest rural youth organisations in the UK. As part of the NFYFC’s Recruitment & Retention campaign (sponsored by the Rural Youth Trust), each weekday of “National Young Farmers’ Week” will consist of a theme relating to the amazing experiences and opportunities that come with being a YFC member.

On day 2 of “National Young Farmers’ Week” (3rd November), it’s time to put on those hiking boots and unearth your sense of adventure, as today’s theme is all about travel.

Since the dawn of YFC, thousands of young farmers have taken part in the YFC Travel programme, which offers YFC members the chance to enjoy a different culture and see what farming is like in another country. Past discoverers have tackled white water rapids in Canada, helped out in an ice cream factory in Sweden, shorn sheep in New Zealand and built schools in Uganda.

So where will your curiosity take you? Earlier this year, it took Angharad Thomas of Whitchurch YFC, Shropshire all the way to Australia.

Angharad said: “Being the other side of the world, I got talking to a few people who had strong connections back home and I met up with some of these people later on during my exchange which was great. It was really home from home.

“Some of the main highlights would have to include going on the north coast tasting trail, feeding a wallaby, meeting a Kuala and getting a 950 dairy herd in on quad bikes for milking.  But the main highlight of all was the people that I was fortunate to spend time with. I met some of the most amazing people and have made memories that will stay with me forever.

“I have gained confidence and learnt a lot about myself whilst being away, broadened my opinion about general day to day life and experienced things that I would never have done otherwise.  If you have the opportunity to go on any exchange then take it with open arms as I'm sure you will have the time of your life like I have done. If I could I would do this all over again tomorrow.”

Applications for 2016's YFC Travel trips are due by 13th November. For further information about the trips on offer, go to www.nfyfc.org.uk/yfctravel. You can also read more about the NFYFC’s recruitment and retention campaign by visiting www.nfyfc.org.uk/RecruitmentandRetentionCampaign2015.


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