02 December 2016
The trips, which range from working on a sheep and dairy farm for three months in New Zealand to staying with host families in Austria, are exclusive opportunities for YFC members.
Many are part or wholly funded by scholarships and in most cases the only cost is the member’s travel expenses.
More than 70 people applied for a YFC Travel place in 2017 and interviews took place at the weekend over Skype with a panel of judges who awarded the locations to successful applicants.
Representatives from the Young Farmers’ Ambassadors (YFA), NFU and members made up the various panels for the trips, with Projects Abroad, Africa’s Gift and the C Alma Baker Trust interviewing for their specific trips to Argentina, Africa and New Zealand respectively.
New Zealand proved to be a popular location again this year, with applicants facing a shortlist before Selection Day. Next year will be the 30th anniversary of this special trip for YFC members and over the years NFYFC has sent 120 members to stay on Limestone Downs Farm.
Trustees of the C Alma Baker Trust said the standard of applicants had been ‘outstanding’ this year, which made it a tough job choosing just four members from the shortlist.
Elizabeth Hole from Dorset FYFC, Patrick Pearson from Carmarthenshire FYFC, Geraint Owen Morris from Montgomery FYFC and Jessica Davies from Shropshire FYFC will each spend three months working on the farm in New Zealand next year.
After finding out she had earned a place, Jessica Davies tweeted: “Ahhhhhh can't believe I am off to work in NZ on an incredible beef sheep and dairy farm ¬¬– thank you so much.”
The YFA awarded scholarships to four members, which means they will each receive £100 towards their trip. The scholars are Alistair Hughes from Leicestershire FYFC who will travel to Norway, George Lewis from Gwent FYFC who will travel to Australia. Laura Potts from Cumbria FYFC who will travel to Canada (4H) and Angharad Edwards from Pembrokeshire FYFC who will travel to Northern Ireland.
Charlotte Middlebrook from Yorkshire FYFC received an NFU scholarship, which gave her £600 towards her trip to Canada (4H).
Scholarships are selected by each panel and given to the most outstanding interview that was made during their interview session.
While all the interviews were conducted informally, panellists looked for members who showed commitment to YFC, had researched the location and could explain why they wanted to visit it, and whether they would make a good ambassador for NFYFC.
Congratulations to everyone who applied and earned their place on a trip in 2017!
If you’re feeling like you missed out on and have suddenly got the travel bug, there are still four spaces available on the Argentina trip. For more information, visit the travel page.
To see a full overview of who is going where, see the results below:
|Australia|| George Lewis (Gwent)|
|Austria||Rebecca Smith (Pembrokeshire)|
Helen Rowland (Warwickshire)
| Canada JFAO ||Emily Warin (East Riding of Yorkshire)|
| Canada 4H ||Charlotte Middlebrook (Yorkshire)|
Laura Potts (Cumbria)
|Germany||Hannah Gregory-Campeau (Derbyshire)|
Laura Parker (Cumbria)
|Norway||Alistair Hughes (Leicestershire) |
| Northern Ireland|
Angharad Edwards (Pembrokeshire),
|Scotland ||Joanna Ridley (Cumbria) |
Lauren Hladun (Lincolnshire)
|Switzerland ||Elin Havard (Brecknock)|
|USA||Poppy Stephens (Gloucestershire)|
Emily Cartmail (Staffordshire)
| TEAM TRAVEL|
| RYE Spring Seminar, Budapest ||TBC|
| RYE Autumn Seminar, Austria || Rhian Watkins (Herefordshire)|
Jess Bason (Shropshire)
| RYE European Rally, Latvia ||Daniel Grist (Devon)|
Jana Middlebrook (Shropshire)
Victoria Ward (Shropshire)
William Allen (Shropshire)
| Africa’s Gift || Kate Turnock (Derbyshire)|
Laura Poole (Derbyshire)
James Gregory – Campeau (Derbyshire)
Georgina Hyde (Worcestershire)
Alice Hyland (Yorkshire)
Alice Singleton (Lancashire)
Rose Pinsent (Leicestershire)
Emily Phillips (Staffordshire)
Emma Littlewood (Cumbria)
Emma Faulkner (Shropshire)
Chloe Harris (Herefordshire)
Kate Palmer (Devon)
|Argentina|| James Grant (Norfolk)|
Catherine Johnson (Staffordshire)
Rhianwen Jones (Brecknock)
Holly Garrod (Norfolk)
Holly Gilbert (Devon)
Rebecca Latter (Shropshire)
Four spaces still available.
| WORKING SCHOLARSHIP|
| C ALMA BAKER, NEW ZEALAND|| (April) Elizabeth Hole (Dorset)|
(July) Patrick Pearson (Carmarthenshire)
(October) Geraint Owen Morris (Montgomery)
(Jan’18) Jess Davies (Shropshire)
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