National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

Australia

This trip is organised by Rural Youth. Find more information about Rural Youth here.

When?

April/May/June/July 2018 for 6-8 weeks

*Please ensure you have a minimum of 6 weeks holiday before applying for this trip.

Who can go?

There is one space available for a YFC member aged 21-26 years old.*

How much?

£55 participation fee, £30 refundable multimedia presentation deposit, flight, insurance, visa & social expenditure

Tell me more....

Take a trip to the other side of the world and stay with young farmers from Australia Rural Youth – the Australian equivalent of YFC. You’ll be living in Tasmania, staying with different members from Tasmanian Rural Youth each week. You will experience what it is really like to live in rural Australia and each day will bring a new adventure – from sightseeing to helping out with a sheep muster.

A few highlights along the way will be the Agfest Field Day, an annual festival organised by Tasmanian Rural Youth in May and the Tasmanian State Ball.

How to apply

Applications for this trip are now being accepted. To apply, please download and fill out a Homestay Application Form

Applications must be received at the NFYFC office by no later than 3rd November 2017. Applicants will be required to participate in a face-to-face interview on the YFC Travel Selection Day on Saturday 2nd December 2017.

Read about Howard’s trip to Tasmania:

"There was never going to be a good time for me to quit the family farm and venture off to Australia for seven weeks but it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. If I’d visited Australia as a tourist I don’t think I would have enjoyed it half as much or seen as many things as I did by going with YFC.

I stayed with a family on a farm in Tasmania and they couldn’t do enough for me. I enjoyed being on their farm and learning more about the way they do things – as well as sharing our methods. I made loads of friends and after living there for a few weeks you start to feel part of everything. Being in a rural area, we all had similar interests and a similar way of life – although still very different!

People really made an effort to get to know me and I had lots of experiences including going on a Tahoon Airwalk, which meant walking on rope bridges high up in the trees and looking down on the rainforest. In the evenings, people would finish work at 4.30pm, head to the local pub and then go home and strike up the BBQs. 

In the last two weeks of my trip I went to Agfest, which is hosted by young farmers in Tasmania. It is the equivalent of our county shows – but they had 65,000 people through the gates and nearly 800 exhibitors. We helped them erect fences and fenced off half the showground for them!

I would definitely recommend this trip. The whole process is designed for young farmers and I can’t describe how good it was. I will definitely be going back. I still haven’t caught up with my sleep – but it was worth it!"

Howard Kennerley, Ashley YFC, Staffordshire

*Applicants must be 21 or over by 1st January 2018 and 26 or under by 1st September 2017.

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