National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

Working Scholarship - New Zealand

Looking to gain practical agricultural experience with a big adventure thrown in?

Every year, NFYFC (in partnership with C Alma Baker Trust) sponsor four YFC members to take the trip of a lifetime — a three-month working placement at Limestone Downs, an extensive sheep, cattle and dairy farm on New Zealand’s North Island.


There are four departure dates available in April, July & October 2020 and January 2021. The trip lasts for three months with one months free time to travel after the 12 weeks.

Who can go?

There are four spaces available for YFC members aged between 20-26 years old*

*Selected members must have an ATV certificate before they go on the trip.

How much?

Cost to member: £60 participation fee, £30 refundable multimedia presentation deposit & social expenditure. This trip is sponsored by C Alma Baker Trust and their support covers flights and insurance. As a working holiday, you will be paid as a member of the workforce whilst in New Zealand.

Tell me more...

Limestone Downs is a 3200 ha beef, sheep and dairy farm in the North Island of New Zealand. You will spend three months working as part of the team at Limestone Downs, as well as having a month of free time at the end of the trip to explore this beautiful country.

All applicants for this trip will need to have some practical experience of working with livestock and be prepared for some hard graft – The 1800 ha effective sheep & beef farm consists of 9500 sheep and 1200 beef cattle. The 340 ha dairy, with 170 ha support block milks 810 cows with progeny kept and grown on. There is plenty to keep you busy!

It is essential that all applicants hold an ATV Certificate and a full, clean car licence.

How to apply

Click here to download the application form.

Check out Joanna Gillingham’s presentation on her time in New Zealand here

Read Helen's story about her trip to Limestone Downs

"I spent four months in New Zealand thanks to a grant from the C Alma Baker Trust and worked on the beautiful Limestone Downs Farm. I was in the most amazing place in the whole wide world.

I can’t explain how picturesque it is. There are 900 hectares of bushland on this farm and three beaches – one of them is nearly three miles long and you’re often the only person on your quad bike! even though it can be daunting to do something like this on your own, having so much time to yourself helps you to find yourself. I was so far away from home, but I felt so much at home.

I worked on the farm as a general shepherd, which involved chasing, drenching and worming sheep, as well as being out on the quad bike doing general fertilising.
I was given my own living quarters that were in a separate building to the farmhouse and was paid for the three months I worked there.

At weekends, I would explore the area in the car that came with the job. I rode along sandy beaches on horseback, visited the mico Caves and explored neighbouring towns and villages. I also came second in a fishing competition and I’ve never fished in my life!

I made friends on the farm and I can’t imagine not going back at some point to New Zealand. After working on the farm, I spent the final month travelling around the country to see more of it. If you want to experience these things, you have to push yourself. If you want to go travelling but prefer a more structured visit, then this is
definitely the best way to do it."

Helen Walker,  Halesworth YFC, Suffolk

Learn more about Helen's experience through this presentation.


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