We have two partners in Australia, both of whom specialize in opportunities in agriculture for young people.
The first is a placement company that has worked with international exchange visitors for many years. They offer a work experience/cultural exchange training program for people aged 18-30 with experience in rural industries who are ready to broaden their horizons. For this program, we can only accept people from the following countries: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Moldova, Namibia, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, Uruguay, Ukraine, USA, UK, and Venezuela.
The second program is a direct work program, and can accept applicants from almost every country. As Colombia is not on the first program list, this second program has been the program of choice for Colombia. They also have an age limit of 30. They have additional options of placements in piggery positions and wineries. (You must have education in these areas in order to apply.)
*Have a domestic driver's license for at least a year, international driver's permit.
*Experience in the field you apply for.
TYPE OF PLACEMENTS OFFERED:
Agriculture: broad-acre dry land crops (wheat, barley, canola, lupins, oats or peas); some irrigated cropping
Horticulture: nursery, cut flowers, fruit orchard, vegetables, tropical fruit
Animal agriculture: dairy; sheep; pigs; beef
Agri-home: working inside the home and outside on the farm.
Equine: breeding studs and station placements.
Apiary: queen bee and honey production.
3 per year: March, July, September. Deadlines are three months in advance.
3-12 months. If you are in the country for less than 183 days (about 6 months), you pay a tax on your wages at 32.5%. If you are in the country for more than 183 days, you pay a lower tax rate of only 19%.
We've prepared a chart with expenses and times they are due. While it is costly to arrive into Australia, you will come out ahead for your year's experience.
*3-day orientation in Perth at beginning of program.
*Wage of AU$15.96 per hour.
*You are responsible for paying your own housing and food.
*Complete initial interest form and return to Global Cow.
*Have initial interview with Global Cow via phone or Skype.
*Upon acceptance, pay $600 to Global Cow. (Repeat Global Cow participants pay only $450.)
*Placement process begins.
*Upon placement confirmation, pay AU$1250 for Australian program fees directly to Australian program.
*Prepare to travel!
Plan on about three to four months from the time of contacting Global Cow until the time you would arrive in Australia.