FRANCE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

Our partner in France is an organization very much like ours, placing interested young people on farms for a work experience there. The program offers various types of agriculture--and French language learning can be added on at the beginning if needed. The French language learning program has two options, an "intensive" (lower cost, lower number of hours of instruction per week), or a "super intensive" (higher price, higher amount of hours of instruction per week).

Although we hope to have more countries open soon, this program is currently ONLY open if you are from the USA, ARGENTINA, COLOMBIA or CHILE.

PARTICIPANT REQUIREMENTS:
*Open-minded and ready to adapt yourself to another culture.
*Have completed a technical course in agriculture, horticulture, or viticulture in your country.
*To have at least six months of practical, hands-on agricultural, horticultural or viticulture and oenology experience.
*Be flexible and willing to adjust to different working conditions.
*Between 18 and 30 years old.
*Desire to improve your French competency. French language training can be added on at the beginning of your program for an additional cost of 302 euros per week/about US$340 (intensive course) plus cost of accommodation and food.

TYPE OF PLACEMENTS OFFERED:
**depending on availability & experience**
Agriculture: dairy, beef, grain and arable crops, pigs, goats, sheep, beekeeping, poultry
Horticulture: market gardening, ornamental horticulture such as flower nursery, tree nursery
Viticulture/Oenology/wine making

ENTRANCES:
For general agriculture, most placements are made to begin in April or May. For wineries, September is the only starting date.

LENGTH:
Mostly 3 to 6 months for general agriculture, and 2 to 3 months for winery placements.

IN-COUNTRY COSTS:
*Any accommodation in France before traveling to your host place.
*All personal expenses, and transportation (including travel to the host site).
*Health insurance ($70-$90 per month for different coverage options and different ages).

BENEFITS:
*9.67 euros gross/per hour. (20% taxes and social security deducted from the gross.)
*Housing may be provided by the host, as a deduction from wages earned. This may vary from a region to region.
*Sometimes hosts provide some food.
*Assistance as needed from French program.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
*Send in a detailed resume and letter of motivation to allow a first review of your application.
*Complete initial interest form and send back.
*Have initial interview with Global Cow via phone or Skype.
*Upon acceptance, pay $600 to Global Cow so that placement can begin. (Repeat program participants with Global Cow pay only $450.)
*Complete French-specific program application.
*Upon placement confirmation, pay French program fees of 450 Euros (US$505)
*Prepare to travel!