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INITIAL FEES

Cost Timing Cost
Viewing basic applicant information on website $0 when considering program $0
Access to complete applications on all applicants $150 when choosing an applicant $150

Program fee (non-refundable) 

  • New host  $500
  • Subsequent $300 (each, non-refundable)

$500

or $300

$500
Site visit (one-time; required) $185 when completing paperwork $0
Proof of general liability insurance for farm $0 required for participation $0
TOTAL initial fees (new host) $835

UPON ARRIVAL

Transportation (from airport to farm) varies upon arrival $0
Work boots for visitor estimated upon arrival $45

Hourly payment to visitor–first 8 weeks

$7.25/hour for first 8 weeks

  • Must be paid at least federal minimum wage–or state minimum wage, whichever is greater.
  • Based on 40 hours/week for calculation
  • At least one day per week completely off
  • Taxes are deducted; consult with accountant

$7.25/hr

40 hrs x 8 weeks

during program $2,320

Hourly payment to visitor–remainder of year

$8/hour for remainder

  • Must be paid at least federal minimum wage–oor the state minimum wage, whichever is greater.
  • Increase recognizes learning gained by visitor.  If host is not satisfied, host must advise visitor & Global Cow of specific concerns, and a timeline for reaching the increase. 

$8.00/hr

40 hrs x 44 weeks

during program $14,080

Health insurance

  • Payable monthly
  • Hosts’ responsibility
  • Not deducted from payments to visitor
$100/month during program $1,200

Administration 

  • Deduction from visitor’s hourly pay
  • Paid directly to Global Cow
$200/month during program 

$0

*deduction from visitor’s hourly pay 

Housing

Deduction of $100/month, from visitor’s hourly pay.  Hosts are responsible to organize housing, which includes: 

  • Bed, chair, desk/table, chest, closet
  • Bedding, towels
  • Bedroom, bathroom, kitchen (can be shared) 
  • Safe drinking water 
  • Access to cleaning materials (vacuum, broom, etc) 
  • Access to washing machine, detergent, dryer
  • Access to necessary storm/safety areas
  • Access to a telephone
  • Smoke alarm, fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide detector
$100/month during program 

$0

*deduction from visitor’s hourly pay

Transportation

  • Visitor needs to get groceries, supplies, attend local educational events, etc. 
  • Pickup and return to airport
variable during program $0
TOTAL FEES DURING PROGRAM: $17,645
TOTAL FEES OVERALL:  $18,295

HOST REFUND POLICY:

Host fees are generally not refundable. However, Global Cow will work with the farm to find a replacement as quickly as possible, and may reduce the fees.

CHANGE OF FARMS:

The training is specific for each exchange visitor and host farm training site. It is not expected that exchange visitors will change host farms during their year on the program. Transfer requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and are NOT guaranteed to be approved. There are additional documentation and application forms to be completed, and administrative fees charged to the exchange visitor. It also requires at least 30 days notice. Again, it is not expected that exchange visitors will change host farms during their year.