The J-1 program matches internationals with American dairy farmers who enjoy teaching about agriculture.
✦ Enjoy teaching someone about modern American agriculture.
✦ Provide exposure to American culture.
✦ Provide proof of general farm liability insurance.
✦ Commit to 12 months with visitor, with honest communication.
✦ Complete an application form, including three references; agree to a farm visit.
✦ Speak English (tested via webcam).
✦ Commit to having one farm for 12 months.
✦ Have no criminal record.
✦ Be a current agriculture student or recent agriculture graduate.
✦ Be between 20 and 30 years of age, in good physical condition.
✦ Send in an application form, three letters of reference and CV.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Application & Screening
✦ Applicants and farms complete applications and documentation. Global Cow reviews and confirms interest and suitability for the program.
✦ Hosts complete a site visit; participants complete web-camera English tests.
✦ Upon acceptance, hosts and international candidates pay initial fees.
✦ Global Cow posts applicants on the website. Farms review and choose a specific applicant.
✦ Global Cow prepares all the sends program confirmation letters to the visitor. Applicants make their visa appointments, keeping Global Cow informed of visa date and visa results.
✦ Visitors book travel to closest airport, where they are met by hosts.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
✦ How good must visitor’s English be? Visitors speak English, and pass an oral test by webcam.
✦ When can I start? Any time. Processing time is between 2-4 weeks to find a farm, plus visa approval in-country.
✦ Do visitors have a lot of farm background and educational background in agriculture? Visitors’ backgrounds will vary; most have limited work experience and limited dairy experience. Farms see full visitor application before accepting a specific person.
✦ Where do visitors come from? Mainly South America and Africa.
✦ Where are the host farms located? Most are in the Upper Midwest.
✦ Are all the farms dairy? Most are. On a limited basis, we may be able to assist with other types of agricultural experiences.
✦ What’s the best thing about these programs? Great international experiences!
✦ What’s the worst thing that can go wrong? Bad expectations. This program is for a young person who wants to learn about agriculture... and for a farmer who wants to share his enthusiasm about agriculture.
✦ Can visitors change farms? Changes are not encouraged, and will cost extra.
✦ Is there a certificate? Yes, Global Cow will provide a certificate of completion.