Agricultural Work Experience in Ireland

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Winter 2017
End of the year

We have recently welcomed our last group of students for 2017. These French student are here until the end of November, so there is still time for them to improve their English skills and get some hands-on work experience. There are three groups of students from Danish schools finishing their placements during early November and they have had a great time with their Irish families.

Soon, we will start to receive applications for spring placements, which is a great time to come to a farm. During spring (February until April) students get involved with calving, lambing and even foaling. New born animals are arriving at farms every day and it is a great opportunity for a student to be involved in the process, learn about the care of new born animals, pregnant animals, changing feeding programmes, the change in grassland management, and lots of veterinary aspects.


Call +353 (0)57 86 43 195 to find out more or drop an email to info@equipeoplework
experience.com.

We look forward to hearing from you.




Placements

dairy_student.jpgEquipeople has been placing young Europeans in equine and agricultural placements since 2003 and has built up a network of over 600 host families wishing to welcome students into their homes. Families are delighted to share their way of life with their student and in return expect the student to work on the farm as part of the family.

Our placements help students in an education gain a hands on experience in a supervised environment. Here they will learn to deal with daily tasks, about animal husbandry, grassland management, cattle confirmation, milking procedures, caring for injured animals, plant propagation, equine skill like lunging and long-reining. Depending on the type of placement chosen, a student can gain skills and confidence to help them stride forwards into successful careers in the future, all the while advancing their English skills.

Students are required to help with all aspects of the daily running of the farm such as looking after animals, milking, cleaning out animal houses, general maintenance and repair work and all work consistent with the running of a modern farm.

Our host families understand that the student is here to learn and to experience life in Ireland. Students are actively encouraged to visit local places of interest and to join in community activities.

agrohome.jpgOur families are asked to treat their student as they would like their son or daughter to be treated if he or she was visiting another country.

Conversely, students are expected to treat their host family with respect and again treat them, as they would like their own family to be treated.

There are two definite programmes available for students to apply to. The Long-Term programme is for those requiring a stay from 12 weeks up to 12 months. The Short-Term programme allows placements from 3 weeks up to a maximum of 11 weeks. Most of our programmes are available for Long and Short-term placements, but some are only available on the Short-term programme.

We strive hard to place each student in a placement that will help him or her to advance future careers. We need as much information as possible in order to place them with a suitable family. Some students thrive on a big commercial farm whilst others benefit from small family-run mixed farms. The more information we receive, the easier it is to place them on the type of farm they need.
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Some of our female students choose to be placed in the agri-tourism sector placements. Here they help in the house, with cooking, looking after guests, learning about high standards, and perhaps also helping on the farm from time to time. These are usually rural Bed & Breakfasts, so students still get to be involved in the country lifestyle, and improve their English as they have to speak English, not only to their host, but to the many guests who visit.

Our equine placements are also extremely popular and fill quickly. The Home and Horse (short-term summer placements only) programme allows girls to combine their love for children with their interest in horses.

Both male and female students opt for mixed farms during which time they experience all aspects of farm life including tractor driving, looking after animals, making hay, etc.
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We are happy to welcome individuals and school groups. If we receive a group of students from the same school we can tailor a programme to suit the school’s requirements.

Students must be at least 17 years of age and have good English skills. They must be mature enough to live in another country, with a different culture and be open to new experiences.

herding_cows.jpgStudents staying a minimum of three months will receive all food, accommodation and €100 per week from their host family. Students attending placements on the short-term programme do not receive pocket money, but will, of course, receive their accommodation and all meals. Families normally include students in activities, outings, visits, etc. We encourage the host families to think of the student as a member of their family.

In addition to finding a suitable placement, Equipeople provides a full back up service, including a comprehensive Welcome Pack on arrival. In this Welcome Pack we include contact details for Equipeople, general information about Ireland and Irish agriculture, information about tours, places to see, youth hostels, etc. All students will receive phone calls from us to check track their progress and ensure they are happy. Students on the long-term programme also receive a site visit from Equipeople, during which we talk to the host and student separately to ensure the placement is working well for both. We meet groups of five or more at the airport and coordinate their onward journey to the host. Prior to their departure we will help to organise the trip back to the airport for their flight home. We are here to help in whatever way possible. We want the student to have a safe, enjoyable and educational time in Ireland and we work hard to make this happen.

agrihome_student_with_her_host_family.jpgAll hosts are visited in advance of a student being placed there, firstly to ensure their suitability to host a student but also to brief them on the students aims and requirements. Hosts also receive a host manual prior to receiving their first student. In the event of a problem we are only a phone call away. If a student is unhappy in their placement we will try and sort out the problem, if this is not possible we will look after them until another suitable placement has been found. As we have a good reputation with host families we normally have a waiting list of families wishing to accept a student. If we have any cause for concern with any student we keep in very close contact with them and if necessary remove them from that placement.