The Scholarship

  • Return ticket to NZ
  • Help and advice in finding work on a suitable dairy farm in New Zealand.
  • About 10 months work, allowing around 2 months for travel or other work at the end of the year.
  • A mentor in NZ to help you learn and develop and in case of any work related problems.
  • In return we would like you to write a report at the end of year and to come and speak to potential candidates, so you can help us to further promote this opportunity.
  • You will need to provide Insurance for yourself while you are away and be able to find your own way to the UK airport you fly from.
  • We will guide you in applying for the relevant work Visa.
  • You will need to be aged 18 by the 31st of December of the year before you travel to New Zealand e.g. for the 2017 Scholarship (leaving UK June/July 2017) you must be aged 18 by the 31st December 2016.
  • Applicants from UK residents only.
We are not necessarily looking for highly academic people, what we want is enthusiasm, a keen desire to learn, initiative and someone who is prepared to work hard when required. NZ is a great place for people with a work hard - play hard approach to life!!

Applications are in the first instance through the application form and then, if selected, through a relaxed interview with members of the charity. Interviews are usually held in mid February at Sedgemoor Livestock Centre.

2017 Scholars

Hannah Glyn-Jones

"I am really looking forward to have the opportunity to travel to NZ and work for a year. I am hoping to further my knowledge and travel and visit other farms, that will lead to more chances that I would not have had by staying in the U.K. I'm also hoping it will help me to decide what job role I may wish to follow in the future, I am very excited to travel as it's always been an interest of mine to go to NZ and work and travel. "
  

Kathryn Symes

"Being given this opportunity is an absolute blessing for me in so many ways. I have never done anything like this before and I am really looking forward to the challenge. I have been interested in Nz for a while after seeing a few friends go out there and I love cows, now I get to combine the two! An absolute dream and an opportunity of a lifetime! I am so grateful as the scholarship will enable me to gain vast amounts of practical dairying knowledge and alongside my degree will really benefit my future dream career in AI, here in the U.K."
  

2016 Scholars

Liam Rowland

To be given the opportunity to work in New Zealand will be one of the best things of my life! I'm really looking forward to working on the huge scale that NZ offers! I wish to be able to take experiences that I will be given and bring them back to guide me in the UK.

Liam has performed really well with the Darby family at Huntly. They have asked him to stay on next year to manage a 400 cow herd for them.

"An opportunity to work on a dairy farm in NZ will provide me with a chance in a lifetime to experience a dedicated grass based system involving large numbers of cows. I can't wait to get started!"
  

Joe Mellor

Joe Mellor 18yrs from Roweltown, Carlisle has a Level 3 Diploma from Reaseheath College, Nantwich. He has a job with Aaron and Frances Coles (who employed Emily 3yrs ago) nr Ashburton S. Island they have 2 herds of 1100 and 1000 cows.

Joe writes

"working over here has given me an excellent opportunity to learn about large scale farming. They use great methods which manage to make a busy time a simple task."
  








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