INTERNeX: Work and Intern on a Farm in New Zealand
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(6 Reviews)

INTERNeX: Work and Intern on a Farm in New Zealand

Farmstay Program:

Learn the life of a New Zealand farming family by living with them for 4 - 12 weeks or longer on request.

Work approx 6 – 8 hours per day up to 5- 6 days per week in return for food, accommodation and inclusion in family activities and leaning about daily life in New Zealand.

With Farm hosts in every province of New Zealand and every type of farm type possible {Horse, Dairy, Agricultural, Sheep, Alpaca, Mixed etc..} INTERNeX have the farm placement for you.

Help out around the farm with the animals or the crops, gardening, feeding , mucking out etc. as well as help around the house getting children ready for school, preparing meals, cleaning, doing washing, etc.

We also offer Farmstay, Internships, Hospitality and Tourism jobs in New Zealand and Canada.

Highlights
  • We have partnered with over 200 farms of all types and size and are continually looking for the best possible hosts to make your experience in New Zealand a truly memorable one.
  • We have clusters of farm locations so even though you are living the true New Zealand farm life you can still catch up with other participants on your days off.
  • Use our extensive network and our experience to find the best farmstay placement for you.
  • We work with every type of farm you can imagine, Horse farms include every working with the top race horse trainers, polo players and New Zealand equestrian riders all the way through to families that have a pony for the kids to play on and everything in
  • Winner of Category "Best International Work Experience Provider" 2011 and nominated into top 5 finalist 2010, 2012, 2013 & 2014 - LTM Star Awards - London, U.K (the only New Zealand company to be nominated)
Locations
Oceania » New Zealand
Industry
Animal Science
Length
2-4 Weeks
1-3 Months
3-6 Months
Accommodation
Host Family
Language
English
Steps
Online Application
Resume
Cover Letter
Phone / Skype Interview
Age Requirement
Language Requirement
Visa Requirement
Currency
USD
Price Details
Registration: $250USD
Placement: $1200 USD
Arrival Package: $170USD includes airport transfer, 3 nights downtown hostel accommodation, welcome orientation, hostel membership, Sim card, bank account opening, Tax number application, and other essential information.

Accommodation and Meals: Included

transfer to farm: From approx $50 - $200USD depending on location in New Zealand.

Questions & Answers

Program Reviews

  • Growth
    75%
  • Support
    78%
  • Fun
    85%
  • Housing
    90%
  • Safety
    87%

Program Reviews (6)

Jana
Female
27 years old
Verden, Germany

The best time of my life

10/10

One of my highlights during the time in New Zealand was the family I was living with and I am still so thankful that Internex picked them for me. It was a crazy, very busy, a little bit chaotic, fun loving and loveley family. The way they indluded me into the family from the very first second was such a great experience for me. Even the youngest kids (5 and 6 yo) were already so open that there was no chance for homesickness. During 4 month there was not one minute that I was bored. For example - In my first week after i finished my work in the stable the kids took me frog hunting one day when they were wearing their favourit princess dresses. Of course that didnt went well and after only 10 minutes I came home with two wet and dirty princess who were falling in the pond, a dirty wet dog and not even a frog. But i noticed very quickly that this is the normal life on the farm. And I was so happy about that. I think they are typical Kiwis... so open-hearted, enjoying their lifes and just having lots of fun. And they supported me a lot with travelling around and see as much of the country as possible. So at the end of my trip I saw more of the country then I first planned.
After 1-2 month in NZ I already noticed how the time aboard is changing me. When I first arrived I always said "No, I will never to something like skydiving or bungy" and I always was a real worrier. But the love of life from the Kiwis and all the other travelers I met was just infecting me and I learned how to enjoy and live the life. Just have fun and try to do as much as you can. So at the end of my trip I couldnt wait for finally jumping out of a plane! I love the Kiwi way of life and hope that I can keep it for me as Long as possible!

How can this program be improved?

I think it might be helpful for the participants if they get the information about the family they will live with a little bit earlier. I got my family 4 days before I was leaving and I thought thats already very short-termed but when I arrived in Auckland I met some other girls of the programm and some of them didn't know where they are going to live although they were already in NZ. They were very unhappy and insecure what I noticed when we were in the group.

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Juliane
Female
21 years old
New Zealand

The polaris

10/10

First we stayed on a quite small Dairy Farm in Dargaville. There were a wife with her husband, a daughter and Harley the dog. The work on the farm was very and there was always something to do. We were allowed to drive this little vehicle (polaris) to reach the workplace.
Once we had to clean the trughs which was quite disgusting because of all the weed and little insects inside. So we took the polaris to get to all the 50 paddoks and when we nearly finished this job and wanted to go to the last paddok which was so far away from the house and everything, the polaris just stopped and we couldn't move it any further. So we had to WALK all the was back and then it just began to rain so that was so funny!

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Iben
Female
24 years old
Brande, Denmark

My second home

10/10

It was one of the best experience in my life!
I lived on a sheep station in the mountains with a great family! I learned so much more than I expected to about sheep, life in general in NZ and about myself.
I really felt like part of the family. I was not only doing one kind of work, but all sort of stuff. I was doing what needed to be done and what any other family member would have done.The family included me in everything! Christmas with all of there family, day trips, rodeos, cowboy shooting, you name it! It was fantastic.
They also took me hunting, which I love and was a great envy from my brothers back home!
I also picked up a new hobby with painting antlers, which I hope the next helper will pick up were I left.
I got home sick sometimes and had some pretty bad days, but just remember to enjoy the time you have with these special people!
I consider New Zealand and the family as my second home.
You just need to have faith in the family and come with an open mind. But you also need to understand that you are not going on a relaxing Holliday. You are there to help out and learn. If you like to get your hands dirty and talk to different cultures, you are perfect for the job!

How can this program be improved?

I had to wait 5-6 days in Auckland alone before they found me a farm. It got quite lonely.

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Cindy
Female
32 years old
Germany

I would do it again - anytime!

10/10

I have joined the farmstay program for 8 weeks in 2015 and stayed on a dressage horsefarm that also offers riding lessons, mainly for kids but also for adults who bring their own horses. My stay was off-season so most of the competitions were over and winter break was coming up but I still got to visit some dressage competitions or 3DEs (dressage, crosscountry, showjumping) together with my hostfamily. Since I am not a well experienced rider, I was afraid that a horsefarm might not be the best match for me and that my jobs would mainly be about cleaning out the stables and doing housework but because they have all kinds of ponies and horses on the farm I got to ride a lot and also learnt a lot about riding horses.
My day usually started with preparing the horse food and feeding the horses as well as the cats. After breakfast, I did whatever needed to be done, like gardening, cleaning paddocks, collecting lost food buckets, cleaning out the horse truck, sweep up hay or other spilled horse food and riding the horses. Around lunch time, I usually had a break not just to eat but also to read emails, catch up with friends or do some other spare time activities. In the afternoon I helped my hostmom with the ponies and in the evening I helped her son with the competition horses and fed the horses their dinner and supper.
My hostfamily has been very nice and kind and I never felt like a worker but a part of the family. Therefore, I didn't pay attention to working hours but always talked to them about my plans for weekend trips or a curfew on a day off during the week, just as you would at home. They also took me out often and introduced me to the Kiwi life which I appreciated much. Even though I couldn't spend much time on the farm in NZ, I would do it again anytime!

How can this program be improved?

I monthly meeting with other participants in the area would have been nice or at least a monthly update with contact details of current participants to make it easier to find friends.

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Johanna
Female
24 years old
Germany

My great farmstay experience

10/10

I did a farmstay in New Zealand in 2011/2012 and I still think that was one of the best times in my life. During the program I stayed on 2 different farms, where I gained a lot of experienve.
On the first farm my main work was to help my host familiy with their horses on showjumping competitions or to watch the kids. I learned a lot about horseshows and we even stayed a whole weekend at a horseshow and slept in the horsetruck - a great experience!
My work on the second farm was a little bit more like farmwork: I milked the cows, fed the calfs, builded fences or handled the horses and rode them. My hostfather also showed me how to ride the quad and the motorbike and how to work with the farmdogs, so that I was able to bring in the cows by myself. But I also worked in the house and watched the kids. Besides work I did many activities with my host family, they took me everywhere they went, introduced me to their friends and family and showed me some nice places in their area. I really felt like beeing a part of the family and it was so hard to leave after the great months I've spend there.
I still miss that time a lot and if I had the chance, I would immediately do something like that again.

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Michanou
Female
24 years old
Berkeley
Other

Internex Farmstay in New Zealand

10/10

My farmstay in New Zealand was in one word AMAZING! I stayed with a lovely family in a little place next to the west coast. This place is in the middle of knowhere, but that made it so special. I worked every day at the stables together with another groom, working for a horsetrainer/rider. After a couple of months I feld I was really in charge of everything around the stables and especially the horses. You have to feed the horses, get them out of the paddock, brush and wash them, hack them on the hills and the road etc. Often in the weekends I was going to shows, like showjumping, dressage and eventing. One special thing that I will never forget is my very first beachride, where I always dreamed of. It was like this: Just three horses, three riders, the black sand, the sea, the breeze in my hear and nothing else! After my New Zealand experience I can say I learned a lot about, the farmlife, the horses, the stables and most important myself.

How can this program be improved?

The start of the program, the beginning is really hard. You are new in a different world. I think it would helped me if I knew more about the whole new situation.

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INTERNeX arranges internships, work experience, hospitality jobs, farmstays, homestays, volunteer programs and study abroad for students and travelers aged 18-35. Since 1998, we have helped more than 7,000 people from more than 40 counties gain experience in Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

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