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From Salter Springs to USA, it’s the experience of a lifetime:
AMBER Greenshields and Tristan Chapman will be experiencing different lifestyles in Montana and Kansas.
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SALTER Springs locals,
Tristan Chapman andAmber
Greenshields, are heading off
overseas as part of an agricultural
adventure late this week.
Both are travelling as part of
AgriVenture, formerly known as
IAEA (International Agricultural
Exchange Association), and will
be away for 12 and six months
Tristan is off to Kansas, in mid-
western USA, for six months on a
broadacre dryland cropping farm,
and then hopefully to a reindeer
farm in Sweden for another six
He hopes to do some more trav-
elling afterwards, but will decide
as the year progresses.
Amber is going to Montana, in
western USA, for six months and
will then return home.
So why are they going and how
did they come to be involved in
The AgriVenture program is
for people aged between 18 to
30 years of age, enabling them to
gain agricultural experience across
many developed countries.
You don’t necessarily need
experience in this industry, but that
depends on what the host family
USA has quite stringent re-
quirements for exchangees, and in
Tristan’s case, he had to have four
years experience, TAFE certificate
or university degree.
“I’m really looking forward
to going, as I can explore the
world while working in the field
of farming, which I love doing,”
“My host family has 1,5000
acres, and crops wheat, sunflowers
and maize,” he said.
Tristan, 22, will help with
general farm activities, and as
they are heavily involved in seed
production, will have plenty of
seed grading and cleaning to do.
And the bonus is, his host fam-
ily has four daughters, so we might
have a new contender for Farmer
wants a Wife!
Exchangees (often called
trainees) request which country
and type of farm they would like
to work on.
Amber, a competent horse rider,
loves cattle and horses, so a request
to work on a beef cattle ranch,
requiring mustering on horseback,
was an obvious choice for her.
“For me, mustering cattle on
horseback was the attraction, as
I’ve worked on stations in Queens-
land mustering before,” she said.
Amber’s host family owns
40,000 acres and 2000 head of Red
Angus cattle, and grows a small
amount of hay for their own use.
Amber, 21, has just finished a
Diploma in Animal Technology
at TAFE, and also Certificate IV
in Fitness and Personal Training.
Being one of six children,
Amber is used to having people
“My host family has five
daughters, but only one lives at
home,” she said.
Amber will mainly help with
general cattle work, but as the
family also owns some sheep and
pigs, she will have plenty to do.
“Halfway through the ex-
change, my friend, Krystal Schutz,
from Watervale, is coming over,
and we’re going on a three week
Trek America holiday, which will
give us the chance to see some of
the country,” said Amber. Both
Tristan and Amber are looking
forward to being involved with
their host families and the com-
They will go out with the family
and get involved in whatever they
are involved in.
Amber’s father, Mark, has been
on the corporate board of AgriVe-
nture for two years, and said the
program is as much a cultural
experience as work experience.
“Our family has hosted ex-
changees since 1997, and we’d
love more young people to get
Applications are all done on-
line, with an interview process
The market for farm work-
ers has increased, especially in
Canada and USA.
“Australian exchangees are in
huge demand overseas, as they
go in this program for the right
“They are considered consci-
entious, hard working and have
a good attitude, something not
often reflected in locals overseas,”
AgriVenture covers insurance
for exchangees, and while the host
family pays them the award wage,
deductions for board and other
items are made.
“The cost to host families usu-
ally works out less than employing
a local,” said Mark.
“We’d also love families here
to consider becoming host families
for foreign exchangees,” he said.
“Last year, we had to turn about 50
young people away as we couldn’t
find host families for them.”
Applications to be a host family
are also available online.
If you’re interested in working
overseas, or becoming a host fam-
ily here, check out theAgriVenture
It is certainly an experience, no
matter which way you look at it!
AGRIVENTURE offers a unique
opportunity for young people aged
between 18 and 30 to travel and work
on a farm, in agriculture, horticulture or
home management in Australia, New
Zealand, Canada, USA, Europe and
AgriVenture is run by the International
Agricultural Exchange Association
(IAEA), a non governmental, non-profit
membership organisation which has
been operating farm work placements
since 1965. About 30,000 young people
have been hosted overseas on one of
The experience you gain on your farm
work placement provides an excellent
basis on which to choose or continue
The AgriVenture program is aimed
to bring young agriculturalists an
experience money can’t buy.
It’s a great way to see the world while
at the same time gaining some work
experience on a farm work placement,
learning some new tricks and having a
4 Go to www.agriventure.com for
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