USIT - the work and travel agency - have an opportunity for anyone looking to gain international farm experience.
There are full-time positions available on various dairy, grain and pig enterprises across Canada in several rural destinations including Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan.
“Candidates can go to Canada on a visa for two years, so after spending up to a year working on a farm, you can move to a city like Vancouver or Toronto and see what else Canada has to offer.” A spokesperson told That’s Farming.
On the USIT Canada Farm Programme, you get the opportunity to work hands-on on a family-owned and operated farm.
Candidates – which need to be 18-35-years - live with the family who cook all their meals and supply them with a vehicle (a full clean driving licence is required).
Rent is $300 (€200) per month plus utilities, while pay is typically $18/hr and the farm worker will get an average of 45-55 hrs per week - contracts vary from 3-12-months.
“The pay is good and the cost living is low when you consider your food and transport are looked after.”
“Workers tend to go travelling around Canada with the money they have earned or bring it back home when their visa is up.” The spokesperson added.
“The work on the farm can be physically demanding so candidates need to be of good health, have a positive attitude and experience working with farm machinery.”
Testimonial from Daniel Kavanagh who went on the programme to Canada:
From the moment I arrived in Canada, it blew away my expectations. The host family I stayed with were great - they took me in as one of their own, went out of their way to make sure I felt welcome and even brought me to a few ice hockey games, I have never experienced anything like that!
The house was really nice and warm (very important in a Canadian winter). there was plenty of food, WiFi and I even got my own truck.
I worked on a handful of projects from gardening to construction and contributed to building a new greenhouse next to the family’s home.
I personally planted fruit and vegetables which they will sell at markets for months to come.
Working on a farm in Canada was a life-changing experience for me and I went way out of my comfort zone. I learned a lot from my host family and other farm workers that I have been able to bring back home.