- Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
- Destinations: Australia
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Credit Awarded: None
- Program Length: Academic Year, Semester, Quarter, Other
- Start Month: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
- Category: Outdoor Adventure
- Selective: No
- Gender: Coed
- Ages: 18, 19+, 19
- Housing: Dorm, Homestay, Other
- Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
- Financial Aid: Not Available
Experience working in the real Australian outback and save money to fund your travels thereafter. If you want to work for the majority of the year, no problem! You will have job support for the full 12 months of your working holiday visa.
What will I be doing ?
Finding farm jobs in Australia can be tough when you head out alone on an Australian Working Holiday visa. Oyster offers a paid work programme that opens the door to outdoor jobs all over rural Australia. This fantastic 5-day farm training course will familiarise you with skills needed to work on farms, cattle stations and equine studs.
You will get to grips with:
• safely operating tractors
• riding horses
• using chainsaws
• driving dirt bikes
• working with cattle and sheep
• constructing fences
• general farm work tasks and basic vehicle maintenance
• navigational skills
This programme suits people who like to work hard and don’t mind getting dirty. You should be looking to experience life in rural Australia and be ready for the challenges that this may bring. You should have a positive attitude, be determined, and get on easily with others in a team. A participant must be physically and mentally fit to do farm work.
• Aged between 18-30 (35 if you are Canadian, Irish or French)
• A full (not provisional) driving license Practical work experience: either paid or voluntary
The training farm is certainly a highlight of the programme and an experience that you will remember for years to come. It combines learning new skills with lots of fun.
With almost 2000 employers across Australia on the job-finding database, your first job is guaranteed. You will receive plenty of support and advice during your training week to help ensure you choose a job that will suit your desires and abilities. Help is also provided if you decide to look for a subsequent job later on.
Rural Australian employers expect hard work and a positive attitude, you will be set up with an employer for between 3 and 6 months. You will be paid around $300- $350 (approximately £200) per week, plus free food, accommodation and most of your living expenses. This means you will have a great opportunity to save money following your paid job to enjoy backpacking Australia and beyond.