We work with hundreds of farms in New Zealand that may be interested in having you live and work with them. The majority of our placements are on dairy farms as they are one of the largest and most labour intensive sectors of New Zealand’s agricultural economy. We also have some sheep, beef and mixed farms for those with experience.
Typical task include milking cows, cleaning sheds, calving and feeding. Other roles may include monitoring animals health, feeding, fencing, calving, using machinery and general equipment maintenance. Some hosts may ask for you to help out with other parts of their farm such as looking after other animals or looking after the kids from time to time. Each farm is unique, and the roles can change week to week so you need to be flexible and willing to adapt to the daily tasks. Typical positions are available from July when calving starts through until early March when milking stops. Some farms do require help all year round and you can discuss your available dates during your consultation with Internex.
If you don’t have the required experience, or are unable to come at the start of the season or last the full season, or you are travelling in New Zealand and are wanting to learn about farm life in New Zealand but do not want the additional work expectations, then you may prefer our Farm Volunteer Program for 4 – 12 weeks (longer depending on your visa allowance). If you are unsure which program is most suitable for you, send our team an enquiry and we will work out which program will be best for you to apply for.
Tasks are usually varied and change from week to week and season to season. However, typical tasks include;
Using tractors and motorbikes (license required)
Cleaning and filling water troughs
Looking after family pets
Maintaining vegetable gardens
Other general farm duties
Helping with children and around the farmhouse
While living on the property you’re also required to help with an additional 10 hours of domestic duties which are not considered work. For example; preparing and cooking meals, cleaning and washing your clothes, vacuuming, keeping your bedroom and living areas tidy, going grocery shopping and feeding the pets etc.
The purpose of this program is to be more than just a farm job and so we aim to place you with a family that is interested in sharing their home with you. Some farm workers have their own bedroom in the main family home and share all living facilities. This develops your relationship with the family as you tend to spend a lot of time together. Your host will also invite you to attend social/family gatherings with them.
If you are more independent or travelling with friends some hosts may have separate accommodation for workers, especially on bigger or more remote farms. This results in having more independence and you tend to spend your time with other workers than with the family. During your online consultation with your INTERNeX placement supervisor you can stipulate which living arrangement you prefer and INTERNeX will find the most suitable arrangement for you.
Your food includes 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and most meals will be shared with your host family. You are expected to help in the kitchen and contribute with the cooking. If you would like snack food such as chocolate, soft drink, potato chips you will need to purchase this yourself. If you are living in separate accommodation with other farm workers your host will supply food for you that you can cook yourself or will provide you with $100.00 per week allowance or supermarket vouchers.
Most families have WIFI that you can use for basic use such as contacting your family, checking emails, occasional Skype calls. Please ensure you ask your host family before using the WIFI as some locations have very limited reception and high usage charges. You will also be able to buy data for your mobile phone / device. You must have permission from your host family to bring alcohol onto the farm and also at your own expense. Any special dietary requirements, e.g. Almond milk, gluten free bread, vegetarian or vegan foods are also at your own cost. Any illegal behaviour is cause for dismissal from the employer.