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Please note that all prices are in New Zealand Dollar ($NZD)

The Netherlands Rural exchange program is for students currently enrolled in an agricultural related course.

These are paid internships where knowledge sharing is a high priority, so you not only return to your home country with new skills and ideas but can also leave your mark on the host farm.

Our team in the Netherlands are there to support you every step of the way, and only work with reputable host farmers to ensure you come away with a great experience.

All trainees need to be insured for medical costs and liability. If trainees stay for less than 4 months, there are two options; IPS or ISIS. If trainees stay for more than 4 months, they are obliged by law to have Dutch national health insurance. We can arrange this for them or they can arrange it themselves.

The practical training takes place on the job and in the field because we think that “learning by doing” is the best way to improve skills.

We have placements in dairy- (f.e. traditional, with robot equipment, or with cheese making), livestock (ie. pigs, cattle, poultry, sheep, or goats), mixed-, arable farming, horticultural companies (field vegetable production -regular or organic, shrub nursery, tree nursery, plants, flower bulbs, glasshouse -potted plants, cut flowers, or vegetables, and a few placements in equine, garden centers, or flower shops.

All trainees should:
• Be a student during the training at a Secondary Vocational School, a College or a University,
preferably in the last year or the year before last.
• The training should be an obliged part of the education of the student and take place in the
sector that he/she is educated in. According to the Dutch government a training is only a training
when you have to do this for your study. This means that there should be an obvious link
between the desired training placement and the educational speciality.
• Have a good language level in English or German and able to read in English. Trainees should
be able to have a conversation, understand explanation and ask questions the moment they
hand in the application form to you.
• Be motivated to build their professional career in this field
• Be interested in the Dutch culture
• Be between 18 and 26 years old
• Have experience in the field of choice so they know what they sign up for
• Be able to ride a bicycle
• Be in good health
• Be single
• Be free from a criminal record and in possession of good references
• Available for a training period of at least 90 days.

A special exchange program is established between the Netherlands and South Korea, Canada,
Australia and New Zealand, called the Working Holiday Program or Working Holiday Scheme. This
program is originally meant for young people between the age of 18 and 35 who are planning on
travelling in the Netherlands and working on the side in order to cover the costs. However, this program
can also be used for young people who like to do a training in the Netherlands. The participants should
then:
• Be between 18 and 26 years old
• Be a student or a recent graduate.
• The training should take place in a sector that he/she is educated in.
• Have a good language level in English or German and able to read in English. Trainees should be
able to have a conversation, understand explanation and ask questions the moment they hand in
the application form to you.
• Be motivated to build their professional career in this field
• Be interested in the Dutch culture
• Have experience in the field of choice so they know what they sign up for
• Be able to ride a bicycle
• Be in good health
• Be single
• Be free from a criminal record and in possession of good references
• Available for a training period between 90 days and 12 months.

WHS/WHP can be applied for in the Netherlands for participants from Canada, Australia and New
Zealand. Participants from South Korea need to apply at the Dutch embassy. Students will get a special
residence permit for a reduced fee ($85) and do not need a work permit.

Participants from Canada can also apply for the Young Workers Exchange Program. With this program
students and recently graduates (within 1 year) can come to the Netherlands as well. They do need a
work permit but will get a residence permit for a reduced fee ($85).

A trainee in our regular program receives in total $1,333 net per month if they stay for at least 90 days.
From this amount $286.44 is reserved for lodging, $338.17 for meals and $709 for pocket money.
They need to pay for insurance themselves. In practice, if they live with a (host) family, they receive $164,- net per week + board and lodging. If they live on their own, they receive $164,- net per week + $77 to buy food and housing. The host will then pay for the accommodation.

Accommodation:

Some trainees will live with their host/employer and experience Dutch family life. Other trainees, mostly
horticultural trainees, will live with another host family, or independently in an apartment or trailer, or
they may share a separate house with other trainees or colleagues.

Therefore it is important that every trainee is able to ride a bicycle as the accommodation can be on biking distance (max. 10 km). We will determine the housing situation. It is not possible for a trainee to live with a host family and not have meals with the family. A trainee is not allowed to buy a car in the Netherlands.

The trainee should find his way from the place of arrival in the Netherlands to the railway station closest to the family with the schedule he asked for at the counter or printed out at www.ns.nl or www.9292ov.nl . Your host will meet you at the railway station (unless otherwise agreed).

The total amount of working hours is 40 hours on average per week, with a maximum of standard 9
working hours per day and a minimum of at least 1,5 days off per week. The trainee might be asked to
make overtime, which will be compensated with extra free time. This means that there will be busy
weeks where the trainee will make more than 40 hours and there will be less busy weeks where the
trainee will compensate some hours.

The trainee has a right to an additional 1,5 days off per month for holiday. The trainee receives extra time off for visiting the introductory meeting and attending one Midpoint meeting. Agriculture and horticulture is a way of life. A lot depends on the weather so a trainee needs to be flexible. A trainee should be prepared to help out when it is busy, or to milk and feed the cows in the weekend etc. Counting every minute does not help the relationship between the trainee and the host.

  • Full support – from the time you sign up to the conclusion of your trip.
  • 24/7 access to our Netherlands based team
  • Jobs arranged prior to departure – Paid work.
  • Accommodation arranged
  • Bank and tax set up
  • Assistance with visa application
  • Travel assistance
  • Flights and Travel Insurance (contact us for a quote)
  • Visa Fees (vary by country of residence but approx. $200 USD)
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