Foreign exchange programs


Information about Erasmus Plus programs

Call for Proposals

Agriculture is Ireland’s largest business. WHITE in Ireland’s Agricultural Internship program offers opportunity for growth in a safe, positive environment. Ireland’s agricultural heritage and strong family ethic makes for unique internships for those planning a career in agriculture and farming. We have long relationships with over two hundred Irish farms and Agribusiness here in Ireland in wide ranging areas such as: small family-run mixed farms, larger farming conglomerates, feed / grain industry, Agri-Home placements, Dairy farms, Dairy businesses, Landscaping, Cattle Breeding, Equine Stables, Veterinary, Pig farms, Hen farms, Organic farming, Horticulture, and the Sheep Industry.

We provide a valuable service for both the candidate and our agricultural/farming group members. We are looking for candidates that are positive, hardworking, outgoing, and ready to learn, our programs are not for the shy or introverted candidates as they will have difficulty adapting to the Irish culture. Our attention to detail; means that a candidate is matched to carefully vetted host families based on what they write on their agricultural work placements application. We want our candidates go home with a comprehensive understanding of Irish farming and our agricultural way of life. We also expect that our host farmers will have learn from the candidates both agriculturally and culturally. Most farmers prefer a minimum 2 month stay but they are open to less. The best time of the year to come to Ireland for farmers is from September to November or February to May but we provide placements year round. A candidate must have some prior agricultural experience or agricultural educational training to participate in our programs.

The program has three main objectives

  • Language Skills: Our goal is to help international candidates to improve their English language knowledge and work related language skills; this should help them in their subsequent studies and professional life. Improve general English
  • Professional Skills: The Candidate will have the opportunity to learn more about Irish agriculture and farming. They will acquire valuable work experience in the chosen career and gain confidence in their ability to function in an English-speaking environment. This will enhance the candidate’s career prospects by obtaining certificates that describe his/her English ability and his/her work experience. They will beinasignificantlybetter positionto findajob orimprovepromotionprospectsinanincreasingly competitive market.
  • Cultural Knowledge: The candidate will get to know Irish people both at work and socially. The participants of these programs will have the possibility to learn more about the Irish culture and the Irish way of life, sharing the every-day life and customs of an Irish farmer’sfamily.

Please, note that the objective is not to earn money: This program is not about “summer-jobs”, but “farm practices & training”. The Farm Practices & training are organized with the help of a group of local farmers who oversee the quality of life for the candidate. These are UNPAID positions.

The candidate will receive accommodations, meals, Laundry, and internet from the farmer if they are staying in Ireland for more than 6 weeks.

Candidates who want to participate in our Agricultural programs for less than 6 weeks will need to provide financial contributions toward their meals, Laundry, and internet to the farmer as the farmers here would not receive any benefit from the short time the candidate is in Ireland.

The candidate is treated like family by our Irish farmers and often invited to participate in family functions. The internship week on a farm is 6 days a week. The candidate must have their own insurances and provide documents email us the policies one week prior to arrival in Ireland.

We also work with Agricultural organisations, universities, and schools to develop and then provide tailor made programs for groups of students.

We would discuss a reduction for groups of more than 10 or more. We will work in partnership to achieve your program objectives. If you would like to know more about these programs please contact us.

As we have no external funding for this program, we must share the costs. We are upfront about the costs so that there are no surprises later. If you would like more information please contact us.

The candidate may be eligible for a funding program to take part in our programs such as

  • Erasmus+ Programme
  • Local Chamber of Commerce
  • Local, Regional, or National Government Program
  • Private or Farming Organisation


Michael Ryan


Updated: 2019.05.27.

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