Duration: Flexible from 4 to 16 weeks
Minimum age: 20 years
If you like the country life, tractors, horses, cattle and fresh air, and want to experience the great wide open, then the Ranchstay Program is perfect for you! Experience the vast openness of the countryside and become part of a local farming family. Ranchstay is for the cowboy/cowgirl at heart looking to spend some time on a ranch or farm away from all the bright lights and big cities.
The Ranchstay Program gives you the chance to witness the true rugged farming lifestyle on an basis for several weeks, depending on your availability. Become a part of the family quickly and get involved with every part of farm life, e.g. feeding animals, riding horses, driving the tractor, operating other big machinery or just help with chores around the farmhouse (of course depending on what is available on the individual ranch). We offer a variety of different farms like Horse farms, Cattle ranches, agricultural farms or mixed farms, which can be selected according to your preferences.
The program is not only about farming, however. It is a cultural exchange program where you get a real insight into local culture, mentality and people. The family takes you along when they visit neighbours, when they do grocery shopping or when they go to events like rodeos and community festivals. It is not an easy life and everyone is expected to pitch in with all everyday chores. So be ready for some long days and hard but rewarding workdays and it’s going to be the experience of a lifetime!
When you arrive in your Ranchstay country of choice, we will let you know the closest airport so you can book the flight accordingly. You may have to stay overnight in the city before taking transportation to the farm the following day. If so, INTERNeX will book the hostel and provide a schedule for you so that you don’t have to worry about anything. You also have the opportunity to stay in a bigger city prior to your Ranchstay and book a language course, for example. Everything is possible in that sense.
Most importantly, we are always here to support you. We act as a mediator between you and the farm, provide you with important pre-arrival info but will also follow-up with you after your first days at the ranch. We help with any questions or concerns along the way and for emergencies you always have the opportunity to call our 24-hour emergency number.
- Minimum age 20 years
- Must be physically fit
- No allergies or medical conditions
- Must have travel insurance
- Must be willing to take part in daily tasks and activities provided by farm
- You need to have a love of the outdoors, a rugged lifestyle and of course, animals!
Ranchstay Program includes:
- Matching with a farming family in rural areas to experience “authentic” farming life and culture
- Placement includes food and board on the ranch
- Bedding and towels will be provided
- Pre-arrival Skype Orientation for important ranchstay information and support
- 24 hour emergency number and feedback opportunity