The 5 Kinds Of Work Exchanges You Didn’t Know We Offer

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The 5 Kinds Of Work Exchanges You Didn’t Know We Offer

Discover some surprising options available for travellers. We offer work experience in these five uncommon yet worthwhile fields. (and not just crop fields)

Photo:  Peninsula U-Brew Winery

1. Wine Making

Vineyard placements offers professional training with the opportunity to experience the whole process, including viticulture management, harvesting grapes, pressing, fermenting, and cellar management in a family environment. This is a specialized program and therefore requires wine making experience and/or education before you can apply. The vineyards we work with to bring you these placements are in the countries mentioned below. Along with gaining valuable work experience, there will be plenty of time to explore and tour the beautiful country you choose to travel to.

Where you can go:

  • Austria
  • Germany
  • New Zealand
  • France
  • USA

Special Requirements:

  • Must have Experience and/or Education in Wine Making (at least 1 vintage season)

Photo: Allivia Sauer

2. Equine

One of our animal-centred programs is an equine placement. In Ireland and New Zealand equestrian style riding is the “the norm”, while Australia offers both equestrian and western riding. A typical day at your placement could include riding/exercising the horses, cleaning stables, cleaning tack, grooming and feeding the animals. If you meet the requirements to participate in this exchange, it is an excellent way to make unforgettable memories. Allivia describes her travels outside of her equine work in Ireland, “Things are going great. I’ve had the opportunity to visit Dublin, Bunratty, and Limerick so far as well as a weekend trip to Amsterdam.” Although work is a main part of your experience. don’t forget it is also a great time for an adventure!


Where you can go:

  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • Australia

Special Requirements:

  • Experience in horse management or riding school

Photo: Addison

3. Greenhouses

This program is an opportunity to put your knowledge and skills to practice. This horticulture experience provides specialized training for participants. Your typical day at work may include planting, transplanting, weeding, watering, fertilizing, harvesting, general maintenance, and working with appropriately sized equipment. Our trainee, Addison, who participated in the greenhouse program in the Netherlands expressed his gratitude: “I am a stronger person, both mentally and physically for having done my working holiday abroad and whoever comes across this should take my advice and do it.” For those of you with a green thumb who are interested in gaining valuable skills, a greenhouse or nursery experience is a great way to do so.

Where you can go:

  • Netherlands
  • Germany
  • France
  • Ireland

Special Requirements:

  • Current/graduated student of Agriculture or Horticulture

Photo: Mourneview B & B

4. Agri-tourism

Would you agree that a European bed and breakfast is the perfect way to enjoy the summer months? The host family’s B & B business will become your home away from home. Daily tasks include but are not limited to greeting guests, check-in/check-out, cleaning, laundry, baking, cooking and serving breakfast. Every day will be a chance to meet new people and make connections. On your days off you will have the chance to enjoy your surroundings, try local cuisine and create everlasting memories. As International Rural Exchange expands, so does the number of placements we offer. Soon we will be offering more opportunities for agri-tourism and hospitality experiences. Stay tuned!

Where you can go:

  • Ireland
  • Germany
  • UK

Special Requirements:

  • Current/graduated student of Hospitality or Tourism

Photo: Zoe Remple

5. Bee-Keeping/Apiary

The Apiary system provides an amazing learning opportunity for anyone wanting the experience. Tasks may include honey processing, extracting honey, assist with colony manipulation, and general hive maintenance. Experience is a must and education is beneficial. For example, our trainee Zoe who travelled to the bee-keeping program in New Zealand was involved in honey bee research while in university. Other trainees gained experience with on the job training.

Where you can go:

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Germany

Special Requirements:

  • Apiary experience and education appreciated


If these work exchanges aren’t your cup of tea, you can find a full list of our programs here.

Contact us here to find out more information. 


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