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American flag with Liberty  statue  image. Vector illustrationFor over 60 years, this program has helped more than 10,000 men and women from more than 70 countries to improve their agricultural skills at placements in all fields of agriculture and all climate zones in the United States.

Trainees and interns learn practical agricultural techniques on farms in the U.S., while experiencing life in a different culture. Our goal is to teach young men and women skills that allow them to help increase the quantity and quality of food and fiber produced around the world. We partner with a wide variety of farms, including swine, dairy, cattle, tropical fruit, grain, ornamental horticulture, vegetables and greenhouses. We work with farms across the U.S. from Maine to Florida to Hawaii, providing a range of climate zones and learning experiences.

Benefits: In addition to practical training and experience on a U.S. farm and immersion in U.S. culture, you will receive free housing with utilities, medical insurance (excluding the co-pay) and a minimum monthly stipend of US$ 900.

Because of visa restrictions, our programs are for up to one year. Most programs are for the full 12 months. You will travel on an Exchange Visitor “J” visa. When you and a host have both agreed to a placement, we will send by express mail the documents you will need to apply to the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate for a “J” visa together with specific instructions.

Application and selection procedure: The entire application, placement and visa process may take from two weeks to six months or longer. Placements are very competitive. We act quickly to prepare documents, but delays may occur while matching you with a host, signing the Training/Internship Placement Plan (DS-7002 form) or obtaining an interview appointment at the U.S. Consulate.

First you must do is prepare the application documents. You may send them by e-mail, but must also send us the signed originals by post. The U.S. State Department requires that we have an original signed application in our office before we can prepare visa request documents.

A complete application must include the following:

  • Application form, providing as much detail as possible.
  • Our Medical Statement, or equivalent.
  • CV – Because placements are very competitive, you should provide as much information as possible and be specific about the type of placement you are seeking
  • A copy of the identity page of your passport
  • Copy of diploma or other school record, if you are a college or university student or graduate. Please keep in mind that though having a diploma in agriculture or experience is not necessarily needed for the placement, this might be obligatory to receive your entry visa. Thus we strongly recommend that the applicants study or have studied subjects connected to agriculture and/or horticulture OR prove to have relevant experience of at least 3 years.

We accept applications and make placements year round. Upon receipt of your complete application, we immediately seek to match you with possible host farms and sends a copy of your application to each prospective host. Hosts have the final say as to whether or not to accept you.

When we receive your complete application, we match you with a suitable host and send a copy of your application to the host for review. As soon as a host selects you, the visa sponsor prepares a Training/Internship Placement Plan (DS-7002 form) and sends it to the host for signature. The Training/Internship Placement Plan (DS-7002 form) is required by the U.S. Government and is an agreement between you, the host, and the sponsor to carry out the training plan outlined in the form. Once the host has signed the Training/Internship Placement Plan (DS-7002), we send the form to you for your signature. Under U.S. Government regulations, the sponsor cannot prepare visa documents until all parties have signed the Training/Internship Placement Plan (DS-7002 form).

When both you and your host have signed the Training/Internship Placement Plan (DS-7002), the sponsor will prepare the documents you need to apply for an Exchange Visitor “J” visa. We will send the documents to you by express mail. When you receive the documents, you must make an appointment for an interview at the U.S. Embassy or nearest U.S. Consulate. Interview appointments are set by the U.S. Consulate, and the decision to approve or decline the visa is at the discretion of the consular officer. If and when a visa is granted, you must contact us immediately to coordinate travel arrangements.

If accepted you will need to pay for:

  • Program fee of €500, due in 2 installments – € 200 when you apply for the internship, and €300 when you sign the DS-7002 form. First installment is fully refundable in case we cannot place you within 1 year, or we cannot issue the documents for visa. In case your visa is denied by the American Embassy you will receive back € 250 out of the € 500 already paid.
  • USA. Government visa processing fees of about US$ 350.00.
  • Costs of your travel to your host farm and return home.
  • A co-pay amount paid to medical providers if you have medical treatment in the U.S.