Travel The World With JFAO!


International Cultural Exchanges



Spots Available

Approx. Dates

Approx. Duration


United Kingdom


Northern Ireland-May 12-26
Scotland June 10th-July 21





End of May- July

Up to 6 weeks




 June 10 – July 21

Up to 6 weeks




End of June

Up to 3 months




July 3rd – mid August

6 -12 weeks




July 17th – July 31st

2 weeks


Republic of Ireland


 Dates to be determined (August)

3 weeks


Apply for the above exchanges by February 28, 2019 by downloading the application form here: Exchange Application (Microsoft Word)

JFAO International Exchange Program Hosting Application (PDF)



All applicants must have been a JF member in good standing for at least one year. International applicants 20-29 (max. 26 for Welsh & Austria exchange) as of January 1st the year of the exchange. Following each exchange, a travel bursary is offered once all of the program requirements are completed. Please see the Travel section of the JFAO Policies for more specific requirements and bursary amounts.

Opportunity conditions will be based on the policies in effect as of January 31st.

Note: A past exchangee may apply for a different travel opportunity.

Priority will be given to any qualified member who has not previously been awarded a travel opportunity

2019 Incoming Exchange Delegates

Stephanie Wattkins – England

Stephanie is a 25 year old, who lives in Worcester, England. She has held many roles in her Young Farmers club in Tewkesbury, over her past years of involvement. She has a passion for making specialty cakes, which led her to open up her own small craft and bakery business, although she does enjoy working on her parents’ arable ad chicken farm, when time allows. She is excited to visit Niagara Falls during her JFAO exchange!










Catherine Rettberg- Germany

Catharine is a 22 year old, who hails from Liebenburg, Germany. She has been a member of her Young Farmers Club, ‘Landjugend Nordharz’, for three years and serves as 2nd treasurer. She is heavily involved in her village and church communities, outside of work. She currently works as a trainee in a bank. Catharine is beyond excited to embark on her exchange through JFAO!











Kathryn Speers- Northern Ireland

Kathryn is 21 years old, and is thrilled to be travelling to Ontario from Ballymena, Northern Ireland! She is currently studying at Queens University in Belfast, in her third year of civil engineering. I have been a member of Ahoghill Young Farmers for 7 years and she is the current club secretary. Her goal during her JFAO exchange is to experience as much of Canada’s culture as possible and lots of new skills.












Christine Hiesgesberger- Austria

Christine is a 22 year old, from Absdorf, Austria. She has been an active member of her local Young Farmers club, Landjugend Statzendorf, for about 10 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in product marketing and management, with a focus on food industries and renewable energies. She enjoys travelling, yoga, spending time with friends and family, and organizing events. She is most excited to meet people, improve her English, and learn about a new culture on her JFAO exchange, before heading back to Austria to obtain her Master’s Degree.








Paschal Couglan- Republic of Ireland

Paschal Coughlan taking part in the confined vintage class at the Clonakilty ploughing match on Sunday, watched by his dad, Michael Coughlan, and Michael McCarthy from Ardfield. (Photos: Denis Boyle)

Paschal is graduated from Wageningen University with a degree in Genetic Improvement of Livestock. He is passionate about agriculture, animal breeding, and agricultural politics. He is a member of the Ballinscarthy Macra na Feirme and the Clonakilty Agricultural Society. Paschal is a beekeeper and also competes in competition ploughing. A fun fact about Paschal is he captained successful underage football teams to

Congratulations to the 2018 Travel Exchange Winners! Pictured Left to

Congratulations to the 2018 Travel Exchange Winners! Pictured Left to Right: Nic Willemsma (Germany), Danielle Teefy (Scotland), Amanda Brodhagen (United Kingdom), Erich Weber (President), Matt Smith (Past President), Zach Lance (Wales), Kate Johnson (Austria), and Meaghan Weber (2017 Executive Director of Community and International Programs). Missing from the photo: Adrian Straathof (Republic of Ireland).