Current Travel Opportunities

Macra Exchange to Canada 2017

Each year there is an opportunity for 1 Macra member to travel to Toronto, Canada. The dates are Saturday 27 May - Sunday 27 August 2017.  The delegate should be between the age of 19-30.  Delegates must pay for their own flight and insurance but will be hosted by the JFAO.  Costs: delegates should expect to pay for activities, tourist attractions etc. Hosts are encouraged to provide most meals however; delegates are expected to pay for some meals out of the home. 

Delegates will typically move to a new host family each week.  There may be times when they may spend 2 weeks with a family.

If a delegate is not participating in the entire exchange, due to the vast size of Ontario, we cannot guarantee they will see all of the attractions they may wish to see.  If not here from May 27 - June 10 they may not see Toronto and the CN Tower.

Criteria - minimum age 19 and maximum age 30.   Delegates must acquire their own health and travel insurance. 

If you are interested in this trip please contact with you C.V. no later than Monday 13th  March 2017. 

SAFYC International Programme 2017

Below you will find the information of the outgoing exchange to Scotland.  This is open to all members of Macra na Feirme.   This is a great opportunity to travel and stay in Scotland next summer and get a taste of Scottish life.

Information of Outgoing Exchanges 2017

Number of People:                           2

Minimum Age:                                 18

Insurance:                                       Must have own Health & Travel Insurance

Arrival Date:                                    Monday 12th June 2017

Leaving Date:                                  Sunday 25th June 2017

Duration:                                         2 Weeks

Arrival Destinations:                         Edinburgh Airport

                                                        Waverly Train Station

                                                        Haymarket Train Station

                                                        Edinburgh Bus Station

What to expect: Helen the International coordinator picks up every delegate and will drop them at the youth hostel which they will be staying during their time in Edinburgh and during the Royal Highland Show.

13 June: Orientation and International Trust Reception

Delegates will get to see the Young Farmers Centre and get a full explanation of how their time on the trip will be spent.  Also one or two tours around local attractions will be arranged. An evening reception will be held in the evening to welcome the delegates to Scotland.

14 June: YFA Away Day and Collection by Host Families.

The delegates will enjoy a day away with the past exchangee organisation Scotland to an attraction in the area. At the end of the day delegates will then meet their host families.

14-21 June: Staying with host families.

22-25 June: The Royal Highland Show - delegates will be booked into a Hostel in Edinburgh for the duration of the show.

25 June: The nation delegates depart home.

If you are interested in this please contact with your C.V. no later than Monday 30th January 2017.


IFYE to Switzerland

Macra na Feirme can send one member to Switzerland. Below is some information and criteria about the programme.   Arrival date 17 June with a stay of between 4-6 weeks.   One week later there will be an induction weekend for all exchanges for exchange of information etc.  Accommodation and food is paid for by IFYE Swiss.  You will be expected to  help/work with the family and in return you will get food, a place to sleep and fun with family. Travel between host families is paid for by IFYE swiss.  You will have to pay for your own flight and insurance and some travels alone without the host family.  Incoming IFYE should be between 18 and 30 years and would be good, if he/she is interested in farming.

If you are interest in travelling to Switzerland and staying with a host family/families for 4-6 weeks next summer then please contact me Audrey McDonnell with your CV at before Monday 30th January 2017.