Agricultural Work Experience in Ireland


Latest News

Winter 2017
End of the year

We have recently welcomed our last group of students for 2017. These French student are here until the end of November, so there is still time for them to improve their English skills and get some hands-on work experience. There are three groups of students from Danish schools finishing their placements during early November and they have had a great time with their Irish families.

Soon, we will start to receive applications for spring placements, which is a great time to come to a farm. During spring (February until April) students get involved with calving, lambing and even foaling. New born animals are arriving at farms every day and it is a great opportunity for a student to be involved in the process, learn about the care of new born animals, pregnant animals, changing feeding programmes, the change in grassland management, and lots of veterinary aspects.

Call +353 (0)57 86 43 195 to find out more or drop an email to info@equipeoplework

We look forward to hearing from you.

You are here : Home > About > Agricultural work experience

Agricultural Work Experience

Educational experience

equine_student_lungeing.jpgOur placements are on working farms, etc. offering a wide variety of experiences. All of our host are visited before they every receive an Equipeople student, and the goals of the programme are talked about in detail. If we feel that a host does not commit in full to our aims then we place students elsewhere. Our hosts know that students are coming to Ireland to learn and improve their practical skills.

landscaping_student.jpgEach placement is different but all students will learn about the day-to-day running of that farm or business.

They will start early in the morning and assist their host with all duties, from cleaning out animal houses to completing the huge amount of paperwork that a modern farmer must keep up to date. Your students will be a part of the ongoing cycle of life from calving the cows to delivering the fattened animal to the slaughterhouse. They will be part of the highs and lows of farming life and will be immersed in the life of an Irish agricultural business.

Each student has an opportunity to choose in which type placement they would like to attend. We endeavour to place each applicant on their choice of farm, but during busy season, this cannot be guaranteed. Our goal is to provide a work experience that will help the student in their future ambitions.

On dairy farms, your students will learn about the milking process, the care of cows, yields, mastitis etc. They will be involved in the daily chore of herding cows into a milking parlour, attaching the milking machine and collecting the daily quota. As a hands on experience, each student will learn cleaning routines and be actively involved in all aspects of animal husbandry.


On cattle farms, applicants learn about the fattening process, feeding and conformation of a good beef animal. They will have an opportunity to visit cattle markets and learn about the difference between a good fattening animal and a not so good one.

If a student chooses to specialise in horses, they will be involved in the day-to-day care of horses and ponies. They will be immersed in the activity of a yard, whether it is a private yard, a competition yard or a riding school. They may even have the exciting opportunity to attend competitions and learn what it is like to be a busy competition groom, responsible for their hosts horses before and after a round in the show jumping ring. If capable, they may have an opportunity to ride, but only if they are confident riders and their host feels that it is safe.

To find out about the other programmes available to choose from, check out our PLACEMENTS page.

dublin_city_centre.jpgOn arrival in Ireland, your students receive a welcome pack with information about Ireland and our agricultural industry. In this pack we give an overview of agriculture in Ireland. Students may be required to do a report on their experience in Ireland and our host farmers are requested to assist the students with this.

Students are informed about our agricultural education authority, Teagasc and are encouraged to contact them for any further information that they need.

We want students go home with a comprehensive understanding of Irish farming and our agricultural way of life. We also expect that our hosts will have learnt from the students both agriculturally and culturally.

Contact us to find out more about the Educational experience of agricultural work experience

Personal Development

To travel to a new country, with a different language and way of life is a huge accomplishment for any young person. Ireland is a very family-oriented country, with a strong ethos of the nuclear family and roles within it. Our families are carefully selected for their knowledge and understanding of young people and for their strong moral standards, while at the same time allowing for differing opinions and lifestyles.

Many of our families have teenagers of their own and therefore understand the modern adolescent and the trials and tribulations that emerging adults can go through.

student_with_host_family.jpgWe are here to make the experience as positive and enjoyable as possible. We support and monitor students closely while allowing them the freedom to explore and grow, but we are here in the event of problems or difficulties that might arise. We offer everything from a shoulder to lean on to a listening ear. As students will only speak English during their time here, their language skills will improve greatly.

We aim that a participant on our programme will return home having experienced our culture and heritage, with a wider knowledge of Irish farming methods and a more rounded and mature outlook on life. We want our students to go home with great memories of Ireland and a fondness of all things Irish.

Our goal is for students to be so happy here that they come back time and time again.

Contact us to find out more about personal development and agricultural work experience

Culture and History

Ireland is rich in culture and steeped in history. Since time immemorial we have been known as the land of “Saints and Scholars” and are renowned for our rich heritage of art, literature and music. Irish music and dancing such as “Riverdance” has brought Ireland to the wider stage and we advise students to visit places of music and join in the merriment and dancing.
dublin_catheral.jpgIn most small towns there is at least one or two music events every week and Irish homes are often alive with the sound of music. We have a wealth of art galleries, theatres and cultural events and students are actively encouraged to take every opportunity to develop their interest in the arts and allow our culture to engulf them.

Our country is full of dominant houses, castles, abbeys and churches of huge historical interest. Every small town has at least one local museum and a plethora of round towers and ruined castles. Our host families are delighted not only to tell you about their farm and its past but also the local and county history.
We urge students to visit and absorb the wealth of history that Ireland has to offer. Irish people are proud of their heritage and we are friendly and talkative people and as such are delighted to explore other people's history and heritage and explain about our own.

In their welcome packs, all students receive a list of interesting places to visit throughout Ireland and in particular historical and cultural places to see in their placement area. Host families are actively encouraged to assist their students in going to see these sights and to discuss the history of the local area.