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INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS

DISCOVER WHAT FARMING AND RURAL LIFE IS REALLY LIKE

FX is an educational program to give city school students the opportunity to experience and learn first hand about real life modern Australian farming by staying with a farming family for a week.

During your on-farm stay, you’ll find out about the diversity of career opportunities the food and fibre sector has to offer, by experiencing working on a farm and visiting various related agribusinesses.

ABOUT FX


How does it work?

You’ll stay with a farming family who will be your ‘host’ during your program. They will provide you with your everyday needs including accommodation and meals.
During this week, your host will introduce you to their farming business and lifestyle.


What support do I get from FX Program?

As a participant of the FX Program, you have access to the program’s coordinator and the designated school contact.


How much does it cost?

The program itself doesn’t have any fees. Participants need to take care of transport costs.





HOW TO TAKE PART


How do I apply?

If your school is participating in the FX Program, you need to complete an Expression of Interest form and return this to the designated teacher at your school.

 

How are students selected to take part?

Your school will select which students will take part in the program.
To be eligible for the program, your school needs to be located in a metropolitan area.
Students who take part in the program should meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 16+ years old.
  • Interested in food and farming, or curious about what’s involved in farming.
  • Willing to travel to and spend a week away from home on a farm.
  • Committed to learning while working on the farm.
  • Committed to recording their experience with photos and videos.
  • Committed to presenting their experience to peers once they return.

What does the application process involve?

Once your teacher receives your application, they will arrange an interview with you. If you are selected to participate in the program, you will be asked to fill in some documentation and create your profile. The school will then match you with your host.


How long is the program?

Usually the program runs for one week, but each school and group of participating host farmers may change the length of the stay by a couple of days – you’ll know this before you go.




DURING THE PROGRAM


What can I expect to learn?

You might be surprised by what you learn while you’re away, during the pilot program, some of the things students took away included:

  • How much work actually goes into the farming business.
  • The amount of work behind food production.
  • The surprising role of technology in farming.
  • The importance of water to the farms and why there are strict water regulations.
  • How much planning and work go into every single part of the food production process.
  • The different lifestyle rural communities have (compared to their own).


What will I do while I’m on the program?

While on the farm, your host will aim to give you an insight into as much of their farming business as they can. You’ll work with them on their day to day duties as well as go on excursions to related locations so you get a good idea of what running a farm business is like.

You’ll find out more about exactly where you’re going and what kind of activities you’ll be able to do during the induction session that will be held at your school before you go.


What about my schoolwork?

You and your school will work out the best plan for you and other participating students to make sure you don’t miss any important assignments or assessments.


Are there any assignments that I need to do specially for this program?

During your stay, you’ll be asked to take pictures and videos, then create a presentation of your entire experience. This presentation will be submitted to your program coordinator and shared with your school peers. 

Upon your return, you will be asked to complete a feedback form regarding the following:


  • Five things you have learned or discovered.
  • The highlight of the week.
  • What surprised you the most.
  • What living in the country was like.
  • If the experience changed the way they thought about farming.
  • Photos or videos from the week.




ABOUT YOUR FARM STAY


What should I expect when staying with my hosts?

Your hosts will be excited to have you come and stay. During your stay with your host, you will live the life of a farming family. This will most likely involve getting up earlier than you are used to – set your alarm and be enthusiastic.
Your hosts will want to get to know you and hear about what your life is like as well as share theirs with you, please spend time to get to know your hosts. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your hosts, they will be happy to help you.


What will I know about my host family before I arrive?

You will have the opportunity to get in touch with your host before your arrival. Both students and hosts also fill out a profile so you can get to know a little about each other before you get there.


Will my classmates be near me?

Farming families in one region of the state host all students participating in the FX Program. Depending on the availability and preference of each host, students may be hosted individually or in pairs.


How should I behave around the house?

Your hosts will most likely tell you to ‘make yourself at home’. This might mean things like helping yourself to a drink or a snack and watching TV during down time. It also means helping out with basic chores like washing up after dinner, keeping your room tidy, making your bed in the morning and keeping the bathroom tidy after you use it.

If you have washing you would like to do, please ask your host if you could use their machine. Please respect your hosts’ privacy especially with regards to bedrooms and bathrooms.


How will I get there?

The Program Coordinator will arrange for your transport to and from the farm. All program participants will travel together.


What should I pack?

You’ll need to bring clothes for a week’s stay (including work clothes, casual clothes and your pajamas), your toiletries and a camera or your phone for taking pictures and videos of your time on the program.

The type of clothes you’ll need for working on the farm should include long sleeved tops, long pants and work boots. You can see a sample packing list in the library section of this site.


What if I have special dietary or medical needs?

You can let your school know of any special requirements you have so this can all be accommodated for while you’re on the program.


Can I use the internet and phone at the host’s house?

This will be up to your host family – they will most likely let you know when you arrive, or you can always ask about it.


What will I do at night if my hosts go to bed early?

Keep in mind that with early morning starts, you should be prepared to go to bed a little earlier than normal and you might be surprised by how tired you are at the end of each day.