International Programme 2024


Here are our amazing international travel options for this year.

Applications Now Open.

The Deadline for Applications is Sunday 7th January.

Interviews will be taking place on Sunday 21st January, Location subject to the highest concentration of applicants. Zoom interview option will be available

(Interested in our international opportunities but worried about funding? Find out how you can receive financial support to travel with SAYFC HERE)

(NOTE: These opportunities are STRICTLY for SAYFC Members over 18 years old)

If you have any questions about the trip opportunities or process then please contact the International Chair or Vice Chair
Email: or

‘or’ contact any of the International Committee members.

North: Ellen Glennie, Eve Newlands and Sophie Forbes
East: Anne Ashworth, Jordan Barclay and Lachlan Jones
West: Abby Forsyth, Morven Nelson and Natasha Richardson

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Rural Youth Europe

As part of Rural Youth Europe (RYE), we are able to provide opportunities for members to travel and connect with Young Farmers from across the continent, build lasting friendships and create memories for life. We are excited to be offering 3 RYE events for members to take advantage of this year.

Spring Study Session: Budapest- 21st April- 27th April (2 Spaces)

Much like the better known European Rally, the study session is a chance for members to meet with rural youth from across RYE. These sessions are focused on discussion and exchanging knowledge across Associations, but there will always be time to socialise and make friends. This year the theme of the session is ‘Rural Youth Work’.

European Rally: Estonia- 28th July- 4th August (4 Spaces)

The European Rally has a long history and has become a major event in the calendars of all member organisations involved throughout Europe. Past participants will agree that it is an unforgettable experience where you can learn so much from your fellow young farmers from across Europe and have a great time doing it.

Autumn Seminar: Latvia- End of October/Start of November- 1 week (2 Spaces)

The Autumn Seminar is best described as a multicultural youth exchange. The seminars are one week in length and are
hosted by a different member organisation each year. Although the seminars have a different theme each year, their central focus is on bringing young people together to discuss and share knowledge on topics that effect rural youth.

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An SAYFC homestay is totally unique and allows you to experience a different way of life. Trips last from two weeks to three months – it’s up to you to decide how long you want
to travel for and which country you want to visit. During your time away you will stay in a host’s house. Normally every couple of weeks you
will move to a new host family. The host will be similar to you and will be a member of a young farmer organization.
This is a great way to meet new people, experience how other people live and learn more
about agriculture.
Top tip! – If you decide to go on a homestay adventure bring along some small gifts from
Scotland to give to your host families to say thank you!


Our 2024 Homestay Opportunities: 

(Some dates to be confirmed)

Ontario (Canada):

2 spaces- Early June- Mid August- 10 weeks in Ontario with 1 week off in the middle of the exchange as a vacation or break for the delegates when they would not be hosted.

Homestays: Tasmania:

1 space- late April (up to 6 weeks) staying in Launceston, Tasmania.

Homestays: Northern Ireland (Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster):

2 spaces-  12th – 26th May 2024 (Could change) Including visit to Balmoral show.

Homestays: Ireland (Macra na Feirme):

2 spaces- July/August- 2 weeks

(There is funding available for our exchange programme but applicants must be aware that these trips will still feature travel and general living costs and should be prepared for this)

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Group Travel

Our group travel opportunities provide a chance to explore new destinations and meet other SAYFC members from across Scotland. Over the course of the trip you will be exposed to new cultures, have unforgettable experiences and hopefully come away with friends for life.


Destinations 2023
Northern Morocco: Blue Cities & Bustling Marrakech
7th- 13th July 2024 

Modern, ancient, bohemian, sophisticated — no matter how many superlatives you can think of, northern Morocco surpasses them all.  Over seven days, you’ll tour old-world Fès and the famous blue-and-white buildings of Chefchaouen, then explore mysterious Marrakech and the bustle of Djeema El Fna. If you want to score serious culture points, there’s nowhere better than beautiful Morocco.


Estimated Cost Including Flights and Extras: £1,590

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Vietnam: Historic Cities & Halong Bay Cruising
9th- 20th August 2024 

Explore Vietnam on your terms with this group tour. Savour your way through Nha Trang on a street food crawl, step into turquoise-coloured paradise in Ha Long Bay, and get some good stories to take back home in bustling Hanoi. With a mix of highlights and free reign to explore how you’d like, this is one introduction to Southeast Asia you won’t ever forget.


Estimated Cost Including Flights and Extras: £2,050

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Five Nations Conference

16th – 20th October 2024

Bangor, Northern Ireland

The Five Nations Conference is a chance to interact and strengthen ties with other Young Farmers from across the UK and Ireland. After the success of the inaugural conference hosted by SAYFC, this year it is the turn of the Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster to host the event. They will be continuing with the theme of Rural Leadership and are hoping to delve deeper into this topic, have open discussions about Organisations and gain valuable knowledge from local businesses and persons.

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