The dreaded 88 days of farm work. Most backpackers face the decision whether or not they choose to endure this dirty work in order to extend their 417 Working Holiday Visa. Kels and I decided to go for it, we completed ours on a Dairy Farm in South Australia. In no way was it easy, but looking back at the experience, we have no regrets. Having survived our time, I figured I’d offer up some tips that helped us make it through.
1. Make sure the work you’re doing actually counts towards the days. For more information go to https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/417- and look under specified work to see more details. Make sure it’s the right type of work, and in the right area! You don’t want to do the work only to find out you have to do it all over again!
2. Get over your fear of spiders. 🕷
3. And mice/rats.🐭
4. And snakes, and all other creepy crawlers! 🐍🦂🦎
5. Realize that you’re going to get dirty, it’s not the end of the world, you will come clean again (it just might have to wait until 88 days are done 😂).
7. Invest in a hat of sorts (may favourite here in South Australia during winter was a toque/beanie), but a sun hat is also a must!
9. On your days off (if you’re lucky enough to get them) leave the farm. It’s important to have a proper break and it’s a great way to explore more of Australia.
11. Every night before bed, think of 5 good things that happened that day. There’s always something to be thankful for.
13. It’s okay if you need a good cry, or two, or ten. Let it out, then move on.
14. Listen to music/podcasts whenever possible during work, it makes the time go by faster and makes work more fun!
15. Treat everyday as a new day, forget about the hardships of yesterday and start the day with a positive attitude.
16. Know that once you make it through, you have another wonderful year to spend in this beautiful country! ☀️
Have you done your 88 days? If you have any other tips, leave them in the comments!