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10 Week Internship @ Zaytuna Farm, PRI Australia : Advice Needed!!

 
ibra qeeb
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Hello fellow permies,

I am going to Zaytuna Farm this April for the 10 week internship course. I was wondering if there are any past interns around to give me some tips on a couple of things.

What should I pack?
What kind of weather am I looking at? (This is my first time in Aussie land.)
What kind of tent should I get?
What kind of expenses am I looking at over the 10 weeks and a rough estimate if possible?
Easiest way to get to the farm from Brisbane?'


Apart from all of that I would appreciate any other advice you can give me. I am really excited and eager to make the most of my time and learn as much as I can and hopefully go on to practice and share the knowledge around the world.

Thanks,
Ib
 
Bill Kearns
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Hallo Ibra and welcome to the forums. Congratulations on your internship and upcoming adventure in Oz! You're sure to learn in abundance.

April will be autumn down under, but that's about as far as my knowledge goes. You might try posing your question on the PRI forum (http://forums.permaculture.org.au). There are many Aussies there who can give more detailed (and knowledgeable) advice on your questions. Maybe something of interest here? http://forums.permaculture.org.au/showthread.php?8698-Internship-at-PRI&highlight=zaytuna

Much luck and enjoy your travels!
 
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Hi,

I did my PDC there in January and it was a great place to learn. To answer your questions.

What should I pack?
What kind of weather am I looking at?

Here is a link to climate stats for the area http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averages/tables/cw_058037.shtml
It is subtropical so it will be warm and wet. It will get into the thirties regularly even though it is Autumn. Pack for summer but it may get cool at night so bring long trousers etc. and definitely wet weather gear.

What kind of tent should I get?
A good one that can stand up to high winds and pouring rain. I have seen peoples cheap ones destroyed in one storm

What kind of expenses am I looking at over the 10 weeks and a rough estimate if possible?
Most of the food is included so you just need beer money.

Easiest way to get to the farm from Brisbane?
Train to Lismore and taxi to the farm. They arrange a free bus from Lismore sometimes. You could ask Bonnie to email all the attendees and see if you can get a ride from Brisbane. I took someone up and two people back that way.

Enjoy yourself
Dan
 
Simon Scott
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Hello Ibra,

Firstly I replied to your email thinking you were going to PRI next April, now I see that you have in fact already attended.

Would you mind giving me a short impression of your time at PRI? I am considering going in April 2013 for the same course.

Thank You,

Simon
 
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