For the opportunity of a lifetime, it is time to apply for the seventeenth South African Exchange Program.

This was established by Australian IPPS and South Africa IPPS to give young propagators, at the start of their career, the opportunity to gain experience of each others industry and to build a better understanding of each country.

In February/March 2023 the young propagator chosen will spend approximately 3 weeks in South Africa, hosted by local Nurserymen, where he/she will work and visit other nurseries and places of interest in South Africa, including tourist venues, plus attend their IPPS Conference – date to be advised.

The program as usual is sponsored by Australia and South Africa IPPS. After the trip the chosen propagator will be expected to attend the Australian IPPS Conference in GEELONG, VICTORIA from 24th to 27th May 2023 to talk about his/her wonderful experience.

Now that you are thinking about this experience or you know someone who may be suitable, check the following to make sure of eligibility:-

  • You must be just starting your career of propagating and growing plants.
  • You must be able to travel to South Africa in February/March 2023 and attend our May Conference in 2023 in Geelong, Victoria.
  • Your employer must support this application and your time off work.
  • You must be prepared to make notes and take photographs of your great experience and report back to Australian IPPS Conference in 2023.

If all of the above suits you and you would like to be hosted (at no cost to you, except spending money) in South Africa to gain great knowledge, experience the lifestyle and great sights of South Africa, then tell us about your background in Horticulture, including training and work experience and send the application form which is available on the IPPS website   Applications have now closed.  Successful applicant is Stephanie Hastie from TAFESA.  Stephanie will give a presentation on her experience in South Africa at this years conference in Geelong.  Details on Exchangee application for 2024 will be posted up on website later in the year.

Still not sure, then read about the 2019 South Africa Exchangee, Elmien Coetser (South Africa) comments in the Winter edition (Issue 62) or Brayden Fitzpatrick (South Africa Exchangee 2019 – Winter Issue 62) of “The Propagator’ on the IPPS website or speak to any of the previous exchangees to help you decide to take the opportunity of being an ambassador for Australian IPPS.