First of all I would like to say thank you very much to Access International for sending me to US for one year Agricultural training. During the training, I learned a lot of things especially on how to manage a bigger size of farm with different kinds of vegetables, activities from planting to post harvest operation. I have also learned how to operate different farm machineries and how to control the pest and diseases of plants by the use of some chemicals. Above all my boss told me we need hardwork, patience and understanding all the time.
Now that I'm back, i will put up my own business to plant different kinds of vegetables applying all the knowledge and skills i have learned during the training. Also to improve my fish pond to make more profit. If I will be given one more chance to be part again of another training, I will grab it for I know that it will benefit me more!
- Romel Lechon, IFugao State University
I had my training at Pope Brothers Dairy Farm at Franklinton, LA. I have been there for one year. During the training I learned to be responsible, gained confidence and know how to work hard. I have learned farm activities including milking, calf raising and rearing, sanitizing equipments, monitoring sick cows and driving tractors, aside from that, I also learned crop production on corn and soybean. But the most important of all is the attitude towards duties and life. I enjoyed my stay together with my team peers which also came from different cultures.
I would like to thank Access International for giving me this kind of Training opportunity. My deepest appreciation to all your effort.
-Ricmar Brian Martel, University of Southern Mindanao
I have learned a lot regarding swine production. i've grown mentally, physically and professionally. in terms of advanced Artificial Insemination, it is so interesting to learn. i also learn vaccination activities, deworming techniques, diagnosing and treatment of disease. In addition to that, i have learned how to manage a big farm, and to become productive and successful person. Such a great experience!
Now that I'm back, i will improve our farm and expand it in order to apply all the things i have learned. I will look for a job that is appropriate for my training experience that would bring me to a better future.
-Norvin Lilew, Benguet State University
I am Benjamin I. Mabanag Jr., farm trainee of Ho farms at Kahuku, Hawaii. I had a very good experience in the training like spraying, mixing different type of chemicals, planting different variety of seedlings such as cucumber, long and round eggplant , long beans, string beans, okra, tomatoes, squash. I also learned driving different types of car. And most specially, it built my confidence and now can communicate with other nationalities. Now, after the training I am planning to apply at the Department of Agriculture so that I can share all my experience and knowledge to the local farmers in our community.
-Benjamin Mabanag Jr., Kalinga-Apayao State University
I am Claire Gammong from Kalinga-Apayao State College. I was a farm trainee in Ho farms at Kahuku, Hawaii last April 2011 to May 2012. During my stay in hawaii, I had a cultural shock because our co-trainees were foreigners, but later on I adjusted anyway. It's a hardwork but I keep on telling myself to be patient.
I can say that my host business were good to us because they provide everything to us which is a big help of course.
That's all and thank you to Access International!
-Claire Gammong, Kalinga-Apayao State College
I am Ruel Mark Lunizo, a graduate of Bachelor in Agricultural Technology at Abra State Institute of Science and Technology (ASIST). I had my training at Beck Farm in Minnesota where I learned about beef cattle fattening and crop production. In cattle fattening, i've learned giving the proper diet, medicine, vitamins, castration and vaccination. While in crop production, I have learned how to cultivate the field using tractor, computing the right amount of fertilizer in the field. Harvesting using the combine tractor and proper storing of the crops.
Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to learn this American Farming. I know I can use it in the future and I will share it to my neighboring farmers.
-Ruel Mark Lunizo, Abra State Institute of Science and Technololgy
I am Oscar Dulagan, a graduate of Agriculutural Education at Benguet State University. I participated this Training Program and was assigned in Hawaii last November 10, 2009 to December 10, 2010. I learned more in farming especially the American way of farming, and experienced to have friends with different races. Through Access International, it became my stepping stone to have a greener pasture. Now I'm applying my farming skills and experience from my one year hands on training in my own vegetable farm in Benguet. Thank you Access International for Helping Build my Future as a great farmer in the Philippines.
-Oscar Dulugan, Benguet State University
I am Rosemarie Anne Simbulan Ensomo from Pampanga and a graduate of Doctor Veterinary Medicine from Tarlac College of Agriculture. Previously working as a Veterinary Care Specialist in Universal Robina Corporations. I was just one of the thousands of people who dreamt of working abroad and aiming to give my family a better life and a brighter future.
I first heard about Access International when they held an orientation in our school and that moment on I became more persuasive of fulfilling my dream of working abroad. Until the time I finished college and worked in Pasig City, I inquired about the requirements needed for the application. The people from Access International entertained all my inquiries and helped me in all the processes needed. From the smallest things up to the time I need to pass for the Visa interview they were there to guide us. They arranged everything for me and most of the people from the company even became my friends up to now.
I went to Fairbury, Nebraska and became one of the trainees of Livingston Enterprises Inc. for a year. Being a part of a training program was such a wonderful experience. You’ll get to meet a lot of people from different countries, learn their culture, learn their ways of living, and gaining friends. In my experience, I was able to see the beautiful places in Nebraska and experienced to see for myself the places that I only see before in postcards and televisions such as the Balance Rock in Colorado, the famous “four heads” of Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota and many more. It has a huge effect also on my personal being because this program gains me more confidence in doing my craft, improving my skills and sharing my knowledge to other people.
At present, I am now working here at Spiritwood, Saskatchewan, Canada as a Swine Production Technician. And currently working on my papers to become a permanent resident here. Access International played a big role in reaching my dreams because the training program that they gave me served as my stepping stone to be where I am right now. My previous host and the company became one of my good credentials and gave way to have the position I have now.
All the thanks and gratitude I give to all the staff of Access International. I will not mention names anymore, you know who you are guys. May the good Lord continue to bless you all and give you more success. May you help more people fulfill their dreams and hope that this simple testimonial will serve as an inspiration.
-Roan Simbulan Ensomo, Tarlac College of Agriculture
I am Ralph Smith Mauricio, a 4th Animal Husbandry student from RMTU-SM Campus. I underwent training in US last June 29, 2010 to July 14, 2011
under dairy production. The whole 12 month and 2 week duration of my training isn't easy. Since dairy production is considered one of the important part of American agriculture, I began to realize I have one of the most significant jobs there. As a worker I have learned the importance of maintaining and observing milk quality standards.. care and medication of sick and injured animals, calving (giving birth) assistance, as well as feed calculation and supplement application..
I'm also aware that even though I'm still an RMTU student, i experienced being independent, living on my own away from my family and striving to work hard despite the distance from home. I learned how to rely on myself and being open to learn about new things in connection to my work. My high determination and risk taking attitude made me strive harder to be not just an employee, but a reliable colleague to my co-workers. All of these I owe to my ambition, that no matter how complicated and how hard my job would be, I will always be willing to participate for the love of my chosen profession.
My advise to my fellow students, especially those in line with Animal Husbandry, our work requires a lot of perseverance and hard work so I hope to inspire you by letting you know the things I have experienced in abroad.
And in addition, I am pleased to tell all of you that by the time I'm writing you this story, I am still an undergraduate student of the university, and at the same time I'm here in New Zealand. The Dean of the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Prof. Anita Fabro, encouraged me to get another training here. After less than a month, I got promoted as Shed Manager of Cressy Dairies due to my experience in Israel and the US. After this, I will be back to RMTU to finish what I have started.
-Ralph Smith Mauricio, Ramon Magsaysay Technological University
how are you mam? Last week was masters week here.so we are busy working preparing for golfcourse,and we started earlier than regular days.lot of professional players were playing on golfcourse througout the entire week.and it so happen that our neighboring golfclub was number one here in usa where tiger wood used to play.we're very much ok here mam.its nice to be here.whew!our boss were good and also our co trainees.in other part leonardo gonna celebrate his birthday next week.so we maybe party2 here.hehe.send my best regards to everyone there in access.gb..."
-Gilbert Cagatan, University of Southern Mindanao
"First of all, I would like to say thanks to Access International by helping me, also my sponsoring organization and my host organization.
On this training program, it gave me a lot of experince like the American technique of farming,sharing and learning the different culture with different nationalities who participate in this training and the development of my knowledge and skills. The training program is the best experience I ever had. As a successful future agriculturist and I highly recommend it to all new applicant.
And again, thank you to my host who teached and shared all of his knowledge how did he grew his farm, teach me to operate machineries ,handle some into his farm and I also learned the modern methods of irrigation system. I was also assigned to arrange all the water irrigtaion of the farm. All kinds of plants, banana,onion,eggplant,longbeans,herbs and many more!One more thing I've learned on this training is time management and self-discipline to be responsible for the training and don't waste every single minute during the training..
I tell to myself that for sure now I'll be a better farmer. Thank you to Access International,my host, sponsor and God for the completion of my training!"
-Rodelio Mangabay, Tarlac College of Agriculture
"I'm Dann Ardiel Revaula from University of Southern Mindanao a graduate of BS Agriculture Major in Horticulture.These were my experinces in Turf Management Training in North Carolina...
Last February 19,2011 i was interviewed at US Embassy and I was lucky I passed the visa interview in God's Grace,praying always and ask for widom and knowledge.My departure was March 23, 2011 and we arrived at March 24, 2011, it was so exciting,new weather,culture and people to deal with. Everything is new.
During our training, I've learned how to care turf grasses, by using turf machineries like push mower, weed eater and other machiniries used in turf care.I also learned landscaping, irrigation, drainage management and maintenance of farm machineries.
January 30, 2012 I left United States and we arrived here at the 31st of January 2012. It's a long way travel, but atleast we arrived safe and sound.Thank God for our safe travel!
"HOME SWEET HOME!!!!"
-Dann Ardiel D. Revaula, University of Southern Mindanao
" Being a trainee in Minnesota is not that easy you have to be a multi-tasking person, you have to deal or blend with their culture and be strong. I've learned a lot in my training not only for my career but in some aspect of my life.
Ive learned to respect other culture I've learned to lived by my own to be an Access trainee is a life changing experience".
-Jasmine Gonzales, De La Salle Araneta
Iam excited to be a part of these agricultural training program because it will help a lot to improve our family farm, produce more products and profit.Iam very happy to have a farm training in Kahuku, Hawaii because it will help me to improve my agricultural farming skills.Iam also excited to share the knowledge,techniques on how to produce commercial products and share it to my fellowmen.
-Sheryl Sal-ao, Kalinga Apayao State College