Believe it or not, but this Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) graduate from the Philippines found out that being a dairy farmer in New Zealand is something that she could enjoy doing while she earns around P100K.
Indeed, Jennifer Abobo expressed having no regrets despite diverting from her initial career path.
Being in the land of milk and honey wherein dairy farming is among the country’s most important industries and also their biggest export. Jennifer finds herself loving what she does and actually being happy in such wonderful surroundings.
Although she finished a degree in HRM back in the Philippines, she had difficulty finding a job that would give her satisfaction and contentment; something that would make her feel she had found her niche, so to speak.
She reportedly arrived in New Zealand in 2015 with her fiancè and they got lucky to have such a kind employer.
Despite not having any farming experience, she soon learned the ‘hows’ of doing things and managed to fit in.
Apparently, it was also there that she learned how to drive a tractor or bigger vehicles. She also drives a motorcycle in her kind of work. She has learned new skills along the way and with her hard work and determination as most Filipinos are noted for, she has adapted to her work environment with ease.
She enjoys the peaceful 290-hectare farm even while admitting that It’s a highly physical job – from handling cows to milking and operating machineries; repairing fences, cleaning various areas among others.
The most challenging perhaps is that she had to get used to longer working hours, especially as the sun sets much later in New Zealand.
She shared that they would usually wake up at 3:00 am and be working for 14-16 hours daily. Beginners in the farming industry usually get paid P80,000 to P100,000 a month.
The cost of living there is, of course, higher, she said, but she’s able to still save and support her parents back in her home country.
In 2019, Jennifer shared on her YouTube channel a video entitled “A Day in the Life of a Pinay Dairy Farmer in New Zealand / Trabaho Namin Araw-Araw” where she shared what they do everyday.
According to Jennifer, the reason she documented a day in her life at work is to, first and foremost, inspire and help others.
She said, “I know we don’t have the same job and each of us are fighting our own battles in life but I just want to inspire other people to not just work hard but try to enjoy, savor the moment and SMILE despite of hardship and I can assure you that you’ll never feel as if you are working a day in your life. SMILE to inspire others,” as disclosed in a The Pinoy OfW story.
Indeed, her vlog has inspired a lot. More than a thousand have expressed gratitude and praised her for being so hardworking and for sharing her experience. You can visit her YouTube channel ‘All About Jenn’ for more inspiring vlogs.
It is also in her channel that she shared their journey towards NZ residency, their pre-nuptial vid and their homecoming! Congrats, mga kabayan! You make us want to fly to New Zealand!
The Kapuso Network shared a feature story on her: