WWOOF stands for “World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms” and enables people to live and volunteer in a variety of organic properties by being hosted voluntarily by the owners. In exchange for food and accommodation, volunteers (WWOOFers) help with the farm and in the home for 4-6 hours a day. If you want to have hands on experience, learn and share organic and sustainable ways of living then WWOOF might be for you. WWOOFinng is as flexible and diverse as you can imagine: you can end up producing cheese in the alpes, building irrigation systems in Zimbabwe or work on harvesting olives in the south of Spain.
not-high-skill mobility, doing something different, meeting a lot of new people, experience mobility outside of the cities, back-to-the-roots experience
The one to know
I can benefit of it if
I’m older than 16 and fit enough to undertake some physical work in organic farms. I’m motivated to learn about organic farming and alternative lifestyles. I know that it’s not just a cheap way to travel.
I can leave for
Duration of your stay needs to be defined between me and my host.
I can go
In many countries all over the world, more than 60 countries have national Woofing groups.
I will receive
Accommodation and food will be provided by my host.
Knowledge and insight about organic farming and different lifestyles
Intense interpersonal and intercultural experience thanks to my host
A very active and grounding mobility experience
Life skills and new perspective on the countries I’m visiting
I need to prepare
By contacting accredited hosts and establishing good dialogue with them to ensure the experience is a true cultural exchange process By looking for tips and testimonials to avoid possible bad experiences
For help I should contact
Check if the country you want to go to has a national woof groups (you may have to pay a membership fee) and ask for information and assistance. If the country doesn’t have such a group, check out the general platforms for information about the country of your choice (for examplehttp://www.wwoofindependents.org/).
Woofing is an off-the-beaten track experience and you have to be sure to be fit for it, but if you go for it you can be sure to be rewarded with an exceptional human experience. It is a very interesting way to discover a country and a culture in a different perspective.
- Mis à jour : 22 novembre 2014