WWOOF is a cultural exchange, in which the sharing of life and culture are central. If you are interested in alternative ways of living and want to meet interesting people, then WWOOFing is for you! In order to truly experience the alternative life-style of your host and gain knowledge and experience about their way of living, you live, eat and participate in activities together with your host during your stay.
Usually you live with your host and are invited to join in and cooperate with the day to day activities. On average, WWOOFers provide 4-6 hours of help five days a week. Your host will provide you with food and accommodation.
You may be asked to help with a variety of tasks like sowing seed, making compost, gardening, planting, cutting wood, weeding, harvesting, packing, milking, feeding, fencing, making mud-bricks, wine making, cheese making and bread making. The type of help you will be provide will depend on your personal interests and skills, and the sort of tasks that the hosts have for you in the period you visit.
The length of your stay at the farm is negotiated directly between you and your host. Most WWOOF visits are between two and three weeks, though some may be as short as two or three days or as long as six months.
The first step of your WWOOFing experience is to choose your destination and join the relevant WWOOF organization. As a member you will be able to access a database of farms in your chosen country and start making plans.
If you have a farm, smallholding, garden, allotment, vineyard or woodland and follow organic or sustainability principles, you might consider opening your home to WWOOFers.
Our volunteers can provide an extra pair of hands to help with various projects you are busy with. Many of our hosts practice Permaculture or Bio-dynamic growing methods. Some hosts make a living off their land, others are homesteaders interested in self-sufficiency, some are families others are individuals. There are also cooperatives, communities and eco- villages on our books.
Hosting WWOOFers can be hugely rewarding as you are enabling people to learn about organic growing techniques. You will also be demonstrating an alternative way of life . Many WWOOFers are so inspired by the experience that they end up changing their lifestyles and even setting up their own organic farms! As a host you are improving communication and aiding growth within the organic movement!