WWOOF - Volunteering in organic farms
Via World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, you can find farm workanywhere in the world. WWOOF organisations publish lists of organic farms, smallholdings and gardeners that welcome volunteer help at certain times. The diversity of hosts available as part of this volunteering programme equates to a large variety of tasks and experiences. These unique positions, although unpaid, are accompanied by free board and lodging in exchange for working for 4-5 hours each day.
Hostsprovide a friendly welcome in an amiable environment and enable travellers to gain experience on their farms in organic farming methods. Volunteer helpers ("WWOOFers") choose the hosts that most interest them and make direct contact to arrange a stay. Volunteers usually live as part of the family.
WWOOF volunteers do not pay for their stay. WWOOF hosts do not pay volunteers for their help. WWOOF organisations usually charge a small fee to hosts and volunteers. This fee helps to maintain and develop the WWOOF network. In order to access the list of farms participating in the WWOOFING scheme, you need to register online with World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms
Advantages of working on a farm
- Agricultural work isn't overly expensive, given the lack of opportunity to spend money in the countryside!
- Working on a farm is sociable, as you get to make friends with other backpackers
- You improve your English before you start looking for another job
- You get to explore the rural way of life and traditional farms.