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WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) organisations link people who want to volunteer on organic farms or smallholdings with people who are looking for volunteer help. In return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles. WWOOF started in the UK in 1971 and has since become an international movement that is helping people share more sustainable ways of living.
- WWOOF is an exchange - In return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles.
- WWOOF organisations link people who want to volunteer on organic farms or smallholdings with people who are looking for volunteer help.
- Many countries have national WWOOF groups. Look in the drop down menu or list below to find where they are.
- Other countries have hosts - but no national WWOOF group as yet!
- Make a difference! Get involved! Join WWOOF! Think local - act global!
How does it work?
WWOOF organisations publish lists of organic farms, smallholdings and gardeners that welcome volunteer help at certain times. The diversity of hosts available offers a large variety of tasks and experiences. 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 around the world
There are many WWOOF organisations around the world, but there is no single WWOOF membership that covers all countries. Some countries have their own national WWOOF organisations. If you want to WWOOF in any of these countries, you must contact and subscribe to the WWOOF organisation in that country. For each country you want to visit, you will pay a small fee to that national organisation. Other countries are listed by WWOOF Independents if they do not have national WWOOF organisations. With this membership you can WWOOF in any of the 50+ countries on the list.
Opportunity is About:
Candidates should be from:
Description of Ideal Candidate:
Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year
Cost/funding for participants:
Each WWOOF trip is unique. It is therefore difficult to provide a precise figure. Please ensure you budget for the following: subscription fee to WWOOF in the country or countries you are visiting (this can be anything between 0 - US$72 / 0 - 56 Euro), all travel expenses - including, travel to WWOOF country and travel to/from between host farms, accommodation en route, insurance, toiletries/medicines, mobile phone/internet access, day trips/treats If you don't already have sturdy working boots and a sleeping bag it is also advisable to purchase these (though many farmers may have proper beds and linen for you..).