Jun262012
How To Volunteer With WWOOFs

How To Volunteer With WWOOFs

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Although volunteer travel has been booming for the last few years years, WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), or as it is known in some locations, Willing Workers on Organic Farms, is one of the last great strongholds of inexpensive volunteer travel. It’s the real deal. It’s the alternative to spending thousands of dollars to build houses in Thailand or hundreds of dollars to nurse cuddly baby jungle animals.

WWOOF is a dynamic program available in almost every country around the world where you can spend your time working on an organic farm or project for room and board. The range of hosts and projects is exhaustive, and you’re sure to find something perfect for your travel plan. You can use the opportunity to learn about a particular type of organic farming, such as working on a vineyard or sheep station. If, conversely, you’re more interested in the culture and people of the country, you can seek out a host who sounds like a fascinating person who can offer you a peek in to the life of a local in Australia or Bolivia or France.

It’s Not About the Money

Your cost should never include any more than the membership price for the country/countries in which you plan to WWOOF and transportation to your host’s home/farm/commune/caravan. There are hosts out there who will agree to your stay, but then ask that you pay a small contribution toward the household expenses. If you’re working 6 or 7 hours a day and being provided with a bed and 3 squares, you’ve done more than enough to contribute. This sort of charge goes against the spirit of the program and should not be encouraged.

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