Travel and Discover Rural Reality with WWOOF
The organisation W.W.O.O.F. ( World Wild Opportunities Organic Farming) was born in the 70′s in England, with the aim to spread and share information and resources on sustainable living.
I’ve been a member of W.W.O.O.F. for almost 7 years: with more and more people travelling all over the world, I believe it’s more important than ever to spread the word about W.W.O.O.F. and give people an opportunity to learn about sustainable living which in todays society is becoming an ever increasing concern, as explained on my blog
W.W.O.O.F. offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in a rural lifestyle in the countryside, living on a farm, sharing every aspect of the daily life with the local people. The farmers will offer food and accommodation in exchange you will work on the farm helping with agriculture work, and of course learning on the job.
It is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who wants to live and be in touch with nature. The work often includes; seeding, picking, reaping, preparing bread, wine, oil, marmalade, but most of all becoming part of an agricultural lifestyle, learning from the inside, the peculiarities and the rhythm of life.
How it works:
An organic farm, called a hosting farm or simply host, first needs to become a member of W.W.O.O.F. paying a memberships annual fee. Then they write a brief description explaining a little bit about the farm and the types of jobs available, the season and the accommodation, so the potential volunteers have basic understanding of whats on offer.
The volunteer, called a woofer, subscribes paying the annual membership fee and they are able to access the list of the farms and contacts.
The choice of farm is varied, for example in Europe there are farm that produce: cheese, honey, fruit, soap, herbs, wine… The volunteer can base link their choice of farm to their own passion or interests, then personally contact the farms, introducing themselves and make the arrangements for working a season.
On the website WWOOF it details the regulations, core principles of the association and how to subscribe.
In the international website of WWOOF World there are links of every country in the World that participates in W.W.O.O.F. Organisation, and believe me, the list is long!
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