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wwoof.net Want to live and learn on organic farms worldwide? Want to share your life with other like-minded people?WWOOF is a worldwide movement linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchange, thereby helping to build a sustainable, global community.

WWOOF Independents lists hosts in countries where, as yet there is no national WWOOF group.

As a host farm you will open your home to receive visitors from your own country or abroad who want to connect with the land and support the organic movement.WWOOF specialises in linking people who are passionate about healthy food, healthy living and a healthy planet. Join us, show your support for the organic movement and start learning (or sharing) ways of living a more sustainable life. As a member you will be plugged into an international network of like-minded people, with staff on the ground in 60+ countries ready to offer local advice and support.

What Are the Benefits of WorkAway? How do I start WWOOFing?

WWOOF is organised by country, so first you need to decide where in the world you want to go! You can see the complete list of destinations at this page: http://wwoof.net/#destination . Sign up as a volunteer on the WWOOF Organisation responsible for the country you want to visit and then you can start contacting hosts to arrange your visit. If you want to visit more than one country you will need to sign up as a volunteer in each country you plan to visit. Also, you are responsible for ​obtaining your Visa and paying for ​your own transportation & personal expenses. We do not make arrangements for you, instead you will make contact with the hosts yourself.

WWOOF Independents lists hosts in countries where, as yet there is no national WWOOF group.

WWOOF is not a work agency, nor should it be seen as providing a long term solution to meeting housing/employment needs. Please keep in mind that WWOOF is NOT paid work it is a cultural and educational exchange.Most WWOOF groups use the lower age limit of 18 years old as in most countries people below 18 are considered by law to be children. The good news is that different rules apply in different countries and so some WWOOF groups do take younger people. WWOOF Germany, WWOOF Portugal, WWOOF UK and WWOOF Italy accept younger than 18th but sometimes a letter of consent from your parent or guardian is required.

Am I too old to go WWOOFing?

There is no maximum age. In fact many hosts prefer more mature WWOOFers who have specific skills.We cannot help with travel costs to/from a farm. All travel costs are your responsibility.If you are WWOOFing in certain countries your personal accident and liability cover is included in your membership fee. Otherwise you will need to make your own arrangements. Make sure your insurer knows that you will be a volunteer on a farm. You will need cover for personal accident and liability, you may also want regular travel insurance if you are going abroad.

WWOOFing exchanges do not allow for money to change hands, but sometimes hosts in poorer countries still ask for money to cover food costs, or other expenses related to your stay. If this happens you must tell the administrators of the organisation. Then, either find a different host, or refuse the request and offer some other way to compensate them. For example you could agree to go to the local market and buy some food or donate clothes, shoes, books or other useful items. Your choice will depend on the circumstances you find yourself in and what the host will agree to.

ormally called "Working Weekends on Organic Farms", WWOOF came into being in Autumn 1971, in England and when the demand for longer periods occurred, the name was changed to "Willing Workers on Organic Farms". Since then, in recognition of the world wide nature of the organisation and the confusion caused by the word “work”, WWOOF now stands for "WORLD WIDE OPPORTUNITIES on ORGANIC FARMS".

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