11 Things You Need to Know About WWOOFing
WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) has become increasingly popular in recent years as travelers look for new and exciting ways to spend their time abroad.
Elizabeth Sanberg of GoGreenTravelGreen.com recently spend 5 days on a small farm in Argentina and has a lot of opinions and insights about WWOOFing.
She’s come up with a list of 11 things you need to know if you’re considering working as a volunteer on a farm.
Among these things, she learn that:
“It’s Not All Farm Work”
“While we spent most of our time weeding the garden, preparing meals, and cleaning up, there was more to do at our farm than just garden and clean. Several people taught English lessons and the week after we left volunteers started making herbal remedies and building adobe bricks.”
As someone who has never volunteered on a farm, this was a little surprising to me. Doing the same thing all the time would get a little tiresome, so it’s good to hear there’s variation. In addition to this:
“Volunteering on a Farm Doesn’t Always Mean Free Rent”
“A lot of people assume that if you volunteer on a farm you will get room and board. This isn’t always the case. Because we only stayed five days and worked 4 hour days, we contributed for meals and our room. Another couple on the farm was staying for several weeks, but didn’t want to work 8 hour days so they paid for food. Farming isn’t always lucrative, so even if you work for months with long hours you may still be asked to pay. In Argentina this could be $2-$10/day if you work full time; we paid about $20/day for room and board.”
This is an important point that must be noted, as people often assume that by working on a farm they’ll be given free accommodation and daily meals.
For the full list, check out GoGreenTravelGreen.com.
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