After the cost of flights, paying for your accommodation is usually your next biggest expense, right? Well, it doesn’t have to be. Introducing Wwoofing. Wwoof stands for Willing Workers On Organic Farms, and it’s an accommodation exchange.
So, how does it work? You have hosts and volunteers.
Hosts are people with, farms, co-ops, allotments, orchards, vineyards and a heap of other things, and they all follow organic and sustainable practices. They need helping hands to get things done, and in exchange for a specified number of hours work, they provide free accommodation. Volunteers are travelers looking for a more local experience, or who don’t want to pay for some of their accommodation.
You go onto the website and select your destination, then join the organization for that area (you pick your farm from the list, and organize your stay directly with the host). You usually live with your host and are expected to help with the day-to-day running of things. You could be picking vegetables, fruit, planting seeds, making cheese, making bread or wine.
We can safely recommend Wwoofing to you (without suggesting you take up weaving or howling at the moon) but what we can’t control is the fact that you’ll likely want to stay on past your welcome. You may just not want to go home at all.
Written by: Sian Bray
~ “明天见” ming tian jian/see you tomorrow
Image by: Wwoof International