Learn About Organic Farming While Traveling: WWOOF!
The acronym WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. It’s an organization that helps connect travelers who want to learn about organic growing and sustainability with farms who can provide hands on learning experiences in these areas. Travelers can contact farms listed by WWOOF in the country they wish to travel to find an available volunteer position on an organic farm. In exchange for their volunteer hours, travelers receive living accommodations and meals free of charge for the duration of their stay at the farm.
The WWOOF model is a win-win: travelers deepen their knowledge of organic farming (and have a place to stay!) and farmers receive much needed help on farm projects. Sound good? Visit their website (linked above) to learn more and find out if WWOOF is a good match for you and your traveling plans.
Know anyone who’s done it? I do! Well, actually, it’s me! Hi there. I’m not sure we’ve officially met…My name is Jessica and I’m part of the awesome team of people working to help in.gredients come to life. Here’s a snip-it of my experience I want to share with you:
My WWOOFing adventure took place in 2009 in Ireland and Scotland. Over the course of 4 months, I volunteered on 3 different farms where I learned tons about organic growing methods and composting, and had the time of my life! It was a beautiful way to get to know Ireland and Scotland, too. I got to learn what life is like day-in and day-out for farmers in these countries – something I would never have learned as an ordinary tourist. Given the chance, I would definitely WWOOF again!
Now, if this has inspired you (hope it has!) and you want to give it a go, the first step is to choose a country and join that country’s chapter of WWOOF. There is a small fee for this step that varies depending on the country, but this is the only fee the organization charges, ever. Good luck, and happy travels to all!
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