A few people have asked me recently about how they can go abroad (short or long term) with very little money. The answer I have been giving is something that I have never tried but so desperately want to. That is WWOOFing.
What is WWOOF?
WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. This is taken straight from the WWOOF website:
WWOOF is a world wide network of organisations. We link volunteers with organic farmers, and help people share more sustainable ways of living.
WWOOF is an exchange – In return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles.
WWOOF organisations link people who want to volunteer on organic farms or smallholdings with people who are looking for volunteer help.
So basically, you go and work on an organic farm in exchange for food and accommodation. As there are so many of these farms all over Europe and abroad you can go and see a lot of the world for very little money. Whilst staying with your host family not only have you learn a new language (or two or three) but you can also learn about a new culture as well as techniques associated with living on an organic farm.
The farms all come in different shapes and sizes and provide opportunities to see and do things you’d never have thought of!
To join you usually have to pay a small fee but this is minimal, after that it is all free. You can travel around and only have to pay for your travel costs.
Now, as I say, I haven’t tried it but would love to. Have any of you tried it? Where did you go and what did you do? What is a good experience and would you recommend it to others?