What is WWOOF?
WWOOF is a world wide network - It started in the UK in 1971 and has since become an international movement that is helping 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.
The Aims of WWOOF are
- To give you first hand experience of organic or other ecologically sound growing methods,
- To give you experience of life in the countryside,
- To help the organic movement which is labour intensive and does not rely on artificial fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides,
- To give people a chance to meet, talk, learn and exchange views with others in the organic movement,
- To provide you with an opportunity to learn about life in the host country by living and working together...
WWOOF hosts are mainly pursuing a simple, sustainable lifestyle. Many are practicing Permaculture or Bio-dynamic growing methods. Some farms are commercial producers, whether full or part time; others are alternative co-operatives or communities.
How WWOOF works
WWOOF organisations compile a list of organic farms that from time to time welcome volunteer help. When you join a WWOOF organization, you will be sent a copy of this list. It is then up to you to contact the farms that interest you and make your own arrangements with them.
The help you give your host will be wide and variable, including sowing, making compost, gardening, planting, cutting wood, weeding, making mud-bricks, harvesting, fencing, building, packaging, milking, feeding.
The help you give is an arrangement made between you and your host. You should negotiate beforehand with your host so that you know what they expect from you and the sort of volunteering you are happy to do.
The volunteering involved should not be exploitative of either WWOOFer or host. Often hosts themselves work long hours 7 days a week, and may expect you to do likewise. A fair exchange could be 6 hours of solid help per day, 6 days per week, with a full day off each week to relax and explore the area.
Remember that it takes a lot of energy and forethought for hosts to welcome strangers into their home. Your work is in part a repayment for their commitment to making your stay possible.
About WWOOF Hungary
We promote the WWOOF concepts and values and offer listings of host farms to interested parties. Our main role is to provide information and facilitate the collaboration between wwoofers and host farms.
Whether you are a wwoofer or a host farm, we would like to know your experience with this program so we can develop it according to your needs and concerns.
TestimonialI spent two weeks at Pangea in the during a summer trip through Europe. Pénzesgyör is a small rural village, which was quite a jarring change from the large cities I had been staying in. I worked from 8-16 on weekdays, doing typical farm work. Some examples: cutting grass with a scythe, preparing products for display and sale, trimming trees. During my stay here, there were also other Hungarians along with their families. All of them were very pleasant and hospitable, and I got to know many good people. This would not have been possible staying at a hostel. Every weekday, I received a lunch of Hungarian food. I never got the same meal twice, and all of them were delicious. The pantry for volunteers is well-stocked. I found my time here extremely rewarding. It was a welcome change from the hectic nature of travelling and it gave me some much-needed time to relax and decompress. I would recommend some time here for anyone who desires to stray from the beaten track of large touristic cities and hostelling.
Eugene Lee, USA, Los Angeles
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