A WWOOF participant farm in Australia. The raspberry bushes pictured require regular weeding.

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF, ), or Willing Workers on Organic Farms, is a loose network of national organizations that facilitate placement of volunteers on work together to promote the aims of WWOOF.[1]

WWOOF aims to provide volunteers with first-hand experience in organic and ecologically sound growing methods, to help the organic movement; and to let volunteers experience life in a rural setting or a different country. WWOOF volunteers ('WWOOFers') generally do not receive financial payment. The host provides food, accommodation, and opportunities to learn, in exchange for assistance with farming or gardening activities.

The duration of the visit can range from a few days to years. Workdays average five to six hours, and participants interact with WWOOFers from other countries.[2] WWOOF farms include private gardens through

  • WWOOF - The Federation of WWOOF Organisations (FOWO)
  • WWOOF International Association

External links

  1. ^ WWOOF - Around the World
  2. ^ a b Simmons, Krista, Work a little, get back a lot, May 27, 2009, page 8, Brand X (Los Angeles Times)
  3. ^ WWOOF Independents
  4. ^ WWOOF Independents Africa
  5. ^ WWOOF Independents Asia-Pacific
  6. ^ WWOOF Independents Europe
  7. ^ WWOOF Independents Latin America
  8. ^ WWOOF history
  9. ^ "Many Hands Make Light Work". Emerson College. Mar 9, 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  10. ^ Kosnik, E. (2013): The story of the WWOOF acronym. In: WWOOF, Environmentalism and Ecotopia: Alternative Social Practices between Ideal and Reality. Victoria University of Wellington 2013
  11. ^ "History of WWOOF". Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Mission statement". WWOOF. Federation of WWOOF Organisations. 
  13. ^ National WWOOF Organizations


See also

As of 2010, 60 countries have a national WWOOF organization.[13] WWOOF Independents list hosts located in 53 other countries.

Host locations

WWOOF is a worldwide movement linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchange, thereby helping to building a sustainable global community.[12]

Mission statement

  • Develop guidelines as to what is meant by being a WWOOFer, a WWOOF host and to go WWOOFing.
  • Encourage and support emerging WWOOF organisations in developing countries.[11]

It was agreed to:

In the year 2000 the first International WWOOF conference was held with representatives from 15 countries.

People soon started volunteering for longer periods than just weekends, so the name was changed to Willing Workers On Organic Farms, but then the word "work" caused problems with some countries' labour laws and immigration authorities, who tended to confuse WWOOFers with migrant workers and oppose foreigners competing for local jobs.[10] Both to eliminate that problem and also in recognition of WWOOFing's worldwide scope, the name was changed again in 2000 to World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Some WWOOF groups (such as Australia) choose to retain the older name, however.

WWOOF originally stood for "Working Weekends On Organic Farms" and began in biodynamic farm at Emerson College[9] in Sussex.



  • History 1
  • Mission statement 2
  • Host locations 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Examples of WWOOF experiences include harvesting cup gum honey from Ligurian bees at Island Beehive in Kangaroo Island, harvesting Syrah grapes for Knappstein Vineyard in the Clare Valley, and harvesting coffee beans from arabicas in Northern Thailand.[2]