3 tips to volunteering on your first organic farm

TOO LEGIT TO QUIT: Once you decide where you want to WWOOF, the next step is to visit that country’s site, for example, www.wwoofserbia.org for WWOOF Serbia, and pay, currently 20 euros, for the yearly membership, which will give you access to the WWOOF Serbia farm list.

DON’T FAKE THE FUNK ON A NASTY DUNK: In other words, be realistic about what you need to make your stay work for you. For example, if you need internet or WiFi, make sure you ask your host prior to accepting to volunteer at their farm if it’s available. Also, understand that you are there to work. If you are going to volunteer during a grape harvest in Italy, then you will most likely work 6-8 hours Monday-Saturday. Most farms on the WWOOF list give a detailed explanation of your duties, but if you have any questions or are unsure, just send the potential host an email asking about what their expectations are of volunteers.

BUY THE TICKET, TAKE THE RIDE: “SOS, a lot of farms need help for the olive harvest urgently, most of them because they have been let down by WWOOFers canceling at the last minute or not bothering to turn up at all…PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS,” stated a recent email from WWOOF Italia. It’s imperative that if you commit to a host, you follow through. By flaking or canceling, you are messing with the farmer’s livelihood. These aren’t large corporations, they are family businesses and their commitment to organic farming depends on volunteers, so if you have any doubts about fulfilling your commitment, then do not agree to work.

Getting involved in WWOOFing is incredibly easy and, as I said earlier, a great way to extend your budget, especially in more costly areas, while giving back and supporting healthier environments for farmers and their families.

SOURCE: beersandbeans.com


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