Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: High

What’s WhatWant to live and learn on organic farms worldwide? Want to share your life with other like-minded people?

Amava Take: 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 build a sustainable, global community.  As a volunteer (or WWOOFer as we call them) you will live alongside your host helping with daily tasks and experiencing life as a farmer. Work 4-6 hours a day learning organic farming in return for room and board. This is a great way to immerse yourself in local culture, meet locals and other volunteers, and experience a different life.

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for?

It’s good to be in adequate physical condition, as these jobs can be physically challenging- they’re hands-on.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Look for ways to be helpful.  Think about what you can give, not what you can get.

What’s a typical day like?

Get up early to do farm chores alongside family members and other volunteers. Finish early and explore the area and the community.  

From the Trenches:  

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

Knowing that I’m helping sustainable farming and the farmers who do it.

How would you describe the hard parts?

Early mornings and callused hands.

What’s the most memorable experience you had?

Feeding a baby calf from a bottle.

Special Requirements: Good work ethic, reasonable physical condition and a cheerful attitude. Here’s everything you need to know about organic farm volunteering.

Related Classes: Start Your Own Edible Garden, Growing Plants for Fun and Profit, Food Gardening, Ron Finley Teaches Gardening

Finding a Position: Choose your location, find a host family and get going! Here’s another place to check out organic farm volunteering.