Thursday, 5 December 2013


After I left Tauranga I went "wwoofing" for one week in West Auckland and had the time of my life. So I thought I better tell you a little bit about it.

Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms is a network of national organisations that connects farms/hosts to workers.
 Usually you live with your host and are expected to join in and cooperate with the day to day activities. In most countries the exchange is based on 4-6 hours work in exchange for a full day’s food and accommodation. In a very broad sense, WWOOFing is a cultural exchange program, with added labour.

There's no international "head", but all the national organisations strive to provide equal support, rights and conditions. You'll find WWOOFing organisations in 99 countries, all over the globe.

You may be asked to help with a variety of tasks like sowing seed, gardening, planting vegetables, cutting wood, weeding, harvesting, packing, milking, feeding, fencing, wine making, cheese making and bread making.

The length of your stay at the farm is negotiated directly between you and your host. Most WWOOF visits are between one and two weeks, though some may be as short as two or three days or as long as six months.

The first step of your WWOOFing experience is to choose your destination and join the relevant WWOOF organization. As a member you will be able to access a database of farms in your chosen country and start making plans.

You can find a link to all the different WWOOFing organisations HERE.

My experience was absolutely brilliant! I stay with Sherab, Jo and their extended family. I can truly say they welcomed me with open arms and I felt right at home there. I mainly did two things; I prepared the vegetable patch and planted sweet potatoes + cleaned the inside of the tour bus.

Though I only stayed one week with Sherab and Jo, I can truly say it changed me. The kindness that I experienced was above anything I could ever have imagined. Though the work was though and I woke up with soar muscles, for one week I felt truly content.

If you would like a unique way of experiencing a country, a way were you truly get to know the culture and land and you don't mind working outside, then I say go WWOOFing. And if you're worried about allergies, don't be. I'm allergic to all kinds of animals, I mean everything, but when I was searching for hosts I looked for farms that mainly did fruit and vegetable related work.

So go exploring. Go WWOOFing!