How do I know if a host is on the current farm list?
It is always a good idea to check that the host farm is on the current list (especially at the beginning of the year when we publish the new list). All hosts now have a membership card which you can ask to see. You can always check with Bridget if you are unsure. If the farm you are on is not on the current list your insurance will not be valid and you may well find yourself in trouble with the local authorities for working illegally. WWOOF is totally legal and registered as a non-profit organisation.
Do I need a work visa to WWOOF?
You can WWOOF here on a tourist visa and there is no reason for you to obtain a work visa (which is very difficult to get and if applied for could jeopardise you chances of obtaining a tourist visa). Visit this useful website for more information on obtaining a visa:
Can I bring my child/children with me?
Yes sometimes. A lot of the farms like to take people with children, especially if they have children themselves. ALWAYS check with the host first though and if you have young children who need a lot of your attention discuss this with your host first. They obviously don't want to feed extra mouths and have very little help given in exchange. There are dangers on a farm and the parent should be willing to take total responsibility for the safety of their child.
What is included in the insurance cover?
We have to provide insurance cover by law and this is included in your membership fee (13 euro of the 35 you pay). It is a very basic cover and is valid for one year and only whilst you are on a registered WWOOF Italia farm. It covers accident, health care and third party liability. See page on insurance for more details.
How do I pay?
You can pay on-line. After filling out the membership form you can pay by credit card. WWOOF Italia has an account with the Post Office and you can send money via the post office system within Europe. We accept bank transfers to our account with the Banca Etica, but we do not accept personal cheques as we have problems cashing them here.
If you are already in Italy you can pay directly from your local Post Office into our account:
Associazione WWOOF Italia,
If paying by bank draft or post office PLEASE write your full name clearly on the form to avoid mistakes and send a copy of the draft by fax or e mail.
How many hours a day are expected from me? What is the minumum/maximum length of stay on a farm?
The hours depend a great deal on what needs to be done. You should discuss this with your host and come to a mutualy satisfying arrangement. You are not an employee or sub contractor and should not be asked for too much, but also it would be unfair not to contribute enough. During a harvest for example when a crop needs to be got in you may end up doing much longer hours, but you should be given extra days off at the end to make up for this. Once again good communication with your host at the beginning of your stay should avoid misunderstandings about this.
Most farms will not accept WWOOFers for less than 10 days to allow a worthwhile exchange. There is no maximum length of time, obviously this is arranged by mutual agreement between yourself and the host when you contact them.
Do I need to be able to speak Italian?
A lot of the hosts speak languages other than Italian (mainly English) and it states clearly on the list which languages they speak. Do not go to a farm where they speak only Italian if you can't speak it, it only leads to misunderstandings and confusion. If you wish to learn Italian choose a farm where they speak some English and ask them if they could speak Italian to you, or would be willing to exchange English for Italian lessons.
Are the hosts on your list Italians or Ex-pats?
The majority of the hosts are Italian or one is Italian and the other is another nationality (usually European). Once again it is easy to tell from the list which nationality the host is.