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Sunday, 14 August 2016 11:24

Interesting article about WWOOFing in Southern Chile

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A few months ago I decided that I wanted to travel and explore the world while doing something useful for our Mother Earth. But “How?” I asked myself. That was when I discovered World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). Through this network I found an eco farm in Southern Chile where I volunteered for two weeks. In return for my help I learned about permaculture and had the chance to exchange ideas and experiences with the local farmers and other volunteers.

WWOOF is a worldwide network of organic farms that works under the basis of trust and non-monetary exchange—volunteers work at organic farms in exchange for lodging, food and, of course, knowledge. The community is run by national and regional organisations. Jan-Philipp Gutt, a WWOOF host in Germany and an active member of the WWOOF community explains that “WWOOFing is for people who want to share daily life on an organic farm. Curiosity and willingness to adapt to new situations and lifestyles are maybe the most important preconditions”.A different lifestyle—that is what volunteers mainly want to experience and what hosts offer. Besides the fact that WWOOFers can use this kind of exchange to move around in a cheap way, it is the idea of getting new experiences that fascinates them about this exchange. “Through WWOOF, we usually get people who are genuinely interested in farming and gardening and enjoy being in the countryside. A lot of people see it as a great way to get a break from their studies or office jobs and do some hands-on physical work while learning new skills,” explains Anne Freitag, a former WWOOFer volunteer and now a host herself. In 2013, Anne quit her job, traveled to different countries and enjoyed several WWOOF experiences from which she collected inspiration. In Spring 2014, she moved with her partner to a smallholding near Hameln. Since then they have been renovating and preparing a project called the Simple Life Farm with the aim “to create an organic smallholding including a pasture, woodland and arable farmland that is designed to have all of the components working together so that we have minimal external inputs and maximum self produced outputs”. Of course they joined the German WWOOF community as hosts.

 

To read the whole of this interesting article go to:

http://www.heads-up.cc/#!HandsOn-Holidays/c20fr/576bd91f0cf27c385a745728

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Thursday, 13 March 2014 17:43

WWOOFing with kids

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How to volunteer on a farm as a family: expert's guide to Wwoofing with kids

Volunteering on a farm isn't just for solo backpackers; it's a great way to have a cheap and rewarding family trip. Jason and Jill DiLoreti, who spent over a year working on farms around the world with their two young children, share their experience

 

Thursday, 12 September 2013 14:49

Five reasons to join WWOOF Italia

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Hello! Here is an article that I wrote about my WWOOF Italia experience. Enjoy! 

http://www.manolith.com/2013/09/08/five-reasons-to-join-wwoof-italia/

 

Regards, Quinn Vincent Hough

WWOOFer in 2012

Tuesday, 16 October 2012 21:43

Unemployed Italians Try Organic Farming

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from: http://www.theworld.org/2012/09/italy-organic/

At the Dulcamara cooperative farm in Emilia-Romagna, in northern Italy, the air is thick with the scent of ripening almonds. In an open meadow with soccer goals at each end, farmers are busy feeding sheep, chickens, and three boar

Tuesday, 16 October 2012 21:41

Ways To See The World: WWOOFing

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from: http://liverpoolstudentmedia.com/2012/10/ways-to-see-the-world-wwoofing/

You’re travelling on a budget. You expect to be limited to capital cities and urban areas, especially if you need to earn your stay. But what about the rest of a country? Yes, city trips and the tourist trail are amazing experiences in themselves, but if you find yourself with a craving for nature this can seem impossible to satisfy.