WWOOF is short for Willing Workers On Organic Farms a movement that started in England the 1970’s as Weekend Work On Organic Farms, giving organic farmer a much-needed helping hand to be competitive with conventional production. Today WWOOFing focuses more and more on cultural exchange while working as a volunteer on farms with an organic approach to life and production.
Interested in WWOOF-ing?
WWOOF work ranges from hard work like fieldwork, building & renovation, hiking trail maintenance, chopping wood, as well as light stuff like cleaning of guest cottages, helping in the kitchen and gardening etc.Where possible we all work together in a team, however WWOOFers should to be able to work on their own and be comfortable with the remoteness of the farm.
Roughly 6 hours and per day 5-6 days a week, so there’s time for you to meditate, read, study and explore the farm as well. We all help with the preparation of the meals and eat together.
Am I suited?
Ideal persons are outdoorsy type aged 24+ with hands-on and some practical experience would be a bonus. Vegetarians can be catered for. WWOOF accommodation is a spacious caravan or safari tent, depending on availability. We take between 1-4 WWOOFers at a time, so far they have come from all over the globe: UK, France, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, USA and local South Africans.
What do I bring?
Plenty of humor and enthusiasm and standard backpacking gear e.g. Backpack (for working on the trails) Sleeping bag, hiking boots, some light shoes too, an overall or other working clothes, sun protection, cool and warm clothing; nights in winter can drop below 0°, summer days can reach 40°. And of course you’ll need a valid tourist visa for South Africa and appropriate travel and health insurance.