General Frequently Asked Questions
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How do I join?
Select Join in the menu
There you will fill in an application form with some general information about yourself.
After sending your form you must proceed to the payment of the membership fee (25 euros for volunteers).
You membership lasts 365 days, good luck!
How long can I stay on a farm?
The length of the stay on a farm is decided between you and your host. There is no standard period. It can be anything from a few days to a few months. It all depends on what you both want. Some ask for a few weeks trial before accepting people for longer stays.
How do I arrange my stay and what rules are there?
As soon you your payment is complete it’s up to you to choose which farms you would like to visit. Please!! It is important to make arrangements in advance, don't just turn up at the door. During the initial contact it is important to discuss details of the stay such as duration and what chores there are.
Why can't I login?
Double check you are typing the right username and password. Both are case sensitive, so "Myname" is different from "myname".
What's expected from a volunteer (WWOOFer)?
WWOOFing is not a cheap holiday and way to travel. It is a voluntary organisation set up to teach people about the organic movement and give them hands on experience and to help out organic producers as organic production is very labour intensive. If you are looking for free accommodation on your holidays there are other organisations for that.
How does it work with insurance?
Check with your regular insurance company. We don't have any insurance partners that we recommend but we are aware that WWOOFers often use:
How far in advance do I need to contact a host?
Usually 1 or 2 months. If you make contact too far in advance the host may not be able to predict their future availability.
How long does it take roughly to place me?
We do NOT place you - you place yourself. Once you have the WWOOF ID it is up to YOU to contact the farms. How long they take to reply depends on them. We suggest it may take two weeks between writing and receiving a reply.
Can I go WWOOFing with my children?
We know that some farms are very happy to welcome people with children others are not. For farms that already have children it is often a pleasure to have other children around.
What type of visa do I need?
To get the best information please contact your friendly embassy, if you are an EU citizen there is no obligation to ask for visa. WWOOF can unfortunately not provide any assistance to gain visas. We do not write invitation letters.
Can you help me find a job and get a work permit?
The WWOOF arrangement is not paid work, it is volunteer help in exchange for food, accommodation and learning opportunities in organic farming.
What does volunteering on a farm mean?
Volunteering means helping with the everyday tasks that need to be done on the farm. There is no payment for your help - it is not a job - it is an exchange. You exchange your help for being fed and accommodated in your host's home.
Can I get references from a farm?
If you have any concerns about a farm, we recommend that you contact the farm directly and ask them for contact information of former volunteers who have been there. So then you can contact these former volunteers and get an idea of the situation on that farm.
Can I join together with my friend?
No. Each WWOOFer must have its own membership. The only exception is for children WWOOFing together with the mother and/or father.