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Volunteering out of "Love"

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vaarmoos

WWOOFer

I am new to WWOOF Portugal and I am already very disappointed with some farms conditions. Actually sometimes, the descriptions show a profound lack of respect for people volunteering. Before I continue, let me tell you that I am aware some volunteers can be troublesome, ackward and picky. But this post is about good volunteers and hardworkers being offered insufficient conditions.

There are many farms on this website asking more than six hours of work per day, 6 days a week. Sometimes it's written in a straithforward manner, others in a very subttle way: ..."the working day can go up to 12h a day"..."we respect if you don't but many woofers are glad to do it!"... This can be interpreted in many differnt ways, but I can see it as a subtle way of saying, if you don't correspond to certain standards, we will respect you, but won't take you seriously. There are other farms asking for 8h a day and I could go on.

Some farms offer 3 meals a day, one of them a very light meal, but cooked "with love". Well, when I eat after a hard work's morning or afternoon I usually eat to fill my body and consequently my mind also. It is not the "love" that fills my body as a whole. I am glad that you put your heart in making meals and everything else you do, as well as I put heart in the work I do in your farms, but I need food so I can continue doing it. Some people eat more than me, some less. But food is Essencial and it's the Least you can provide to volunteers for their work. And a volunteer should never feel constraints regarding the food. There are some farms that don't even give you food! But they sell some of their delicious organic products,...I should be thankfull for that!

I am sorry, but I as a volunteer do not work for "love" only, whatever than means for each one of us or how we choose to demonstrate it. Be it Volunteering or paid work, we all strive for resources. It can be money, food or knowledge. In the case of volunteer work, we are not being paid and we are giving time of our lives to your projects, so you don't have to work so much for your own resources and so you have more time to other activities you really Love. Good food and shelter is the least you can do to provide us with what we deserve for working gladly for you. Some hosts talk of "Love" without even having a Conscious thought about what is the most basic human/animal/plant/bacteria/funghi condition inherent to our existences: Resources.

I woulD also like to add that is important that we have free time to our own activities. Some of us also have personal projects: music, drawing, studying, whatever. It is good to work as a collective but we also have our individualities and we have skills we wish to cultivate.

My 1st volunteering experience was very good. The conditions were minimal, but the food was plenty. The host was a very practical, conscious person. He didn't talk much but he had great sense of humor and was a very conscious human being. He respected us trully!

Finally I would like to ask all hosts to write good descriptions of your farm, with working time, meals, accomodation(with photos), electricity,etc. It would save host and volunteer a good amount of time. You should also answer all emails, even if your answer is no. Don't assume all volunteers are shooting emails in every direction and won't reply to you after applying. We pay a yearly fee for a reason, and we should be spared of calling you just to hear a negative response.

There is a very thin line between volunteer work and slavery work in some cases, from what the discriptions suggest. If you're a host and you were offended by this post, then this post is for you. If you are a conscious respectfull host then I look forward working in your farm!

Cheers!

BernadetteMel

WWOOFer

[quote="vaarmoos"]
I am new to WWOOF Portugal and I am already very disappointed with some farms conditions. Actually sometimes, the descriptions show a profound lack of respect for people volunteering. Before I continue, let me tell you that I am aware some volunteers can be troublesome, ackward and picky. But this post is about good volunteers and hardworkers being offered insufficient conditions.

There are many farms on this website asking more than six hours of work per day, 6 days a week. Sometimes it's written in a straithforward manner, others in a very subttle way: ..."the working day can go up to 12h a day"..."we respect if you don't but many woofers are glad to do it!"... This can be interpreted in many differnt ways, but I can see it as a subtle way of saying, if you don't correspond to certain standards, we will respect you, but won't take you seriously. There are other farms asking for 8h a day and I could go on.

Some farms offer 3 meals a day, one of them a very light meal, but cooked "with love". Well, when I eat after a hard work's morning or afternoon I usually eat to fill my body and consequently my mind also. It is not the "love" that fills my body as a whole. I am glad that you put your heart in making meals and everything else you do, as well as I put heart in the work I do in your farms, but I need food so I can continue doing it. Some people eat more than me, some less. But food is Essencial and it's the Least you can provide to volunteers for their work. And a volunteer should never feel constraints regarding the food. There are some farms that don't even give you food! But they sell some of their delicious organic products,...I should be thankfull for that!

I am sorry, but I as a volunteer do not work for "love" only, whatever than means for each one of us or how we choose to demonstrate it. Be it Volunteering or paid work, we all strive for resources. It can be money, food or knowledge. In the case of volunteer work, we are not being paid and we are giving time of our lives to your projects, so you don't have to work so much for your own resources and so you have more time to other activities you really Love. Good food and shelter is the least you can do to provide us with what we deserve for working gladly for you. Some hosts talk of "Love" without even having a Conscious thought about what is the most basic human/animal/plant/bacteria/funghi condition inherent to our existences: Resources.

I woulD also like to add that is important that we have free time to our own activities. Some of us also have personal projects: music, drawing, studying, whatever. It is good to work as a collective but we also have our individualities and we have skills we wish to cultivate.

My 1st volunteering experience was very good. The conditions were minimal, but the food was plenty. The host was a very practical, conscious person. He didn't talk much but he had great sense of humor and was a very conscious human being. He respected us trully!

Finally I would like to ask all hosts to write good descriptions of your farm, with working time, meals, accomodation(with photos), electricity,etc. It would save host and volunteer a good amount of time. You should also answer all emails, even if your answer is no. Don't assume all volunteers are shooting emails in every direction and won't reply to you after applying. We pay a yearly fee for a reason, and we should be spared of calling you just to hear a negative response.

There is a very thin line between volunteer work and slavery work in some cases, from what the discriptions suggest. If you're a host and you were offended by this post, then this post is for you. If you are a conscious respectfull host then I look forward working in your farm!

Cheers!

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almarjanito

Servidor

This is a tale about slavery today. I think your experience wwoofing was very different Vaarmoos. And I suggest that it's not really appropriate to make such comparisons when there are an estimated 20-30 million people really suffering in slavery.

Victoria's odyssey began when she was 17, fresh out of school in Chisinau, the decayed capital of the former Soviet republic of Moldova. "There was no work, no money," she explained simply. So when a friend—"at least I thought he was a friend"—suggested he could help her get a job in a factory in Turkey, she jumped at the idea and took up his offer to drive her there, through Romania. "But when I realized we had driven west, to the border with Serbia, I knew something was wrong."

It was too late. At the border she was handed over to a group of Serb men, who produced a new passport saying she was 18. They led her on foot into Serbia and raped her, telling her that she would be killed if she resisted. Then they sent her under guard to Bosnia, the Balkan republic being rebuilt under a torrent of international aid after its years of genocidal civil war.

Victoria was now a piece of property and, as such, was bought and sold by different brothel owners ten times over the next two years for an average price of $1,500. Finally, four months pregnant and fearful of a forced abortion, she escaped. I found her hiding in the Bosnian city of Mostar, sheltered by a group of Bosnian women.

rodrigo

Coordinator

Hi Vaarmos,

I am sorry to hear that you had a bad experience WWOOFing.

We do have a Complaint Procedure and we are pleased to use it when necessary.
Please send an email to info@wwoof.pt with all the details about your stay and we will open a complaint.

Wish you a better experience on your next farm.

Rodrigo
WWOOF PT