How it works
WWOOF enables people to live and learn on a variety of organic properties. Volunteers (WWOOFers) help on the land and home for 4-6 hours a day and hosts provide the food and accommodation. If you want to have hands on experience, learn and share organic and sustainable ways of living then WWOOF might be for you.
Usually you live with your host and are expected to join in and cooperate with the day to day activities. In most countries WWOOF is based on 4-6 hours help with a full day’s food and accommodation provided.
You may be asked to help with a variety of tasks like sowing seed, making compost, gardening, planting, cutting wood, weeding, harvesting, packing, milking, feeding, fencing, making mud-bricks, wine making, cheese making and bread making and whole lot more!!
Volunteers often say, “We like giving something back to the country we are travelling in”.
The length of your stay is negotiated directly between you and your host. Most WWOOF visits are between one and two weeks, though some may be as short as two or three days or as long as six months. WWOOF is not an employment situation, you are treated the same as a friend or family member and are free to leave if you are not enjoying your time.
WWOOF NZ offers experiences with both WWOOF hosts and Cultural Exchange hosts (see below).
If you are interested in alternative ways of living and want to meet interesting people then WWOOFing is for you!
Hosts say they “like the world coming to me” by opening up their homes and sharing their lifestyle with others.
Volunteers can provide an extra pair of hands to help with various projects you are busy with. Many of our hosts practice Permaculture or Bio-dynamic growing methods. Some hosts make a living off their land, others are homesteaders interested in self-sufficiency, some are families others are individuals. There are also cooperatives, communities and eco- villages.
WWOOF is not an employment situation. Volunteers can leave at any time and there is no master/servant relationship. There is no expectation of productivity as WWOOFers are treated as you would a friend or family member staying with you. If you need consistent reliable workers to manage your property WWOOF suggests that you employ a local.
WWOOF New Zealand currently includes properties that are not organic, but still have a desire to share their lifestyle. All hosts have valuable experiences and knowledge to share. In order to make it easier for volunteers to search for a host that best matches the skills/ experiences they have or want to learn, we have split the hosts into two categories: WWOOF hosts and Cultural Exchange(CE) hosts.
We are in the process of migrating all Cultural Exchange hosts to their own dedicated website. All new Cultural Exchange hosts should join here.