When my friend said that she was going wwoofing in the summer my parents looked at her as if she was disclosing a sexual preference for strangers in car-parks. But WWOOF actually stands for Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms and it’s a brilliant way to see the world, meet new people, and have a holiday where you pay with your time and effort rather than money. The idea is that: ‘in return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles.’
A few of my friends have done it. One of them worked in a vineyard in Tuscany. Another worked on a goats farm, which was actually pretty hard work, but a hilarious experience. Another helped paint and decorate somewhere in Portugal. My cousin recently worked on a vast garden of native trees in New Zealand. Some farms expect more work than others, so make sure you find out how much work you will be expected to do.