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.

Have a read of this to see how it works and see where it takes you, or check out this list which The Guardian published: Their top WWOOFing destinations in Europe.


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