Welcome to WWOOF India!

World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms invites you to embark on the work-travel journey of a lifetime!

With participating host farms in 99 countries around the whole world, WWOOF connects farmers practicing sustainable agricultural methods with volunteers interested gaining hands-on experience in organic, ecologically sound and often traditional growing methods. In this frequently international exchange, organic farmers get the help they need while volunteers get a feel for life in a rural setting, usually in a different and developing country.

Universal Arrangement Details Everywhere in the World:
“WWOOF volunteers (‘WWOOFers’) generally do not receive any financial payment. The host provides food, accommodation and opportunities to learn, in exchange for assistance with farming or gardening activities.* The duration of the visit can range from a few days to years. Workdays average 5–6 hours and participants interact with other WWOOFers from various countries.”

Basically, WWOOF helps you not just to see a different part of the world, but to truly immerse yourself in its people and culture…. for free!*

Sound good to you? Then plan and budget your trip to India around this principle, beginning your organic adventure with…

D____ Organic Farm, Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh

Flooded rice fields at Gharoh

Located near a tiny traditional agrarian village, in a river valley against the mighty Himalayas, this small family farm provides everything the family needs** — including rice, onions, lychees, mangos, and fresh dairy products — and even a moderate surplus which Farmer D_____ distributes, free, to his friends and neighbors.

As a WWOOFer, here are some of the things you can look forward to at the farm….

Work:

  • Find out how long it takes you to harvest several fields full of onions, pile them into a mountain, then shuck them! (Probably days.)

    Sleeping on the Job

  • Collect hundreds of kilograms of unripe windfallen mangoes, peel them, then hack ’em to bits with machetes!
  • Alongside a middle-aged women day-laborers who can do your job twice as well

    Goin' Batty!!!

    and three times as fast.

  • Camp out in the fruit tree orchard all night protecting lychees from terrier-sized bats with a flashlight, an air rifle and a bottle of whiskey.
  • Do a shitty job at weeding so that, days later, you can have that same fun again!
  • Well past the standard 5-6 hour per day mark, sometimes over 8, or even through the night. Ostensibly to express the value of your tolerable room, your delicious board, and to demonstrate your desire to earn it all.

Learn:

  • How to use preindustrial hand tools and stretch tough jobs into good hard hours instead of hasty Western minutes! (Because why build a wheelbarrow when you’ve already got two garbage can lids that hold that dirt just fine?)
  • How to construct flimsy but rustic-looking garden structures out of bamboo.
  • How to guard against the real or imagined threat of any and all dogs — even the docile ones you own — with wantonly violent pre-preemptive strikes.
  • Why marijuana is called “weed”… the shit’s fucking everywhere!

    Dank Patrol! (Click for more photos.)

  • The philosophies of a modest, simply-living, traditional old Indian farmer. Then go use his washing machine, refrigerator, internet and satellite TV.

Play:

Sanju the Servant Boy, herding the killer geese

  • Trade vicious insults with an undersized servant boy to earn his respect!
  • Teach the farmer’s son how to swim and help him conquer his fear of jumping off rocks.
  • Swim in a brownish river filled with snakes, cow shit and street runoff.
  • Visit a rock temple and sacred hot springs, then get kicked out by local teens who’ll serenade your picnic with a garbled version of Akon’s “I Wanna Fuck You”
  • Put a flock of chickens and a pair of geese in the same coop and listen to them peck and scratch each other to the death!

Experience:

Timber

  • Some of the freshest, tastiest food you’ll ever eat in your entire life.
  • Windstorms powerful enough to blow down towering willow trees.
  • Weird bugs that look like they’re from outer space.
  • Giant awful palm-sized spiders crawling on your bed, nearly every night.
  • All kinds of other rodents, arachnids and bugs that walk right into your unsealed room.

    Gross.

And much, much more!

*Except in India! Here, low-caste local laborers can be rented for pennies per 10+ hour day. These men and women, although miserably poor, uneducated and tired from life, actually know how to do farmwork — and they’re good at it! Thus, providing three meals a day and lodging to slow, unskilled, tool-breaking white people like you instead of them would be insane!
If you don’t magically divine this information before you start, worry not; well into your tenth day on the farm, the patriarch will approach you and politely mention you can pay him any time: six times more than you would for a nice, sealed, vermin-free accomodation in town, one that wouldn’t require any physical labor! Of course he won’t tell you before you arrive, or list it on his website’s WWOOF page; it’s an embarrassing topic, and besides, “money doesn’t matter”.
**Besides all that other stuff they buy in town!
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One Response to Welcome to WWOOF India!

  1. Hi guys! I love your blog, but its making me nervous! I’m going to be WWOOFing around India for 5 months beginning in June. And I’m doing it alone. The Dev Bala farm will be my first stop… Is it worth the experience or should I consider an alternative plan? Any advice would be greatly greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

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