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
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….
- Find out how long it takes you to harvest several fields full of onions, pile them into a mountain, then shuck them! (Probably days.)
- 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
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.
- 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!
- The philosophies of a modest, simply-living, traditional old Indian farmer. Then go use his washing machine, refrigerator, internet and satellite TV.
- 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!
- 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.