Be a migrant worker, see the world

The WWOOF program allows travelers with plenty of time on their hands the chance to see the world, sleep and eat for free, and learn some organic farming along the way

WWOOF stands for World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (, an collection of not-for-profit, volunteer orginizations in 33 countries around the world that really lets you get your hands dirty.

With partners from from Australia to Korea, Ghana to the U.S., Italy to Nepal (plus "independent" members—53 other countries with only a handful of opportunities/hosts), the WWOOF network is devoted to supporting and helping teach about organic farming and environmentally sound agricutlural techniques.

You join the WOOF chapter in the country where you'd like to work (it costs roughly $10 to $40), whereupon it sends you a list of farms that would appreciate a helping hand in exchange for room and board.

This is not for slackers, layabouts, or backpackers simply looking for a cheap place to crash. You must be willing to put in six hours of work six days a week to see how the farming half lives in a variety of nations.

It can be pretty laid back. I met a Wooffer in Alaska who had arrived at the historic Kilcher homestead outside of Homer only to find that the family member for whom she was to work was out of town for another week. She ended up just hanging out with the extended family, enjoying the views, the sauna, and the hearty meals and occasionally lending a hand around the house.


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