Posted by: Chris Maloney | October 9, 2011

Have You WWOOFed Lately? World Travel For Free While Meeting the Locals.

New Zealand 2007

Image by Szymon Stoma via Flickr

I continue to be amazed that so few people know about WWOOFing.  For those who don’t, WWOOF stands for the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms.  Their website is linked here.

I remember traveling to New Zealand, Israel, and France, and working on farms for four hours a day in exchange for room and board.  It’s a great deal for the farmer, providing them with much needed help.  It’s also a great deal for young travelers who really would like to meet the locals and are cash strapped.

What is unbelievable is that a large number of Maine farmers don’t advertise for WWOOFers.  Really?  You don’t need someone to do that laundry list of chores that never get done?  You really can’t afford to add two more plates at the dinner table?

At one point in New Zealand I was too sick to work, but my wife did eight hours of work to make up for it.  It’s impossible to say how much I appreciated having a place to stay with home cooked meals while I was getting better.

WWOOFing.  It’s where we need to go as a world.



  1. Great little post. Thanks for the listing 🙂

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