Have You Ever Gone WWOOFing?

I have recently signed up for Willing Work On Organic Farms (WWOOF) Canada. This organisation allows you to organise work on farms in return for room and board. As somebody who is on quite a tight budget for my six-month of travels around Canada, beginning in May, this seems like a good option. Of course, saving money is not the only appeal.

There is an opportunity to learn new skills, enjoy the outdoors, meet local people and discover the inner workings of a farm.

As a city girl, I am looking for new experiences on my travels and this type of work exchange appeals to me.

WWOOF organisations now exist in countries across the world, providing everybody from individuals to couples and even families a chance to get stuck in to some hard work in return for having their living costs covered.

How does WWOOF Canada work?

Once you sign up on the website, you can access listings with contact details of the host farms located across different provinces in Canada. There is usually a flexibility on the duration of placements, some lasting two weeks others months. A certain amount of work is expected in return for food and board. This could be five hours per day five days a week, for example.

Experience on farms is not a necessity, just a willingness to work and learn new skills.

I like the fact that there is also time to explore the local area around the farm and some hosts provide transport ‘into town’ and even go as far as organising activities for their WWOOFers.

You could find yourself working on a small family-run smallholding, a vineyard or a ranch.

The host farm could be located up in the mountains, besides the ocean, in the middle of nowhere or nearby a major city. There are many possibilities.

Looking through the listings, the accommodation provided varies in different locations. Some provide a studio with a private bathroom or rooms shared with volunteers, while others have campsites or accommodate workers in their own homes.

Have you ever gone WWOOFing? How was your experience?




  1. February 13, 2012 / 04:02

    I haven’t heard of this but it sounds like fun. I come from a farm, it would have been fun to be a host. can’t wait to read about your experience.

    • February 13, 2012 / 19:55

      It’s a great idea isn’t it and good deal for the farms and the volunteers. Not sure I will be much use but I’ll give it a good go, and it’ll be great to learn :-)