Here are the golden rules for WWOOFing, a WWOOFer should:
- Be a willing worker, prepared to exchange 4-6 hours organic farming/gardening type volunteer work for their food and accommodation.
- Be an ambassador for their country of origin.
- Treat their Host with consideration and respect.
- The WWOOF Book or WWOOF App is issued to the member whose name and signature appears on the back cover, it is not transferable. The WWOOF Book remains the property of WWOOF P/L. The Host contact details in the WWOOF Book or WWOOF App are only to be used for arranging WWOOF visits, any other use of these details is in breach of Australian Privacy Laws.
- You must present your WWOOF Book, WWOOF App or WWOOF membership card and your photo ID on arrival at a Host property and record your details in their guestbook. If you are NOT a member of WWOOF, the Host can arrange for you to join before you stay.
- The minimum stay is two (2) nights, the maximum is as agreed by WWOOFers and their Hosts. We suggest short stays at first, with longer stays by negotiation. If a Host property description is not accurate, please advise us. You do not have to remain at a Host's property if conditions there are unacceptable to you. Advise the Host if you are leaving early so they do not worry if you are missing and so they can fill your spot.
- WWOOFing is strictly voluntary. Exchange is the key. WWOOFers exchange 4 to 6 hours each day of organic gardening / farming type volunteer work for their food and accommodation. This is flexible, check with your Hosts before arrival about work patterns or any issues of concern. You will do 4 to 6 hours work for a full days keep, on average, a maximum of 42 hours in 7 days.
- What sort of work? The work varies depending on the place you choose to go to, it may be gardening, weeding, planting trees, environmental works, feeding animals; the work is as varied as the farms. Ask your Host before arriving about anything you need to know. Please note: Hosts must not involve WWOOFers in the use of chemicals.
- Contacting Your Hosts: WWOOF Hosts welcome WWOOFers into their homes, they are not Hostels.
It is best to phone your Hosts between 5.00 pm and 9.00 pm, local (Hosts) time, do not call after 9.00pm. If calling from interstate or overseas, check local Australian times, so your call is not received at 4am! If you leave a phone message, please speak slowly and clearly so the Host can understand your message.
Most Hosts do not answer bulk e-mails or text messages. E-mails telling the Hosts about your interests and skills, as well as why you would like to WWOOF on their property, are more successful. You can download a WWOOFer application form to use as a guide.
Always book ahead and having booked, turn up. If you cannot, please do the right thing and inform your Hosts as they will be worried about your welfare. Do not expect the Host to be able to pick you up at a moments notice as some Hosts may have to travel long distances to the nearest pick-up point.
Children and pets will only be accepted on WWOOF Host properties with the prior approval of the Host.
- WWOOFer etiquette: Treat your Host and their family with consideration and respect.
Most farms rely on rainwater tanks for water supplies. Do not waste it, and never assume there is plenty of it. There is always a drought somewhere in Australia!
Do not raid the refrigerator, or use *telephone or *internet/e-mail facilities without asking. Taking without permission is theft. You are expected to eat food provided by your Host, if you are on a special diet, discuss this with your Host before you visit, and if needed bring your own food. Alcohol and drugs should remain at home.
You are expected to keep your living area tidy, clean up after yourself and help with meals or washing up.
- What to bring? Most accommodation is in a spare room within the family home, check the individual Host entry for variations, usually bedding would be supplied, but always check. Hats, sunglasses, boots, gloves and torch: while work can be anywhere in a garden or farm situation, always anticipate the worst weather and wear these to protect yourself from sunburn, injury, bites and stings.
- WWOOFers who do not follow these guidelines and/or their Host's House Rules may be asked to leave.
* It is a good idea to bring a phone card & internet dongle, your Host will appreciate it! Telstra has the best mobile phone coverage in rural areas.
WWOOF reserves the right to amend/update these guidelines as required.
NOTE: WWOOF cannot condone the breaking of State and/or Federal laws. WWOOF reserves the right to cancel a WWOOFers membership immediately if we believe the WWOOFers' actions may bring the name of the WWOOF program into disrepute.
It is important to remember you are a guest of your Host, the 'House Rules' will differ at each Host and must be respected. If you refuse to abide by the WWOOF Guidelines or the 'House Rules' of the Host they can ask you to leave.
If you have a complaint about a WWOOF Host, we ask you to contact us. If you are not happy with the 'House Rules' of the Host, please respectfully move on, of course if you think that there is a serious problem, please contact the WWOOF Office with your concerns and they will be investigated. See our Compaints procedures here.