All about WWOOF Australia
Who we are, where we are and what we do.
WWOOF is a worldwide movement linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchanges, helping to build a sustainable global community.
WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) started in England in 1972 when the first WWOOFers spent a weekend helping on an organic farm in exchange for their keep. The organisation was initially called Working Weekends on Organic Farms, but was changed to Willing Workers on Organic Farms after people asked “why only weekends?” Gradually around the world WWOOF groups changed this to World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms.
Today there are over 55 WWOOF groups all over the world, including Switzerland, Germany, France, Japan, UK, USA, Austria, Korea, New Zealand and Canada. All WWOOF groups are independent, but operate in a similar way, by putting people into contact with each other.
Throughout the world the WWOOF philosophy is the same; WWOOF hosts provide practical learning opportunities and meaningful experiences to travellers who stay with them, in exchange for between 4 and 6 hours volunteer assistance per day.
Lionel Pollard started WWOOF in Australia in 1981, over the last 39 years WWOOF has grown into an organisation with around 1000 host farms and properties all over Australia.
The WWOOF Australia App (launched in August 2015) and the WWOOF website provide host contact details, a description of each property, the volunteer opportunities, accommodation and meal situations for WWOOFers.
WWOOFers browse through the host profiles, choose a place they would like to go and contact the host to arrange a mutually suitable time to visit.
The choice may be based on geography (close to a route they are travelling); philosophy (such as bio-dynamic farming practices); the types of things the volunteer would like to learn about; cultural (many of our hosts speak other languages as well as English) or it may just sound like an interesting place to visit.
WWOOFers live and work with the host families in the same way as relatives and friends do when they visit.
The WWOOF Australia Team is located in Buchan, East Gippsland in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains. The WWOOF Team are on board to answer phones and emails during weekdays, with Traci and Lynette being available to assist with all manner of enquiries. WWOOF Webmaster Shane and App Developer, James assist with web and App design, development and troubleshooting.
For contact details of WWOOF groups and information about WWOOFing in countries without a WWOOF Group, see WWOOF International.