VOLUNTEER IN AUSTRALIA

Join 1000s of other WWOOFers (volunteers) experiencing Australia with the locals.

What is

WWOOFing?

Travelling around Australia, volunteering for 4-6 hours per day* on a Host farm, getting your meals and accommodation provided.

MISSION STATEMENT:
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.

*4-6 hours per day for 5 days per week, a maximum of 38 hours in any 7 days. Schedule worked out between you and the Host.

What you will

LEARN

  Organic, Bio-dynamic and/or Permaculture methods

  The importance of sustainability

  Where your food comes from

  About life in Australia living with locals

 Practice your English conversation skills

Join a 4,000+ online Community

Connect to Host Farms and other WWOOFers on the Website or Mobile App.

Membership features …

Website Profile

Create your own unique Profile, showcasing your enthusiasm, skills and personality to Host farms.

Follow Hosts

Found a potential Host Farm? Save them to your Favourites and access them online or offline.

Instant Messaging

Contact Hosts in real time with Instant Private messaging as well as Discussion Forums and a Notice Board.

Images & Video

Upload your favourite pics to your Profile gallery, or show who you are with Videos.

Mobile App

Download our free Mobile App and search for Hosts, or connect with other WWOOFers in Australia.

Map Search

Use the intuitive Map Search and find Hosts or other Volunteers nearby your location or anywhere in Australia.

Online Reviews

Read the Reviews of Hosts and other Volunteers, or leave your own Reviews of Host Farms you’ve stayed with.

Dual Membership

Save money by signing up with your partner or travelling companion. Dual Memberships available.

Loving our Canadian WWOOFer

We loved having Candy Tsang from Canada, WWOOFer i16/16077, staying with us. She was really into farming and The environment around us. The alpacas are always a treat as they are a very inquisitive when… Read more “Loving our Canadian WWOOFer”

WWOOFers bring more enthusiasm & happiness

We have been host members of WWOOF for 1 year now and have had 4 amazing ladies stay with us and another arriving this week. It took some time for us to decide to join the… Read more “WWOOFers bring more enthusiasm & happiness”

An amazing journey

With a background in environmental science, I am keen to learn and get involved in organic farming, Australia is renowned around the world for their sustainable agriculture and rise of permaculture practices. I was backpacking… Read more “An amazing journey”

Wonderful company & support

On the 11 of January 2014 a lightning strike started a fire that burnt my property destroying my hay reserves and rendering all my fences non-functional . At the time it started I had a… Read more “Wonderful company & support”

Something quirky

Having to learn different languages and cultures – it has been brilliant – we hope to learn much more. Something quirky – we had a beautiful lady from Japan stay with us – we had… Read more “Something quirky”

Enriching lives

To wonderful gang at WWOOF, This video https://youtu.be/DB3A036B27c will give you an idea of the wonderful young people who have come into our lives through WWOOFing. These two young girls had us laughing for their… Read more “Enriching lives”

Awesome opportunity

Hello! My name is Benjamin, I just returned home to the US from a 5 month holiday backpacking around Australia. I became a WWOOF member ahead of my trip after hearing about the organization on… Read more “Awesome opportunity”

Unforgettable experience

Hi my name is David & I am a WWOOFer from Ireland. I stayed with my host Robin (NV277) in Inner Pocket, NSW for six weeks in August/September 2015. The whole experience was completely unforgettable.… Read more “Unforgettable experience”

Funny dogs & rare birds

Hello, I’m an Italian WWOOFer in Australia and I want to share my wonderful second WWOOF experience. I found on the book the host VG097. Peter and Jennifer live in Bendigo (VIC) in a nice… Read more “Funny dogs & rare birds”

WWOOFing on Kangaroo Island

I spent 3 weeks at SA304’s home last November. They are located on the beautiful North coast of Kangaroo Island and they have lots of olive trees and fig trees on their property. They are… Read more “WWOOFing on Kangaroo Island”

Putting yabbies to sleep

Over the last year we have had a large variety of WWOOFers from different countries and found that we learn so much from each one and try to teach something as well. The main thing… Read more “Putting yabbies to sleep”

A beautiful cultural understanding

Thank you for this wonderful experience for our two daughters – being surrounded by multicultural visitors, they have developed a beautiful cultural understanding. Besides, we were lucky to build really strong friendship with some of… Read more “A beautiful cultural understanding”

Lots of enquiries

I spent some time today and set up our Profile page. I also posted on the notice board for help as we are urgently looking for WWOOFers to assist us. By 7.30pm we have had… Read more “Lots of enquiries”

Our Little Farm

Wwoofing is just awesome

We have been wwoofing hosts for nearly 20 years, and it has become a core part of our loves. Although we only have 1 or 2 people at a time, over the years way more… Read more “Wwoofing is just awesome”

Simon Neville & Louise Duxbury

Wwoofing in Jerilderie, NSW

(2716 NI137) Billabong Vineyards near Jerilderie is a unique family business relying solely on organic principles. Not only in the garden but in all areas of life. My 3 weeks flew by fast as I… Read more “Wwoofing in Jerilderie, NSW”

Kaari Vilberg

Alpacas & more…

Hi, I’m Jasmin. Me and my partner did repeat wwoofing at a beautiful alpaca farm outside Mirboo North in South Gippsland, Australia. The farm is owned by Brigitte and Keith, and they have over 100… Read more “Alpacas & more…”

Jasmin Martin

The best hosts are hidden in Tassie

A couple of months ago I stayed with a friend on the farm of Esther and Andrew in Campania, a small village close to Hobart. Initially we wanted to stay for about a week and… Read more “The best hosts are hidden in Tassie”

Sandra Koop

Thank You Jackie & David O’Reilly in SA

We had a wonderful first WWOOF experience with Jackie and David on their beautiful property. Great organic food, varied and interesting work, lovely company and fabulous location. Thank you both! You are fab. We had… Read more “Thank You Jackie & David O’Reilly in SA”

Jacqui Taleb-Bendiab

Wwoofing enhances our life

Have hosted since 2008 over 80 wwoofers – it’s a marvellous enhancement to our farm life. Enjoyed getting to know so many wwoofers from many countries. Especially enjoy the evening games of Scrabble where it… Read more “Wwoofing enhances our life”

Kathleen Cameron

Thank you Alice Springs

I spent 5 days at Rodney and Anna’s. If I had more time, I would have loved to stay longer, I had a blast! They make you feel very welcome into their family from the… Read more “Thank you Alice Springs”

Great Times, Great Hosts

I stayed a few days with Theo and Marilyn and it was gorgeous! Delicious food, good work and a lovely bedroom/accommodation! I would definitely stay again with them! Thanks! Cheers, Marie Fischer Hosts User Name… Read more “Great Times, Great Hosts”

Lovely peaceful retreat from city life, come to QLD

Lovely peaceful retreat from city life. Maria and Neil are wonderful and informative hosts. It was great to experience permaculture and a range of jobs and enjoy nourishing food produced on the property. Lovely spot… Read more “Lovely peaceful retreat from city life, come to QLD”

Beautiful times in Gardenup

We had a very beautiful time in Gardenup. The food was great and we had a lots of fun in the last three weeks. We learned a lot about farm work and made many well… Read more “Beautiful times in Gardenup”

Lot of Koalas in South Australia

Sue and Brian were exceptional hosts Sue Gray and we had a lot of fun sharing time with them and working in their garden which contains a lot of koalas! They were also a great help… Read more “Lot of Koalas in South Australia”

Orchard Cottage Roses in Victoria

I had a great time at Orchard Cottage Roses. Nice variety of work and after working hours Ailsa showed me all the highlights of the surrounding area which is beautiful! Couldn’t have wished for a… Read more “Orchard Cottage Roses in Victoria”

Our incredible WWOOFer – Thank you

Hi  Roland May from all at Lavola, Thanks for spending time with us in Merrjig and for so willingly putting your hand to a bit of anything and everything. It was a pleasure to have you stay… Read more “Our incredible WWOOFer – Thank you”

Come WWOOF at Beechworth Natural Farm

We were delighted to have Spencer Spencer Platten WWOOF with us at Beechworth Natural Farm. He has an easygoing nature and is willing to tackle any project big or small. He is able to work alone… Read more “Come WWOOF at Beechworth Natural Farm”

WWOOFing just 20 minutes from the centre of Canberra

John & Carol Lilleyman  Host NA197 are a very lovely family and give you the feeling as you are a part of the family. You really need to love dogs and chickens if you want… Read more “WWOOFing just 20 minutes from the centre of Canberra”

WWOOFers, Lifestyle is relaxed & easy going

Hosts  Di Percy Di and Martin are wonderful people; very genuine and grateful for the help that WWOOFing can provide. It’s a beautiful part of Victoria with close access to Phillip and French islands. Don’t hesitate… Read more “WWOOFers, Lifestyle is relaxed & easy going”

Learning what sustainability is with QLD Host

I would like to give HUGE 5 star to Heather’s farm Host QN014  Heather Worth and experiences I had there. Heather is wonderfull lady with lots of love. Staying with her and following her life style… Read more “Learning what sustainability is with QLD Host”

Hosts WP203 Very friendly, nice,fun

Gina and Andrew  Andrew Graham & Gina Sanderson are really the bests Hosts.very friendly, nice,fun.It was an amazing experience and 2 weeks it wasn’t enough to enjoy chittering acres.. A very cute house on a wonderful… Read more “Hosts WP203 Very friendly, nice,fun”

Fantastic WWOOFer – Thank you

Marlen Grimm is a great WWOOFer. Excellent eye for detail and works well with others. We thoroughly enjoyed Marlen helping us and have no hesitation in recommending her to future Hosts. Lisa and Brad – Elmsleigh

Another awesome WWOOFer

Amalia Sophie Engler is a thoughtful WWOOFer who works well with others. We thoroughly enjoyed Amalia helping us and have no hesitation in recommending her to future Hosts. Lisa and Brad – Elmsleigh

Those hot summer days!

Tsubasa Yamasaki  worked with us at Elmsleigh. He is a thoughtful, respectful and caring person who showed great initiative and worked hard in the hot Summer Sun. We were delighted with Tsubasa’s perseverance and patience… Read more “Those hot summer days!”

Satisfying work with a wonderful group of farm hands- Happy WWOOFer

I enjoyed my time on this farm so much that I’ll be coming back soon! Leonard & Renee Costantini are a wonderful family who welcome you as their own; cooking great dinners and showing you… Read more “Satisfying work with a wonderful group of farm hands- Happy WWOOFer”

Cooking, Mud brick, metal welding, etc… thank you for your teaching

Andrew Graham & Gina Sanderson  are a very kind, friendly and funny person. Thank you for your take care, we like a family. The accommodation is large, clean and comfortable. I had been there for 2… Read more “Cooking, Mud brick, metal welding, etc… thank you for your teaching”

beautiful place, Margaret is fantastic!!!

Margaret Lockhart VW061 has a beautiful place, Margaret is fantastic!!!  Flavie Chevalier

WWOOFer, she made herself at home, worked hard, showed initiative, and wanted to learn!

Chloe Thompson was a fantastic WWOOFer, she made herself at home, worked hard, showed initiative, and wanted to learn. Chloe was a delight to have in our home. We would recommend her as a WWOOF… Read more “WWOOFer, she made herself at home, worked hard, showed initiative, and wanted to learn!”

My First Experience

Here’s very nice farm to stay and work. It’s first time for me to do WWOOF, stay and work in Aussie farm, but I didn’t need to worry about my less experience because Lisa&Brad welcome… Read more “My First Experience”

Learn about Australian Culture here

The time I spend here was great. The location, the view over the property, the hosts Lisa and Brad, the food they cooked/provided, the work with the cattle and the work in general was great.… Read more “Learn about Australian Culture here”

Learn from your WWOOFers its a great experience, cross sharing knowledge

Thomas Köhrer has been a great guest. He works hard and our garden is now looking lovely and all cleaned up thanks to him. He has had a go at many different tasks. We’ve also… Read more “Learn from your WWOOFers its a great experience, cross sharing knowledge”

WWOOFing is all about chances to improve and learn farming skills

Worked not exactly on High Peak Farm all the time, but on a other farm which Tony Ruse owns. Stayed there for four weeks and learned a lot. I worked together with the farm workers… Read more “WWOOFing is all about chances to improve and learn farming skills”

Great Working WWOOFers

Jan Semorad & Marion are great WWOOFers, hard working, quick to learn, tidy and, best of all , good company! Written By Hosts  Alexandra Mateer & Rick Kilpatrick  

I felt like one of the family – thank you

Hosts Fleur & Anthony Dawkins  are very welcoming. They provided me with everything that I needed. The food was great, so was the wine. I had a great 3 weeks with them. They took me in… Read more “I felt like one of the family – thank you”

Barking Salmon? Happy to share experiences of self-sufficiency

What an amazing time we had at Barking Salmon ! We spent one week with Mat and Jeanette Fegan and we have to say that, as a first WWOOF experience, we could’t dream of better hosts… Read more “Barking Salmon? Happy to share experiences of self-sufficiency”

Snorkeling with the Seals

I stayed one week with Mandy and Rob  Host ND076, I had a great time. Both were really caring and provided me always with delicious food. I lived in a large and clean cottage, where… Read more “Snorkeling with the Seals”

A Willing Worker – Yes ! Come WWOOF with us

Yosuke Sano stayed with us at Elmsleigh. Yosuke is very polite and respectful young man who works very hard and speaks good English. We have enjoyed Yosuke working with us and has helped us with… Read more “A Willing Worker – Yes ! Come WWOOF with us”

One of the best WWOOF families I have every stayed with!

I can only recommend this farm.Host Farm WP213  Pia is really lovely and has a beautiful property. I just stayed there for 2 weeks but I had the feeling I got to know almost her whole… Read more “One of the best WWOOF families I have every stayed with!”

WWOOFing at Hawkesbury River Cottage

Couldn’t have hoped for a better stay. The work was interesting, the location is spectacular and the hosts are lovely people who made me feel very welcome. I was definitely sad to leave Hawkesbury River… Read more “WWOOFing at Hawkesbury River Cottage”

Ricky Dunbar

Hills and Hollows horsey girls

Paula and Hannah travelled from Germany to work on our Horse Farm and Riding School. They were the most delightful girls to work with. They were willing helpers with fencing and Caring for horses. They… Read more “Hills and Hollows horsey girls”

Leanne Moore

Their help is much appreciated

Torsten Meyer from Germany was a great house guest. He is a hard worker, and his help in the garden and repairing our rabbit proof fence was wonderful. We no longer see 25+ rabbits in… Read more “Their help is much appreciated”

Marilyn Rouhard

Fantastic Karinya farm and family

Appreciate Tracy Malone & Tony Barnes gave my daughter and me the first chance to be WWOOFers and we had a wonderful sweet memory with their friendly and lovely family. They are so considerate and… Read more “Fantastic Karinya farm and family”

Fong Yu Liu

Percy/vogel

Thank you Di and Martin for the experience of living and working on your property. I felt very welcomed and looked after over the week and a half I stayed. I would recommend Wwoofing on… Read more “Percy/vogel”

Vanessa Stevens

Amazing WWOOFers from France

We have been WWOOF hosts for roughly 10 years and have found that most WWOOFers are wonderful. However I was blown away by Camille and Anthony. They are passionate vegans and passionate vegan cooks, and… Read more “Amazing WWOOFers from France”

Jane Shamrock

Keep the Feedback Coming

To all our Wonderful Hosts and WWOOFers we love that you are putting Reviews up on individual Profile (great job), but don’t forget to post them again in this section. The world loves to hear… Read more “Keep the Feedback Coming”

WWOOF Head Office

You won’t regret it

I stayed with Hamish and his son Elliot (Isabella was gone when I was there) for two weeks. It was absolutely amazing. It was my first two weeks in Australia and they really helped me… Read more “You won’t regret it”

Tucker Eldridge

Winners of the World Cup

We have just had a couple of delightful French Woofers Benny and Cecilia, staying with us for a week. Last night before leaving today they got to have a really exciting experience, watching France win… Read more “Winners of the World Cup”

Trypheyna McShane

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More about WWOOFing ...

WWOOF Australia was established in 1981 and is Australian owned and run. It is part of a worldwide WWOOF volunteer and cultural exchange movement.

Each country operates independently, with its own lists of WWOOFers and WWOOF hosts. Membership is for one (Single) or two (Dual) Volunteers for 12 months.

Host profiles provide members with names, contact details and a description of each host property, as well as the work to be done and what kind of accommodation and meals are provided.

Our hosts practice sustainable land care: organics, bio-dynamics or permaculture.

Choose the host that interests you, contact them and offer to help out. Volunteer for 4 to 6 hours each day (schedule of days and hours to be worked out with the Host prior to your arrival) and in return your host will provide all of your meals and snacks and accommodation, often in their home. Your food will often have been grown on the property.

WWOOFing is a hands-on way of learning about organic farming and environmental rehabilitation, but that’s not all.

Leave the tourist trail and see the real Australia, visit unique places off the beaten track, meet the locals, save on travel expenses, add skills to your resume, improve your English and offset your carbon travel footprint at the same time!

WWOOFing is one of the most eco-friendly ways to travel. We strongly advise WWOOFers to ensure they have adequate Travel insurance and medical cover to suit their needs. The cost of ambulance transport and hospital admissions in Australia is VERY expensive. Get a Free Quote here.

Join in 3 Easy Steps!

Joining WWOOF Australia is as easy as 1, 2, 3 - gain access to Organic Host Farms and experience Australia as the locals do. Don't forget your Travel Insurance medical services in Australia can be very expensive!

1

Sign Up for $70

12 month membership:
Single $70 or Dual $120

2

Create Your Profile

Totally talk about yourself, your skills, your likes and contact details.

3

Search Hosts

Search for Hosts via a Map Search, Skill Search, or view the full List.

 

CELEBRATING 37 YEARS OF WWOOF AUSTRALIA!

WWOOFer Volunteer Pricing

Payment via: Credit Card, Paypal or Direct Deposit

WWOOFer Volunteer
Single Membership

$70

12 month Membership.
One person only.
All WWOOFers are checked by Hosts.

WWOOFer Volunteer
Dual Membership

$120

12 month Membership.
Two people only.
All WWOOFers are checked by Hosts.

FAQs and Legal Stuff!

Visa  information as well as some History and background as to what WWOOF is all about.

What is a WWOOFer?

A WWOOFer is a volunteer WWOOF member.

How do I pay?

We offer payment by most credit cards, PayPal or Bank Deposit (EFT).

If you pay by credit card or PayPal, your Account and Profile are active immediately.

If you pay by Bank Deposit (EFT), your access is restricted until your payment clears.

If you live outside of Australia and wish to pay by Bank Deposit, please contact WWOOF Australia for alternative arrangements, as overseas banking fees are expensive.

Which Visa do I need to WWOOF?

You must arrange your entry visa to Australia before you join WWOOF. WWOOF Memberships will not be refunded if you cannot obtain an entry visa. WWOOF Pty Ltd and WWOOF hosts cannot assist with travel costs or visa applications, so please do not ask.

The Australian Department of Home Affairs(formerly DIBP or DIAC) has information about visas, these are some visas that allow WWOOFing:

*Visitor Visas (Tourist)

On Visitor visas any work must be genuinely voluntary and must be work that would not otherwise be undertaken by an Australian resident. This principle also applies for those intending to undertake WWOOFing with commercial operators (such as large organic beef farms). WWOOFers undertaking work with commercial organisations risk being in breach of Visitor visa conditions which do not permit work. The Visitor visa does not offer the wide scope of options that are available to those who are holders of Working Holiday or Work and Holiday visas which permit work.

WWOOFers travelling on Tourist Visas should join WWOOF as part of their holiday, not the main reason for it. In most cases these WWOOFers want to be doing something useful, learning about organics and permaculture and getting to know some real Australians.

This is much better suited to the pace and lifestyle on non-commercial WWOOF Host properties, where they are generally treated as part of the family. They still have all of their meals and accommodation but the hours are generally less formal and as the property is not generating an income the Hosts are far less likely to be paying someone to help around the property.

There are a large number of non-commercial and hobby farm WWOOF hosts in the program to choose from.

DIBP say this about Visitor Visas - Tourist stream:

This visa lets you:

  • have a holiday or visit family and friends in Australia
  • your main purpose in visiting Australia is tourism, and any voluntary work remains incidental to tourism,
  • the work involved would not otherwise be undertaken, in return for wages, by an Australian resident, or
  • the work is genuinely voluntary and no remuneration is received in return for the activities. It is acceptable to receive meals, accommodation and/ or reimbursement of out-of-pocket living expenses in return for voluntary work.

For all of the above visas, please see the Department of Home Affairs website for conditions.
See the Australian Department of Home Affairs Website or if you need to talk to someone, by phone, Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm on 131 881

WWOOFing (Volunteering) IS allowed on ALL Working Holiday Visas

The Department of Home Affairs say: “In recognition of the many legitimate and worthwhile agencies that employ volunteer workers to deliver valuable community services, Working Holiday visa holders will still be able to perform volunteer work should they wish to do so. The work will simply not count towards eligibility for a second visa.”

IMPORTANT NOTE: Home Affairs change the rules from time to time about what activities are allowed on these visas, it is important to confirm with Home Affairs that the type of visa you apply for does allow volunteering in exchange for food and accommodation. WWOOF does NOT have any influence over Home Affairs, and they do not advise WWOOF if they alter the Rules, the most current information is always on their website www.border.gov.au

Travel Insurance

We strongly advise WWOOFers to ensure they have adequate Travel insurance and medical cover to suit their needs. The cost of ambulance transport and hospital admissions in Australia is VERY expensive.

travel insurance

How do l join WWOOF?
  • Join WWOOF online at wwoof.com.au for instant access to WWOOF hosts all over Australia.
  • Join WWOOF by phone, call WWOOF 03-5155-0218 during Office hours 9:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday, have your credit card handy, or ask for our bank details and we will activate your membership as soon as your payment clears our account.
  • Join WWOOF by mail: Pay by credit card, cheque or money order (payable to WWOOF Pty Ltd) please mail to WWOOF Pty Ltd 2166 Gelantipy Road, W Tree, Vic., 3885 with your full name, phone number, email, mailing address, and a copy of your photo ID.
  • Join WWOOF at an agent/sales outlet near you or on arrival at a host property for the same price as joining directly with WWOOF Australia. You will need photo ID: passport or drivers license.

Membership fees are $70 for one person or $120 for 2 people  for 12 months

What does my WWOOF Membership Include?
  • Support from the friendly staff at WWOOF Australia by phone during Office hours or by email.
  • Full access to WWOOF hosts Australia wide.
  • All meals and accommodation in exchange for your help on WWOOF host Properties Australia wide
  • Full access to the WWOOF Website and App.
  • Advertise on the WWOOF Noticeboard for a host or travel companion
  • Message Hosts or WWOOFers from the website or App
  • Opportunities to learn practical skills.
  • Meet real Australians, spend time being part of their lives.

NOTE: We strongly advise WWOOFers to ensure they have adequate Travel Insurance and medical cover to suit their needs.

How long do I have to work?

WWOOFers volunteer for 4 to 6 hours each day* for their host in exchange for all their meals, accommodation, social engagement and the host shares their knowledge and organic techniques.

Hours can be flexible and differ from host to host as well as from season to season. Many hosts are happy to arrange WWOOFers hours to allow for days off and time for sight seeing.

*A maximum of 38 hours in any 7 days.

What type of work do WWOOFers do?

WWOOFers mostly help with outdoor farming and gardening type work. This varies from host to host and from season to season. It can include all aspects of plant and animal care, fencing, general farm maintenance, building, preserving food, packing produce, helping out at markets. Generally WWOOFers help out with whatever the host is doing at the time of their visit. In regards to the 4-6 hours wwe highly recommend you discuss this with the host prior to your visit or before you start your first day as this can vary between hosts, particulary the days preferred.

Do I get paid?

There is no monetary exchange between hosts and WWOOFers.

Hosts and WWOOFers undertake to support each other, as friends and extended family do.

WWOOF is a network of large and small organic, bio-dynamic and permaculture hosts and volunteers who help them so please do not ask hosts for money.

Will WWOOF Sponsor my Trip?

WWOOF and WWOOF hosts do not sponsor volunteers or assist with travel or visa costs. WWOOFers are responsible for their own visa and travel costs as well as any personal needs.

What age do I have to be to WWOOF?

Anyone over 18 and of any nationality - including Australian can join WWOOF Australia.

If you wish to join WWOOF Australia and you are under 18, you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, who will also need to join WWOOF.

WWOOFers require average physical and mental fitness, maturity and independence to participate in the program. WWOOF is generally unsuitable for persons suffering from psychiatric or psychological conditions.

Please contact WWOOF and/or your Medical practitioner to discuss if in doubt.

How will a host know I am a WWOOFer?

Each volunteer needs their own WWOOF membership. Hosts will check your WWOOFer User Name which is your membership ID to head office. You can show Hosts your profile in your WWOOF App or on the WWOOF Website, this is your proof of current membership.

Host are required to record your details in their guestbook, including your visa type, passport and photo ID, on arrival .

Hosts will arrange WWOOFer membership on arrival for non-members, checking Photo ID and collecting payment, or by assisting them to join online.

How are complaints handled?

WWOOFers are a guest of their host. The 'House Rules' will differ at each host and must be respected. Members refusing to abide by the WWOOF Guidelines or the 'House Rules' of the host can be asked to leave.

WWOOFers with a complaint about a host, and hosts with a complaint about a WWOOFer should contact wwoof@wwoof.com.au in writing with their concerns so they can be followed up. All complaints are taken seriously and are dealt with sensitively and confidentially.

Complaints must be in writing and include:

  • WWOOF members name, membership user name or number and contact details. (We treat this as confidential)
  • Host’s or WWOOFers name and membership number or User Name.
  • Dates of the visit.
  • Details of the issue.

WWOOF will contact the member (host or WWOOFer) to request details of recent WWOOF visits. We will ask these other members about their visits. At WWOOF’s discretion the matter will be discussed to prevent future issues, or if very serious, we may immediately suspend or cancel the membership. If a matter is discussed and we have a further complaint of a similar nature the member will be given a final warning. A third complaint will result in cancellation of membership.

WWOOF does not condone the breaking of State and/or Federal laws. WWOOF reserves the right to cancel any member’s registration immediately if we believe their actions may bring the name of the WWOOF program into disrepute. In the unlikely event of a very serious issue, we recommend the Police are contacted immediately (if appropriate). WWOOF liaise with Police in these cases. The WWOOF member concerned will be suspended during the investigation.

Can I go WWOOFing with Children?

Many host farms welcome children by arrangement - please check the host's profile. The most important point to make is that - please - never WWOOF with children except by prior arrangement with the Host.

WWOOFing is about helping the host, and if you are also looking after a child then the help you can give may be limited. Children must be supervised at all times as farms can be dangerous places.

Hosts will be feeding and accommodating several people in exchange for one person's help, so a contribution to the cost of food will often be welcome. Bringing any special food your child likes can be a good idea.

Some host farms are in remote places and those with children welcome the company of others. Being remote means that you need to carry everything your child might need since popping down to the local shop won't always be possible.

Where else in the world can I WWOOF?

To WWOOF in other countries, you will need a separate WWOOF membership for any country that has a National WWOOF Group. For contact details of WWOOF groups and information about WWOOFing in countries without a WWOOF Group, see WWOOF International.

WWOOFing in countries that do not have a national WWOOF organization
Lists of Independent WWOOF hosts are available from WWOOF International,

There are separate lists of:
European Independent hosts
Latin American Independent hosts
Asian Independent hosts
African Independent hosts

Countries with a national WWOOF group are listed on the WWOOF International website along with links to their websites and other contact information. In these countries, we strongly recommend that you join the group in the country that you are going to.

The Green Compass is an online magazine that focuses on international volunteering and sustainable living. The Green Compass reports from international volunteer schemes where we provide global perspectives into a sustainable and delicious way of life.

IMPORTANT

Be sure to join a legitimate WWOOF Group, there are many websites publishing WWOOF host details which have been pirated from outdated WWOOF lists from all over the world. Most of these lists include deleted Hosts who have been removed from WWOOF programs for bad behaviour and other reasons. WWOOF hosts will want to check your WWOOF Membership against your passport or other photo ID, if you contact Hosts from one of these fraudulent websites you will not be issued with a WWOOF membership or WWOOFing insurance and hosts will not accept you.

Privacy

Our organisation is committed to respecting the privacy of your personal information. It is bound by a set of National Privacy Principles that establish the benchmark for how personal information should be handled.

WWOOF Pty Ltd. has embraced these principles as part of standard operating procedures. This means is that all personal information that enters WWOOF Pty Ltd. is dealt with in a uniform manner and the highest regard is taken for maintaining its security at all times.

If you are concerned our organisation may have handled your personal information inappropriately, please contact our Privacy Officer on (03) 5155 0218 or by email wwoof@wwoof.com.au.

For full details see our Full Privacy Policy

Emergency Services

000 is the number for all emergency services in Australia. An operator will connect you to police, ambulance or the fire brigade. You should only call 000 in an emergency from any landline phone.

For mobile phones the number to call in emergencies is 112.

WWOOFers are responsible for their own Travel Insurance, it is very expensive to get medical assistance in Australia.

A WWOOFer should be a willing worker, happy to volunteer 4-6 hours daily for food & accommodation and must treat hosts with consideration and respect. Please note the 4-6 hours can be organised around any day of the week, feel free to discuss this with the host prior to your arrival. Our hosts sometimes work weekends so you might be required to volunteer on those days.

WWOOFers have access to WWOOF hosts. Host contact details are only to be used for arranging WWOOF visits. Any other use is in breach of Australian Privacy Laws.

On arrival at a host:

  • Provide proof of Membership - number or username and photo ID. Your WWOOFer profile in the WWOOF App or website is proof of membership.
  • Record details in host Guest-books, if required by host, the WWOOFer agreement should be signed.
  • Hosts will arrange membership for non-members.
  • Memberships are not transferable. One person per single membership, two people only per dual membership.
  • WWOOFers are responsible for their own travel, accident and medical insurance.
  1. Minimum stay = 2 nights. Longer as agreed with hosts. If a host profile is not accurate, please advise WWOOF. WWOOFers may leave if conditions are unacceptable, but must advise host prior to leaving.
  2. WWOOFing is a voluntary, non-monetary exchange. 4 to 6 hours volunteer work daily in exchange for food and accommodation. Maximum of 38 hours in any 7 days. This is flexible, check with hosts about work patterns.
  3. Work varies from host to host. WWOOFing may include weeding, making compost, gardening, planting, harvesting, building, fencing, environmental works, feeding and caring for animals.
  4. Hosts must not involve WWOOFers in the use of chemicals.
  5. Hospitality work, waitress and child-care are not acceptable WWOOFing work.
  6. WWOOFers require average physical and mental fitness, maturity and independence. WWOOF is generally unsuitable for persons suffering from psychiatric or psychological conditions. Please contact WWOOF and your Medical practitioner to discuss if in doubt.
  7. Contacting hosts: Hosts welcome WWOOFers into their homes, they are not backpacker hostels. Phone hosts around noon or before 9pm, local (hosts) time. Most hosts do not respond to bulk emails or text messages.
  8. Always book ahead. Inform hosts immediately if plans change, or you are late. Many hosts travel long distance to pick WWOOFers up. Exchange mobile phone numbers when arranging to meet in case of problems.
  9. Children and pets are only accepted on host properties by arrangement.
  10. WWOOFers not following these guidelines and/or host House Rules may be asked to leave.
  11. Abusive language, inappropriate behaviour and sexual harassment of any kind will not be tolerated, this includes swearing or yelling at a WWOOF Host or intentional, unwelcome touching of any kind, including hugging. If we receive complaints of this nature, your WWOOF membership may be cancelled.

WWOOF Pty Ltd may cancel a WWOOF membership if the WWOOF guidelines are not followed.

NOTE: WWOOF does not condone the breaking of Australian laws. WWOOF will cancel a WWOOF membership immediately if the member’s actions may bring the WWOOF program into disrepute.

Be Prepared

Ask your host what they think you will need beforehand.

  • Hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, boots, gloves and torch are always useful.
  • A phone card and internet dongle. Telstra has the best mobile coverage in rural areas.
  • Always prepare before you leave, check Google before you embark on this incredible journey so you are equipped for the conditions.

Come Open Minded

  • Bring along your sense of humour, it is a prerequisite for WWOOFing.
  • You will be working along side your host and sometimes it can be hard work but a lot of fun.
  • Remember to ask before you arrive what work will be involved so you fully understand what is expected from you and what skills may be useful.
  • Organic farming involves weeding and physical labour, mostly volunteers work outside

Be Honest

  • Communication is everything.
  • Be honest with your host, particularly if something is bothering you.
  • Advise the host immediately if plans change and you wish to leave early, giving time for their host to find alternative assistance.
  • Talk things through and find solutions.

Be Tidy and Respectful

  • Ask permission. Do not raid the refrigerator or pantry, use telephone or internet* without asking.
  • Food is provided by hosts. You may need to bring your own special dietary food.
  • Offer to cook your favorite meal for your host. Keep the living area tidy, clean up yourself and help with meals or washing up.
  • Try to understand that hosts are all different, have different house rules, behaviours and expectations.
  • Respect these rules and learn from each different cultural experience.
  • Water, gas and electricity can be very expensive in rural areas. Short showers can be enough to get clean, water is often a precious resource on farms.

*Remember to always ask permission before using their Internet. Many hosts rely on satellite Internet with very small data plans, (downloading a movie can use a month's data allowance). We are sure you will conserves energy and other resources on the host property.

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 (Willing Workers 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 in 1982 after people asked “why only weekends?”

Today there are over 55 WWOOF groups all over the world. 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 food and lodging to travelers and students in exchange for between 4 and 6 hours work per day.

Lionel Pollard began WWOOF Australia in 1981, he retired in 2000. WWOOF remains 100% Australian owned, managed and operated. The WWOOF Office is located in W Tree in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, East Gippsland in Victoria and currently employs two people.

WWOOF Hosts all over Australia were originally listed in the Australian WWOOF Book, which was updated and printed twice each year from 1981 until 2017. The WWOOF Australia App was launched in August 2015 and gradually replaced the WWOOF Book, with the final edition being printed in July 2017 due to a lack of demand. The App provides up to date host contact details, a profile of each property, the work to be done, meal  types and accommodation. WWOOFers simply browse through the hosts or search for a specific interest and location, 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); 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.

In October 2017 the WWOOF Website platform was launched with Host and WWOOFer Profiles, messaging, forums, noticeboard, map and list searches and availability calendars for all members. In April 2018 an upgraded WWOOF App was launched to reflect the features of the WWOOF Website, allowing WWOOFers to also search for Hosts while they are off line.

For contact details of WWOOF groups and information about WWOOFing in countries without a WWOOF Group, see WWOOF International.

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