First steps...

1. REGISTER (here).
2. Wait for your account details to be posted via email or, respectively, for the printed host list to arrive in your letter box (the latter takes about 2 up to 4 weeks).
3. Choose a farm from the database/list where you would like to go WWOOFing.
4. Contact the host to introduce yourself. Let them know who you are (e.g. age, skills…) and when you would like to visit them. We suggest that you contact the host some weeks in advance. Make sure to clarify all essential issues about your stay (see checklist below) when you make the call.
Be fair to hosts and fellow wwoofers and stick to the appointments you made respectively cancel your stay in case of you don't show up.
5. If you contact hosts in other countries you should provide a telephone number and self-addressed envelope if you contact them by post.
6. Right then, let's get started!

Please remember to stick to the Obligations of WWOOFers

Checklist

It keeps happening: You have chosen a host, contacted them and discussed everything – still, you encounter problems (e.g. you did not discuss the type of accommodation and you have to sleep in a tent). We have prepared a checklist to help you cover the essential points of discussion. This checklist is by no means complete and leaves room for expansion.

Checklist for WWOOFers:

  • How do I get to your farm? Can you pick me up somewhere?
  • What do I need to take with me? Sleeping-bag, tent, bike?
  • What is the situation on the farm? Family, community…
  • Can I receive phone calls at your place? Can I make phone calls myself?
  • What is the accommodation like? Room inside the house? Single or shared?
  • Can my friends come to visit me?
  • Do you smoke inside the house?
  • Can you cater vegetarians/vegans? Do you always eat organic food?
  • Is the location of the farm isolated? How do I get to the next town? Is it possible for me to borrow a bike or car?
  • What kind of things can I do and see during my time-off? Are there any sites of historical interest, walking paths..?
  • What is daily life like at the farm? What kind of day-to-day routine can I expect?
  • What kind of work needs to be done at the farm at the moment? Can I work independently if I like to?
  • Can I get my own field of activity if I stay long-term?
  • What are the things I can learn at your farm?
  • Do you give me pocket-money if I stay for llong-term?
  • Should I get vaccinated against tetanus/encephalitis? (Please get yourself informed about tetanus/encephalitis vaccinations and decide accordingly.)
  • Do I have allergies?
  • What kind of clothing should I take? Wellies?

Checklist for hosts:

  • What's your profession? How old are you?
  • How often have you done WWOOFing before? How long were your stays?
  • What kind of skills do you have?
  • How long would you like to stay?
  • Are you used to independent working?
  • Are you open-minded and willing to learn?
  • Do you have a driving licence? What category?
  • Do you smoke? What about alcohol or illegal drugs?
  • Why did you choose our farm?
  • Do you have any special interests? What would you like to learn?
  • Are you vaccinated against tetanus/encephalitis?
  • Do you have allergies or other handicaps we have to care about?
  • What kind of insurance do you have? Health insurance? Insurance against accidents?

Is there anything missing on our checklist? If so, let us know!