WWOOF: The New Jet Set

Friday, May 22, 2009 | |

Unemployed? Travel-bug bite you in the ass? Welcome to the new jet set.

WWOOF is an amazing international network of organic farms, smallholdings and gardeners that welcome volunteers to come through and work the farm, and in return, receive free room and board for the duration of their stay. Founded in 1971 when a London-based secretary "Sue Coppard, recognised the need to provide access to the countryside for people like herself who did not otherwise have the means or the opportunity, and who were keen to support the organic movement . Her idea started with a trial working weekend, which she arranged for four people at the bio- dynamic farm at Emerson College in Sussex through a contact in the Soil Association."

WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) connects people like you and me to sustainable farming opportunities around the world. Want to help reforestation efforts in the Mexican Yucatan? What about growing grapes with Ahmet Karabacak's family in Ergü, Turkey? Or helping with school farms across Sierra Leone? Check out their different programs for your next trip or support WWOOF's international efforts to increase dialogue about sustainable living.