I’ve been following Budget Travel Korea Blog for a while now. From her blog i found about WWOOF Program which open up a new adventure in my life.
WWOOF stand for Worldwide Opportunity on Organic Farms operated at 99 countries as for now. WWOOFing aims to provide volunteers with first-hand experience in organic and ecologically sound growing methods, to help the organic movement, and to let volunteers experience life in a rural setting or a different country. WWOOF volunteers (‘WWOOFers’) generally do not receive financial payment. The host provides food, accommodation, and opportunities to learn, in exchange for assistance with farming or gardening activities.
For me, i can classified it as “Working Holiday”. Sound good for me as i can mingle with the locals, learn more on their life, language, culture and etc.
How to be in WWOOF Program?
As there are no single organization that control all WWOOF program in each country, you need to register at your preferred WWOOF country. And as for me WWOOF Korea. Fill up a form and pay around 80,000 won (i skip the host book) or around RM250 you will entitle to use the service and start the program for a year. Check this link for more info http://koreawwoof.com/index.html?PNO=121669394574076400.
After your registration been approved, you will get your id to login the website and start searching for your host. Oh, ya… you need to familiar with this 2 terms, Host and WWOOFer. Host is the family,a person who will host you at their farm. and WWOOFer is you who register to this program.. ahaksss. You can access to all available list of Hosts and start listing out your favourite or wish to stay with based on information given. I basically choose mine based on location, type of farm and other info that related to sensitivity of religion. such as? if the host own a pig as example, big NO. Send your several choice with date you wish to stay, the organizer will arrange it with the host and find either your chosen hosts are available to accept you.
And my advice to traveller who have this program in mind, you need to have open mind and heart without loosing your belief . It’s a mutual program where both the WWOOFer and Host learn and teach about their own differences. You can’t expect everything goes like you expected it to be. If you can’t do that much, this is not your plate of food.