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Voluntourism Spotlight: How You Can Vacation on a Farm in 2014

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Sue Coppard Planting Trees - photo courtesy WWOOFIf your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier, you can start your journey with travel. Head to a farm where you can  see how natural foods are made. This weekend, Peter Greenberg Worldwide is broadcasting in the UK, the birthplace of one of our favorite volunteer opportunities:  Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). Keep reading to see where you can take part in the program and check out our archive of all kinds of different voluntourism opportunities you can take part in around the world.

Originally known as Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, WWOOF is a international volunteer organization that helps link volunteers with farmers around the world. Volunteers trade their services helping growers in their daily duties in exchange for food and board.

WWOOF works as an intermediary putting its volunteers in direct contact with the host farms. This allows volunteers and hosts to personally hash out and negotiate all the terms of their service such as the minimum and maximum time they’ll be working on the farm, food, housing, training, and orientation.

Host farms are located all over the world, but you will need to sign up for a membership in the country you wish to volunteer. Membership into the organization is a nominal fee, but it’s necessary in order to get in contact with WWOOF’s host farms.

For more information about WWOOF and to get in contact with them please visit their global website.

Don’t miss Meg Pier’s interview with WWOOF Founder Sue Coppard.