These days, we might toy with the idea of traveling the world, but our guilty conscience then makes us feel terrible about our environmentally-damaging choices. It whispers to us, “How could you be so selfish when the planet is basically on fire?” Well, fear not environmentalists – traveling doesn’t have to be a self-seeking and ignorant plan to lie on the beach while the world crumbles into the ocean around you. Believe it or not, there’s a way for you to enjoy seeing the world and also help save the planet as an eco-tourist at the same time. This is where WWOOF comes in…
What is WWOOF?
WWOOF stands for ‘World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms’, and it’s an international ecological movement that aims to provide traveling tourists with a new perspective on how to produce and consume the food on our plates. How do they do this, we hear you ask! Well, WWOOF’s mission is to link travelers with local organic farmers and manufacturers around the world, helping to promote organic gardening and educate those wanting to learn more. They do so by creating learning experiences for tourists in and around local farms.
These aims are based on trust between WWOOF, local organizations, and of course the tourists themselves. It’s a nonmonetary exchange of goods, services, and most importantly, knowledge and experiences.
The long-term goal is to help build a global tourist community, providing ecologically green experiences that are both sustainable and highly beneficial to all parties involved.
Why is it the best way to eco-travel?
There are two main reasons as to why WWOOF is the best way to travel – because it benefits both you as a person and the planet as an environment.
You’ll get direct experience in the operations of organic farming and gardening, and this includes lending a helping hand with any kind of role in thousands of different farms around the world. If being surrounded by nature’s countryside is where you feel happiest, then you’ll be right at home!
You’ll become an integral cog in the organic movement – they cannot succeed without your help. It is often laborious work, but you’ll feel the benefits mentally, physically, and spiritually. Along the way, you’ll meet people with similar interests, values, and philosophies as you, allowing you to enjoy the experience together and helping you make contacts in the industry.
Is there anything else I should know?
WWOOF was first founded in the UK in 1971. It began as a way of connecting British sustainable farmers with those who share an interest in getting involved in the green movement. Then, 42 years later in 2013, WWOOF went international and set up the global WWOOF federation. This was when it transformed from a national community to a worldwide movement. Now, WWOOF needs YOU!
WWOOF is one of the world’s first volunteering eco-tourist organizations, and since its establishment in 1971, it continues to expand rapidly to over 132 countries around the world, including Australia, Kenya, India, Canada, and Togo.
Want to get involved? There are a few key steps to starting your WWOOF journey. First, find the right destination for you. Then, join your chosen WWOOF group where you can connect with active WWOOF members and select your hosting farm. It’s as simple as that. Check out the website for more information on how to get involved. The world is waiting, relying on you, so what are you waiting for?