Guidelines for WWOOF Hosts
WWOOF Hosts must:
- Grow or produce organic products.
- Provide experiences to WWOOFers in organic farming/gardening techniques.
- Provide all food and clean, comfortable accommodation to travellers and students in exchange for between 4 and 6 hours of farm/gardening type work per day.
- Be an Ambassador for Australia and Provide a safe haven for Willing Workers and engage in mutual cultural exchange.
- Treat WWOOFers with respect and consideration.
- All WWOOFers are issued with a WWOOF Book, WWOOF App or membership card which is their proof of membership. WWOOFers are required to provide proof of ID to you, together with their WWOOF Book, WWOOF App or membership card on arrival. YOU MUST SEE THEIR IDENTIFICATION. If their ID does not match the name on their Book, App or card, you have the right to refuse to Host them, or assist them to join WWOOF (see Signing up a WWOOFer). The WWOOFers insurance is only applicable on a registered WWOOF Host property.
- You are accepting total strangers, most of whom have not had a Police check, into your home. To safeguard both Hosts and WWOOFers, we require Hosts to keep a Guestbook WWOOFers are to sign it, record their Membership number, Visa type and dates of their visit. Download a Guestbook page.
- When WWOOFers do not have a membership book/card: Contact us and we will arrange their membership or replacement of lost book etc. We will send their book to them, and you send their fee to us, less $10 to help cover your costs.
- The most important experience for WWOOFers is learning about your farming/gardening methods and problems - please be patient and available by working with them whenever possible. You must show them how equipment works to avoid breakages and injuries. (WWOOFer insurance DOES NOT cover accidental damage to property, it covers personal injuries to WWOOFers)
- We ask you to provide a variety of jobs, even if they are very basic. To some people they maybe a totally new experience. Include WWOOFers in the whole routine of your property, do not isolate them. Working alone or weeding for 4 hours can be boring.
- WWOOFers should be told what the anticipated work patterns so they can organise their free time. They should expect to do 4 to 6 hours of farm/gardening work in exchange for a days food and board (depending on factors like season, workload, quality of your input and their output, quality of their accommodation, etc). Hours can be flexible so the WWOOFers have free days but this must be discussed, along with types of work, working conditions, days off, etc on initial inquiry to avoid misunderstandings.
Long term WWOOFers need days off regularly, if possible a 5 day work schedule in 7 days is preferred, maximum of 38 hrs per 7 days. Housekeeping must not be the primary work given to WWOOFers. Hospitality work, waiting tables, cleaning rooms in a B and B and childcare are not appropriate types of work for WWOOFers.
- Most Hosts provide accommodation in a spare room in their home; WWOOFers eat with the family and share in the chores, however a caravan, cabin, tent or a self-contained dwelling are acceptable alternatives, but please make it clear in your entry and at booking. Ask the WWOOFers about any special diets on initial inquiry, if you do not cater for special diets, clear this up then to avoid problems later.
- Accommodation and food preparation areas must be hygienic. Food and bedding should be adequate, especially if dealing with travellers from warmer areas than yours. Food should be fresh and organic where possible. Inadequate and dirty accommodation, bedding and food are WWOOFers main complaints.
- Hosts are Ambassadors for Australia. It is important in the spirit of cultural exchange, to treat all your WWOOFers as one of the family and assist them to receive suitable medical treatment if necessary.
- Many WWOOFers use public transport. The Hosts who get the most out of the program are prepared to pick up WWOOFers from the closest terminal at an arranged time. Ensure you exchange mobile numbers in case of problems
- We recommend you invite WWOOFers for short stays initially, then negotiate longer stays if you are both happy with each other. If WWOOFers do not abide by your House Rules or do not follow the WWOOF Guidelines you may ask them to leave. (It may help to facilitate this by offering internet or phone access to find another place to stay, offer them a lift to town, bus or the nearest hostel.)
- Abusive language, inappropriate behaviour and sexual harassment of any kind will not be tolerated! If we receive complaints of this nature, your entry will be removed from the book (see Complaints Procedure).
- WWOOF reserves the right to refuse to list a Host or to remove a Host from the book as we see fit. We also edit entries as is necessary. As long as your entry gives clear and accurate information you should have no problems.
- WWOOFing is strictly voluntary. Hosts must be fully aware of the different regulations governing holders of Working Holiday and Visitor visas. See www.immi.gov.au for up to date information.
- Hosts must not involve WWOOFers in any project involving the use of chemicals, i.e. herbicides/pesticides etc and must comply with Workcover Legislation and Occupational Health and Safety Requirements, including the provision of all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
WWOOF reserves the right to amend/update these guidelines as required.
NOTE: WWOOF cannot condone the breaking of State and/or Federal laws. WWOOF reserves the right to cancel a Hosts registration immediately if we believe the Hosts' actions may bring the name of the WWOOF program into disrepute.