New Host Information
Information for Potential WWOOF Hosts
Download a Host Pack which includes Host Guidelines, information about WWOOFer insurance and an Application Form to complete and return together with your Host membership fee of $90.00 incl. GST or free with a copy of your current Organic Certification with an AQIS accredited Certifying body.
Fill in an on-line Host Application Form or the Form in the Host Pack, which can be printed and mailed or faxed. Please read the letter below, the Host Pack and the WorkCover Information for WWOOF Hosts PDF before applying.
*The Host Pack is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. You will need the Acrobat viewer to view these files. which can be downloaded free of charge from Adobe.
New Host Information
Open letter from WWOOF Australia to people with properties in Australia who believe they meet the criteria for becoming a WWOOF Host - and are interested in joining WWOOF Australia as a Host.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Host with WWOOF Australia. Being a WWOOF Host requires a long-term commitment and should not be seen as a quick fix solution for a short-term need. We trust our Hosts to provide wholesome fresh meals and clean accommodation and not to use WWOOFers as cheap labour.
Many Hosts follow permaculture and biodynamic principles in addition to using organic practices, and we assume you are not using farm chemicals as a matter of routine. WWOOFers are not permitted to use chemicals.
The Golden Rules of being a WWOOF Host are:
A WWOOF Host must:
- Be growing or producing organic products.
- Be able to 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' providing a safe haven for Willing Workers and engage in a mutual cultural exchange.
- Treat WWOOFers with respect and consideration.
WWOOF is a worldwide movement linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchanges, to build a sustainable global community.
WWOOF has been operating in Australia for over 35 years, and has blossomed into a smorgasbord of Australia's alternative lifestyles and dedicated organic farmers, offering students, backpackers and travellers from Australia and overseas a taste of rural Australian life.
There are now over 2,o00 Hosts in the WWOOF Book or WWOOF App. The WWOOF Book or WWOOF App provides contact details, a description of each property, the work to be done, meal types and accommodation. The WWOOFer simply browses through the book, chooses a place they would like to go, and then contacts the Host to arrange a mutually suitable time to visit.
WWOOFers live and work with the Host families in the same way as relatives and friends do when they visit. The minimum stay is 2 nights (to prevent people turning up, eating, sleeping and then leaving the next morning) and the maximum stay is up to the Host and the WWOOFer. We have heard of WWOOFers staying for more than a year.
We receive so much positive feedback from our existing WWOOF Hosts about their wonderful experiences, but let's not pretend that it's all roses! It is important that you carefully consider the following issues BEFORE deciding to become a WWOOF Host and be prepared to deal with them if they arise.
- WWOOFers may be unskilled; some have never been out of a city and have never seen a carrot growing or picked up a spade.
- WWOOFers who book in but then never show up can be a huge disappointment for many Hosts. Cultural, lifestyle, personality and language differences can lead to misunderstandings between Hosts and WWOOFers.
- WWOOFers may be scared of spiders and creepy crawlies, mice, crocodiles and snakes. Many WWOOFers have never encountered these before so Hosts need to be understanding and calmly explain the dangers on their properties, and what to do if encountering these creatures.
Good effective communication between Hosts and WWOOFers is essential. With patience, understanding and compassion, it is a worthwhile and memorable experience for the majority of WWOOF Hosts and WWOOFers.
Please read the Host Guidelines carefully and contact other Hosts in your area for feedback on how the program operates at the grass roots level.
WWOOFers do 4 to 6 hours of farming /gardening work in exchange for a days food and board (depending on factors like season, workload, quality of their work and the accommodation, etc). A maximum of 42 hours work in any 7 days, these hours can be flexible so WWOOFers have free days but this must be negotiated with the WWOOFer.
While WWOOFers are expected to clean up after themselves and keep their own accommodation area tidy; childminding, hospitality work and houskeeping are not accepatble work for WWOOFers.
Occasionally in bad weather it is OK to ask WWOOFers to some indoor work, but as a general rule this is not considered WWOOFing and should not be the usual work given to WWOOFers.How WWOOFers & Host’s Children Mix – An Unscientific Study is an interesting article in the Green Compass Magazine about how WWOOFers benefit the children of WWOOF Hosts.