Once you’ve decided you want to WWOOF, your next step is choosing where you want to go (and this does have to be decided somewhat early on, since different countries/regions usually have different chapters, and you’ll have to join a chapter before you can see the full list of available farms). With so many chapters and so many farms, it can be quite a difficult choice! Check out this post for our top tips in how to make the decision.
When it comes to location, here are some points you may want to consider:
While it isn’t imperative that you speak the language of the country where you’d like to WWOOF, it can be very helpful (even if you only know a few basic phrases). If you don’t speak the language, hopefully you at least have the desire to learn. Working on a farm in a rural area may mean you’ll be living and working with others who don’t speak your native tongue (on the farm’s description listed in their WWOOF chapter, they will sometimes mention which languages they speak).
you will be living, cooking & eating with your host family–how will language play a role in the relationship you will form with them?
PROXIMITY TO A LARGER CITY
Do you want to spend your weekends in peaceful tranquility, or are you hoping to get away to a more upbeat location on your days off? Depending on the amount of time you have to WWOOF, you may be able to spend time traveling between farms, or even on your days off. If that’s something you’re interested in doing, think about local transportation and the location of your farm to determine if that might be an option.
PROXIMITY TO OTHER SITES, BODIES OF WATER, NATURE PRESERVES, ETC.
Maybe you don’t want to go to a large city on your days off, but maybe you would like to hike in the mountains, swim in the ocean, go fishing, or visit historical sites? Again, depending on what you’d like to do, there’s a place that’s just right for you!
IF YOU STILL CAN’T DECIDE
If you still don’t know where you’d like to go, check out the preview of farms on most WWOOF web sites. Although they won’t provide contact details or exact locations (you’ll have access to that information once you become a member), you can get a sense for the type of products grown, raised and produced in that area, and you’ll be able to read farm descriptions straight from the farmers, themselves.