The Ideal Host...
- understands that WWOOFers are not free labour, they are not workers, they are volunteers who want to learn something, contribute their help & /or see the area you’re in
- understands that people are most productive when they’re happy - be nice to the WWOOFers!
- asks WWOOFers why they are WWOOFing, what they hope to learn, as opposed to handing out the easy jobs any two hands can do
- considers BEFORE telling a WWOOFer to come whether you really need or are prepared to have someone in your life right then. Saying “no” to a WWOOFer on the telephone or via email,is easier for everyone to handle than saying “yes” when it’s not a good time (because you may be having personal challenges)
- remember that WWOOFers are PEOPLE first, and might prefer to be introduced by their names, than as “our WWOOFer”
- keep in mind it takes only 5 minutes to make a list of jobs that takes 5 hours to do - no need to overkill! Be clear and organized with what you would like them to do. Express your appreciation. It's always nice to be complimented
- realize that WWOOFers come with all different levels of experience, and that some farms do things differently, so even if the WWOOFer has done a particular task before, they might not do it YOUR way. Be patient & strive for open communication - remember the WWOOFer is not trying to mess up! Most are trying their best to help you.
- makes sure you let your WWOOFers know if there is anything specific that they should bring
- lets them know what kind of accommodations and food will be provided so they are very clear of what to expect before they get there
- and understands that the BIGGEST thing of all is COMMUNICATION!!! Talk with them daily. Find out if they are enjoying their stay. Ask them if they have any suggestions with how to improve things. Make sure they know what is expected of them and that they understand it. Creating a comfortable space for WWOOFers to speak when they have a concern, will make a huge difference in how they respect you and your home. All issues can be worked out if everyone is willing to listen to the other. We strongly encourage you to hold weekly meeting where everyone can have a voice.
- One of our Hosts Camille, has put together a great book describing a lot of the benefits and challenges of being a Hosts and a WWOOFer. We highly recommend it for all new Hosts or current Hosts looking for some tips. Her advice and insight will save you a lot of time and headaches of having to learn the hard way. Click here to read about her book WWOOFer.
Our farm has been hosting WWOOFers for over 15 years. We love the incredible diversity of personalities, energy and input brought to our farm and home by hosting WWOOFers from all over the world. The contributions of WWOOFers make small scale farming economically and physically feasible, and the support that farm families receive continues to enable us to produce nutritious food using sustainable and enironmentally responsible farming practices for many to enjoy!
(A WWOOF Host)
We enjoy sharing our farm and expertise with young and old. We believe that
the best way to create harmony is to know each other one on one. As we have
travelled the world and been welcomed into new communities, we open our home
and hearts to all the wonderful people who bless us with their enthusiasm.
(A WWOOF Host)