Summer is in full swing and we’re loving seeing so many WWOOFers lining up farm visits! WWOOFing is an exciting and fulfilling experience, but it’s also one that usually goes better with good preparation and communication. By asking the right questions beforehand, you can find a host that better aligns with what you’re looking for.
Communication is the foundation of a successful WWOOFing experience. We encourage you to ask hosts questions through messages on the website or during a phone or video call. By doing so, you can get to know potential hosts better and get answers to any questions you (or they!) have.
What questions should you ask a host? Here are a few recommendations to get you started:
1. What type of lodging to you have?
Farm accommodations can be unique as the farms themselves, and can range from tent camping to staying in a private room or separate structure, like a yurt (pictured here!) or guest cabin. It helps to ask your host to show you photos of where you’ll be sleeping and if there’s anything you should know to help you prepare for your visit. Safe and sanitary accommodations should always be provided.
2. What does meal time look like?
Hosts provide food for 3 meals per day, including on days off. Some hosts share meals communally, while others provide staple food items and produce for you to cook on your own. Some can handle special diets more easily than others. It helps to ask hosts what meals are like at their farm before confirming a visit and also let them know if you have any dietary restrictions.
3. What will I be learning during my stay?
One of the most thrilling aspects of WWOOF is the opportunity to learn new skills and make a positive impact on the farm! Don’t be afraid to let your host know what you’re most interested in learning about and what new skills excite you. Ask about projects and tasks so you can get a good sense of what you’ll be learning about with during your visit.
4. What is the WWOOFer schedule?
Most hosts ask WWOOFers to help with farm activities for about 25-30 hours per week. Schedules differ from farm to farm, with some being more flexible than others. Understanding the expectations of the farm’s schedule can help you better prepare for your stay. The host can generally tell you what a ‘day in the life’ of a WWOOFer looks like at their farm or homestead.
5. What is the social atmosphere like on the farm?
Take some time to ask about the social environment. Are other WWOOFers on the farm while you’re visiting? Are children or family members living there? Some farms are bustling and active, while others offer a quieter and more peaceful environment. Ask yourself what kind of social life is important to you while WWOOFing – and then check with your host to make sure their farm life is a good fit for you.