Help for WWOOFers
Handy Hints for WWOOFers and things to consider before you start your WWOOFing adventure:
Initial Contact and Communication
Always book ahead. It is important to make arrangements in advance (1-2 months) as your host may need to organize food, beds, work, tools etc. At your initial contact it is important to discuss details of the stay such as duration and what chores there are. You and your host should discuss what expectations you both have from the exchange. Also say if you are vegetarian or have any other dietary requirements. If you set a date to visit a host and then find you cannot make it, phone or email the host and let them know. The host will feel responsible for your safety. If dont arrive as you said they will be concerned for your welfare and the host may contact the Thai tourist police or Wwoof Thailand office to begin look for you. A simple message or call will relieve a lot of concern.
Please remember you are in a developing country. Thai people are wonderful hosts but their financial resources will be limited compared to any developed country. Respect they have offered to host you on a small income and may have bought Western food especially for you.
Please expect to do fair help for a fair keep. Generally 4-5 hours per day. Remember it is usually intended that you live together with the family. Your host will appreciate help with clearing up after meals and cooking.
On many farms water supplies are limited. Please use water wisely, do not waste it, and never assume there is plenty of it.
What you need
Always take a sleeping bag or a sleeping sheet (take a double or queen bed sheet fold it over and sew it into a sleeping sheet/bag, this is easy to carry, easy to wash, keeps out bugs), sturdy shoes, wash bag, work gloves, and waterproof clothing. Take your personal items such as medicines, special snacks or drinks you want to eat or drink.
Yes we have to mention it, Money
As a WWOOFer you are an independent traveler, responsible for all travel arrangements and expenses. Below a few things you will need to budget for:
- All travel expenses including, travel to WWOOF country and travel to/from and between host farms
- Accommodation en route
- Mobile phone/internet access(cheap mobile+sim is only $35 at airport)
- Day trips/treats
Some hosts have limited internet access and it can be expensive. Do not assume you have a right to unlimited internet access. This may result in a large bill for your host, which is not much fun for the host and not the best way to end your stay. Please check first about Wifi access if it is important.
Most importantly enjoy your WWOOFing adventure, be open and flexible, with a genuine desire to learn Thai culture, music, food and help people. One WWOOFer has summed it up perfectly:
“I really enjoyed WWOOFing, even in the more challenging places because I learned something about myself, always.”