WWOOF is about Living and Learning on Organic Farms.

WWOOF provides volunteers hands-on educational and cultural experiences, learning about what is involved to grow produce and animals organically while living with local families and joining in the daily farming and family activities.

WWOOF enables people to live and learn on a variety of organic properties. Volunteers (WWOOFers) help on the land and home for 4-6 hours a day and hosts provide the food and accommodation. If you want to have hands on experience, learn and share organic and sustainable ways of living then WWOOF might be for you.


Usually you live with your host and are expected to join in and cooperate with the day to day activities. In most countries WWOOF is based on 4-6 hours help with a full day’s food and accommodation provided.

You may be asked to help with a variety of tasks like sowing seed, making compost, gardening, planting, cutting wood, weeding, harvesting, packing, milking, feeding, fencing, making mud-bricks, wine making, cheese making and bread making and whole lot more!!

I treat my WWOOFers the way I’d hope my daughter would be treated, if she was WWOOFing

Joan Spiller

New Zealand

What makes us unique?

Volunteers often say, “We like giving something back to the country we are travelling in”.

The length of your stay is negotiated directly between you and your host. Most WWOOF visits are between one and two weeks, though some may be as short as two or three days or as long as six months. WWOOF is not an employment situation, you are treated the same as a friend or family member and are free to leave if you are not enjoying your time.

WWOOF NZ offers experiences with both WWOOF hosts and Cultural Exchange hosts.

If you are interested in alternative ways of living and want to meet interesting people then WWOOFing is for you!

Keeping an open mind and respect of a lifestyle, culture, religion and political views that may be different to yours will make for a more successful stay.

Susanne Doerner

StudyNZ Co-ordinator

Alannah James

WWOOF Co-ordinator