The WWOOFing charter
The three basis of WWOOFing
1. Morals values: trust, tolerance and generosity
2. Exchanges between the host and WWOOFer must be done in the exclusion of any subordination link. They are made in the respect of the morals values
3. The gracious reception, board and lodging offered, is subjected to no promise of any compensation. There is only one condition, namely that WWOOFer must express the genuine wish to want to discover the life and the work of its host. And for this reason, of course, it must be able physically, mentally and intellectually to follow the host in his daily tasks.
+ The goals of WWOOFing
- Enable people with no previous experience to get a hands-on introduction to areas such as organic agriculture, eco-building etc.
- Help people discover alternative and ecologically healthy lifestyles
- Facilitate cultural exchange across generations and between people of different nationalities and regions
- Foster the passing on of organic and ecological expertise
- Spread communication and solidarity within the ecology and organic agriculture movement
- Establish contacts with others in the ecology and organic movements
- Promote longlasting links between city and rural dwellers
- Offer city dwellers an opportunity to live and take part in activities in an organic setting
+ Download the WWOOFing charter
+ Download the Internal rules
The WWOOFer is not an employee and has no obligation towards profitability. The Host is not an employer.
Their stay should be occasional: they should in no way replace an employee!
If you are looking for one, contact Pôle Emploi (job centre)
20h of WWOOFers help on the organic property per week is advised
+ The Host involvment
Being a host demands real involvement, with a willingness to promote organic agriculture and/or share alternative lifestyle experiences.
You’ll really want to share your expertise (organic agriculture, permaculture, biodynamics, eco-buiding) and your ecological lifestyle. Hosts offer WWOOFers the opportunity to learn about different aspects of organic agriculture, permaculture, biodynamics and eco-building.
Alongside this, hosts are encouraged to develop their activities with organisations other than WWOOF France in order to share their activity as far as spossible.
Being a host means joining the association freely and altruistically.
+ The 11 commitments of the host
- Guarantee that the land on their property is farmed organically and/or using ecologically sound methods.
- Properly maintain the property and its surroundings.
- Guarantee that the conditions for receiving WWOOFers are pleasant and optimal.
- Prepare for the arrival of the WWOOFer by answering any questions posed about activities, stay etc.
- Reply to all enquiries from WWOOFers, including giving negative responses.
- Accept visits from the WWOOF France team and from other people who have been invited in an advisory capacity (National Education, Administration, associations).
- Take out insurance which provides cover for any damages which the host would be liable for in the context of WWOOFing.
- Accept that WWOOF France, case by case, passes no judgment on, nor mentions, your religious or spiritual beliefs in your host profile.
- Contact WWOOF France to inform them of any problems in order to aid improvement of the network and also diffusion of positive feedback on WWOOFing and its development.
- Ensure that visitors are members of WWOOF France through checking their Internet profiles.
- Develop teaching supports with the aim of increasing WWOOFers’ knowledge of organic agriculture. This does not mean offering a training programme or a level of competence, but simply being available and showing them how you think your actions are helping our planet.
WWOOFing is not a way to go traveling on a budget. You need to be involved, curious and respectful of the people welcoming you.
+ The WWOOFer’s involvement
Being a WWOOFer means wanting to discover organic agriculture, biodynamics, permaculture or eco-building with motivation and involvement. It also means supporting and encouraging these areas through sharing them with others.
Being a WWOOFer is a personal commitment which is part of a collective environment, within a local context but also on a national and further the development of organic agriculture and eco-building.
Being a WWOOFer is taking part in a lifestyle which is family based, simple, ecological and close to nature.
+ The 11 commitments of the WWOOFer
- Be 18 years old or over. There is no age limit.
- Have a real interest in getting to know organic agriculture and life on a farm or in the country.
- Volunteer your time and participation in various activities during your stay.
- Take part in life on the farm (according to the conditions previously agreed on with the host) with no obligations towards performance or productivity.
- Respect your hosts and their property.
- Only contact a maximum of 10 hosts per day and reply to all correspondance from members and the WWOOF France team. If for whatever reason agreements made between WWOOFer and host change, both parties must inform each other as soon as possible and explain.
- Not reproduce the list of hosts, divulge personal information from this list, and only use the information for the purposes of WWOOFing.
- The WWOOFer does not receive any renumeration during their stay.
- The WWOOFer can freely choose the pace and length of their stay and any comings and goings (in agreement with the host).
- If on arrival the WWOOFer observes that the conditions and activites are not in accordance with those predefined with the host, the association must then be informed. WWOOF France counts on receiving feedback from its members so that it can improve the network; furthermore, this is just as relevant in the case of positive feedback.
- Take out insurance which provides cover for any damages that the WWOOFer could be liable for.
On the other hand, the WWOOFer must also have personal health insurance which provides cover for any illness or accident, as well as the direct or indirect consequences, which might occur during their stay.