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New Zealand
Living and Learning...
... the Organic Way


Wwoof
PO Box 1172
Nelson
New Zealand
Email: support@wwoof.co.nz
Phone or Fax:
0064 3 5449890

The are currently 924 Wwoof Farms in NZ

Building NZ's First Earthship
Great for Wwoofers who enjoy nature as we back onto the Hakarimata Scenic Reserve with its large Kauri, Rata and Rimu that tower over a canopy of tawa, kohekohe, hinau, rewarewa, mangeao, pukatea and manuka. (Some of the nicest bush in the Waikato). We are currently building NZ's 1st "Earthship" home, a house built from car tyres and other recycled materials. Full details at Earthship (if you are not yet registered you can become a Wwoofer.
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New Zealand My Way
by Maria Wu
Maria's travel experiences while in New Zealand.



"Living and Learning    -    The Organic Way" 



   
Marit and Caleb's
"Reason for Joining":
"Marit's reasons: Since I graduated college in May of 2003, I have worked a regular desk job and I just know there is more to life. I want to discover other ways of living. I feel like I need adventure. I want to live my life and enjoy it. I want to see new places, meet new people and be outside as much as I can. I have been doing research and besides being really intrigued with the Wwoof program, I have heard wonderful things about it. The values Wwoof promotes are values that I am interested in living instead of just thinking about.
Caleb's reasons: I want to not only see, but experience as much of the world as I can...Also, promoting the environment...Living healthy in body and mind, and being a part of another way of living....and it goes on ".

What is Wwoof?
 
  • Wwoof began in the UK in 1971, and in NZ in 1974. 
  • Wwoof allows volunteers to stay on organic farms and join in with the various projects hosts are busy with. 
  • There is a variety of properties spread throughout NZ, including farms, market gardens, communities and ventures in self- sufficiency in which organic growing plays some part. 
  • Currently there are about 800 Wwoof Farms in New Zealand. 
 
What are the aims
of Wwoof?
  • To enable people to learn first hand organic growing techniques. 
  • To enable town-dwellers to experience living and working on a farm. 
  • To show alternative ways of life. 
  • To improve communication within the organic movement. 
  • To help develop confidence in becoming self-sufficient. 
  • To meet interesting people and make useful contacts.
 

 

What do I do on the farm?
  • Wwoof provides the opportunity for you to live and experience life on New Zealand organic properties. 
  • You learn organic farming methods by helping on the farm and having 'hands-on' experience. 
  • If you are just learning to speak English and are worried about understanding instructions on the farm then you may like to consider an English language course. Read about hosts who offer language tuition on the Links page.  
  • Usually you live in with the family and are expected to join in and cooperate with the day to day activities. 
  • The success of Wwoof depends on mutual cooperation.
Organic Farming
 
What if I have some suggestions?
  • Wwoof relies on the feedback from its members. 
  • Any suggestions for improving the scheme or broadening its appeal would be appreciated. 
  • If you have any further inquiries or any problems then please don't hesitate to contact us at Wwoof headquarters. 
  • E-mail Wwoof NZ headquarters.

 

How do I arrange my stay and what rules are there?
  • Before a host will accept you as their guest you must become a member of Wwoof. 
  • Once you are a member you receive your own Wwoof Book detailing all the farms in New Zealand. You will also be able to access the hosts via the internet. 
  • To arrange your stay phone the host you wish to visit. 
  • It is important to make arrangements in advance, don't just turn up a the door. 
  • During the initial phone call it is important to discuss details of the stay such duration and what chores there are.
  • If you set a date to visit a host and then find you cannot make it, please phone the host to let them know. If you fail to turn up, there will be concerns for your welfare!
 
Some Common Questions and Answers
  • How long can I stay on a farm?

  • This varies from farm to farm but is usually between 5 days and a few weeks or more. Many hosts have a trial period of a couple of nights and then longer if things go well. Most hosts do not allow stays of only 1 or 2 nights as it takes time to get to know the farm routines etc.
  • How far in advance do I need to contact a host?

  • Usually 1 or 2 weeks. If you make contact too far in advance the host may not be able to predict their future availability.
  • What type of visa do I need?

  • Although hosts consider Wwoofers to be volunteering, the Immigration Dept consider volunteering while getting food and accommodation to be work. Working Holiday Visas and Student Visas are ideally suited to Wwoofing. Wwoof can unfortunately not provide any assistance to gain visas.
  • What if I lose my book?

  • Please take care to keep your book safe and private. Note your membership number in a safe place. If you do loose your book you can still use the online version. Contact Wwoof and a replacement can be sent (there is a fee for this and you will need your membership number).
  • What are the age limits?

  • The minimum age to go Wwoofing is 16 yrs. There is no maximum age limit. The important criteria are that you are willing and able to lend a helping hand to your host.
  • Can I go Wwoofing with my children?

  • Only a few hosts can accept kids as there are safety issues on the farm, lack of accommodation etc. The book identifies which hosts can take kids but as competition is strong for hosts anyway, kids can make finding a host even harder.
  • Can I go Wwoofing in Winter?

  • May to September are the usual winter months. Wwoof does carry on through the winter with jobs such as building raised beds, spreading the compost, tree planting, maintenance, building and other odd jobs. You will definitely need good boots (you can buy "gummies" for $20), a warm jacket and a raincoat.
  • How long does membership last?

  • Membership lasts for two years from joining. After this you will need to rejoin.
 

 

How can I Join? 
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