If you want to travel to Europe, hop on a train, travel to 19 countries in 15 days and take as many pictures as your phone can handle of you staring into beautiful scenes that, well, about 80% of people you know have already taken… then this isn’t the blog post for you.
WWOOF stands for Willing Workers on Organic Farms. It is an organization that links up travelers with farmers that need help. Visitors can work a few hours a day on a farm and in exchange get free food and shelter. It is a simple barter relationship and in my experience, has been a wonderful way to unplug and see a culture for what it really is. I’ll let you do your own research on the experience, this blog is more for the “how to.”
I have rather successfully WWOOFed in South Korea and Australia. I decided in 2019 I would try Italy. My heritage is from the southern region, specifically Palermo, and I thought it would be pretty pretty pretty good to visit the homeland.
My first step was to Google “best time to visit Sicily.” I chose late April or May because the weather seemed nice and I had a random work holiday on Good Friday. (Thank you, Jesus!)
My second step was to google “WWOOF Italy.” I perused the website for awhile and landed around the bottom where there is a neat little search function where you can filter by region and preference. I threw in “bees” and “Sicily” because I wanted to be in Sicily and work with bees.
This yielded some “Craig’s List” looking advertisements from various farmers describing their farms and needs. This is par for the course in my experience. Additionally, at the very top you may see:
ATTENTION: In this list you see the hosts that reflect your research and you can get an idea of the hosts present in WWOOF Italia. Their name and contacts are only visible to members. By joining WWOOF Italy and paying the membership fee of € 35 you can get in touch with your chosen farm and organize your trip and your stay with them.
My advice is to read through the post, use a few different filters, and see if you find something that tickles your fancy. I read each post and decided I could part with the cash and apply for a membership. Only then can you communicate with the farmers.