WWOOF Italy: Becoming A Member and Contacting Hosts

This is the 2nd installment of a travel blog concerning my travels to Italy. Read this one first.


After applying for membership, I received this email:

Ciao 

Thank you for your membership request but I am afraid I need a better photo of you which clearly shows your face, if you send it to this address I will add it to your card so you can continue with your subscription,
sincerely

Bridget

It is pretty easy to bypass WWOOF and get on a farm, but I hope that everyone is mindful enough to know that this is such a small fee for something so wonderful. Some farmers will be rather adamant about having a membership card because this confirms that you paid. This comes into play mainly when you go in a group. Potentially, one person can buy a membership and take multiple people. This isn’t possible if hosts demand this membership card.

I evidently sent a bad picture, but after sending another, I received my membership card and access to the interface that shares emails, physical addresses, and phone numbers for the hosts.

To get there, you scroll down to this

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I used the Where filter and put Sicilia. Clicking search will take you to this page

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I created a spreadsheet tracker and read every single post. If I read one I liked, I added it to the tracker by copy and pasting the name of the farm. I created a few additional columns for special notes. If I read something that stood out or sounded special, I’d throw it in the tracker. Additionally, I put 1, 2, or 3. One meant it sounded really great and three meant it seemed ok. At the end, I emailed all of the “ones” this:

Hello,
My name is CoverCalled (1988) and I am interested in WWOOFing with you! I am a 30 year old male from Texas, United States and I currently work in Renewable Energy in Austin, Texas.
In 2012, I WWOOFed in Australia for 30 days on 3 farms, cultivating olives, building fences, tending to chickens, planting vegetables, and maintaining the farm.
In 2014 I went to Jeju, South Korea and worked on a Tangerine farm for two weeks. I worked the farms and helped build some fences.
I do not get to use my hands or be out in nature in my normal life, so I love working outdoors and getting away from the city life in my free time. I’d love to get to know you and your friends and family. I became very good friends with all of the hosts so far. I want to be as helpful as possible and I can do just about anything.
In my free time, I enjoy playing and writing music, soccer, tennis, and nature.
I am hoping to visit in March or April. Please tell me more about your farm and if those times would be useful to you!
Lastly, my grandma was from Sicily, so I am also visiting to get a taste of where my family is from.
Sincerely,
CoverCalled

It is a good idea to introduce yourself and let them know your age and activity level. I once built a barbed wire fence on a hill in Australia. This job wasn’t for everyone, so it is important to let them know so they can game plan for your arrival. Make sure you let them know the time frame you want to visit and also any skill sets that may be useful to them. Tell them your hobbies and interests, people like a personal touch and you never know if might you share something with them.

Now you play the waiting game. I’d wait about 7-10 days so that farmers have time to reach out to you. I emailed 13 team hosts.