For those of you who are interested in insurance matters here’s an update on our latest thinking and advice about insurance cover for WWOOFers.
For almost a year we have been considering an offer via the Federation of WWOOF Organisations (FoWO) that would provide blanket coverage to all our volunteers. It seems there are some advantages in taking a while to make a decision because while we bided our time and consulted with you, our members, on whether this was a good idea or not, several other national WWOOF groups have taken the offer up and they have found that over the year the cost of the policy has increased, and at least one claim made under the policy has been disputed.
This has added to our uneasiness about the policy overall, and so for the foreseeable future WWOOF UK will not be recommending the FoWO policy and continues to advise WWOOFers to ensure they have their own insurance in place. We would usually point you in the direction of World Nomads and OvEuropa, whilst acknowledging, of course, that other products are available.
Hosts should continue to make their own insurance arrangements.