Following on from the article ‘making the most of WWOOFing’ in the winter edition of our newsletter, the WWOOF team has resolved to be more hands-on when we receive reports of hosts who have not responded to WWOOFer enquiries.
Every WWOOFer is trying to get the best out of WWOOFing, and in the meantime they are probably trying to arrange transport, other WWOOF places or accommodation, and time off from work; so it’s only courteous that each host they contact gets back to them in good time, even if it’s with just a couple of words. Responding to all WWOOFer enquiries is, after all, one of the commitments a host makes when they become a WWOOF UK member. So, for each report from a WWOOFer about non-communication from hosts, we’ll be giving advice to the WWOOFer about their online profile and the way they communicate with hosts; and we’ll also be contacting any host for whom there is no obvious reason why they would not reply.
We have always done the same in response to reports of WWOOFers who do not show up or change their plans without notice, and we’ll continue to do that too – all in an effort to make WWOOFing a mutually respectful and satisfying experience from start to finish.
photo: Janta Wheelhouse, Karuna