news from the office

Nov 26, 2017

Our Host Contact, Taryn Field, writes:

Now that we are entering into a quieter season and enquiries from WWOOFers may decrease, you can check that you are indeed receiving all your emails. As internet security is constantly getting tighter some recipients’ email providers intercept the emails sent by WWOOFers from our system as they see them as mass-produced spam.

We have tried to make each message sent look as unique as possible so that this doesn’t happen but it doesn’t always work. If the messages are intercepted they could be sent to one of a couple of places; the spam box of the email provider which you log in to on the internet – so, using a browser; or the spam or junk box of the software you use, e.g. Outlook or Thunderbird, on a device where emails are downloaded. Both of these places ought to be checked to ensure that nothing is missed. If you find a received email in spam or junk and you know where to find the email headers, please send them to us using info@wwoof.org.uk to help us make our system more resilient.  

Although from WWOOF UK’s point of view there is no upper age limit for WWOOFers, I have recently discovered that some host insurance policies state an upper age limit. So if you are a host please check whether you have any age restrictions on your policy, and if you are an older WWOOFer please check with your host that their insurance covers all ages. Employer’s liability insurance usually covers people from age 16.

A reminder to check that all WWOOFers have a current membership not only when they initially get in touch but also for the time they are scheduled to visit you.

Host photo permissions – we have recently added a check box on your listing with a reminder on the home page, asking permission to use your lovely host photos for our social media. Don’t worry, we will never mention names.
Please tick ‘Yes’!

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