An important message from the WWOOF UK team

Sep 19, 2022

Recently, we have been hearing increasing reports of WWOOF volunteers cancelling visits at the last minute, with some providing no notice at all. While we understand that there are exceptional circumstances in which you cannot complete your WWOOF visit, it is unfair to hosts when WWOOFers continually cancel visits, especially when hosts have already prepared for their arrival.

Choosing to WWOOF is a big decision, both for hosts and volunteers. Making the plan to visit a host is a commitment – we understand that life happens, but we encourage you to do everything you can to maintain your commitment. If your plans are in flux, it is always wise to keep your WWOOF host in the loop. And if you are truly unable to follow through on your visit, it is imperative that you communicate this to your host as soon as possible. Many hosts begin preparing for WWOOFers a week or more in advance, which can include cleaning, cooking, purchasing groceries and more. Hosts also plan time-sensitive projects with helpers in mind – not showing up could mean leaving your host without enough help for the harvest, or not enough builders to safely work on a project.

One of the most important tenets of the WWOOF experience is mutual exchange, where hosts and volunteers are teaching and learning alongside one another. Part of that exchange relies on trust – trust that a volunteer is going to show up and help, just as a host is trusted to provide food and shelter in a safe environment. The WWOOF UK community has been built on this trust alongside our shared commitment to living and learning organically. Please be considerate in making and holding to your WWOOF plans so that this community can continue to grow and thrive together. Thank you!

– The WWOOF UK Team

WOOF experience is mutual exchange, where hosts and volunteers are teaching and learning alongside one another. Part of that exchange relies on trust – trust that a volunteer is going to show up and help, just as a host is trusted to provide food and shelter in a safe environment. 

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