Frequently Asked Questions

We are quite willing to answer any questions whatsoever about WWOOFing in Hawaii, so feel free to ask whatever may come up for you. However, before you email us with your questions, why not see if somebody else has asked your question before you.

We are quite willing to answer any questions whatsoever about WWOOFing in Hawaii, so feel free to ask whatever may come up for you. However, before you email us with your questions, why not see if somebody else has asked your question before you.

Volunteer Questions

WWOOFing, just like many things in life, it is what you make it to be. You will have a chance to meet and farm with many new and different individuals. Your openness and respect for others peoples way of living and communicating, will help make your experience great. How you prepare yourself for your trip, will have a great influence on how everything goes. There is a wide range of Host farms listed with us. Matching yourself up with a farm that suites you best is VERY important. Make sure you are very clear of ALL the details of what you should expect, before you commit to any farm. Most negative experiences from WWOOFers are because a farm was not “what they expected”. Make sure you ask all the necessary questions so that you well prepared for your WWOOFing adventure.

Please go to our homepage and click on the circle or text that says “Register as a WWOOFer”.

The farms you stay at can range from a small farm growing food for their own consumption, to a Bed and Breakfast Retreat Center that teaches yoga, massage, and supplies organic produce to local businesses. The living accommodations will also vary from being very rugged and basic with a place for you to set up a tent, to your own private cottage or house with other WWOOFers. If there is anything about your stay that you are unclear about, make sure you ask your Host. Being prepared is a very important part for a successful WWOOFing experience.

No you do not, yet you do need to bring a willingness to learn, a positive attitude and always try your best. The Hosts will guide you with the activities going on at the farm and will let you know what needs to be done. The most important thing is that you have patience and the desire to learn. Please keep in mind though that there will be times when Hosts will have projects going on where they require people with certain skills and knowledge. 

The only requirement is that you are at least 18 years old. WWOOFers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and must be at least 16 years old. There is no age limit, so you could do it if you were 100. As long as you are healthy and able to perform physical activities.

The length of time that you may stay on each farm varies, some invite you to stay a minimum of 2 weeks, whereas others do not specify a time period at all. Discuss it with your Host if you are not sure. Most require their WWOOFers to stay at least a month as it takes some time to learn about the farm. Very often if a WWOOFer is happy at the farm they have chosen and their Hosts is also happy with them, they will extend their stay. Many Hosts will also have a trial period of 2 weeks, so you can both decide if you are a good fit for each other.

The amount of food provided will vary from farm to farm. Some farms are currently only able to provide 1 or 2 meals, and will usually ask for less hours in return. Those who provide 3 meals will usually ask for more hours of help. This allows volunteers to find a situation that suites them best. Make sure you clarify how much and what kind of food is provided prior to agreeing to stay at a specific farm.

The cost to become a WWOOFer is $30 for a one year membership and $50 for a couple who will be WWOOFing together. We give this discount to couples because they often are sharing travel expenses together and they take up as much sleeping space as one person.

No! and YES! You are volunteering and in return for your help, you will receive food and accommodation and a wonderful interesting experience! (That’s the YES part!).

No! You are responsible for all of your traveling expenses to and from the farm. Very often a Host will be willing to pick you up from the airport. Please discuss your travel arrangement with your Host prior to arriving.

You can contact Hosts through our messaging system by clicking on the “contact” button while viewing their profile. There are also email addresses and phone number listed within each farms profile. If you don’t hear back from them within a week or 2, feel free to give them a call.

You can now leave a review directly on a members profile. Log in to our website and find their account by entering their Member ID #, or by searching for their name or email address. At the bottom of their profile, there will be a button labeled “Leave a review”. Click this and leave a review about them. Please be honest and constructive when leaving your review. Share information that is helpful for future WWOOFers and your Host. Stick to the facts and avoid being dramatic about your experience. Offensive or demeaning reviews, profanity, inappropriate or unrelated content, hate speech, sexual references, or defamation will be removed from our website. We also have a forum where you can leave some information about your experience. If you are not sure whether your comments are within guidelines, please contact us for some feedback.

No, it does not. We are a separate organization from WWOOF USA as we specialize in farms only in Hawaii in order to give better service to our members. If you are looking to WWOOF all around the country, than WWOOF USA will be a better choice for you. If you would just like to WWOOF in Hawaii, we will have about 200 more farms for you to choose from.

Yes we do and it is for legit couples who will be traveling together and sharing a bed at a farm. We offer this discount to give couple a break since they are often sharing expenses while traveling together.

No we don’t. Due to the small number of books that were being ordered, we discontinued this service. The books also became outdated soon after they were received. And since most people have no problem getting on the internet, we figured it was time to save some trees.

A WWOOFer membership is valid for one year. So if you joined on the 1st May, 2010, your membership would expire on the 1st May,2011. Host will pay a one time fee of $25 which is good for life.

This will vary from farm to farm. Some hosts can accommodate children or pets but most cannot. You can find out which farms can accommodate you by filtering your search on the “List of Host Farms” page. Make sure you get a confirmation that it is OK to bring your child or pet before arriving to a farm. Hawaii does have a quarantine process that is usually 4 months before they will allow most pets into the islands. Check here to find out if this applys to you - http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/aqs/animal-quarantine-information-page/.

We accept credit cards, PayPal, or you can send cash, check, or money order to our address located on our Contact page.

YES! It may be a good idea to have a few basic lessons in conversational English before you arrive. A basic simple understanding of English is important and vital.

Your WWOOF membership is not transferable because each WWOOF organization is separate and independent from one another. Please check out our section WWOOFing around the World to find information about other WWOOF groups.

Currently with the system in place, refunds will not be given once the account has been given access to view Host information. If you pay by check and decide to cancel your account before the check has been cleared, you will be charged a $5 cancellation fee.

That’s no problem and we understand that when you are travelling, your plans do change. All we ask is that if you make arrangements with a farm host and if they change for any reason, please be courteous and let them know. This is one of the most frequent complaints we receive from Hosts – that WWOOFers do not tell them if they change their plans. PLEASE let them know !!

WWOOF Hawaii is not responsible for any loss, injury or damage to yourself or your personal items. You are responsible for your own Travel and Health insurance. Some farms may ask you to sign an additional waiver when you arrive. We would recommend you find a local insurance provider if you can. If you would like a suggestion for travel insurance, we recommend checking out http://www.insuremytrip.com, www.quotewright.com, or www.worldnomads.com. Please do your own research and read others reviews to find out which insurance will suite you best.

If you have sent out emails and are not getting responses from the Hosts, feel free to call them and follow up. Due to the number of emails that they get, it can take up to 2 weeks for them to respond. If you never hear back from them at all, please email us and let us know so we can make sure their email address is up to date.

In order to create a new password, you will first have to log into your account. Once you are logged in, click on the Edit Account button. This will bring you to the Create Profile page where there are 2 tabs at the top. One will say Account and the other Create WWOOFer Profile. Click the Account tab and you will be brought to the page where you can change your password.

Yes, this is possible. Often members will come out here with a friend and stay at the same farm. The biggest deciding factor will be if the farm has space for both of you during this time. You can have just one of you contacting the farms, but be sure to include information for both of your profiles. Most likely the Host will want to speak with both of you before accepting you to come to their farm. It will also be harder to find a farm for 2, so you might have to be more flexible with the farms you inquire with.

In order to become a member for another year, you will have to first log in. If you don't remember your old password, request a new one. Once you are logged in, click on your username which is located below our logo. This will bring you to a page where you can sign up for another year.

Hosts Questions

Once you log into your account, there will be a blue message bubble located underneath the WWOOF Hawaii logo at the top left. Click this and it will bring you to the page where you can read your messages sent and received. 

In order to create a new password, you will first have to log into your account. Once you are logged in, click on the Edit Account button. This will bring you to the Create Profile page where there are 2 tabs at the top. One will say Account and the other Create Host Profile. Click the Account tab and you will be brought to the page where you can change your password.

First make sure you have read our “Host Guidelines” and “What makes a great Host” , to make sure being a Host is right for you. Then go to our homepage and click the circle “Register your farm”.

To provide clean, dry and safe accommodations , all organic meals if possible and an enjoyable atmosphere for the volunteers to help you with the tasks that need doing. To teach the volunteers skills in organic farming and living sustainably. Be open to growing and adapting to the needs of the volunteers so everyone can be productive, happy, and efficient. All Hosts must also read our pages entitled “Hosts Guidelines” and “What makes a great Host” to find out more.

We rely on member and host feedback to know what is going on out there on the farms. WWOOF Hawaii is a small organization, therefore we cannot screen all of our members. If you feel unsure about a Farm, you are strongly encouraged to do your own background and reference checks prior to entering into any situation with strangers. There are many resources on the internet to help you make you feel more comfortable. For example the following sites are free websites where you can check the criminal status of a volunteer or host before meeting: http://www.homefacts.com/offenders.html or http://nsopw.gov. As with all WWOOF arrangements, be sure to have clear and open communication between all parties before finalizing arrangements. WWOOFing is an amazing opportunity to make new friends, but please take safety issues seriously and contact us immediately if you have any safety issues.

When you login to your online account with WWOOF Hawaii, you can search for a Host or WWOOFer by entering their User ID #, name, or email address in our search box at the top of the website. This will list their profile under the Users tab and any information posted about them on the forum, will be listed under the content tab.

You can now leave a reviews directly on a members profile. Log in to our website and find their account by entering their Member ID #, or by searching for their name or email address. At the bottom of their profile, their will be a button labeled “Leave a review”. Click this and leave a review about them. Please be honest and constructive when leaving your review. Avoid sharing personal opinions and please stick to the facts. Offensive or demeaning reviews, profanity, inappropriate or unrelated content, hate speech, sexual references, or defamation will be removed from our website. We also have a forum where you can leave some information about your experience. If you are not sure whether your comments are within guidelines, please contact us for some feedback.