What is WWOOF?
Aloha and Welcome to WWOOF Hawaii
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) is a unique educational organic farming and cultural exchange program that allows participants to gain practical and sustainable agriculture experience, while meeting and forming relationships with people from around the world.
WWOOFers are linked up with one or more of the 300 Host farms in Hawaii, where they participate on a farm for up to 6 hours a day, usually five days a week for a period of a few weeks up to a year. In turn, WWOOFers receive a place to stay, food, and a great opportunity to learn about organic farming through direct experience.
Your WWOOFing life
As a WWOOFer on a Host farm, you will be expected to participate and have an interest in farm and garden related activities. You will enjoy a wide variety of agricultural learning experiences, including growing vegetables, harvesting fruit, beekeeping, aquaponics, permaculture, and working with animals. Each Host farm will vary based on its needs and what it offers its guests, It is your responsibility to ask the Host about meals, accommodations and what their expectations are before you commit to staying with them.
Because you can grow almost anything year round in Hawaii’s lush climate, many Hosts accept WWOOFers throughout the year. We recommend linking up with a Host farm at least 6 to 8 weeks in advance before you plan to arrive. Apply to a number of farms so that you are sure to have an opportunity on at least one farm. Sending out the same email to all Hosts usually discourages them from accepting you. They will want to know why you are interested in them and their farm, which also shows that you have taken the time to read their profile.
The length of your stay depends on the needs of each Host and your compatibility with each other.
Who can WWOOF?
Anyone over the age of 18 can sign up for a yearly WWOOF Hawaii membership. WWOOFers vary in age, and come from many different countries and cultures. The most important thing, is that you are healthy and can endure 4-5 hours a day of physical activities. Organic farming experience is not required, but you must be passionate about sustainable agriculture and have a strong drive for learning.
For prospective WWOOFers coming from overseas, WWOOF Hawaii recommends that you have a basic understanding of English. Please also check out our VISA INFORMATION section to make sure you are ready to travel.
Signing up as a WWOOFer allows you to gain hands on organic farming education and form relationships with people from all walks of life.
While participating and living on the farm, you will gain knowledge and hands on experience of what it takes to be an organic farmer. You will receive accommodations, some food and a dynamic, unforgettable life experience. You will enrich your own life, while contributing to the greater worldwide organic food movement.