For people interested in WOOFing, Italy is a real adventure, especially if you are not yet used to the custom and culture that makes the country such a unique place to visit. Finding work is quite simple, as the membership is not too expensive, and if you are from Europe, getting a visa shouldn’t be a problem. Also, once you start talking with the hosts, you will find that they can be extremely friendly and polite.
The Experience of WOOFing: Italy and its Farms
The Italian WWOOFing experience appeals especially to young workers who are eager to gain more experience working on organic farms and who are able to rise up to the challenge of volunteering to work in a country where people are used to hands-on activities and being extremely energetic.
Work starts early on Italian farms, as you generally have to be up by 8 and out on the field by 9. Most WWOOFing hosts need new workers to help with chores like mustering, collecting eggs, caring for animals, pruning, weeding, clearing scrub and building barns. In exchange, they offer free meals and lodging, and they agree to impart their organic farming knowledge with all volunteers.
The best thing about WOOFing in Italy is that, no matter which host you choose, you can find numerous farms with friendly, hospitable individuals or families who are always interested in hiring a few more hands. Also, whether you want to be in a more secluded place or you need to be in touch with civilization, there are numerous options to choose from. Many don’t know, but you can even go
WWOOFing in the romantic Venice, sample photos from Venice Carnival !
Working in Italian Wineries
If you’ve ever thought about working in a winery, you should know that the WWOOF International host list can provide many interesting and delightful options for WOOFing, Italy – and especially the province of Tuscany – being known for housing wineries in some of the most beautiful places.
The work can be somewhat hard, especially when you have to harvest grapes all day, but it is also extremely fulfilling. The enchanting view of the Tuscan landscapes, the sweet taste of the grapes and the soothing warmth of the sunlight as it streams through the green leaves all combine to create a unique and memorable experience.
Also, when it comes to winery work and WOOFing, Italy takes exceptional measures to make volunteers feel as comfortable as possible during their stays. Some of the wineries are more than 100 years old, yet very well taken care of, and the vibrant experience of enjoying the delicious Italian meals and tasting the wine you help make is quite incredible.
There is much more that remains to be said about the wine making secrets you can learn and about the friendly hospitality that Italian hosts will offer you, but the best idea is to volunteer and get some hands on experience yourself. If you want to know all the details about applying for a membership at WOOF Italy and learning about being a volunteer, visit this link.
You will find that when you start out with WOOFing, Italy can become like a second home to you, and the training and experience you may be able to gain here will be completely invaluable.