Whether you are European or not, if you are looking for volunteer work, WWOOF France can be a great choice for you. Organic farming is extremely advanced here, and the work required is fully compensated by the great conditions you will find on French farms and the opportunities you gain for learning about the latest eco-friendly farming methods and practices and receiving some practical work experience.
WWOOFing Opportunities in the Beautiful France
Of course, not all are cut out to do volunteer work outdoors. Such jobs can be quite demanding, and you will often have to finish the work according to certain deadlines. However, for young workers who want to spend their summer doing something engaging and educational while enjoying the beauty of a country such as France, all the difficulties that may be involved are completely worthwhile.
After getting your WWOOF France membership, you will find that working for French hosts can have an incredible hold on you, and it can be easy to lose yourself in the passion of the work and the vibrant serenity of the landscapes that surround you. Many WWOOFers started out with agreements for volunteering only for one month, and ended up staying much longer.
Common WOOFing Tasks
WWOOF France, the organization that deals with requests and offers related to French organic farming, provides far more than the simple opportunity for a cheap stay in the countryside.
The incredible feeling that you are making a difference and improving the environment and the thought of being able to learn some valuable skills from organic farmers who know what they are doing are mixed with the experience of a rich cultural exchange and of meeting new friends.
Also, the tasks associated with the volunteering activities you will find through WWOOF France are not too demanding. Here is a list of some of them:
- Feeding the chickens and collecting eggs;
- Feeding and walking the dogs and caring for other animals, such as cats and donkeys;
- Gardening work: this includes common tasks such as planting, weeding, watering and harvesting, and the work can also be expanded to setting up irrigation systems, creating rotational plot designs and building greenhouses (depending on how fast you learn).
- Fruit field tasks – weeding, trimming and harvesting the fruit.
- Various other activities such as cooking and baking or having to help sell organic products on Market Day.
As you can see, there is no joke about the workload required, and some hosts urgently need more workers, so you will probably have your hands full.
The possibility of learning new things and being able to gain expertise in performing more difficult tasks is open to everyone, and, if you are looking for the best place for long term WWOOFing and learning all there is to know about organic farming, WWOOF France can offer you all the best opportunities for it.
To gain access to French hosts and contact them to find volunteering work, you will first have to become a member of the WWOOF France organization. This is not a difficult task, however, as all you will need is a visa, the means to get to France and a small fee of 50 to 60 euros to pay for the booklet that contains the list and instructions and for electronic access.
To find out more about what you need in order to go on this path, follow this link to our comprehensive article on how to become a WWOOFer and you can learn about all the major details and requirements.
Accommodation and Convenience
Even if you are not an experienced WOOFer, France is a place of opportunity for everyone. Apart from the opportunity to learn more quickly than anywhere else about sustainability and ecological living, you also get the comfort and convenience of great accommodation.
Although travel costs can vary depending on where you have to travel from, you have the security of knowing that once you get to France, you will be greeted with open arms by your host, and as long as you work a few hours every day, you don’t have to worry about food either. WWOOF France guarantees that the hosts are trustworthy and willing to help you with your WWOOFer training, while offering you everything you may require during your stay.