Yay! You finally got your farms lined up, (if not this might be helpful: Planning and Emails) and now you want to know how to get the most out of your trip.
Here are 5 tips:
1. Communicate with your host
When you arrive, make sure you both know what is expected on both ends. Let them know if you have any special dietary needs.
2. Pack well
You don’t need to pack very much. We had 2 medium sized backpacks for our 2 month trip to Italy and it was just the right amount of luggage. Most farms in first world countries have a washing machine (but not always dryers). Packing 3-5 different sets of work outfits, 1-2 casual outfits, underwear/socks, a jacket, pajamas, hiking boots/sturdy sneakers and toiletries should be enough for most people.
3. Don’t be lazy
This one is pretty obvious but needs to be said. Hosts are nice enough to take a risk and let you stay with them/feed you, the least you can do is make it worth it for them by doing the things they ask you to do and do them well.
4. Plan out every detail
Make sure you know the exact dates and times of the buses/trains/planes you need to take and that they connect with enough time in between. Also, budget out how much you need to spend on transport and how much you want to spend on fun. We set a budget of $300 per month for our fun and travel budget while we were in Italy. That’s pretty low, but we didn’t need much! I use rome2rio.com to plan out connections and see pricing, it’s a great website!
5. Get to know your hosts!
The best part of WWOOFing is gaining friendships. We loved our hosts and were able to spend a lot of time with them and develop deep connections that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. There’s so much to learn from every person. Being friendly and interested in your hosts makes your experience much more meaningful.
Here are the names of the farms we went to and links to our summary:
- Azienda Agricola Crocevia (alla Pietara)
- Castello Di Potentino
- Az. Agr. Terre Di Giotto
- Villa Falerna
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