‘Wwoofers’ working on organic farms in France

It is now officially an “opportunity” rather than “work” but the idea is the same... and it is firmly established on organic farms in France.

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (Wwoof) was first called Weekend Workers on Organic Farms, then it became Willing Workers on Organic Farms before settling on the new name.

The change reflects battles with authorities over employment laws in many countries, including France, as the scheme’s popularity has grown.

The principle is simple: in return for accommodation and at least one meal a day, the “wwoofer” does a limited number of hours’ work on a farm or garden. Except it is not called work – it is “sharing labour” in return for practical experiences.

The network started in the UK in the early 1970s and became popular as a way of having a cheap holiday and seeing first-hand how people in different countries live, as well as doing some (usually manual) work.

A number of people here, including Britons, began acting ...

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