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Ingo Mertens (@ingomertens)    3 years, 7 months ago

A friend and I are considering to go ‘WWOOFing’ (http://www.wwoof.org/) in our gap year, which should be after the summer. Is there anyone with experience on this subject? Has anyone done it? Does anyone know somebody who has? Any tips? Etcetera. I’d like to hear it!

1 votes, posted 01.27.2011 at 11:32 pm
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Cameron (@cman759)3 years, 7 months ago ago

DUDE! This winter break I had an epiphany that organic farming would be a way to actually help the world I live in and help combat reckless consumerism. So I looked into it and am planning on getting involved with WWOOF this summer! I’ll probably start in May.

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Martijn Schirp (@martijn)3 years, 7 months ago ago

Just saw the trailer, sounds really interesting! Mad props if you are really going to do it! Can you guys tell us some more about it what you think about WWOOF and why you think its a good idea?

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Ingo Mertens (@ingomertens)3 years, 7 months ago ago

Well for me it’s really the need to go see something of the world and get some life experience. I’m planning on working some more than I do now for about 6 months when I’m graduated, so I have gathered some money to leave the motherland for about 3 months. My friend and I are thinking about going somewhere South-America, mainly because the culture is just so different and appealing. I honestly believe that 3 months of travelling would learn me more than 1 year of attending the university.. When we ultimately decide to go WWOOFing, we will go from farm to farm. We’ll see how long we stay at each one and just act according to our heart :)

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AzT (@azmosis)3 years, 7 months ago ago

ugh I wish I knew about this ages ago. :o

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Jordan Lejuwaan (@jordan)3 years, 7 months ago ago

Your plans sounds perfect, Ingo. WWOOFing was one of the programs I was considering when I dropped out of college but I never got around to doing it. Definitely keep us updated on your experiences with it!

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Bryan (@bryan)3 years, 7 months ago ago

Here is another possible opportunity for you. Same idea, but not limited to only organic farming. I was interested in both programs, but instead moved to Montana for my 5 months off to snowboard… The free time and beautiful landscape has been well worth it but these opportunities are ideal. I wish/hope I can do these at some point.

http://www.workaway.info/

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Ingo Mertens (@ingomertens)3 years, 6 months ago ago

Thanks for the tip Bryan, that seems like an even better option.. I’ll definitely look into it!

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Nam (@lyon)3 years, 6 months ago ago

Thanks for sharing these links! Just what i was looking for :)

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Matthew Kellogg (@kellogg43)3 years, 6 months ago ago

I study at Franklin College in the Italian speaking region in Switzerland it is a small american school. It is a nice community of eager travelers and we like to have a great time exploring the world. A lot of my friends have wwoofed and I am planning on wwoofing this summer in Italy to learn Italian. It is a great opportunity for immersion to learn a language and also it is a great way to travel cheap, which is kinda what we do at Franklin. In terms of cost efficiency and being immersed in a culture you can travel from farm to farm for only the cost of transport if you plan accordingly. You can also stay at one farm for a period of months and I have friends that travel back to there farm family more than they travel back to there family in the states. I would be stoked to hear about wwoofing in south america sounds like a blast! Thanks for sharing Workaway, i will def. look into that for the future.

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WryJester (@wryjester)2 years, 2 months ago ago

Anyone have any good experiences? Really thinking about doing it, and would love to maybe skype about it. (No camera, sorry ladies)

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