General Questions and Answers regarding wwoofing in Israel
Is there an age limit for WWOOFers?
The minimum age to go Wwoofing is 18 years. There is no maximum age limit.
The important criteria are that you are willing and able to lend a helping hand to your host.
What are the aims of Wwoof?
- To enable people to learn first hand organic growing techniques.
- To enable town-dwellers to experience living and working on a farm.
- To show alternative ways of life.
- To improve communication within the organic movement.
- To help develop confidence in becoming self-sufficient.
- To meet interesting people and make useful contacts.
What do I do on the farm?
Wwoof provides the opportunity for you to live and experience life on Israel organic properties.
You learn organic farming methods by helping on the farm and having 'hands-on' experience.
Usually you live in with the family and are expected to join in and cooperate with the day to day activities.
The success of Wwoof depends on mutual cooperation.
Does membership in WWOOF Israel enable me to wwoof in all the world?
Yes and No, WWOOF Israel Membership is for Israel organic farms,
and recently we become partner of WWOOF Independents List, which means that WWOOF Israel members
can volunteer in more then 50 countries!!! as well.
if you want to wwoof in countries that have WWOOF Group, you need to be a member there.
All the official WWOOF sites can be found under wwoof.org
Do you arrange the farm visits for me or do I do this myself?
Once you have received your membership details by email, it is up to you to contact the farms that you wish to go to yourself.
This is not our job, the farms on the list are very varied and WWOOFers are looking for different experiences from a farm.
For example you may be interested in milk sheep and cheese making, or wine production, we cannot possibly know which your interests are.
Your initial contact with the host is also very important as it gives you a chance to explain who you are,
why you are interested in volunteering on a farm, your interests in organic production etc.
What do hosts expect from me?
The most important quality for a WWOOFer to have is to be able to fit into the very different lifestyles that the hosts lead.
A host will expect you to be interested in what they do and how they live, collaborate with them and help them.
They would also like you to help with the chores (such as cooking and washing up) and not create difficulties for your host.
Hosts are all very hardworking people mainly living on a tight budget and you should accept this fact and respect it.
WWOOFing is NOT a cheap holiday and way to travel.
It is a voluntary organisation set up to teach people about the organic movement and give
them hands on experience and to help out organic producers as organic production is very labour intensive.
If you are solely looking for a cheap way to see Israel WWOOF IS NOT FOR YOU.
Always respect the dates you arrange with your host,
if you have to change them for any reason you must give your host ample warning so that they can make other arrangements.
Please don't just not turn up, this can cause major problems for your host
(who has probably turned down other people as they were expecting you to come).
Please be responsible and thoughtful and take your responsibilities seriously.
If your stay is not satisfactory for your host he can always ask you to leave,
although with good communication between host and WWOOFer it does not usually need to resort to this.
What do hosts expect from me?
A host should offer you basic accommodation and food,
you should check before you go exactly what this is as it varies greatly from farm to farm.
Some may have a tent only, others may ask you bring your own tent.
You may well need to take a sleeping bag. Most have a room for WWOOFers.
If you have special dietary requirements (ie vegetarian, vegan etc)
or specific allergies (ie to animals) you should check with your host that this is allright before you go.
The host should stay with you at times and be willing to teach you about organic farming.
It is very likely that you will be on your own a fair amount and many of the tasks may be mundane,
but a lot of agriculture is! Once again check with your host what jobs you will be doing.
If for some reason the situation is not satisfactory for you discuss it with you hosts
and if a solution cannot be reached you are under no obligation to stay if the situation is intolerable.
Any feedback to us would be appreciated.
Do I need a work visa to WWOOF?
You can WWOOF in Israel on a tourist visa and there is no reason for you to obtain a work visa (which is very difficult to get and if applied for could jeopardise you chances of obtaining a tourist visa).
Can I bring my child/children with me?
Yes sometimes. A lot of the farms like to take people with children, especially if they have children themselves.
ALWAYS check with the host first though and if you have young children who need a lot of your attention discuss this with your host first.
They obviously don't want to feed extra mouths and have very little help given in exchange.
There are dangers on a farm and the parent should be willing to take total responsibility for the safety of their child.
What about insurance cover?
As of January 2012 We do not provide insurance cover.
You need to show to your host a valid travel insurance
How do I pay my membership?
You can pay on-line.
After filling out the membership form you can pay with Pay Pal
, or make a bank transfer.
We cannot accept personal cheques as we have problems cashing them here.
How many hours a day are expected from me?
The hours depend a great deal on what needs to be done.
You should discuss this with your host and come to a mutualy satisfying arrangement.
You are not an employee or sub contractor and should not be asked for too much,
but also it would be unfair not to contribute enough.
During a harvest for example when a crop needs to be got in you may end up doing much longer hours,
but you should be given extra days off at the end to make up for this.
Once again good communication with your host at the
beginning of your stay should avoid misunderstandings about this.
Do I need to be able to speak Hebrew?
A lot of the hosts speak English other than Hebrew.
If you wish to learn hebrew choose a farm where they speak some English and ask them if they could speak hebrew to you,
or would be willing to exchange English for hebrew lessons.
Do you have a cheaper membership fee for couples travelling together?
Yes, the membership fee for couples is 270 ILS .
How long can I stay on a farm?
This varies from farm to farm but is usually between 5 days and a few weeks or more.
Many hosts have a trial period of a couple of nights and then longer if things go well.
Most hosts do not allow stays of only 1 or 2 nights as it takes time to get to know the farm routines etc.
Is there a min time to stay on a farm?
Yes, the min time is two days
How far in advance do I need to contact a host?
Usually 1 or 2 weeks.
If you make contact too far in advance the host may not be able to predict their future availability.
How long does membership last?
WWOOF Membership is annual, membership lasts for 12 months. After this you will need to rejoin.
Religious and kosher?
There are farms that keep kosher, but please ask the farmer about religious issues to avoid misunderstandings.
How can I Join?