Is woofing legal in NZ?

Those participating on a WWOOF exchange (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) in New Zealand can only do so if they hold an ‘open’ work visa, such as a Working Holiday Visa.

What is WOOFing in NZ?

WWOOF provides hands-on learning experiences by putting members in touch with the people of New Zealand, living with them and experiencing their way of life, not just viewing it as a tourist. Volunteers gain new skills, make new friends and give a little back while visiting New Zealand.

How does WOOFing work?

WWOOF enables people to live and volunteer on a variety of organic properties. Volunteers (WWOOFers) help on the land and home for 4-6 hours a day and hosts provide the food and accommodation. If you want to have hands on experience, learn and share organic and sustainable ways of living then WWOOF might be for you.

Do WWOOFers get paid?

No! WWOOF is a mutual exchange! Any member who joins WWOOF will not be receiving any salary or daily allowances during the exchange. Receiving payment for work done on a volunteer exchange jeopardizes the host and the entire WWOOF program as stringent laws must be followed when hiring an “employee”.

Do I need a visa to Wwoof?

Most WWOOFers enter the USA using a tourist visa; however, it is your responsibility to determine the correct visa for your visit. Please keep in mind that WWOOF is NOT paid work or volunteering. WWOOFing is an educational and cultural experience, and WWOOF members are guests of their hosts.

How is WWOOFing legal?

WWOOFing is based on a voluntary agreement between the host family and the volunteer. This means that no formal contracts or agreements are entered into and you have the opportunity to terminate your activity at any time.

What does Wwoof mean?

Learn how to travel on a budget and gain unique experiences through Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF).

How do I start woofing?

Just go online and look for the WWOOF organization in your country and apply for membership. Earlier we mentioned that only those 18 years and above are allowed, but in some counties like the US, those below 18 can join if they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Is WWOOF real?

The WWOOF organization is built on trust and is self-monitoring. Both WWOOFers and Hosts report if other Hosts (or WWOOFers) are not what they proclaim to be. WWOOF then investigates and determines if the host (or WWOOFer) should be removed from the program.