WWOOF Nepal is a multi purpose agro-volunteer project, a sister organization of the international WWOOF network that has been coordinating a volunteer program in the field of sustainable agriculture in Nepal. WWOOF Nepal is a part of a worldwide effort to link volunteers with progressive farmers, promote an educational exchange and build a global community conscious of ecological farming practice. Nepal is essentially an agriculture based country. Read More
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WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. WWOOF is an international organization that links volunteers with organic farmers in need of assistance. WWOOF began in the UK in 1971 and now exists in many countries from Thailand to India to Austria to Russia (check out the International WWOOF website from our links page). WWOOFing is a way for volunteers from all over the world to come to another country (or stay in their own) and learn about organic / biodynamic / permacultural methods of farming, growing, healing, building, living, creating or just about anything. The hosts are as diverse as the volunteers. Volunteers give their time freely (usually about five to six hours per day, five or six days a week) and join in with the daily tasks and projects with which the hosts are involved. WWOOFers generally stay with hosts who provide accommodation and meals in return for their work. It is up to you and the host to make individual arrangements in regards to the length of your stay and what type of work you will do. Most people stay for at least 5 days. WWOOFing is about cultural exchange. You will have a unique opportunity to live with local people without the tourist hype, while doing meaningful work from which both volunteer and host can learn. Remember, WWOOFing is a mutual agreement between the volunteer and the host, and flexibility and cooperation make for an enjoyable experience.
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 (for the volunteer and the farmer!)
- To meet interesting people and make useful contacts
Nepal, a land of ageless traditions, living legends, fantastic festivals and majestic mountains, commands an unending attraction of fabulous forms of flora and fauna. It is a must-visit destination for all seasons and for people of all ages and socio-economic brackets. It lies between 80o4' and 88o12' east longitude and 26o22' and 30o27' north latitude. The following is some very basic information about Nepal. You may wish to look at other sources for more in-depth information. Nepal is a small,land-locked country of approximately 150,000 square km nestled in between India and the Chinese-controlled Tibetan Autonomous Region.