A summary of the WWOOFing opportunities in the Africa Region. There are links to the various WWOOF Organizations that operate in Africa. Each of these organizations is independent and you need to contact them directly to become a member.
How it Works
WWOOFers volunteer on organic farms for about about half a day, each day. The host and WWOOFer share their knowledge of organic farming methods. The host provides food and accommodation. The WWOOFer helps the host with the many jobs that need to be done when managing a farm organically.
WWOOF Organizations are there to help and support you. They work closely with the hosts and WWOOFers to ensure the exchange is safe, educational and rewarding.
WWOOFing in Africa
Be prepared to become part of the local environment. You are often taken in to the hosts' family and participate in their normal daily life. Naturally this is one of the benefits of WWOOFing. The hosts enjoy sharing their way of life and they appreciate having a helping hand.
Hosts often have basic resources so it helps to be aware of this. Bringing your own basics such as soap, toothpaste, a first aid kit, special dietary requirements will help both you and your host. Strong shoes, gloves and work clothes are essential. Because each host is different, you should not have too many expectations about what will be provided - this way anything that is provided will be a bonus!
“We originally had planned to spend only a week with the host but ended up there for just under a month. There were some language barriers but they made a big effort to make me feel welcome. I helped out at with the neighbours and learned a lot about the community where we were. ”
Videos from Recent Africa Meeting
Benjamin from WWOOF Nigeria speaks to a football team about the benefits of agriculture while at the WWOOF meeting in Sierra Leone.
Ben starts the talk by asking who has family involved in agriculture and what is important about agriculture. Then Ben goes on to encourage each child to start their own garden at home, explaining how to build a raised bed garden. Ben also encourages them to go to their friend's house and help them build their garden - and so the concept of WWOOFing was explained!
Daniel shows how leaves can be collected from certain plants to make a drink of tea.
This was on a visit to Mohamed's farm near Bo, Sierra Leone. Growing mainly palm nuts for oil and Cassava. Other crops included pineapple and pawpaw.