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    Posted by lynseyola January 17, 2013 - 1,586 views - 1 comment - 1 like
    Want to visit Australia on a budget? Running out of funds but there's still so many places you want to see? Why don’t you try your hand at something called wwoofing? Wwoofing stands for Willing Workers On Organic Farms, and is an organization, which allows you to volunteer four to six hours of work per day in exchange for accommodation and food.
     
    The first step is to get a WWOOF book, this will set you back $65, but you receive a heap of information on all the hosts, their farms and your own unique WWOOF number and it also covers your insurance for a year.
     
    The best thing about it is, you can browse through the hundreds of hosts and select which ones interest you, There's everything from cattle farms in WA to lavender farms in Victoria, dairy farms in Tasmania to Banana farms in Queensland. All certified organic or using no chemicals on the farms or smallholdings, it's a great way to get a feel for rural life in Australia.
     
    My top tip  when applying to a farm is to send a friendly email explaining a bit about yourself and when you intend on visiting. Remember your expecting to live with these people, so let them know all about you and what you want to get out of your experience. When you staying with the host family you get to see how they live and run there farm and learn why they have gone down the organic root.
     
    I spent 8 weeks wwoofing on an alpaca farm in the Strzelecki ranges, a beautiful place I would never had visited otherwise. Anyone who’s ever met me will tell you that I’m not really an animal lover, and that I probably wouldn't even be able to change a light bulb!!! Well that was before my wwoofing experience. I lived with a lovely couple that had a totally different out look on life to me. They eat only natural foods, didn't drink and lived a simple unconsumer-driven-life. They taught me how to live off the land how to preserve this season’s fruit. I was fixing fences building gardens from scratch, laying paths, mucking out the barn and I even helped put up a new ceiling!
     
    Out of all the things I have done in my two and a half years travelling this is the experience I talk about the most and the things I was taught will stay with me forever.
     
    WWOOFing can work towards your second year visa, although you need to check the farm you have chosen can sign you off for this.
     
    I would recommend wwoofing to anyone who fancies doing something a bit different and wants to see the real Australia. I know people that have spent months going from host to host travelling all over the place and working on all sorts of farm and small holdings.
     
    It's cheap, interesting and is a bit different to the normal tourist trails.
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    • Olly Wheatcroft
      Olly Wheatcroft Great blog, really like it! Will be looking at WWOOFing opportunities in South Australia.
      March 13, 2013