WWOOF Originally called “Working Weekends on Organic Farms”, WWOOF came into being in England, in Autumn 1971, when Sue Coppard, a secretary living and working in London, recognised the need for people like herself, who did not have the means or the opportunity, to access the countryside and support the organic movement. Her idea started with a trial working weekend for four people at a bio dynamic farm at Emerson College in Sussex, arranged through a contact in the Soil Association. The weekend was a great success and things gathered momentum very quickly.
Soon many more organic farmers and smallholders were willing to host people keen to work on their farms in return for food and accommodation (WWOOFers). Hosts and WWOOFers made new friends and enjoyed the experience of exchanging assistance and knowledge.
WWOOF is an exchange - In return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles. WWOOF organisations link people who want to volunteer on organic farms or smallholdings with people who are looking for volunteer help
WWOOF India is a network that allows volunteers to live and learn on organic properties/ farms. It brings together Hosts and Volunteers ("WWOOFers") helping each other to make a healthier world . WWOOF India was started on 15 Aug 2007, it promotes cultural understanding of the many diverse peoples and cultures around the world through the intercultural exchange that takes place while sharing in the daily life of others
Worldwide Opportunities On Organic Farms India (WWOOF INDIA) facilitates an exchange of culture and education by connecting domestic and international travellers (usually students from gap year ) with about 240 Organic or sustainability-minded hosts spread throughout the India in about 16 states and its territories. All the hosts on our network are associated with organic gardening, orchards, spices, tea and other sustainability projects.
WWOOF India focus on sustainable livelihoods and addressing issues of poverty, through community mobilization around income-generation activities combining cultural, craft and ecological dimensions of rural life it holds tremendous potential for both income generation and enhancement of the basic quality of life in the rural areas.