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Who we are
Who we are
Many people who believe in agriculture and in a sustainable and natural world.
The movement
The movement
The purpose of WWOOF is to create an interest and understanding for organic and biodynamic ways of living. In addition to this WWOOF makes it possible for people to travel cheaply all over the world and, at the same time, to help where it is wanted and needed.
FOWO
WWOOF Italy is an active member of FOWO, the international Federation of WWOOF Organizations.
Experiencing
Natural Farming
Experiencing Natural Farming
WWOOF Italy focuses on the relationships of harmony between people and the environment, for a human-friendly agriculture that is respectful of nature. At the host member network it is possible to take part in putting these principles into practice and spreading them, according to their own attitudes and interests.
The benefits of the rules
The benefits of the rules
WWOOFing, as is defined in its many aspects and within the bounds of the Statute and Regulations, does not clash with Italian farming laws. The 2014 certification from the Biagi Institute of Modena University legitimized this certainty: all members who rigorously adhere to the common rules may work worry-free.
Knowing each other and making decisions together
Knowing each other and making decisions together
This is the time to meet and discuss issues: every year at the March general meeting members, hosts and travellers from all over Italy gather to debate and discuss finances and projects, to work, to have fun and to spend time together.
Discovering new worlds
Discovering new worlds
Travelling and hosting with WWOOF means meeting people from different cultures and with different customs, each with their own experiences and needs. Let's treasure these experiences by listening to others and cooperating with a curious and open frame of mind. We treasure these experiences by listening and teaming up together with interest and a desire to share.
High quality interactions
High quality interactions
WWOOF Italia has always aimed at removing any form of competition, public judgement or ranking and league tables. Thus it is important that all members endeavour to promptly reply to all emails and requests, to comply with all arrangements made, and to be available and helpful with each other.
Working Safely
Working Safely
WWOOF Italia's insurance policy allows all members to work peacefully, partially thanks to the limitations it imposes. For example: it is strictly forbidden to drive tractors, use chainsaws and other tools with blades. The safest way to work is by carefully following the rules and not exceeding your own personal limits.
Solidarity
Solidarity
We all prescribe to a shared and concrete ideal of mutual assistance: when times get tough we help each other. Depending on the context and the need, we organise training activities or we can join together to provide economic aid.
Growing with us
Growing with us
The support WWOOF Italia gives to natural agriculture is also demonstrated by our contributions to independent projects. Thanks to voluntary work, providing materials, economic aid or even simple word of mouth our association shares its potential with others who promote initiatives that comply with our core values.
Enriching ourselves through everyday life
Enriching ourselves through everyday life
Sharing is one of the key words to understand the essence of our Educational Centres. Family life, working in the fields and free time are all enriched by the arrival of travellers. Conviviality, collaboration and the exchange of knowledge are the ingredients to make this experience memorable.
All different, all the same.
All different, all the same
Respecting cultural and personal differences of both hosts and travellers is a founding concept of our association. Being attentive to each other's roles and quirks aid peaceful cohabitation and a beneficial exchange. It is important that all members recognize each other as equal, with no discrimination.
The Importance of Networking
The Importance of Networking
WWOOF Italia advocates contact between members and cooperates with projects with socio environmental aims akin to its own projects akin to ours with socio environmental aims, in Italy and the world.  Promoting ideas and practices that are in harmony with nature and taking part in exchanges enrich the quality of life for all.   Promoting ideas and practices that are in harmony with nature, taking part in exchanges, all enrich our quality of life.
Enroll to take part
Enroll to take part
By renewing their membership every year hosts and travellers can host and WWOOF with legal protection and insurance. Simultaneously they contribute to the organization of the annual general meeting and support projects, initiatives and meetings between members.

WWOOF is a worldwide movement linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchange, thereby helping to build a sustainable, global community.

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Structure

WWOOF Italy is a social promotion association founded in 1999, the aim of which is to connect a variety of rural set ups scattered across the country. The financial, relational and developmental aspects of this organisation are animated by a growing number of locally active coordinators. There are currently 40 volunteer regional coordinators. Over the years solving problems together in an extended cooperation has strengthened the association and has allowed thousands of members to operate serenely in total transparency.

Educational Centres

There are over 800 agricultural establishments (hosts) that open their homes to share their knowledge with volunteers (wwoofers) who wish to learn about productive and cultural aspects related to organic farming and growing. Each individual and autonomous host has unique and different expectations and opportunities to offer such as agricultural work, livestock farming, family help, small maintenance tasks...In the same way each volunteer will have different motivations and personal curiosities such as discovering new lifestyles and cultures, discovering new places and gaining new skills. What stands at the base of these exchanges is an idea where mutual satisfaction is reached through collaboration.

Evolution

The new frontier is to invest in more supportive actions, that need to become more incisive and across the board. Based on the necessities expressed by smallscale agricultural enterprises, WWOOF Italy now is offering it’s members training opportunities in the areas of planning and financial management. A Solidarity fund is being created for those who members who are going through difficult times. WWOOF Italy has supported the “peasant agriculture campaign” that was launched in 2009, the aims of which are to create new legislative horizons and fair recognition for those people who wish to live off the land sustainably.