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WWOOF! Travel across Canada as a Volunteer

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WWOOF! Travel across Canada as a Volunteer

Pick berries on an organic farm in Ontario. Or work a couple of weeks with a dairy herd in Quebec. Spend the summer whale-watching in the Bay of Fundy with a research team. Or paint fences and cook meals on an eco-friendly ranch in Western Canada. Or help care for llamas on a small farm on Cape Breton Island. In short, you can learn about sustainable lifestyles and organic farming at the same time you experience a new part of Canada (or, possibly, the world, but more about that later). You can do it all through WWOOF: (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (formerly known as Willing Workers on Organic Farms). What is it: WWOOF Canada is a grassroots organization, part of the wider WWOOF International. WWOOF Canada lists about 900 farm hosts located from coast to coast and as far north as the Northwest Territories and the Yukon, where you can volunteer your skills gardening, painting, cooking, working with livestock and other related chores. No experience or specific level of skill is necessary. [caption id="attachment_461" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="Green acres is the place to be: You'll be living and loving the farm life in no time"] Green acres is the place to be: You'll be living and loving the farm life in no time[/caption] What's my commitment: You typically work 4 to 6 hours per day, 5 to 5 1/2 days per week in exchange for food, accommodation - and a life-changing experience. Become part of the family. Become part of the community. Get a taste for farm living. Consider it a cultural immersion program. Who can participate: Canadians of all ages and experience levels. A basic understanding of English is required, and if your host is francophone, you may require some basic French skills. Better yet, you'll likely improve your own francais! [caption id="attachment_458" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Get down with organic farming and become a WWOOFER"] Get a taste of green living with WWOOF[/caption] How long must I commit: You can sign up for a few days, a few weeks or even an entire season. You negotiate directly with the host farmer. Is there a membership: Yes, you pay an initial $40 membership which gives you access to the directory of hosts. Can I become a WWOOFER in other parts of the world? Yes, indeed, you could work in a tea house in Japan or learn to herd sheep in Ireland Does this type of volunteer experience appeal to you? Would you ever become a WWOOFER?
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