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WWOOFing

Postby andycarmenjapanese8100 » February 19th, 2013 12:35 pm

Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF, pron.: /ˈwʊf/), or Willing Workers on Organic Farms, is a loose network of national organisations that facilitate placement of volunteers on organic farms.

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WWOOFing aims to provide volunteers with first-hand experience in organic and ecologically sound growing methods, to help the organic movement, and to let volunteers experience life in a rural setting or a different country. WWOOF volunteers ('WWOOFers') generally do not receive financial payment. The host provides food, accommodation, and opportunities to learn, in exchange for assistance with farming or gardening activities.

The duration of the visit can range from a few days to years. Workdays average five to six hours, and participants interact with WWOOFers from other countries. WWOOF farms include private gardens through smallholdings, allotments, and commercial farms.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WWOOF

I'd like to do a WWOOF course in Hokkaido soon. I'm a UK resident so I'm allowed to stay in Japan for up to ninety days without a Visa, so I'm hoping to spend nearly three months in the country.

Even though I've been studying Japanese for a year, I'm terrified. I'm sure I can get to Japan without a problem but navigating my way from Tokyo to Sapporo sounds like a nightmare. I'm thinking about flying between the two cities so I don't have to deal with confusing trains or bus rides.

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Re: WWOOFing

Postby community.japanese » February 19th, 2013 11:41 pm

andycarmenjapanese8100-san,
:lol: That might be a good idea!
Hokkaido is a bit far if you travel by train, so the plane would be the best in many ways...

Your plan sounds very lovely and exciting!
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Re: WWOOFing

Postby videovillain » July 4th, 2013 1:50 am

Did you go WWOOFing yet? How was it!? I went WWOOFing in Miura Peninsula for about 6 months! It was amazing!

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Re: WWOOFing

Postby andycarmenjapanese8100 » July 4th, 2013 3:25 am

videovillain wrote:Did you go WWOOFing yet? How was it!? I went WWOOFing in Miura Peninsula for about 6 months! It was amazing!


I made some Japanese friends in my home country and got it out of my system.

I'd still like to go to Japan sometime but I'd prefer to improve my skills first so I can make the most of it.

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Re: WWOOFing

Postby videovillain » July 4th, 2013 12:33 pm

You know... I said, "I'd like to go to Japan some day when I'm better at Japanese," and ended up not going for over 7 years after that.

My suggestion would be, go while you are younger and your skills aren't perfect! It's a wonderful experience to have the Japanese people help you learn! No matter how much you study, if you don't try your skills with the people and culture surrounding you, you'll never be truly ready.

Learning from the people and learning the culture at the same time will definitely help you 'make the most' of your trip to Japan, I guarantee it!

Anyway, I hope you get to come to Japan someday soon!


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