WWOOFing gives you the opportunity to visit Organic Farms in China, exchanging 3 – 6 hours of time per day for your meals and accommodation, usually in the family home.
Please read this information. It will assist you in deciding if WWOOFing is for you.
WWOOF China is the official directory of registered WWOOF organic farms in China since 2006.
WWOOF is a program where accommodation, all meals, are exchanged for 3-6 hours of participation or assistance with tasks per day.
How long will it take to find a Host?
It is best to start contacting the Directory Hosts as far in advance as possible from your travel date to ensure there will not be other WWOOFers already scheduled. WWOOFers who begin contacting hosts 3-6 weeks in advance report the most success finding their best matches for Hosts.
Many Hosts are ready to accept WWOOFers right away, and many allow them year round. However, nearly all Hosts also limit how many WWOOFers may visit at one time, so it is best to make arrangements with your host well before your travel commences.
The earlier the WWOOFer plans ahead, the more likely that they will stay their preferred Hosts. Some hosts need time to prepare for your visit and others prefer not to commit so far ahead.
What you will do when you arrive should be decided in advance before your visit when you communicate with your host(s).
Visas are entirely your responsibility. Neither the WWOOFChina organization nor WWOOF China Hosts, can sponsor or support you in any way on visas matters. If you are in any doubt about your eligibility for a visa to China, go here Chinese Tourist Visa Information and navigate to the page concerning visas. If, after you have applied and paid for WWOOF China membership, you find you are unable to obtain a visa, a refund will not be given.
NEVER ask your host to provide a letter or written sponsorship. Because WWOOF is a tourist program it unnecessary to request sponsorship. Asking your host for sponsorship will result in your access to the Directory of Hosts and WWOOF China will be terminated immediately. Thank you for respecting your hosts.
WWOOF China does not advise or assist with obtaining visas, including answering questions about visas, providing papers or letters of introduction for visas, and the like. Please direct all your questions about visas to the Chinese visa office in the city where you live, or you ask a travel agent what documents are required for travel.
What is the best way to contact Hosts?
Use every method the Host has provided to make contact: Telephone, email, fax, etc. Don’t rely on email alone unless that is all the host has provided. The telephone is often the best method to make contact and arrangements with WWOOF China Hosts. Many hosts live in rural locations where internet access may be spotty, while other hosts offer wifi with their accommodations. Often hosts are using their phones for internet access and email access. WWOOF China recommends you telephone the host as a first method of contact followed with an email.
Include a brief greeting in Chinese in your email. While many hosts speak some English, some cannot read it. You will get more responses by including even a rough Chinese translation in your email.
Allow 3-6 weeks to contact hosts before you travel.
Are all the farms organic?
Most WWOOF China farms are organic, however, not all of them are. You can ask your host questions about what types of farm practices they use before you decide to visit. WWOOFing gives both WWOOFers and Hosts a genuine experience away from mainstream tourism. WWOOFing is inexpensive and makes possible genuine experiences exchanging cultural ways and friendships for tourists in China.
“This place is straight-out-of-a-movie beautiful. With only 2-3 people constantly working on the farm, plus of course the random WWOOFers that come and go, one can tell that these people have put their heart and soul into this place. There is an abundance of organic produce, herbs, a newly built fish farm and the place is still growing.”
A Day in the Life of a WWOOFER in China
The WWOOFer assists the host with work for about 3-6 hours a day, five or six days a week. In return, WOOFers are given accommodations and all meals. When the WOOFer is ready to leave, the WOOFer speaks to the host, arranges a day to leave, and leaves on the agreed upon day.
Many WOOFers contact other hosts before they leave their current host to make arrangements with the next Host in advance. Log in anytime to see the most current list of hosts. New hosts register weekly so please log in often to see new hosts.