Part of making this trip a reality was figuring out how to live as cheaply as possible, for long as possible abroad. Luckily I discovered, WWOOF – World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms.
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.
As a volunteer (or WWOOFer as we call them) you will live alongside your host helping with daily tasks and experiencing life as a farmer.
For the first month of my trip I’ll be WWOOFing at a beautiful vineyard & organic farm in the south of France.
Anyone willing to work can WWOOF pretty much anywhere in the world. I chose France because my mother’s family is from the South of France and I figured this was a good excuse to learn more about my past. Also, let’s be real – you can’t get any better than wine and the south of France.
The WOOFing location I’m going to is called La Grange De Bouys. The winery is owned and run by Stéphane and Florence – both who left high powered jobs in 2015 to follow their dreams of a more laid back life with nature.
While WWOOFing I’ll be working with Stéphane getting the vines ready for grafting, as well as learning about wine making. I’ll also be working with Florence on organic farming and dry stone walling. I will be working full days M-F doing manual labor on their farm and vineyard. However, to me, that sounds like the perfect way to get back to nature and decompress. In exchange for my labor, I will be provided room and board during my stay. If you’re willing to work hard and learn some new skills, WWOOFing is a great way to live abroad on the cheap.
If you’re interested in WWOOFing, you can learn more at http://wwoof.net/
. Each country has their own WWOOFing website and each one requires about a $20-$30 registration fee.