WWOOF Latin America

volunteering on organic farms

Latin America Country WWOOF Organizations

WWOOF INDEPENDENTS LATIN AMERICA is the list of farms in countries which do not have their own WWOOF organization such as Honduras, Nicaragua, Bolivia,  Paraguay, Uruguay, Panama, El Salvador and Caribbean Islands.

The WWOOF Independents membership is free with the purchase of another WWOOF Latin America country membership except Guatemala and Belize....such as Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile or Peru,

Once you purchase another country's membership, write to us to wwoofmail@yahoo.com requesting an invitation to WWOOF Independents.



WHAT IS WWOOF Latin America?

WWOOF Latin America is an information service linking volunteers with organic farms in Latin America. 

Farms listed WWOOF Latin America are part of a world-wide effort to promote the concept of organic farming, sustainable agriculture and responsible consumer habits. As part of this effort, host farms offer WWOOF members the opportunity to learn by doing. Listed farms will host WWOOF members free of charge. As a guest in a WWOOF farm your learning experience is based on you participating in the daily chores of running the farm. In doing so, you can learn a variety of techniques employed by member farms including organic farming, Permaculture and Biodynamics. In addition to learning about organic farming, you can also learn about the local ecology and culture while getting to meet fun and interesting people.

Your daily chores at member farms may include harvesting, preparing soil for planting, milking, cleaning pens, digging trenches, maintaining fences and such; and generally involve about 5 to 7 hours per day, 5 to 6 days per week. Each farm has its own chores, rules and schedules. You, the volunteer, are fully and completely responsible for planning and executing your volunteer experience. You are responsible for your own safety and well being and for vetting the farm at which you intend to volunteer.


To WWOOF/volunteer in a Latin American country, you need to purchase a membership of the WWOOF organization of each country you plan to visit.   Once you are a member, you will have access to the country's host farm list and you will be able to contact each farm directly to arrange your visit. 

Become a member! Step 1 - Create a PERSONAL profile by clicking on SIGN IN using your email and creating a password. Step 2 - Purchase a membership (payments can take up to 4 days to be processed). 3- Once your personal profile is approved, log in (using you email and password) and click on VIEW FARMS to contact the farms and plan your visit.

WWOOF Mexico and WWOOF Costa Rica require you to create a profile on their WWOOF Websites. 


ONE YEAR MEMBERSHIP COSTS: Belize is $5, Guatemala $4, Mexico $20, Costa Rica $16, Colombia $18, Ecuador $10, Venezuela $10, Brasil $38, Argentina $30, Chile $40 (all in US Dlls). In addition to your payment, you must create a personal profile on WWOOF Costa Rica (for Costa Rica membership), WWOOF Mexico (for Mexico membership) and WWOOF Latin America (for all other Lat Am countries). Use the same email for payment and profile.

WWOOF organizations in Latin America are affiliated to the Federation of WWOOF Organisations (FoWO) and WWOOF International Association (www.wwoof.net  and www.wwoofinternational.org). Both organisations promote environmentally friendly farming and consumer habits by helping bridge the gap between consumers and environmentally-responsible farmers.


Questions? On the top of the page, there are several links in yellow. Click the one that says "Questions?"

Even more questions? write to wwoofmail@yahoo.com

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WWOOFing Basics

WWOOFers are responsible for their own safety and well being at all times.

WWOOFers are responsible for all aspects of planning and executing their volunteer experience.

Be prepared, be cautious, be smart.

Ecuador Farm needs WWOOFers


1.-  Farm's name: Sustainable Roots
2.- Name of owner or person in charge: Toni Walters
3.- Email address: sustainableroots@gmail.com
4.- Phone number: 593-989285713
6.- Languages spoken: English, Spanish
7.- Farm's location and full address (including province and country: Rio bermejo y rio Cosanga s/n Cosanga, Napo, Ecuador 150751
8.- Description of the farm: The farm space part of an NGO and is the space around our organization housing.  We have crops in both open air and in a small section of the greenhouse area out back.  We use raised beds employing the square foot garden methodology to maximize our space.  The area we have for gardening is about 200m2. The weather in Cosanga is very wet (3-5 meters of rain a year), so this is an interesting challenge when cultivating crops outside.  We have many project ideas that we are interested in implementing with volunteers such as, aquaponics systems, recycled plastic bottle greenhouses, soap making and more.  
9.-Main crops: We plant everything we possibly can.  Permanent crops are granadilla, taxo, lime, babaco, lemongrass, lemon verbena, beans (local variety).  In our garden beds and greenhouse we plant all of the things, spinach, beets, onions, potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, peas, zuchini, tomatoes, and more.
10.- Farm active during: The farming season is all year round. 
11.- Work needed from WWOOFers: WWOOFers will be in charge of tilling, planting, weeding, and new project implementation as directed by program director. There is also need for help on our reforestation project as we develop and engage in that. 
12.- Hours per day: Volunteers are expected to work a minimum of 6 hours a day 5 days a week.  
13.- Days per week: 5
14.- Description of lodging: (how and where will WWOOFers sleep and get cleaned up): The organization has bunk style housing with showers, hand washing station for laundry, and a fully stocked kitchen. 
15.- Description of meals provided: (type of food, how and when is it served or provided): Volunteers buy food for the house and share cooking and cleaning duties. Occasionally there are big groups at the house and we then hire a cook to serve 3 meals a day making fruit and snacks available between meal time.  Bottled water is provided. 
16.- Rules and restrictions: We are a community based organization and as such ask that volunteers keep a community image in mind at all times.  Additionally housing is communal so we ask volunteers to pitch in with cleaning and be responsible and considerate. 
17-Special requirements: Intermediate Spanish is required. 
18- Min. and max. length of stay: 6 months to 2 years. We help provide the visa. 
19- Note to WWOOFers: Upon acceptance to the program you will receive a handbook detailing all of the necessary information. 


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