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.

HOW DO I JOIN?

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. 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

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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Farm needs WWOOFers!

1-Farm's name: FINCA ORGANICA NOI

 2-Name of owner: ANA MARIA CALLE

 3-Email: anamaria.calle@gmail.com  or ana@noiorganicos.co

 4-Phone: 313 291 88 43 or land line 6109740

 5-Webpage noiorganicos.co Facebook instagram: noiorganicos

 6-Languages spoken: Spanish. Only the

 person in charge English

 7-Farm's location and full address: Desde la Calera,

 Via Manantial-Guasca a 4 KM de la Fuente Manantial.

Calera, Cudinamarca, Colombia. THE FARMS SIGN IS

 MONTECARLO  (45 min from Bogota- Via Calera)

 8-Description

 The farm is 500 hectares with a great team. We are certifying 20 hectares at

 the moment for organic crops, but our aim is to go organic

throughout the whole farm. 300 hectares are preservation of

 a native forest called Paramo and preservation of pure water

 creeks that come from the National Park Chingaza. The 200

remaining Hectares are now being used for low impact cattle

and farming.

 At the organic orchard we have 3 hectare cultivated and we

 rotate our sheep, birds and cow. With the animals manure

we make our own compost.

 We sell baskets full of organic vegetables every tuesdays to

families in Bogota and a few restaurants. We are also making

 great organic yogurt and butter for the deliveries.

 The farm is next to a National Park and this is one of the

reasons why we want to make the farm organic and teach

our neighbors and “capesinos” how to go organic as well.

 Before coming look up “Paramo Andino”, so you know that

 the weather is cold all year round but with short sunny days.

 9-Main crops:

Potatoes, Lettuce, Rugala, spinach, Swiss chard, broccoli, cauliflower celery,

 cabbage, long onion, Onion leek, onion, carrot, Green Onion,

radish, Rosemary, Chamomile, Mint, Coriander, Parsley,  quinua , chia and others.

 10-Farm active during All year

 11-Work needed from WWOOFers:

 Crop planting, working the land, cleaning weeds, planning

planting rotation, germinating, composting, taking care of the

sheep, Making hummus, milking

the cow , making butter, making yogurt.

 12-Hours per day: 7 hours

 13-Days per week: 5 Days

 14- Description of lodging: There is a house that has a

well equipped room in the back where Woofers can sleep,

can make food, w/ sink for washing, w/ basic kitchenette,

w/ semi hot water. The room has 2 single beds.

 15- Description of meals provided:

 The farm provides one of the meal a day. (LUNCH) Except

Saturday and Sundays

They can have lunch (local food) at the orchard with the family

 who runs the orchard.

 For the other meals we can provide the food from the orchard, eggs and cereals

 but the rest like: meats on the woofer.

They can make their breakfast at the main house room.

They can do their dinner at the main house room.

If the woofer provides the money the farm can buy the basic stuff

 in the town Guasca. We are in a Vereda 20 min from

Guasca and 30 min from Calera in car.

 16-Rules and restrictions: No drinking, no smoking, no pets,

no visitors unless they are volunteers and we know

 who they are before hand. The age limit for woofers

at NOI is 19 years.

 17-Special requirements: It is important that the Woofer

knows basic Spanish because at the farm basically

everyone speaks Spanish. The woofer has to have insurance in Colombia for the whole stay.

 18-Min. and max. length of stay:

Min 15 days because training takes a while

 19-Note to WWOOFers: It is important to brig cold weather

 clothes: gloves, hats, winter jackets, thermal underwear.

At night it can go to bellow 0 sometimes. Bring a sleeping

 Bag and a good lantern. Bring towels and sheets.

The area is perfect for trekking as we are next to a

Beautiful National Park. You can ask Hugo to take you

to the park and pick you up. Just in the property you can

 do a beautiful hike and you can pay one of the

team members to guide you on a Sunday.

 

 

 


        

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