WWOOF Latin America

volunteering on organic farms

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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.


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Name of farm: Tierralegre "El Huerto Escolar"

Garden Manager: Antonio Jacovo
Community Coordinator: Miguel Huerta
Email: tierralegrehuerto@gmail.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Tier ralegre/  Blog: http://www.tierralegre.org/
Languages: Spanish, English
Tierralegre office address: No. 49 A María Asunción, La Huerta, 48898 La Manzanilla, Jal, Mexico


El Huerto Escolar (the student garden) at Tierralegre's Centro Agroecol
ógico is a community youth program focused on teaching principals of ecology through sustainable agriculture in La Manzanilla del Mar, Jalisco, Mexico. The project engages local secondary students (13-16 years old) in growing, maintaining, and using local produce. The farm is about 2 hectares, and has been operating since 2012. It has shaded and open growing areas, as well as an irrigation system. We practice organic farming techniques without chemical fertilizers and pesticides/herbicides.
Main crops: Vegetables, greens, herbs, plantains, pineapples, camotes (indigenous sweet potatoes) and other tubers

The farm is most active during the winter tourist season of October-March and the weather is best at this time but we are open to arranging visits any time of the year.

Work needed from WWOOFers: Working with the students to help improve soil conditions. General gardening tasks such as weeding, planting, and harvesting. Assisting with maintenance of the property. Assisting with community programs, sales to local business, etc as needed. The produce is sold by the students in the weekly market in town; proceeds go to maintaining the program. 

Hours per day: 4-6
Days per week: Minimum 4

Description of lodging: Volunteers will be able to use the kitchen facilities (sink, stove, and fridge) at the farm. The site has a composting toilet and shower facilities. There is a lofted sleeping area, however, a tent and sleeping pad are needed as it is covered but open air. We also have a platform set off the ground for tents a/o hammocks with mosquito nets. We hope to continue developing lodging spaces for visitors. 

Description of meals provided: Visitors are welcome to any produce from the garden. Groceries for breakfasts and lunch will be provided. We cannot guarantee 3 square meals per day but will arrange for meals from local supporters and restaurants as well.  

Rules and restrictions: As the garden is a youth program, we reserve the right to request any credentials or background checks to work with the youth. We expect responsible and respectful mentors to set good examples for the youth. 

Min. and max. length of stay- To maximize the long term impact for the visitors and for the project, we hope you're able to stay for a minimum of 1 month; shorter stays can be negotiated however. Longer stays are also possible.

Note to WWOOFers: The farm is a five-minute walk from Tenacatita Bay, with swimming, kayaking, and surfing nearby on the 11-km long beach. La Manzanilla is also home to a mangrove swamp ecological reserve, with crocodiles and many bird species. The town of about 1500 people is a tourist attraction and there are many restaurants and small shops.


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