WWOOF Latin America

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If you are a WWOOFer and want to report a problem with our website, a farm or another WWOOFer, or if you are a farm wanting to report a problem with WWOOFers, please add your comments in this page. Please be specific: give names and facts whenever possible. Comments that are unsubstantiated, abusive or otherwise improper will be deleted. If you are not yet a member, send us an email to wwoofmail@yahoo.com.

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Comment by Valerie Sonia Irvine Karinen 1 hour ago

When I click to view the farm lists in Costa Rica it guides me to purchase the membership, which I've already done. 

Comment by Viola on Saturday

Hallo, are there no wwoof oportunities in Peru on this website? 

Comment by jorge arturo lopez aguado moheno on September 4, 2019 at 8:06am

Hello, I'm new to WWOOF, and yesterday I received a message from a wooffer which seems to me like the typical scam emails, I don't know if I should report this but I imagine it's better to ask. This is the email I received:

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Hello Jorge Arturo,

Greetings. With warm heart I offer my friendship and greetings, and I hope that this mail will meets you in good time.
However strange or surprising this contact might seem to you as we have not meet personally or had any dealings in the past. I humbly ask that you take due consideration of its importance and immense benefit.
My name is Susan Williams from Republic of Sierra-Leone. I have something very important that i would like to confide in you please,I have a reasonable amount of money which i inherited from my late father (Nine Million Five Hundred thousand United States Dollar}.US$9.500.000.00.which I want to invest in your country with you and again in a very profitable venture.

Currently I am residing in Ivory coast now with my Brother Desmond Williams where my late father deposited the money, so i will like you to reply me immediatly so that i will give you more details about everything.

I am expecting your reply for more explanation. Please i am urgently waiting for your response and I am conceding 15% of this money to you for your efforts assistance.

I will wait to hear from you.
Thanks and God bless you.

Our sincere regards to you,
Susan and Desmond Williams

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Comment by Fionnuala Heidenreich on August 31, 2019 at 9:05pm

Hello, the link for Peru from the 'See Farm Lists' is not working. Is there a reason for this? Or is there another link I can use to access it?

Thank you

Fionnuala

Comment by Jazmine Rud on July 22, 2019 at 4:06pm

Daniel Lavorente de Oliveira and Lorenzo Cianni,

I am having the same problem as well, but with my WWOOF Costa Rica account. I paid over 2 weeks ago and my account still has not been activated. 

Jazmine

Comment by Lorenzo Cianni on July 18, 2019 at 9:27am

"Hola buenas noches,
Hice mi registro y pagué a WWOOF Perú a través de la cuenta de PayPal de mi esposa (fer.lavorente@gmail.com). El pago ya se ha confirmado y han transcurrido más de 48 horas, pero hasta el momento no se ha publicado la lista de fincas. ¿Cómo debemos proceder?
Gracias, te lo agradecemos."

I have the same problem! I paid last week, but still, my account was not activated!

Do you have any news?

Lorenzo

Comment by Daniel Lavorente de Oliveira on July 11, 2019 at 6:29pm

Hola buenas noches,
Hice mi registro y pagué a WWOOF Perú a través de la cuenta de PayPal de mi esposa (fer.lavorente@gmail.com). El pago ya se ha confirmado y han transcurrido más de 48 horas, pero hasta el momento no se ha publicado la lista de fincas. ¿Cómo debemos proceder?
Gracias, te lo agradecemos.

Comment by WWOOF Latin America Manager on June 27, 2019 at 7:30pm

Safety is very important for us. All spamers al blocked inmediately.

Comment by Laura Sargeant on June 15, 2019 at 3:46pm

Hello,

Many thanks for your reply.... I will do as instructed. 

All the best for now.

Laura

Comment by WWOOF Latin America Manager on June 10, 2019 at 9:48pm

Hello Laura,

Thanks for joining Costa Rica. We are glad you are coming with us.  Regarding your question about contacting the farm I may say you should contact every farm and write them an e mail. The list should have it on their profile page.

Sometimes the farms are in remote places and don't answer immediately, so the most you try to reach, the better.

Please let us know your experience.

Best regards,

WWOOF LATAM

Comment by Laura Sargeant on June 9, 2019 at 9:10am
Hello Dear Wwoofing Help Team,
My name is Laura Sargeant and I have joined and registered for the wwooflatinamerica.com site. I am heading to Costa Rica this coming July, 2019 and I have been recommended this site from a friend who has had good experiences reaching farms that suited her. 
I have received the list of all the available farms, however, I do not see how I can enquire further on the farm profile page. Can WWOOF  members reach the farms for further questions through the WWOOF website or is this something that each individual does personally, contacting the farm through personal email address which is given on the farm profile page?
Many thanks for your help and I look forward to hearing from you.
Best,

Laura Sargeant
Comment by WWOOF Latin America Manager on June 5, 2019 at 6:19pm

Hello Nico,

I need you to sign the agreement . Please check your in box I wrill resend it to you.

Comment by Ambre ML on May 16, 2019 at 10:14am

Hello, it's now the fifth time I try to buy my membership for wwoofing in Mexico, and each time, the transaction is not possible, because of problems ''paypal'' are dealing with. It says to try again later, but it never works… I don't know how to solve this problem, and I need to organize my summer really soon, so I would appreciate some help! Thank you!

Comment by Arwyn on April 3, 2019 at 8:51pm

Hi, I'm trying to join wwoof Mexico but am given this message by paypal:

"We are sorry, we are experiencing temporary difficulties. Please try again later. If this error occurred while making a payment, avoid duplicate payments by checking your Account Overview before resending a payment.

For some browsers, this problem can be resolved by clearing or deleting cookies.

Message 3115"

Comment by Cuitlahuac Marín on March 21, 2019 at 2:27pm

Hi! 

Just for report this count https://www.wwooflatinamerica.com/profile/JoyceGyimah is SPAM, same mesagge in several and diverses topics forums.   

Tnks.

Comment by Juan Giraldo on March 4, 2019 at 1:35pm

Greetings,

I have been trying now for a few times to pay for membership for wwoofing in Mexico but am always met with error message 3022 once I have submitted my payment information such as card number. I have tried from two computers now, a mac and a PC, and the problem persists. I have also cleared my cache to no avail. Could someone please assist me with this issue? Many thanks. 

Comment by Max on February 12, 2019 at 5:09pm

Hey there,  actually this farm "goloka ecoyogavillages" send me after try to connect with thier owner an copy and paste email with price lists around 10 to 15 dollar a day and working conditions about 5-6 hours per day! Please check this!

I think this is not the idea behind wwoof, to spend 75 dollar per week plus my volunteer work!

If you want you can contact me, to check this email what ive got.

Thanks!

Comment by WWOOF Latin America Manager on February 5, 2019 at 1:32pm

Hello Melina and team.

We are deeply sorry and upset to hear this situation from you and your team.  Wehave suspended the farm for our list while we track this situation. We rely on the feedback we receive from WWOOFers about the farms. We have a strict complaints procedure and we keep track of every report we get about a farm. When we receive a complaint we look into it directly.

Comment by Melina Devoney on February 3, 2019 at 4:44pm

Sam’s Abusive Behavior: A abusive behavior ranged from constant condescension to daily tantrums over things as small as the Kitchen Volunteer not making his favorite meals. He constantly assigned difficult tasks with little guidance and high expectations. When those expectations were not met, the consequences ranged from paying for our mistakes to demeaning castigation in front of the intern team. A discrepancy between how Samuel treated the two female/non-paying volunteers versus the male/paying interns was blatantly obvious to everyone as soon as their first day at Finca Nuevo Mundo. The situation was so imbalanced that, despite that the majority of the intern/volunteer group being male/paying interns, the entire group felt so uncomfortable with his disrespect towards the females/non-paying volunteers that we all left Finca Nuevo Mundo. Although it was unclear whether Sam’s behavior was based on gender or other factors, the group felt the situation was inconsolable. Sam justified his unacceptable behavior by putting the importance of the project and  "saving the world" over our personal needs and mental health. He frequently reminded us that "saving the world" requires "sacrifice"  and that the world in a horrible state and therefore we should not be happy until we fix it. Despite multiple attempts by the interns to mediate our discomfort with his behavior through group conversations, we saw little change in his ways and instead were met with an escalation of his aggression and defensive attitude. During the conversation in which we told him we were leaving, he made statements such as "I hate humanity" and other attacks in which he named people like us as the cause of the problems in this world. The last words he said to us as we left  were personal attacks aimed directly at individual interns.

Comment by Melina Devoney on February 3, 2019 at 4:39pm

Unacceptable Work Hours: On the WWOOF website, Sam states that the program has "flexible days and hours within the guidelines of WWOOF," yet the Kitchen Volunteer and Internship Coordinator were forced to work about 8 hours/day 7 days/week. The Kitchen Volunteer was forced to cook three meals a day for everyone, including weekends. The Kitchen Volunteer received her confirmation letter "contract" only after Sam received her $100 deposit, in which it was made clear that she was expected to work a "minimum 30 hours per week." Upon arrival at Finca Nuevo Mundo, her Kitchen Guidelines stated that she was expected to work 7.5 hours/day based on the specific schedule outlined from 6:30am - 8pm. Additionally, Sam made clear in emails, Skype interviews and in-person upon arrival that he always hires two Kitchen Volunteers in order to deal with the large amount of cooking required and to give one volunteer a break each weekend. Through the entire two months, Samuel never hired another volunteer, and instead pushed the many applicants to instead sign up for the internship, or turned volunteers down completely. Even though the Internship Coordinator was also working overtime, Sam tried to remedy the kitchen workload by assigning her to help in the kitchen. Already, the Internship Coordinator was forced into managing a large part of the permaculture coffee operation, which was not in her job description and instead considered as a non-workday "chore" by Sam despite it taking up a majority of her day. Despite expressing that we felt overworked multiple times to Sam, the volunteers' workload was never reduced, and instead we were blamed for the chaotic dynamic of Finca Nuevo Mundo. The interns worked 7-8 hours/day mostly with basic-skill manual labor. Additionally, each were assigned daily chores that were only to be done outside of work hours.  

Poor Educational Experience: The educational experience promised to the interns was unsatisfactory; Sam did not spend time working with the interns, so they felt as though they were considered as construction workers  instead of students of natural building techniques. For their first month, the volunteers performed the same tasks (washing sand for construction and picking coffee) as the previous interns, in addition to their volunteer obligations. Sam spent about five minutes per day before lunch to come to the work site to answer questions that the interns had about natural building. When interns asked for more learning opportunities, Sam preferred weekends and free times for educational activities. The interns/volunteers did not feel valued as such, but instead as funds for the project and communal food (which Sam also ate).

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