Become a WWOOFer/Volunteer

Your WWOOF Sweden journey provides you with a great opportunity to travel throughout the gorgeous Sweden, while learning organic farming and other sustainable living practices.

As a WWOOFer, you will participate in the daily lives of your host family, in which you may experience a new culture and are given the chance to form close personal relationships with people from various walks of life. Each Host registered with us offers a different experience from the next, so make sure you choose one that is a great fit for you. To ensure that you have the best possible experience that you can, please use the information on this page as a guide for success.

You will make an outstanding WWOOFer if:

  • You are genuinely interested in and passionate about organic farming and sustainable living. 
  • Eager to learn and excited to contribute to the global sustainable farming movement.
  • You are willing to partake in the physical demands involved with farming. Be prepared to contribute four to six hours of organic farming and gardening each day for about five days a week in exchange for meals and accommodations. 

  • You are interested in meeting people from a multitude of cultures and backgrounds.

Contacting farm hosts

WWOOF Sweden recommends that you use our request feature or our message system for your initial interaction with potential Hosts. When you are ready to make some contacts, please send your request to a limited handful of Host farms that interest you the most. Take the time to craft thoughtful messages, showing the Hosts that you have gotten to know about their farms through the WWOOF Sweden site and letting them know why you would be a strong fit.

You may be tempted to send a lot of requests to increase your chances of finding a farm. But, oftentimes, Hosts can recognize when you are blasting a generic message to a lot of people at once. This can greatly hinder your chances to find the right WWOOFing fit. Keep in mind that if none of your initial contacts work out, you can always reach out to more Hosts. If you don't hear anything back within the response time given in their presentation, feel free to give the Hosts’ a call to follow up. It is also your responsibility to keep Hosts’ information private and to not share it with anyone outside of the WWOOF Sweden network.

When both parties show an interest in one another, you should touch base through a phone call or skype in order to get a better feel for each other. This gives you the opportunity to hash out the particulars of your stay: how long you will be there, how you will get there, what you should bring, etc. Please be courteous and do not head to a farm without making arrangements with the Host first. If you wish to arrive in Sweden prior to when you should be at the farm, you are responsible for finding your own accommodations.

WWOOFing Accommodations

Please see each individual Host farm description for details on accommodations. Oftentimes, WWOOFers stay in modest, temporary living spaces, ranging from a caravan to a room in a house. WWOOFers will receive safe and dry accommodations, in exchange for their farming help. The amount of food that is offered will also vary from place to place, so make sure you are clear about what to expect. The farms who offer a more basic setting and only part of your overall diet, will ask for less hours in return and vice versa.

WWOOFing with children

There is a filter where you can see which hosts that welcomes children. Please discuss this with Hosts to ensure that you have their approval before you arrive with your kids. Some hosts with children loves it when their kids can play together. 

  • Durable clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty.

  • Rain jacket and any other waterproof clothing and shoes for inclement weather to prevent it from raining. (You know it never rains when you bring that umbrella or water proof jacket but always rains when you don't bring it ;)

  • A sleeping bag (Bedding is generally supplied, but it always helps to double check.)

  • Check the weather conditions at the time you would like to arrive, is it summer winter spring or Autumn will make a huge difference in Swedens 1 572 km tall country.

  • Boots and gloves for farming (it's not sure that there are in your size at the farm).

In addition to the basics that every WWOOFer should pack, some additional items may help you on each individual farm. Be sure to ask your Host if there is anything in particular you should bring with you.

Insurance

While it is unlikely that you will be injured while WWOOFing, we recommend that you arrive on your Host farm with insurance, in the event that you may need it. WWOOF Sweden and its Host farms do not provide WWOOFers with insurance. In order to protect yourself from accidents, we ask that you do not participate in tasks that you feel will place you in physical danger. 

Getting there

When arranging your journey it can be good to bare in mind that Sweden is a pretty tall country, if you would run a car at 70 km/h, it takes 22.5 hours to drive from the most southern tip of Sweden called Smygehuk to the most northern end called Treriksröset which is where Sweden, meets up with Norway and Finland.


Within the Host descriptions, you will find information about where the Host farm is located and how to get there. Many farms are located in secluded areas that may not be easily reached by public transportation. For this reason, you may want to make arrangements with your Host to pick you up. Because he or she may have to travel a long distance, please plan ahead and don’t expect your Host to drive to get you at last minute’s notice.

Sometimes, unforeseen circumstances come up and plans can change. If you are unable to make it to the farm, please give your Host as much of a heads up as possible.

Some questions you may want to ask the hosts

  • What will my farming schedule be like each week?

  • What kind of farming help do you currently need?

  • What organic farming and sustainable living practices will I be able to learn on your farm?

  • What is your family dynamic like?

  • Can you accommodate vegetarian or vegan diets?

  • Is your farm in a remote location? If so, would I have access to a bike or car to travel into town?

  • Are there local sightseeing and leisure activities that are available during my off time?

  • Will I be able to receive and make phone calls from your home?

Your WWOOFing tasks

The farming projects you will help with varies from Host to Host. You may be asked to garden, do some weeding, plant trees, feed animals, etc. Before arriving, ask your Host with what farm duties you will be assisting. Keep in mind that Hosts are not permitted to ask their WWOOFers to use pesticides and other chemicals, as WWOOF Sweden focuses on sustainable, organic farming practices.

Because organic farming can be demanding, you should be willing and able to meet the physical and mental demands of the WWOOFing lifestyle. We recommend that WWOOFers have at least average physical fitness.