Three Texans on a farm in Sweden.

"Have you heard of WWOOFing?" This was basically my catchphrase anytime a Swede asked why we, a group of three Texans, were in Sweden. The conversations would continue as we explained how we worked in exchange for food and housing from a very nice host family. We began our WWOOF adventure at Skogsnäs an independent community with an organic farm to sustain itself. As soon as we arrived, we were invited to be curious around the house and the next day we were given time to meet the other members of the community. This was a comfortable introduction, but the labor regime picked up quickly after we beat our jet lag. We worked between 4 and 7 hours per week day. Thinning large gardens, picking weeds, and various other jobs that needed to be done. The most interesting task in my opinion was when we had to find a leak in the lining of an artificial pond. The pond's water level would not rise despite adding more water so there must be a leak. We dug away the soil covering the liner and after a full examination we found no leaks! That's when we reconsidered the problem. We decided the reason the water level would not rise was because of the surrounding plants drinking too much of the pond's water. Sure enough we saw the plants around the pond were at least twice as tall as the same plants further away. We had the glamorous job of grabbing large masses of roots covered in pond-water-soaked soil and ripping them out from under the water. Every day was different with a new job and a new Swedish food to try. The delicious homemade family dinners were a highlight and a great time to share stories and culture. We learned a lot about Swedish culture. I highly recommend WWOOFing as a way to be immersed into a new country. Every experience is unique and valuable for growth and learning about the self.

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