In WWOOF PHILIPPINES we inform you that we are currently starting our activities as a non-profit association in Philippines. With everybody’s help, we hope that the WWOOF project -which already been started and whose aim is to develop Interests, knowledge and exchange of techniques on organic farming among volunteers at the national and international level that will contribute to the development of specific projects, exchange best practises, and culture and lifestyle in harmony with Nature;
The WWOOF philosophy puts forward an easy and today unusual exchange of humaneness and shared time in the typical labour in a countryside house, in the middle of nature, and using sustainable and organic methods.
In this organisation we work with groups of volunteers and other organizations in order to research, develop, pilot and implement local initiatives on organic farming.Work with any corporation, group or research institutes to develop and exchange organic farming knowledge and appropriate technologies.
Joining the programme is very easy for those hosts interested. If they fulfil some basic and ecological conditions, offer organic experiences and are willing to provide volunteers or wwoofers with board and lodging, they would be able to become listed by WWOOF PHILIPPINES.
And joining the programme is also easy for WWOOFERS or volunteers: they should be willing to help and gain experience on a farm or in a rural settlement, sharing a certain period of time with its inhabitants.
What is WWOOF?
WWOOF is an exchange – you volunteer to help in exchange for food, accommodation and learning opportunities in organic agriculture. WWOOF links volunteers with organic farmers and host farms that welcome volunteer help at certain times. In order to volunteer on WWOOF Host Farms in the Philippines you must become a member of WWOOF Philippines.
What does a membership of WWOOF Philippines include?
Your annual membership fee entitles you to receive password for online membership and Certification. You will then have an access to the lists of host farms in the Philippines with their contact information.
How long does it take to become a member?
It takes between 3-5 working days after receiving your application and payment to become a member. Your password will be sent to you once confirmed of your membership fee payment.
How long can I go WWOOFing for?
WWOOF stays can vary from a weekend to a long term stay. The details about each host are given online and its up to you to negotiate what suits both the host and yourself.
Do I get paid for what I do?
No! You are volunteering and in return for your help, you will receive food and accommodation and a wonderful interesting experience!
How do I join WWOOF Philippines?
You can fill up an application form for WWOOF Philippines and pay your membership fees of U.S. $ 25.00 or an equivalent of Philippine Peso of 1000.00 Though our Bank at Union Bank of the Philippines, thru Western Union or Paypal.
How long is my membership valid?
Membership is valid for one year. So if you joined on the 1st of day of September 2010, your membership would expire on 1st day of September 2011.
Do I need experience to be able to be at farm?
No, yet you do need to bring the willingness to learn and try your best. The host will guide you to appropriate helping experiences. Hosts do not expect you to know a lot about farming when you arrive, but they do expect you to be willing to learn and able to fit in with their lifestyle.
How do I contact the host?
You can contact the host either thru email or telephone number listed in their profile. If contacting by email, put “WWOOF” in the subject line and then start by writing your name and ID / membership number. Ask the host if they can use your help and indicate when you would like to come. We suggest that you don’t try to arrange things “last minute” because hosts are very busy people and may take a while to respond to your inquiry.
Is there an age limit?
The only requirement is that you are at least 18 years old. There is no age limit, so you could do it if you were 60! The average age is 20-30. Many are in the 40’s.
Can I use my membership to WWOOF in other countries?
No! WWOOF membership is not transferable and each WWOOF organization is separate and independent from one another. There is no international membership – you need to join each one separately.
Do I need to have insurance?
You are responsible for your own safety. Check that you have insurance that covers medical care including transportation home, accidents and lost of property. You should also be covered against you injuring other people or losing or breaking other people’s property. Make sure your insurer knows that you will be a volunteer on a farm.
Can I give you feedback?
Yes, please feel free to give us feedbacks on your experiences from volunteers and hosts. We may not be able to respond to each email, but we are very grateful for all comments as they help us improve our service to you.
In order to be catalogued as a WWOOF host you have to fulfil the following requirements:
•To agree with WWOOF PHILIPPINES AIMS, OBDJECTIVES and ACTIVITIES
•To own a property, very probably rural, with some extension devoted to organic, sustainable projects
•Develop sustainable and organic practices for the environment
•Able to offer any kind of board and lodging to those volunteers interested in helping.
•To share knowledge and experience in a rural organic or related environment
•Your project it seems suitable to receive wwoofers. Note you should
provide the volunteers enough training / teaching on how to develop their work. Maximum of hours required in helping is 30 hours per week.
•Please note your commitment when you join WWOOF PHILIPPINES as a Host,
aside the logical respect and gratitude towards the volunteers,
. that my farm or property is organic and / or uses ecologically
. that I am interested in receiving visits from WWOOFers, current
members of a WWOOF PHILIPPINES
. that I will reply to all communications from wwoofers and the
. that my all information is truthful and I will keep my data
• Please answer confirming explicitly these points and mentioning: I
agree that WWOOF PHILIPPINES shall only be responsible for providing a
means of contact between host and WWOOF members (volunteers).
We need also your contact data (complete address and telephone).
All the best,
•For more information please contact us.
The WWOOF Hosts are those that carry out ecological and sustainable activities and accept the help of the volunteers or WWOOFERS that form part of the WWOOF PHILIPPINES association.
The WWOOF Host will take up the volunteers as such, and will establish a plan of activities, sharing the environment, providing the volunteers with board and lodging, teaching them during the volunteering period and finally acknowledging their free help.
WWOOF PHILIPPINES will get in touch periodically with the WWOOF farms in order to get to know the possible changes, needs and suggestions that will allow the association to carry out one of its more important objectives.
Host ID : PHI005
ASIPULO MUNICIPAL NURSERY
LOCATION : Very quiet, rural and mountainous town, surrounded by rice terraces and virgin forest
1.5 hectare mountain set nursery, complete with housing, seedbeds, organic fertilizer stock, potting materials, gardening tools, seeds, and planting space. However, the volunteers will be asked to do community outreach work within the Asipulo community, by helping develop school composting areas and organic vegetable gardens, organic fruit tree demo farms, and local farmer trainings on organic farming.
Host ID : PHI010
FRIENDSHAPE ORGANIC DEMONSTRATION SCH.
LOCATION :Talay going to Valencia
My name is Glenda, I am 30 years old. I have not had any higher education (no college), but I am eager to learn. I learned organics growing from some vocational courses, I also have some experience about organic farming. I love to connect to those people who has heart and indeed able to help me..to pursue my goal. I am looking for people who can help me it comes to organic farming. i had a 1000 sqmtr for start of demonstration organic farming. I enjoy looking after people, telling stories, writing, and reading. I also have a sewing machine and love to sew. I get along with others easily and I can communicate to many different people. I speak English and some local dialect. I can be a health advisor too as I know how to make organic medicines.
Host ID : PHI008
LOCATION : countryside
Herbana Farms, Philippines is an agroecology mini-farm dedicated to organic, fair trade/ethical living. HF is seeking aware committed individuals/couples or groups to wwoof on the farm or work as interns or to do the 6 month appreticeship in Tropical Organic Agriculture (Nov-April) cool season. Dormitory style bunk- house accommodation or camping (BYO). All year round availabilty. Minimum period for all positions one month.
Host ID : PHI012
Gelacio I. Yason Foundation-Family Farm School, Inc. (GIYF-FFS)
LOCATION : The Gelacio I. Yason Foundation-Family Farm School, Inc. (GIYF-FFS) is a small grassroots NGO located on a 7-hectare site in San Mariano, Roxas, Oriental Mindoro. GIYF-FFS is an alternative secondary school that addresses the social and environmental issues relative to the needs of the students and the communities it serves. The major difference between a FFS and a standard school is that students from a FFS have alternating home periods and school periods, which allows learning without alienation from their environment and serves as a practical way of allowing the youth to continue working with their parents in their means of livelihood.
Students live at the school for two weeks and then return to their families for one week. During the two-week school stay, one week is focused on academia and one week is focused on sustainable farming practice. During each one week home period tutors visit each student and their family with the aim of assisting in the implementation of sustainable farming techniques learnt from the school, development of family enterprise projects, knowing personally the life situation of the student and reinforcing the family work groups.
The school farm is a training ground for students and community members. When local farmers see the success of organic farming at the school farm they feel inspired to try it on their own farm. Trainings, workshops and exposure days are opportunities for local farmers to gain skills, knowledge and inspiration regarding sustainable and organic agriculture.
Every second week of the two-week school stay is known as ‘farm period’, during which students practice sustainable and organic farming techniques learnt in the classroom such as composting, using organic fertilizers and biological pest control. During home period students are able to implement these farming methods on their own family farm.
Part of the values that the GIY-FFS wishes to imbibe in its students is an entrepreneurial spirit that seeks livelihood opportunities by considering the needs and potentials of the family and community and assessing how to creatively respond to those needs through the Family Enterprise Project (FEP). The FEP is born from a collective effort, in which students on their third and fourth year of formation, with the support of their families and tutors are expected to select and implement a particular project that would not only be sustainable and feasible in their local communities, but also open opportunities for greater financial support for the families.
GIYF-FFS aims to be the main mover for rural development within the communities it serves. To achieve this ‘community organizing’ is needed to allow groups to work together to discuss and analyze problems and seek potential solutions. Each family of the school is allocated into one of five clusters according to which community they live in. This community organizing allows GIYF-FFS to give specific trainings and advice on enterprise and other community possibilities according to a clusters’ geographical location. The combination of the family based FEP’s and cluster based trainings ensures that all enterprise and community possibilities are explored and all community members are involved.
The Natural Health program, which promotes the consumption of fresh and organic vegetables and discourages harmful chemicals and additives such as MSG goes hand in hand with the Sustainable and Organic Agriculture program. Grow natural food and eat healthily is the message being sent to the students, families and community through information and training sessions, health counseling and developing health friendly enterprise projects.
GIYF-FFS aims to produce enough harvest to nourish the schools students through a Permaculture farming system. The school farm grows organic rice varieties as well as many other crops including banana, eggplant, corn, coconut, mango and mushrooms to name a few. The farm also keeps chickens, pigs, cattle and Karabaw.
The GIYF-FFS is currently converting its 7 hectare property into an Environmental Education Centre equipped with traditional hut displaying environmental technologies, reforestation of endemic plants, permaculture display, medical and traditional plant gardens. its hopes are to become fully sustainable.
The GIYF-FFS would love to host volunteers to help in the development of the EEC. There is guest room facilities and also extra lodging is available in the school if required.
Host ID : PHI013
SANTO DOMINGO ORCHARD
DESCRIPTION: Santo Doming Orchard is a young orchard that was started in late 2008. The farm is a cluster of 4 lots adjacent to each other whose owners have decided to work their land as a single unit. Each family helps in the farm chores or may designate a worker in his/her stead; ideally, one farmhand per hectare. More workers may be hired occasionally for special projects or when needed such as during harvest. The area will be converted to an orchard planted with all kinds of fruit bearing trees common in the Philippines. Some area will be reserved for vegetable, herbs, ornamental plants, vermiculture, aquaculture, poultry and livestock.
Host ID : PHI014
ORAGANIC FARM LIMUNSOD
DESCRIPTION: We create plant communities of fruit trees, herbs, vegetables and other plants
We are located at 644 M Above see level, close to mountain that reach up to 2900 M above see level. That makes the climate on our place cool and brings heavy rains for a couple of hours in the afternoon at around 150 days a year.
We use the biodynamic way of organic farming combined with em. korean way of organic farming and are planning also to install sonic bloom.
Host ID : PHI0015
GREEN DAISY FARM
LOCATION : Our farm consisting of developed 28 hectares planted with our rice crop and gardens with our vegetable, herbs and fruits, lies in the valley (Cagayan Valley) north east of Luzon. We have water collection ponds we have populated with fish and a forest home for wild animals and our free-ranged livestock. We have irrigated rice fields. Our forest provides us with ample supply of potable water for domestic and garden use.
Host ID : PHI0016
DESCRIPTION : The gardens are a beautiful twelve hectares, of which five are used for forestry and two for planting rice and other grains, different fruits and vegetables as well as forage. All around the compound there are wild edible herbs & vegetables and small, tended herbal gardens. The farm is situated by the Kalawaig River and has a small sweet water spring right at its heart. Along with farm hands we have farm hooves, paws and claws as well such as a water buffalo (who helps tend the rice fields), few pigs and cows, chickens, sheep and horses beside the wild animals. The infrastructure of the farm is already very developed but a priority on our agenda is more pathways and settlements.
Host ID : PHI0017
DESCRIPTION :Its is 10,000sqm. 3000 sqm is allotted to upland rice field, 2000 sqm is allotted for kalamsi trees, 1000 sqm for the goats barn & play pen, and 200 sqm for the vegetable crops. Base on the soil analysis our land is acidic, so we are doing our best to revive the land. We are using animal manure, kakawate leaves, rice hulls and dried acacia leaves for our land preparation before planting the vegetable seedling specifically eggplant, okra and squash. We also have 18 goats to feed with seven kinds of grass, but we are unable to generate the seven kinds of grass because of the much land for plantation.
We encourage WWOOFers to help us in there future projects/undertakings and even share with us new ideas and skills about organic or natural farming. We welcome everyone and hope that they would have fruitful and unforgettable time with us.
Host ID : PHI0018
HAPPY HOUSE FARM
DESCRIPTION : We are a whole life education center based around an organic farm. The property right now is nearly one hectare with plans to grow this to 3 hectares over the next 3 years. The farm's focus is education. From early 2014 we will start running courses on natural health, organic gardening, bio farming entrepreneurship, intergrated spiritually, whole life living and more.
The Happy House Farm was founded in late 2012. Previously it was a traditional rural rice farm. Rice is still grown on the property. Development of the property began in mid 2013 and is ongoing with plans for a full water recycling system, swimming pool, fish farm, underground water tanks and a soil recovery system.
Host ID : PHI0019
DESCRIPTION: Currently in the process of developing and permaculturing/organic farming demonstration site. Need help clearing the land with sowing and planting and general farm duties.
Host ID : PHI0020
FOOT OF THE MOUNTAIN FARM
DESCRIPTION: This is a 4 hectare farm that is currently exclusively growing organic kalamansi. We are in the process of introducing permculture design and diversifying what we grow. Need hel clearing the land, building irrigation network and general farm duties
Host ID : PHI0021
DINGALAN FOREST FARM
DESCRIPTION: This is a forest farm that is mostly use in coconut production. Its only accessible via boat. We need help with clearing land to build a path. Also in the construction of a deck that will help coming to the property via boat easier.
Host ID : PHI0022
BLISS URBAN AGRICULTURAL PROJECT.
DESCRIPTION: This is CRS project that we’re implementing with our partner, the vice mayor of Quezon City, NHA and Condominium Association. We are trying to convert the unused space in the condo complex into a thriving organic farm using permculture principles. It’s still in t its infancy and work hasn’t commenced. We would need help with planting, building irrigation system and general farm duties
Host ID : PHI0023
MOUNTAIN VIEW ECOFARM
DESCRIPTION: We are a 2 hectare property, converting from small-scale coconut production to diversified, sustainable agriculture. We are, as of July 2014, at the very beginning of our journey. A number of raised beds have been dug and planted and some infrastructure, namely a large shed and a water pump for irrigation, has been built. The entire property is being designed through permaculture principle... we are currently completing our permaculture design certificate online. Plans are in place for fish/irrigation ponds, rice fields, duck habitat, goat raising, fruit trees etc etc. The plan is to become a model of sustainability. We produce all of our organic inputs onsite and wwoofers wil be able to assist in composting, vermicomposting(worms), production of fermented foliar fertilizers, mulching, planting, growing and general dirty work. Experience is not necessary, just a willingness to participate. Anyone with knowledge and or experience in organic production or appropriate technology is welcome to come along and share ideas.
Host ID : PHI0024
DESCRIPTION: Kainos Farm is a small-scale, 3000 sq meter, Organic farm/retreat and training center. We grow a variety of vegetables in our sixty-six ft double-dug raised beds that are grouped into six smaller gardens with a guild of fruit trees and herbs in each garden.
We use principles of permaculture design in our farm as well as bio-intensive methods in our vegetable planting.
Wwoofing at kainos farm will also include trips to its satellite gardens such as daang kalabaw community garden, Dans Garden Stujo, Bungang Araw magic garden in los banos and tara farm in bay, laguna.
Kainos farm is solar and wind-powered. We have two dorm rooms and shower rooms for boys and girls. We have a Bahay Kubo for eating and another one for relaxing.
Host ID : PHI0025
LA GANJA dE REYNA
DESCRIPTION: The property is owned by the farmer and it is 8 kilometers from the city going north. Before Yolanda, i was into organic practice off high value crops(vegetables and fruits). I have vermicast production. These were all destroyed during typhoon.We appreciate if the wwoofers can bring farm tools.
Host ID : PHI0026
LAYOG COUNTRY FARM
DESCRIPTION: The property is 26 hectares and 12 hectares is preserved for our forest/watershed. The remaining area is meant for natural integrated farming. There are areas for the dragon fruit plantation, bamboo plantation, grazing area for goats and some reserved for the rabbits. We need help for fencing within the boundary lines, sowing vegetables, weeding the bamboo plantation and building small water dams.
Host ID : PHI0027
BEACH'S ORGANIC PILI NUT FARM
DESCRIPTION: We have some 350, 000 trees planted to date, they range from Pili Nut tress, Guyabano, Rambutan, Cashew Nut, Malungay, to name a few.
We would like to help in anything that the volunteers could offer in our 300+ hectare farm in the highlands. Help teaching the local Filipinos, education the people with farming skills, the benefits of organic farming technique. We can accommodate 4 to 6 wwoofers.
Host ID : PHI0028
DESCRIPTION: Looking for possible techincal cooperation in rice farming using latest Organic method specially in dealing with pest and other Crop problem looking for expert in rice and mango and fruit integration> Our main problem are Snail in rany season and pest in dry season so need help and also training of poeples.
Host ID : PHI0029
GOLDEN RULE - RAINBOW COMMUNITY & PERMACULTURE DEMO-FARM
DESCRIPTION: We are a small family with the aim to grow into a commnunity which cares for the environment by practicing permaculture principles and spiritually, as well as building up a base on which we are able to offer workshops and a field of practice for people with interest in some of those mention fields. On 1,700 sq.M Land we cultivate a forest & garden area and also fruits & vegetables and so called "ALVAR" terrain, with rich calcium deposits from coral, which unfortunately makes the soil poor in quality and rather acidic.
By applying DIV. Permaculture principles we try to face this challenge with aspects like composting, mixing nutrient drawing with - giving plants orgnic fertilizer, gray water recycling and with aquaponic methods. This way we are able to gain the nutrients which our plants and animals need.
The main house is sustained by solar island, and rainwater filter & - storage systems, a temporary, simple outdoor shower and compost toilette. More buildings are planned with various constuction techniques, once the community grows. An aquaponic raft prototype serves as study for a self-sutainable food source. The place offers a learning field & applied practice. Spiritual practices like mediatation & yoga support our daily challenges. Animals like dogs, cats, rabbit, chicken and fish give us some company.
You are welcome to join as volunteer us if you feel comportable with our philosophy, have similar skills and knowledge to share. If you feel the need to stay longer, we love to offer you a place as a member in our commnunity to help spread our mission and inspire others with applied practices.
Host ID : PHI0030
DESCRIPTION: Family Farm Near Surfing Beach in San Luis, Aurora
Our family has two farms which were left by our father as part of his retirement project and legacy. Each farm is approximately 4 hectares in size and are located in Aurora. As my father just died a year and a half ago we have not yet fully explored the options of developing the farm. We want to maintain it as a sustainable family farm (not commercial), and Smart eco-agricultural-tourism friendly farm for family, close family friends or chosen guests who want to visit and relax in Aurora. San Luis is approximately 15 minutes away through car/tricycle from Baler, Aurora, one of the best wave surfing, hiking, cycling places in the Philippines.
The purpose of searching for volunteers is to introduce sustainable farming techniques using organic and indigenous materials, assist in taking care of animals, and repair the fens or basic structures using environment friendly materials which are readily available in the farm. My family and I always wanted to explore organic farming but due to our work schedules we can only be weekend/monthly farmers and have limited time to attend trainings which are usually given on weekdays. We hope to learn new techniques from the volunteers by method of teaching through practice or through sharing some learning materials if available. Part of the work is also to get in touch and work with locals, teach them livelihood programs who usually come to the farm to work on some days—this can also be organized on a weekly basis.
I and my family are experienced hosts and we have been hosting travelers since 2012 through another travelers’ internet based community. We are excited to try hosting WWOOFers as part of giving to the community and as a source of knowledge exchange, and building new friendship among volunteer oriented individuals. Volunteers should be independent, patient, and understanding as we can only provide minimal items. The care taker does not speak and understand much English so instruction should be partially tagalog and English or other communication methods may be used to make him understand such making actions or pointing at things. You can also teach the care taker to write and speak English during your stay—one of the priorities. Family members visits the farm at least every month or every other weekend if our work permits us to take some time off.
Host ID : PHI0031
LIKHALIKASAN PERMACULTURE FARM
DESCRIPTION: The entirety of the property on the island is around 80 hectares but we are only developing the farm which is a tiny portion of it while most will be left for nature to flourish in. the main house for volunteers is located on the eastern coast of the island in coral bay and there is also a beach on the northern side of the island which we have access to. The majority of the property is the surrounding forest and hills where wild birds, snakes, monkeys and other fauna could be seen.
We devoutly follow and believe in permaculture principles and techniques which is what we currently practice in the farm. This means we deeply observe natures ways and its patterns patiently. We do not like rushing things and we are against all use of all chemical pesticides and fertilizers. We believe the earth provides us with everything we need, we just have to respect it and not take anything for granted.
Host ID : PHI0032
DREAM BIG ECO HOSTEL AND SPA
DESCRIPTION: Our hostel and Big Garden area is 800m2 big and consists of a permaculture garden. A living area with big bamboo huts and hopefully one day a vegetarian restaurant that serves garden - to - table
We are building up a social enterprise close to one of the most beautiful volcanoes on the world. An ecohostel and spa for social tourism with an organic permaculture garden. All out of mainly natural materials (Mostly Bamboo). I want to create a safe space and environment in which people feel good and can be themselves, start dreaming and co-creating in a caring community that supports and benefits from everyone talents and skills.
It is designed to have guest who want to travel differently, be connected to locals and make the world a better place while enjoying its beauty.
Host ID : PHI0033
ZODIAC FALLS WATERFALL ADVENTURE ECO-PARK
DESCRIPTION: We have a series of 12 waterfalls(newly discovered) all within a 15 mins hike from top to bottom. Absolutely stunning!. All free for tourist and visitors to climb explore, swim and play. They can even jump off some of the falls into the pools below.
Currently we are building trails and planting permaculture Fruit Forest throughout the area. Also working to develop Eco-camping areas and more nature treks around the area. Looking for volunteers to bring their artistic talents and help form gem of nature into something even grander.
No experience needed, just enthusiasm and love for the Earth. We are sure you will be inspired by the pure natural beauty of the area and encourage volunteers to come up with their own creative ideas to enhance the experience for the others yet to come.(NO BUSY WORK like pulling weeds or cutting brush).
No need to contact us ahead ot time either, just show up and find one of our volunteers and we will set you up. Accommodations are either CAMPING right next to the river or if you prefer indoors and an awesome cultural experience many of our local volunteers would love to host. Bring your own gear if you have it, but possible we might have some for you to use.
Our location is very diverse, we have dense jungle, coconut forests, cliffs, sinkholes, garden terraces, fruit forests(under construction), springs, and of course more than a dozen beautiful waterfalls.
We are currently putting in trails and camping areas making many of the natural wonders here accessible for visitors. we have yoga and meditation spots, though hope to create more. You could spend weeks here and not see everything that this jungle holds...
Looking for volunteers that have a love for Earth and Nature and want to give back to the planet and build a better spot that thousands will come and enjoy throughout the years...
We are using natural systems and Permaculture methods like trench gardening, companion planting, compost, mulch ect in an effort to replant the jungle around the waterfalls that was clear cut many years ago for coconuts and fill the area with Fruit Forests and gardens providing sustainable systems thus creating free food for the animals and visitors for many years to come.