WWOOFing – the great eco mini-break

Yearning for the great outdoors? To feel the wind on your cheek, the sun on your back, and the healthy exhaustion from a day’s hard labour?  For those unable to take their 9-5 grind anymore, sure that there is a life more natural and green to escape to, the answer is that is true!

Weekend Workers On Organics Farms / Willing Workers On Organic Farms / World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms are the myriad of names known more commonly as ‘WWOOF’ing. The international organisation set up to take in casual labourers on their farms in exchange for free food and free board. The working hours vary from 4-6 hours per day, leaving the rest of the day free to explore the local area, and your stays can be as short as 1 day or months long. Available in over 88 countries, the choice can be quite exhausting to select a location for your eco mini-break, but the effort is worth it!

Our WWOOFing trip explored Southern Spain, high up in the Las Alpujjaras mountain range. 1 hour walk to the nearest village of Murtas, we were put up in a plush little caravan overlooking hills to the sea opposite Africa. An older English couple (originally from North London) hosted us, where we gardened, built fences and collected firewood in exchange for great home cooking and peaceful surrounds. The best part of the day was the daily walk-by of the goats with their bells and bleating – the only noise we heard all day.

Secondly we headed north to Conchar, 20 minutes outside Granada, to stay for  four weeks with an English family who had moved from West London. Picking olives, enjoying the Spanish countryside and village festivals, frequent trips in to Granada to sample tea in the old Moorish teahouses, and hanging with the local non-English speaking farmer taught us a thing or two about countryside Spanish living. See our  video of olive harvesting.

The Guardian has published a helpful top 10 list of WWOOFing breaks. Read it and pick your green escape here at the official site www.wwoof.org.

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Eloise

Eloise loves unpacking when she gets to a hotel, finding the best coffee shop at any destination, and that first G&T on the plane.

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