WWOOF was founded in 1971 when a British, Sue Coppard was offered accommodation after giving a hand to an organic farm in Sussex province.
The Origin of WWOOF
Initially, the name WWOOF stood for Working Weekends on Organic Farms. However, it was changed to the abbreviation of “Willing workers on Organic Farms” in 1982 under the agreement of WWOOF’s representatives as the working days were no more limited to weekends.
WWOOF is a global network that connects organic farms with volunteers. It is an activity (or a program) that expands opportunities for cultural exchange and education, coexists with nature, and creates a sustainable global society based on trust with no financial exchange.
Representative Departments of Each Country
WWOOF is currently available in 153 countries around the world. Among them, 55 countries are well-managed for having each representative for their countries. The rest of the countries with fewer hosts are managed separately in the United Kingdom. Representatives of each country discuss agendas of WWOOF through online channels. In addition to that, once every three years, an international delegation meeting was held, and in 2011 it was held in Korea. Although all countries share the basic ideology, each country operates independently. Throughout the year, there are approximately 12,000 hosts and 150,000 WWOOFers that are active worldwide.