Sustainable Travel: Working on an Organic Farm2 min read
While farm life may not have the appeal of say, an all-inclusive eco-friendly resort, it is one way to travel sustainably, help grow a local business, contribute to a community, and immerse yourself in a new culture. And if you have a passion for traveling and working to reap an incredible reward, you may want to consider it.
Sure, you need to be ready to get your hands dirty and work instead of sitting poolside sipping drinks with umbrellas, but there are tons of benefits to traveling this way.
Most of us buy fruits and vegetables from our local grocery store; that means we’re taking advantage of the incredible process that goes behind it all. Volunteering at a farm makes you more mindful of this process as it allows you to work towards creating something extremely valuable and beneficial to the local community. You also get to learn about sustainable farming and the ways in which people work to be as resourceful as possible—a habit you might even take home with you. It’s also great for those interested in learning more about the organic movement, which promotes natural, chemical-free foods.
And depending on where you travel to, you might have the opportunity to help with farm-related activities that go beyond the basics of growing fruits and veggies. For example, you may learn about bee keeping, working with animals, and even making wine or cheese.
And since you’ll be on your feet for most hours of the day, you’ll get a great full-body workout and learn what it really means to have a strong work ethic.
So if you’re ready to get your hands dirty and spend a week or two furthering the cause of sustainable travel, how can you get involved?
While there are many farms around the world that invite people to come and work for them, you may want to also check out the Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). WWOOF is an organization connects volunteers with farmers in 45 different countries around the world, so it’s a great resource to help people discover the right match for them. Farms associated with the organization operate in a program in which volunteers work about four to six hours a day in exchange for free room and board. And you can usually visit for as long you’d like, whether it’s a few days or even a month.
Whatever you decide to do, make sure you go with an open mind and a willingness to work hard—you’ll get the most out of your visit if you do!
Photo from Transitions Abroad.