WWOOF Mexico is a network linking travelers like you with organic farms in Mexico. By joining (purchasing a membership and creating a profile) WWOOF Mexico you get access to member farms.
Farms listed WWOOF Mexico are part of a world-wide effort to promote the concept of organic farming, sustainable agriculture and responsible consumer habits. As part of this effort, host farms offer WWOOF members the opportunity to learn by doing. Listed farms will host WWOOF members free of charge. As a guest in a WWOOF farm your learning experience is based on you participating in the daily chores of running the farm. In doing so, you can learn a variety of techniques employed by member farms including organic farming, Permaculture and Biodynamics. In addition to learning about organic farming, you can also learn about the local ecology and culture while getting to meet fun and interesting people.
Your daily chores at WWOOF farms may include harvesting, preparing soil for planting, milking, cleaning pens, digging trenches, maintaining fences and such; and generally involve about 5 to 7 hours per day, 5 to 6 days per week. Each farm has its own chores, rules and schedules.
WWOOF Mexico is affiliated to the International WWOOF Association (www.wwoof.org and www.wwoofinternational.org) which promotes environmentally friendly farming and consumer habits by helping bridge the gap between consumers and environmentally-responsible farmers. WWOOF Mexico compiles and publishes for its members a list of host farms throughout Mexico. Through our website, you can contact the farm(s) which you wish to visit and make the necessary arrangements for your stay.
To become a member of WWOOF Mexico please click on JOIN WWOOF Mexico at the top of the page. Click on one of the available payment links. One is for Mexico only ($20 USD) and the other is for the Joint membership ($33 USD) including Costa Rica, Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. Follow directions to make your membership fee payment online via Clickbank or PayPal. You will need to fill in your profile information at the website and choose a password for log in. A few days after your payment has been processed your membership will be approved and you will be granted access to the host farm list at the website. You may then log in at any time to look through the host farm descriptions and contact the farm managers. You need to contact each host farm directly to ask them any questions, check for availability and to arrange your visit.
Are there any costs involved in joining WWOOF Mexico?
Yes. When you join WWOOF Mexico, you pay a yearly fee of $20 U.S. You are fully and solely responsible for your travel and personal expenses. WWOOF farms provide members with food and lodging free of charge.
What is my membership number? / I did not get my membership number
WWOOF Mexico no longer issues Membership Numbers.
How do I pay for my WWOOF Mexico membership?
You pay by credit card or PayPal only.
Do I need insurance?
WWOOF Mexico does not require you to have insurance, but we highly recommend purchasing accident and health insurance covering you in Mexico and wherever else you will be travelling. Some Host Farms may require you to provide them with proof of insurance..
Can I share WWOOF farm information with my partner or with other travelers?
No. The information in our website is provided to you under the condition that it not be shared. Only WWOOF Mexico members may be hosted at listed farms. Travellers sharing information or farms hosting non-WWOOF members will automatically lose their WWOOF Mexico membership and may even be subject to legal action. Anyone contacting WWOOF Mexico host farms who is not a member of WWOOF Mexico may be banned from joining WWOOF Mexico and from visiting any WWOOF Mexico host farm.
Do children pay a membership fee?
Yes. Adults travelling with children must also pay for the membership of their children. Many farms may not accept guests with children, so be sure to check with your host before making any other arrangements.
Can I travel with my pet?
In general, most farms do not accept pets. Check with your host first.
Do I just show up at the farm of my choice?
No. You need to first contact the farm of your choice, and verify that they can host you on the dates you want. You must also verify conditions and requirements directly with your host prior to your arrival.
How long can I stay at the farm?
Each farm has different minimum and maximum lengths of stay, but they generally run from one week to several months. Check with your host and be sure to establish the length of your stay before you arrive.
Who can join WWOOF Mexico?
Anyone from a country not requiring exit visas or travel permits from its citizens is eligible to join WWOOF Mexico. WWOOF Mexico is NOT a volunteer work, work or work-exchange programme, and will therefore not admit anyone attempting to get work or immigration visas or intending to illegally enter Mexico or any other country.
Is WWOOF Mexico a volunteer work or a work-exchange program?
Neither. WWOOF is run slightly differently in each country where it operates. WWOOF Mexico is not a volunteer work or work-exchange program: It is an information service linking travelers with organic farms which promote sustainable farming by hosting travelers for free.
Can WWOOF Mexico help me get a visa?
No. WWOOF Mexico will not get involved in any process having to do with visas or travel permits, and will not issue invitations, letters or any document to that effect.
Will WWOOF Mexico help me in case I have a problem?
WWOOF Mexico does not get involved with your safety and well-being at any time. WWOOF Mexico serves only as a networking link between farms and travellers and does not evaluate the quality or validity of the programs and facilities available at host farms. However, we may cancel the WWOOF Mexico membership of any host farms or travellers against whom a valid complaint has been filed. To file a complaint please use our forum. WWOOF Mexico highly recommends purchasing travel and health insurance.