some advice to anyone not traveling alone
More and more people are choosing WWOOFing as an adventure to try in a couple, with a group of friends or with their children.
This can turn out to be a wonderful experience if the host who welcomes you has adequate space and great pleasure in sharing their life with you. However, there are a few basic rules that must be respected for your own safety.
Every host in their own home is free to welcome whomever they wish, but please bear in mind that in order to be covered from a legal and insurance point of view, each adult hosted must be a regularly registered WWOOFer and hold his or her own membership card.
Non-members may be welcomed as guests, but they are not regular WWOOFers- and therefore they are neither covered by insurance nor have a legal status as volunteers of the associtation.
What it means to be a regularly registered member of the association
WWOOF Italia is an Association. Those who join gain membership status and can choose from a variety of roles.
The relationship between Members is equal while respecting the different roles and allowing a smooth exchange in pursuit of the common purpose of “promoting the development of natural agriculture as a lifestyle choice and the dissemination of ideas and practices for a healthy balance between man and nature.”
When you respect the Status and Rules of the Association, the legality of your WWOOFing relationship is guaranteed.
For this reason, it is important to be in good standing and to keep a copy of the Membership Card on hand to prove adherence to the Membership Covenant to authorities should the need arise and for mutual protection in the relationship between Members.
It may happen that in the middle of the stay at a Host’s, that the authorities carry out a control of regularity on the farm.
Be prepared to be able to demonstrate your membership in WWOOF Italy APS by appropriately describing its purpose.
WWOOF Italia volunteers have insurance coverage for the risks associated with their activities in the educational centers run by the Hosts.
See the insurance section directly at https://org.wwoof.it/it/assicurazione/