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1. Posted by nick5466 (Budding Member 23 posts) 9y

im off to Australia on the 20th of april and will be there for hopefully 2 years (doing the 3 months seasonal work), now i have heard of something you can sign up for and receive a book naming places that let you stay there for free and give you food if you work for them?? does any one know of any thing like this??

2. Posted by sunicol (Full Member 93 posts) 9y

Hi NIck,
Don't know about a book but lots of hostels have work going. Some pay & give board, others board only. Cleaning jobs are generally best as only 4 hours a day. Otherwise you can head to WA and do the work stay thing where you work in outback bars for 6 weeks or more, get about $400 a week as well as food & board. Good way to see the real Oz. You can volly on the boats around the Whitsundays but they're generally only interested in people that are there for at least 2 mths.
Best of luck,
Suz

3. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 9y

Hi Nick,

I think you might be referring to an organisation called WWOOF Australia. WWOOF = Willing Workers On Organic Farms Australia.

This scheme is primarily provided as a cultural exchange for working holiday makers who wish to have the opportunity during their travels abroad, of staying with local people and gaining some practical experience. The typical arrangement is for the helper to work an average of 4 hours per day and in return receive free accommodation and meals for their efforts. This time range can vary considerably. Some hosts may require just 2 hours per day for accommodation only, provide and cook your own food. Others may expect 6 hours per day in return for excellent meals, own room and sometimes other benefits such as free Internet, horse riding, kayaking, bikes, local sight seeing trips, yoga lessons or English tuition etc. Some will give weekends off. Some offer help 8 hours one day then take next day off. Times may vary due to the type of tasks being done and the type of accommodation and meals being offered etc.

Each host operates differently so it's matter of making a suitable arrangement between host and helper. Helpers will often live with the host family and be expected to join in and offer a helping hand with day-to-day activities. Therefore the success of this partnership will depend on mutual co-operation.

I'd suggest visiting the WWOOF website to check things out further. Copies of the book i think you are referring to are also available for purchase from the website.

4. Posted by nick5466 (Budding Member 23 posts) 9y

Quoting KoalaGirl

Hi Nick,

I think you might be referring to an organisation called WWOOF Australia. WWOOF = Willing Workers On Organic Farms Australia.

This scheme is primarily provided as a cultural exchange for working holiday makers who wish to have the opportunity during their travels abroad, of staying with local people and gaining some practical experience. The typical arrangement is for the helper to work an average of 4 hours per day and in return receive free accommodation and meals for their efforts. This time range can vary considerably. Some hosts may require just 2 hours per day for accommodation only, provide and cook your own food. Others may expect 6 hours per day in return for excellent meals, own room and sometimes other benefits such as free Internet, horse riding, kayaking, bikes, local sight seeing trips, yoga lessons or English tuition etc. Some will give weekends off. Some offer help 8 hours one day then take next day off. Times may vary due to the type of tasks being done and the type of accommodation and meals being offered etc.

Each host operates differently so it's matter of making a suitable arrangement between host and helper. Helpers will often live with the host family and be expected to join in and offer a helping hand with day-to-day activities. Therefore the success of this partnership will depend on mutual co-operation.

I'd suggest visiting the WWOOF website to check things out further. Copies of the book i think you are referring to are also available for purchase from the website.

thanks just what i was after. If any one is interested i will post when im over there about how its all going?

5. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 9y

That's be great - I'd be rally interested to hear how it goes. I've never actually known anyone who has participated in this scheme, but the word on the street is that it's great. Hope you have a blast!

6. Posted by nick5466 (Budding Member 23 posts) 9y

Quoting KoalaGirl

That's be great - I'd be rally interested to hear how it goes. I've never actually known anyone who has participated in this scheme, but the word on the street is that it's great. Hope you have a blast!

Yeah i see no reason why i shouldn't. Only 3 weeks to wait, and ill try to keep you updated on whats been happening