WWOOFER GUIDELINES

These WWOOFer guidelines are taken from the introduction to WWOOF Australia's Worldwide list.

The following code of ethics was devised by the Christian Conference of Asia.  It was created to help travelers reflect on their reasons for traveling and to help them understand their impact on host communities, especially in the third world.  We feel it is highly appropriate to Wwoofing.

* Travel in the spirit of humility and with a genuine desire to learn more about the people.

* Be sensitive to the feelings of other people, avoiding what might be offensive behavior on your part. This applies very much to photography.

* Cultivate the habit of listening and observing, rather than merely hearing and seeing.

* Realize that the people in the country you are visiting may have time concepts and thought patterns that are different from your own.This does not make them inferior, only different.

* Instead of looking for that beach paradise, discover the enrichment of seeing a different way of life through other eyes.

* Acquaint yourself with local customs - people will be happy to help you.

* Remember you are only one of thousands of tourists visiting the country and do not expect special privileges.

* If you really want your experience to be a home away from home, why waste money traveling.

* Remember the bargain you obtained was only possible because of low wages paid to the maker

* Do not make promises to people in your host country unless you are certain you can deliver.

* Spend time reflecting on your daily experience in an attempt to deepen your understanding. It has been said that what enriches you may rob and violate others.

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