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Farm Work Abroad
Farm work at the Permaculture and Ecovillage Institute of the Pampas in Bage, Brazil.

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Volunteer Farm Work with WWOOF in Australia
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Volunteer Farm Work in Nepal
"One way the world has been opening up over the past decade is through farm-stay work exchanges. With the growing interest in healthier lifestyles, home food production, and an increase in international living, it’s no wonder that progressive-minded people have invested in properties abroad to get off the grid, attempt self-sustainability, and live gloriously green. In turn, such green-minded progressives have come to seek the help of healthy travelers willing to work on farms for room and board in a natural setting. Cheap labor-free accommodation: It’s a win-win situation for everyone and, more importantly, a beautiful thing for the planet.

In the days of old (and even still), enthusiastic long-term travelers and adventurers could spend a few weeks doing seasonal work on big farms, picking fruit or vegetables to earn menial but valued wages. It was hard, sometimes monotonous labor, but a means to make you keep somewhere and see a bit of the world. Seasonal farm work, however, tended to be more commonly available in affluent countries of regions such as Europe, Australasia, and North America and often required special work-travel visas. (Unfortunately, citizens from certain countries aren’t eligible for many such jobs, as governments often do not reciprocate working relationships with other countries.)

To deal with this challenging issue and simplify matters, online volunteering organizations such as WWOOF have grown in recent years, and thrifty travelers have found new ways to stay on the move long-term without draining their savings and obtaining work visas. Likewise, clued-up property owners have figured out how to find and keep enthusiastic workers without breaking their bank accounts or becoming businesses."—Jonathon Engels

Work and Travel Abroad

An agency that facilitates a combination of living, work, and travel in countries such as Australia, Britain, and New Zealand, inclusive of farm work should you choose, for up to 12 months.

International Paid Agriculture Exchange Programs

Work abroad program in a range of countries for people aged 18-30 (some programs vary) with at least two years of practical experience in agriculture, horticulture, or equine husbandry. For winemaking, exchange participants must be aged 21-35 and have experience of at least one grape harvest.

HELP Exchange
An extraordinary website offering free information from hosts who provide addresses and descriptions for those seeking farm work and other seasonal jobs in exchange for free accommodation and meals worldwide. 5,000+ host addresses in Australia, 3,000+ in New Zealand, 5,000+ in Europe, 1,000+ in Canada, 1,000+ in the U.S., and 1,000+ in other locations worldwide.The network of hosts offering farm exchanges abroad—including organic farming and permaculture—is growing at an incredibly fast pace.

Provides information about seasonal farm work and fruit picking opportunities in Australia. Jobaroo also has visa information and many other useful resources for travelers interested in living and working in Australia.

Farm Work in Australia

Live life as a station hand in the vast and beautiful Australian Outback. Following a few relaxing days at the beach, you will take part in a farm induction course learning to ride horses and dirt bikes, muster cattle, work in the yards,fencing skills, how to use a chainsaw and operate tractors. Following the course you are guaranteed a paid job. This is an excellent way to meet real locals, save money for your travels and make life long friends on the program and in rural Australia!
The place to find interesting seasonal jobs abroad. As the name suggests, fruit picking features strongly but you can now also find work in the fields of organic farming, nature conservation, the environment, as well as green and sustainable energy. Working Holiday visas are required for those from abroad.

Workforce Australia
Harvest Jobs

A centralized source of information on the Australian Government website offering job vacancies in fruit and vegetable harvests and other farm work throughout Australia—especially during the busy harvest season. Citizens from the U.S. with the Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462), and other citizens are eligible for harvast jobs as well.

"The Largest and Safest Community for Cultural Exchange, Working Holidays, and Volunteering in 170 Countries"
Workaway hosts offer various jobs and activities, including many different types of volunteer farm work abroad, much of the organic variety and permaculture. Also offered are individual exchanges, teaching projects including English, farm stays, community projects, NGOs & charities, environmental projects, animal welfare, hostels, families & homestays, house sitting, boating & sailing, and much more across the world.
Many of the opportunities offer free room and board with various options depending on the host. Workaway provides resources to help you get the most out of your experience and emphasizes safety. All for a small membership fee.

WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms)
A global website has links to the national offices in the countries that have a WWOOF coordinator. National WWOOF coordinators compile a list of their member farmers willing to provide free room and board to volunteers who want to help and are interested in furthering the aims of the organic movement through work on local farms. Currently there are WWOOF branches in the U.K., Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Slovenia, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Ghana, Uganda, Nepal, China, Japan, Korea, and U.S. An online list of organic farms in all other countries (known as WWOOF Independents) can be obtained from the website.


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