CONTRIBUTED BY DASHA GARIEPY
Interesting, isn’t it, how life can change in less than a month? I posted a blog about international volunteer work on my home page on November 8th – little knowing that I’d have my bags packed and be heading out the door less than thirty days later!
Becoming an international volunteer was as easy as 1-2-3:
1. I heard about and researched a great international volunteer organization called WWOOF.
2. I applied for membership into said organization ($55 bucks total for two people volunteering together) and received a list of international hosts who provide on-site room and board for their volunteers.
3. I contacted a registered host in the Philippines and arranged dates to volunteer.
Nothing could have been easier!
From there I simply got a verification letter from my sponsors command stating I was eligible for Space-A travel, packed my bag and wala! I’m first in line for the next bird heading to the Philippines.
It was so SIMPLE!
And it’s considered “green” travel – “green” being environmentally friendly.
It’s also what the travel industry calls “Eco-Tourism: responsible travel to natural areas which conserves the environment and improves the welfare of the local people.”
WWOOFing is for people eager to see the world, and equally eager to give back in the process. On this trip my daughter and I will be living and working on a farm that’s been in the same family since the 1800’s. We’ll be planting trees, building shelters, working compost piles, tending cows – everything that has anything to do with making our host farm run smoothly.
Oh, and did I mention the food? Everything on this farm is raised and grown organic. No pesticides, no chemical enhancements – simply pure and fresh produce and products.
I have a feeling we’re going to get back way more than we can give.
Why don’t you join us? Volunteer! And share your stories with us here on Okinawa Hai.