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Seek help with fruit picking, gardening, building, carpentry, animal care and other farm projects

The tradition of long-term travelers engaging in seasonal work at big farms has endured from the olden days to today's technologically-rich era. Back then, the wages received were minimal but held much value for workers.

Now, wages have been replaced with a homestay arrangement where volunteers get free accommodation and meals in return for their work in the farm.

Beyond homestays, this concept has been adopted by organic and non-organic farms, farmstays and ranches. It is cost-effective and gratifying for both parties.

Are you Looking for Able-bodied Volunteers to Assist with a Project or Task on Your Farm?

HOSTS

If there's a farm project for which you seek human resources, you'll find a list of willing volunteers ready to sweat it out outdoors!

Many of our hosts require help in running the farm, which includes gardening, vegetable picking, and feeding the hens, goats, sheep and horses.

Regardless of the farm project you have in mind, you'll find enthusiastic travelers ready to learn from you and match your step in the great outdoors.

Wins from this experience

As a host in farm work you will learn to cooperate with and take care of your volunteer(s). Furthermore, a host will learn more about the country, background, culture and lifestyle of the volunteer, which can broaden up its view in life.

Volunteers interested in farm work

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VOLUNTEERS

Want to Work in a Natural Setting and Pick up a New Skill?

Volunteering on a farm project is an excellent way to learn about rural life. You don't have to be an expert at it; your host will teach you how to go about things. If you're willing to embrace a new experience, sign up now and access details of hosts.

This is your opportunity to gain practical experience while living with the local people and absorbing their culture in the most organic way possible! Look at it as a cultural exchange program with a twist. Get a tan, make those muscles more sinewy, and add more color to your cheeks as you ride horses, bask in the sunshine and give your body a good workout!

Some of the farm projects you can expect to assist with include:

  • Farming
  • Gardening
  • Fruit picking
  • Milking cows
  • Ploughing a field
  • Permaculture
  • Landscaping
  • Working with animals
  • Building a smokehouse
  • Carpentry
  • Learning about organic crops
  • Setting up an irrigation system

You don't have to be an expert in those fields. You'll be taught as you go along.

Your hosts will appreciate it if you can also volunteer with other tasks such as cleaning and language practice.

Of course, you'll also be getting a chance to stay and explore a new destination inexpensively.

As accommodation and meals are provided at no cost to you, you save a lot of money, while ensuring that your trip goals remain viable and accessible.

As for the duration of time you will be required to work on the project, it is something you must discuss with your host. Some hosts may need your help for a few weeks while others may want you to stay for a couple of months. Think carefully about the length of your stay and the kind of physical labor involved. It also makes sense to inquire if you will be working independently or in a team.

Wins from this experience

As a volunteer in farm work you will create something unique, and you will also learn how to live abroad with another family far away from your familiar surroundings. You will gain more knowledge about their lifestyle and traditions. It's a win-win situation for both. Hovos brings hosts and volunteers together.

Hosts that need help in farm work

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What is the price of hosting or volunteering in farm work?

Are you interested in hosting or volunteering in farm work and are you curious about the payment? At Hovos, there are two options for hosts and volunteers concerning payment.

You could join Hovos for free and you pay a service fee or you could become a member and you pay an annual membership fee. Non-members will have to pay 10 dollars or 10 euros when a host and a volunteer agree on a help-offer through Hovos. Members will have to pay an annual payment of 25 dollars or 25 euros without additional costs.

The advantage of being a member is that you become more trustworthy and therefore members will be shown first on the website. Members could build up more trust by adding their mobile phone and passport.

Do you need help from different kinds of expertise?

Are you not looking for farm work, but you need help on other expertise? At Hovos, you can easily select the expertise you need help in.

Hovos offers animal care, art project, gardening, internet support, computer help and many other kinds of expertise.