Help

Information and help about WWOOF Ireland. Click on a question to view its answer.

To register/subscribe on the site, your email address must not have been used already on the site.

Your email address will not be visible to other users and not shared with a 3rd party in accordance with EU data protection legislation.

If you have uploaded an image but it will not display, it is usually because the file name contains illegal characters. You will need to rename the file using only Aa-Zz, 0-9 characters and upload it again. Please note the photo must be under 2Mb in size.

If you get a 'Oops! We seem to have a problem...' message when you log in or nothing you do seems to work, you should clear your internet files and cookies - your internet browser may be 'remembering' incorrect details. See THIS PAGE for instructions.

Then check you have your cookies enabled in your browser. See THIS PAGE for instructions.

Some users with Internet Explorer version 6 have experienced problems with the username box not accepting input. IE6 is now an outdated browser and the problems disappear if you upgrade. Changing to Firefox is recommended - it is available as a free download HERE .

If you forget your password there is a facility to request a temporary login where you can change your password. Click the button to get a temporary login link 'GO' under the login box on the member login page. You will be sent a link that will give you temporary access - you must set up your own password immediately before navigating around your account, or you will need to request another temporary login to change your password. Note that the temporary link expires after 1 day.

When in your Host or WWOOFer profile edit form, click on the 'Browse' button. This will open a window showing files on your computer. Navigate to the image you want to upload. Select the image ('open' in Windows) and then click 'Upload' in your profile form. Wait for the image to upload. It will be resized to fit on the site, but your original will be untouched. Please note that you must then save the page before navigating away or your upload will be lost.

Please then check your photogragh has the correct orientation. A common problem now with photograghs taken with mobile/cell phones is that they display on their side. If this happens you will need to use some image manipulation software to orientate them correctly then to upload them again to your profile. A good open source software for this operation is Gimp

Image file size

There is a maximum limit of 2 megabytes for uploads but images will be automatically re-sized to much smaller than this (your original will not be altered). If you have a slow connection and need to make your picture smaller, try one of these methods:

For Windows see the instructions HERE

There are also image resizing services online. Try HERE or Google 'Image resize' or use Gimp

When you pay by PayPal, your subscription will take effect immediately and you will be able to enter your WWOOFer or Host details without waiting. It saves time for us and helps to keep costs to a minimum.

You will need to set up a PayPal account, because access to your subscription will be from it for renewals and cancellations. You can use any PayPal account to create a membership.

If you have problems with the process, there is a resolution service offered by Paypal and we will do everything possible to help with any issues you may have. Please do contact us if you have any questions and please contact us first before starting the dispute procedure in PayPal as we can usually resolve your problem easily and once PayPal get involved it can get complicated for both sides!

Please click on the link 'JOIN AS A HOST' in the right hand menu on the front page to subscribe as a Host.

You will then be asked to read the 'Before you start' page, then by clicking the blue button 'NEXT' you will see the Host commitment. Please read this carefully and then click the blue button 'YES - I AGREE'

You will then be asked to choose which Payment method you require. You can choose to pay by Paypal online or by post. The Online payment with PayPal is a 3 year recurring payment of 3 annual payments of 40 Euro each year for 3 years.

Then select which payment method you require. If you choose on-line payment using PayPal you will be directed to a form which you must create a username and supply us with a valid email address you wish to be used on the site. You will then be directed to the Paypal checkout page.

If you choose the postal option, please click on the link and you will then see a form to fill in, print and send with the payment to WWOOF Ireland CLG, Milbeg, Coomhola, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland.

The host subscription is a PayPal recurring payment. It will renew automatically each year for 2 years after the initial payment unless cancelled. We have used this method because it creates less work and so keeps costs down.

If a subscription is cancelled, he membership ends on its next due date.

PayPal is a safe and secure way to pay. We promise to refund subscription renewal payments if they are not required and to do our best to resolve any other payment issues fairly.

If you think feedback is unfair or dishonest, use the site contact form to tell us about it. Please include the WWOOFer's username. We will take whatever action we think necessary. The Feedback Policy explains the process.

Sometimes when this error occurs, you may just need to log in again.

There are a few things to check to make sure you're doing it correctly. The problem accessing the WWOOFer profiles is usually browser related. Make sure you are still logged in to the site.

  1. Make sure you are logged into the site in a tab on your internet browser (Firefox, Opera, Safari, Internet Explorer etc). Please note that if you are inactive for a while the site will sometimes automatically log you out, this tends to happen when the site is busy to save bandwidth and you will have to log back in.
  2. Open another tab on your browser (not another window) with your email provider (gogglemail, yahoo etc)
  3. Make sure you have your cookies enabled in your browser...this is important as you will always get the 'Oops' page if not. If you need help to do this please follow these instructions HERE depending on which browser you use.
    We recommend Firefox as it performs well with the sites software. (in the latest version of firefox you go to: Edit >> Preferences>> Privacy... Click the drop down menu 'Remember history' and select 'Use custom settings for history' then make sure the 'Accept cookies from sites' is ticked, then close)
  4. Clear your browser cache. See HERE for instructions for different browsers. Please note you sometimes have to clear your browser cache a few times for it to be effective.

Now please try those links again now or copy them into your browser address bar on new tab on your browser (not new window)

Also you can access the WWOOFers profile from their username which appears in the email. Copy the username and then go to your dropdown menu (with your usename on) top right of site, and click 'WWOOFer search' and paste the username there and click 'Search' and you will then see a link below to the user profile. You can also select to search by the WWOOFers email.

If you are still getting the 'Ooops!' error message, it is possible that the WWOOFer has yet to create their profile, and you should not be able to see their profile by design. WWOOFers are told not to contact hosts before they have created their profile, and may be banned if they do. You are advised not to offer a place to WWOOFers with no profile because there will be no contact information available. It is better to reply with a request to provide information before they can be considered for a place. We would also appreciate if you could alert the website manager using the contact page so we can take action where necessary if the WWOOFers profile is incomplete.

You should not offer a place to a WWOOFer with no profile because they have not provided any contact details and cannot be traced. WWOOFers are reminded to create their profile every time they log in, so have ignored these reminders. We would appreciate if you could alert the website manager using the contact tab on the website if you receive an application from a WWOOFer who has an incomplete profile so we can contact the volunteer.

When subscribed WWOOFers search the 'List of Hosts', they can 'bookmark' your profile page and can contact you using the 'Contact' button under your profile. (The button is not shown if you have switched off e-mail contact).

From the contact button, WWOOFers write a short message and send it to you via the WWOOF Ireland site. Your e-mail address is not revealed. When you receive the message, you can view the WWOOFer's profile from a link in the message once you have logged in to the site.

You then reply to the WWOOFer with a normal e-mail. (At this stage, of course, your e-mail address will be sent to the WWOOFer).

Postal and telephone contact

In your profile, you can select to show or hide your telephone number. Your address will always be shown to subscribed WWOOFers. If you do not want contact by post, you can say so in the 'Other Information' box in your profile.

When you have subscribed as a WWOOF Ireland Host, log into the site and go to your host home page 'dash board'. Click the red button 'Please Create your Profile'. This will take you to the form to be completed. Once some information has been entered, the Host Information also becomes available from the button 'My Host Profile'. You can edit your Host Information whenever you wish by going to the edit tab.
Note that WWOOF Ireland administrators are informed whenever members update their information, as a security measure. If any information is considered to be inappropriate, it may be removed and you will be informed. If you have any problems with the process, please do contact us via the 'Contact' link at the top of every page.

The subscription is 40 euro for 1 year.

Please click on the link 'JOIN AS A VOLUNTEER' in the right hand menu on the front page to subscribe as a WWOOFer volunteer.

You will then be asked to read the 'Before you start' page, then by clicking the blue button 'NEXT' you will see the WWOOFer commitment. Please read this carefully and then click the blue button 'YES - I AGREE'. There are translations in French, Spanish and German, please click the flag.

You will then be asked to choose which subscription you require. You can choose a single or joint/family membership.

Then select which membership you method you require. There are two memberships: Single WWOOFer membership for 25 Euro or joint membership for two people or family travelling together and sharing accommodation for 35 Euro.

When you select online payment using PayPal you will be directed to a form which you must create a username and supply us with the email address you wish to be used on the site. You will then be directed to the Paypal checkout page.

If you choose the postal option, please click on the link and you will then see a form to fill in, print and send with the payment to WWOOF Ireland, Milbeg, Coomhola, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland. Details to be found HERE

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A bookmark helps to remember host pages.

When you 'bookmark' a host page it will be shown in your list of bookmarks on your home page so you can find it easily. The list of your bookmarked hosts is available from your 'WWOOFer Home page'.

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Go to the host's page and click the 'Leave feedback' button.

You can leave feedback to be seen by everyone, or you can report an issue or make a complaint to be seen only by the WWOOF Ireland team by clicking that section of the form. Complaints should be related to one of the areas of the 'host commitment' that all hosts agree to.

Please read the Feedback Policy

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Yes - but you must WWOOF together and expect to share a room or other accommodation. You must take the '2 person joint WWOOFer or family' membership which costs 35 euro. We define a family as a family unit with children 16 years old or under.

It is also possible to add a third member to a joint account. We don't recommend this as many host will not be able to accommodate you. If you must stay together, subscribe to a joint account and a single account. Contact us with names of both accounts and the email addresses and we will join them so they both appear on the joint profile page.

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Yes - A family can WWOOF together, We define a family as a family unit with children 16 years old or under. You must take the '2 person joint/WWOOFer or family' membership which costs 35 euro. You are not required to upload photographs of children under the age of 16

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WWOOF Ireland can accept volunteers from the age of 16 with these conditions:

  • You can join WWOOF Ireland from the date of your 16th birthday.
  • 16 - 18 year olds MUST declare their age to the host and ask if hosts are willing to take responsibility for them in addition to filling in their age on their personal profile on the site
  • 16 - 18 year olds MUST have adequate health and travel insurance, please see HERE for details to purchase travel insurance. WWOOFer Personal Accident and Liability Insurance is included in the membership subscription, please see 'WWOOFer Personal Accident and Liability Insurance' in Help section below for more details.
  • 16 - 18 year olds MUST carry a signed copy of the 'Parental consent form' from their parents or legal guardian stating that they are WWOOFing in Ireland with permission from home. The 'Parental Consent form' which can be obtained by going to your WWOOFer homepage once you have subscribed and clicking on the blue button 'Parental Consent form'. This should be completed and printed out and signed by your parent or legal guardian. One signed copy to be sent to the WWOOF Ireland office and one signed copy to be carried with you to show to hosts.
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You will be sent a short message a few days before the subscription ends. When it has ended, you will see a message when you next log in to WWOOF Ireland. Not all facilities will be available until you re-subscribe, by PayPal or post. It is best to wait until the subscription has ended before you re-subscribe. Your WWOOFer information will not be lost and will be available again once you have re-subscribed.

We will remove all your information permanently if you do not re-subscribe after 30 days, or earlier if you contact us.

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YES! You are responsible for arranging your own health and travel insurance. Please see HERE for details to purchase travel insurance. WWOOFer Personal Accident and Liability Insurance is included in the membership subscription, please see 'WWOOFer Personal Accident and Liability Insurance' below in Help section for more details.

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There is a 'Email Host' button on the host's home page. If it is not working and you get the 'Oops' page, the host does not want e-mail contact so you must write or telephone.

From the 'Email Host' button, you can write a short message. It is a good idea to include the dates when you are available, and any information that is not already in your profile. When the host receives the message, they will be able to view your profile on this site and reply to you.

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Your profile is viewable by subscribed members only. It is not shown publicly. When you contact a host, they will be given a link to your profile page. If you post a message in the forum or on the noticeboard, your profile will also be viewable by subscribed members.

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No. Membership of WWOOF Ireland only covers the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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A WWOOFer subscription lasts 12 months

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The subscription is 25 euro for a single WWOOFer membership and 35 euro for a two person/family membership.

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Visas and entry requirements

The information given here is for general guidance only - you MUST investigate all entry requirements yourself before travelling. Please note that WWOOF Ireland cannot provide references for visa applications.

Please go to your WWOOFer home page and click blue button 'Create an Immigration ID'. Complete the details and save the form - You can add as many hosts as you need for your time in Ireland and add the dates using the pop-up calender. To access your ID form, go to your drop down menu top right of site (blue button) and click 'My Immigration ID' link. To print form please click blue button at bottom of ID form 'Print this page'. Please ensure you have printed and are carrying a hard copy of your Immigration ID to show to customs officials at your point of entry into Ireland.

The UK has recently changed its attitude towards volunteer schemes and this may affect some WWOOFers traveling via the UK.

If you are NOT from a Europen country (The USA for example) and are traveling to Ireland via the UK, you should contact us well before your departure date for advice about entry requirements. This applies even if you are only transferring between flights at a UK airport, including Belfast.

If you are intending to travel between Ireland and Northern Ireland (part of the UK) for a WWOOFing placement, you should also contact us for advice.

Remember that there is a border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland which is part of the UK. If you are from outside the EEA and intend to leave Ireland for Northern Ireland and the UK, you must be sure to check the entry rules. There are also rules about re-entering Ireland from Northern Ireland and the UK. More information about re-entry is available HERE

If you are from a non-EEA country, even if you do not need a visa, you may be asked to show where you will be staying while in Ireland. You should have details of hosts you have made arrangements with, including verifiable contact details.

You can print an ID document from your profile. Edit your profile and open the 'Immigration ID' section and complete the form. A new link will appear in your profile which only you can see; click that link and a page ready for printing will be created.

WWOOF is a voluntary scheme with educational, environmental and cultural benefits - no money changes hands and no permit is required. We are not aware of anyone being refused entry into Ireland just because they are volunteering through WWOOF. When entry has been refused there have always been other reasons. One of the reasons is not being honest, so it's OK to say you are WWOOFing. Please ensure you have printed and are carrying a hard copy of your Immigration ID to show to customs officials at your point of entry into Ireland.

Even if you do not need a visa, if you are from outside the EEA, you may be asked to show evidence of travel arrangements to leave Ireland within the time allowed, which is usually 90 days. This would normally be a valid ticket.

Even if you do not need a visa, if you are from outside the EEA, you may be asked to show evidence of having 'sufficient funds' for your stay in Ireland. There is no fixed definition of 'sufficient funds'. As WWOOFers will not be paying for accomodation the level of funding required may be less than for a tourist. You may still need to show that you can support yourself for the duration of your stay, if you have to leave a host earlier than planned.

You will need to have enough cash or an original bank statement with a card to access the account.

If you have a non-EEA  passport, even if you do not need a visa, you may be asked to give:

  • Evidence of sufficient funds to support yourself
  • Evidence of valid travel arrangements to leave Ireland
  • Evidence of where you will be staying and what you will be doing (Please use the Immigration ID form facility on your WWOOFer homepage)
  • Evidence of Health insurance that includes cover for a hospital stay

If you have a passport from a country in the EEA (European Economic Area), you do not need a visa to enter Ireland.

If you have a passport from a non-EEA country, you MUST investigate entry requirements. A visa is not required from many countries but there are other requirements which are described HERE

See the list of countries which do not need a visa HERE or find the Irish embassy in your country HERE

In January 2011 a new Lay Volunteer Visa was introduced which can enable WWOOFers from outside the EEA to come here and volunteer for a year and sometimes longer - See the details HERE - contact us well in advance of your departure and we can send the relevant documentation for section 3.

WWOOFer Personal Accident and Liability Insurance

Summary of Insurance cover offered to subscribed WWOOFers and detailed FAQ's.

Summary of WWOOFer Personal Accident and Liability Insurance

FoWO have arranged a Group Insurance Policy with Lloyd’s of London to provide Personal Accident and Personal Liability insurance to all members of WWOOF who are visiting hosts.

Nationals travelling outside of their home country can also take out additional travel and medical insurance with PJ Haymans

Sections of Cover – Summary per member

  • Personal Liability £1,000,000
  • Personal Accident:
    • Death or Disablement - £20,000 (reduced to £10,000 for those aged under 16 or over 69
    • Permanent Total Disablement (from engaging in usual occupation for a period of 12 months) - £20,000
    • Loss of Limb or Limbs or Loss of Sight - £20,000

A pdf copy of the WWOOFer Personal Accident and Liability Insurance can be viewed here

WWOOFer Personal Accident and Liability Insurance applies whilst the WWOOFer is staying with the host.
To view the FAQ's please see below.

If you have any queries on this WWOOFer Personal Accident and Liability Insurance please contact P J Hayman & Company Limited Tel: +44 239 241 9050 Email: FoWO@pjhayman.com

There are certain Nationals for which Insurers cannot provide cover. The relevant countries are listed below:

  • Cuba
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Iran
  • Libya
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Yemen
  • Countries under any sanction, prohibition or restriction by the United Nations, resolutions or the trade or economic sanctions, laws or regulations of the European Union, United Kingdom or United States of America

Otherwise all Nationals are insured when visiting a participating host country.

No. Cover only applies when visiting a host in a participating country.

Details are shown in the Evidence of Insurance here

The claims contact is:

By post: Roger Rich & Co, 2a Marston House, Cromwell Park, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7 5SR United Kingdom

Please note that claims forms are available on line at: www.rogerrich.co.uk

 

No. As a WWOOFer visiting a participating host country you are automatically covered by the FoWO scheme.

Your confirmation of stay with the host in a participating country.

Yes – the maximum age to be eligible is 74

We hope that you have no problems with the WWOOFer Personal Accident and Liability Insurance provided, however, if you need to make a complaint please follow the instructions on the Evidence of Insurance – summary details as follows:

  • If You have any questions or concerns about the insurance You should, in the first instance, contact the Scheme Administrator P J Hayman & Company on +44 (0) 2392 419 861.
  • If You have any questions or concerns about the handling of a claim please contact Roger Rich & Co, 2a Marston House, Cromwell Park, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7 5SR.

Yes, although there are a exclusions which include claims arising out of the ownership, possession or use of any: aircraft, aero spatial device or hovercraft; waterborne craft; mechanically propelled or horse drawn vehicle; mobile caravan or vehicular trailer; firearm; animal.

No, it is recommended that you arrange cover for your trip in your home country. FoWO do have an arrangement to provide International Travel Insurance with PJ Hayman which can be viewed Here which is separate to the WWOOFer Personal Accident and Liability Insurance.

No, it is recommended that you arrange cover for your trip. FoWO does have an arrangement to provide Nationals travelling outside of their home country with additional travel and medical insurance with PJ Haymans. This International Travel Insurance, which is separate to WWOOFer Personal Accident and Liability Insurance, can be viewed Here.

No, the FoWO scheme cover is fixed.

No, as long as the stay commences before the Policy Expiry Date as shown on your Evidence of Insurance.

No, cover only applies once you have arrived at a host in a participating country and ceases when you leave.

The Host’s own farm insurance will apply.