Here at Workaway you will find 5808 hosts and organisations for farmstay work from around the world.
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There are 44200 reviews for 4331 Workaway hosts for Farmstay help from Workaway members.
4331 Hosts for Farmstay were rated at least 4.9/5!
I really loved my stay with John, Heidi, Kayne and Sam. John and Heidi both make you feel at home from the first day you arrive. They ensured that we ...
by Oniecha , 7 Dec 2023
Nuestra experiencia con Workaway en Brasil no podría haber sido mejor. Fue una etapa mágica de nuestro tiempo en este país tan maravilloso y no podemo...
by Vanda Nora & Antoni , 7 Dec 2023
Well this took me a minute as I totally missed not having written anything yet. But I definitely don't want to leave this uncommented as this lovely f...
by Babet , 6 Dec 2023
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A wonderful place! I was there 2 weeks last year. I couldn't have asked for better hosts: Carine, Annick and the lovely ...
by Ines , 6 Dec 2023
We spent 3 weeks with Pablo and Carla on their wonderful farm. They are very kind and welcoming. Our work varied from helping in their yogurt factory,...
by William & Emily , 6 Dec 2023
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Are you ready to switch the streetlights for the starlit sky? Trade traffic for tranquillity? Swap the rush for relaxation? Then, you will love a farmstay with Workaway. Even if you’ve never considered the allure of rural living, let us persuade you that once you have a taste of farm life, you’ll discover a freedom that urban living can never replicate.
As the name describes, a farmstay is where you stay on a local’s farm instead of typical tourist accommodation such as a hotel or hostel. If you crave an environment where the hustle and bustle of city life is a distant memory, and instead the tranquil rhythm of rural living takes centre stage, then a farmstay is for you.
It offers an authentic immersion into local life where you become an integral part of a working farm. Imagine waking up to the gentle crowing of roosters, breathing in the crisp country air, and trading your morning commute for a coffee in nature! A farmstay is an opportunity to escape the ordinary and embrace a simpler, more fulfilling way of life.
In exchange for the host inviting you into their home, you volunteer your time and skills. This can include help with cooking, cultivating, animal care, gardening or general maintenance for example. There may even be opportunities to learn more about farming as a business including preparing for market days, packing products, marketing and more.
The cultural exchange of a farmstay benefits both parties as your skills help to improve their day to day life, and their hospitality allows you to travel more authentically.
After a quick online search you might find thousands of farmstays that sound great. So why choose Workaway? Here at Workaway, our mission is to do things differently. That’s why we have built a thriving community of global travellers who genuinely want to see the world, whilst giving back to the places they visit.
We connect these travellers to welcoming local hosts who need their help and currently offer over 50,000 volunteer opportunities across 170 countries! We are also aware of how truly life-changing a farmstay experience can be, that’s why we champion this style of travel and offer the platform to make it happen.
Alongside this, there are several benefits to using Workaway to find your farmstay, these include but are not limited to:
While there are many different kinds of farms (more on that later) generally, you can expect one thing in common with any farmstay - warm-hearted farmers who are eager to share their way of life.
From the moment you set foot on the farm, you'll be greeted by open fields, serenity, and days filled with hands-on experiences. Whether it's tending to animals, planting seeds, harvesting crops or perhaps even trying your hand at cheese-making, producing olive oil or bread-baking.
But it's not all work and no play! Your evenings can be spent under starlit skies, sharing stories around a bonfire, enjoying farm-fresh produce round the dinner table and exploring the beautiful surroundings.
Be Prepared to Be Pushed Out of Your Comfort Zone
We all get stuck in a rut sometimes, bored of the same old routine but a farmstay is the perfect way to shake things up. It will push you out of your comfort zone to face fears, overcome frustrations, and empower you as you learn new skills. Whether you loathe early mornings, crave a break from social media or have a love-hate relationship with nature, a farmstay is a place to grow, to connect, and to truly live. Want to hear more? Check out city girl’s guide to volunteering on a farm for an authentic insight into her experience as a Workawayer on a farmstay in Chile.
Skills, Skills, Skills…
One thing you can guarantee on a farmstay is that you will learn SO much. Not only about yourself but about nature, animals, nutrition, sustainability and more. Some of the skills you can expect to learn include agricultural skills such as soil health, cultivating and caring for livestock. Food production and preservation including how food gets from field to table and even marketing and sales as you sell produce at farmers’ markets.
An experience you’ll never forget
Generally, hosts will expect around 5 hours of your time each day for five days a week, in exchange for your accommodation and meals. Accommodation can vary on farms - sometimes it’s your own room within the farmhouse, sometimes a tent, a campervan or even your own cottage on the estate.
These arrangements, your schedule as well as the tasks you can help with will all be discussed beforehand, so make
sure to ask your host the right
questions so that both parties are on the same page.
Overall, be prepared for a cultural exchange that will change the way you travel forever!
If you think farmstays are only about planting vegetables or milking cows, be prepared to be amazed! There are so many different types of farms, each offering volunteers a range of experiences, from hands-on agricultural work to marketing and manufacturing. Regardless of the type of farm you choose, they all promise to connect you with nature and allow you to gain a deeper understanding of where our food and other products come from.
Here is a round up of the most popular types of farm stays on Workaway, each with its unique focus and offerings. As a tip, you can use these farm types as a keyword when searching for a farmstay host.
Embarking on a farmstay adventure means embracing a variety of tasks that are both rewarding and educational. You might be asked to focus on one particular task, or engage with a variety. The majority of hosts are happy to welcome those with no experience as long as you bring a positive attitude and an open mind.
Overall, all activities will connect you with the rhythm of the land and local life:
Top Tip: If you’re familiar with any of these tasks mentioned, make sure to include photos of them on your profile and don’t forget to keep your profile updated as you learn new skills before your next adventure. This will help your Workaway profile stand out and prove to potential hosts you’d fit into their farmstay with ease!
Farmstays (like all Workaway experiences) can differ in length. It is worthy to note however, the longer you stay in one area the more you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the culture and truly feel like a local. On the flip side, you don’t want to become too comfortable as this is when boredom sets in.
Some farmstays may take a week or two to find your groove and settle in, especially if you’re finding your feet with a new language or climate. With others, as soon as you taste that first picked plum, or freshly baked farmhouse bread you’ll never want to return to civilisation ever again.
Each host profile will have a calendar that shows their availability of when they may accept Workawayers. Check this first to make sure your plans align before contacting to discuss exact dates. It’s also worth noting that as farming is influenced by seasons and the weather you may need to adjust your plans based on changing conditions.
You can also filter using the dates you are travelling as well as your minimum stay criteria by adding them to the “availability” filter before you hit search. You can also tick the option of “last minute host” if you’re searching for a farmstay experience at short notice.
No - it is often a misconception that farmstays are only for the young and fit. While to some degree a farmstay experience can be physically demanding due to the digging, walking and lifting involved, other farm-related tasks are suitable for all ages and abilities. For example packing produce, preserving such as canning or drying, carpentry, pruning or weeding and animal care.
Here at Workwaway we welcome both hosts and volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels. We truly believe it is never too late for a gap year and that a farmstay can benefit any age.
Keep an open mind - The culture, language and food may all be different but embrace it. You’ll likely be outdoors more than you are used to, which also means adapting to weather, wildlife and more. Try not to judge or criticise, appreciate the differences and keep an open mind.
Communicate - If you are uncomfortable or confused with anything, speak up. Farms can be dangerous at times with heavy machinery, unpredictable animals and food preparation all requiring concentration and caution. It’s always best to be honest and open so both parties feel confident and comfortable. Simple misunderstandings can be resolved much quicker if you speak up early.
Ask questions - Whether you want their family recipe to try at home, you need help with pronunciations, or you’re curious about the culture - ask! Questions are the best way to learn about the farming way of life and you might never get an opportunity again to ask a local so make the most of it.
Be prepared for culture shock - With some farmstays you’ll slot right in as part of the family immediately, with others it can take time to adapt. To prepare for culture shock do a little research before you arrive. What typically will you be eating? Will you be up before sunrise to get the work done before it's too hot? Are you off grid completely? What will a typical day look like? Having this insight before you arrive will set you up for a successful stay.
You’ve learned about the benefits, expectations and the reasons why a farmstay should be top of your bucket list, so how do you get started?
Start by signing up for a membership – remembering you can sign up solo, as a couple or as friends. Each new sign up will also add a tree to the Workaway forest. Then it’s time to perfect your profile remembering to mention any of the skills above that show you’re onboard with the rural way of life.
Filter by Destination
Now it's time to filter to find your farmstay! Certain countries are famous for their particular farming methods. If you have a dream farmstay in mind you might want to focus on these particular countries. For example:
Another tip to narrow your search is to use keywords you’d associate with your ideal farmstay. These are keywords that align with your own values or are skills you’d love to learn more about. For example: permaculture, cattle ranch, coffee plantation, beekeeping, olive farm etc.
Once you have found a few hosts, you can add them to your favourites list. We recommend you then personalise your introduction message, don’t be tempted to copy and paste as it sends a lazy vibe! Share what you’d bring to their team on the farm, not forgetting why you want to visit their country and what you hope to learn.
Pack your bags
Once you and your host have agreed dates, projects and expectations it’s time to pack the essentials. As mentioned, farms can be challenging environments so don’t skip booking travel insurance to cover you in case of emergencies.
In a world that often moves too fast, volunteering on a farm offers a refreshing escape. It's a chance to trade the chaos of city life or the daily hustle for the simplicity of tending to the land and caring for living creatures.
There is no other satisfaction like that of watching a tiny seed you planted grow into a thriving plant, or the joy of a newborn animal taking its first wobbly steps. With every day spent on the farm, you'll find yourself gaining not just newfound skills but a deeper connection to the Earth and a sense of fulfilment that's hard to find elsewhere.
So why not take that leap? Roll up your sleeves, breathe in the fresh air, and join the adventure of a farmstay with Workaway – a journey that promises to nourish your soul as much as the land itself.