WWOOF Romania Policies

Legal Status

WWOOF Romania is a program of Eco Ruralis. Eco Ruralis is a registered charity that supports traditional peasant farming in Romania. The association can be found in the National NGO Registry (charity number 8540/A/2009). Therefore, WWOOF Romania is protected as an official program with the Romanian Government through its association as a program of Eco Ruralis. 

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Legal Statute and Internal Articles 

Volunteers (WWOOFers)

WWOOFers are expected to respect and follow all of WWOOF Romania's policies. No money can ever be exchanged between Hosts and WWOOFers because this is a voluntary exchange program. WWOOF Romania Coordinators will send a survey once per year to WWOOFers to ask them about their experience(s) in order to improve our program. It is not required for WWOOFers to respond.

Volunteers can be from Romania or any other country. Volunteers should be able to do physical labor and perform tasks such as planting, harvesting, weeding, feeding animals and basic construction. WWOOFers should be comfortable adapting to new situations, new places and different cultural customs. Each person needs to have a desire to learn about organic farming, have done hard labor and respect rural lifestyles. There is no age limit but WWOOFers under the age of 18 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Volunteers have different levels of experience with agriculture and most farms welcome people with no skills.

Volunteers are expected to treat host farmers with respect and kindness as a guest in their home. This includes being clean and following other reasonable rules of the farm. The terms of each arrangement are to be agreed upon by you and the host farmer (not the WWOOF Romania Coordinators) before arriving at the farm. You have the right to deny offers by host farmers if you feel the stay would not provide mutual benefits. The primary line of communication used by WWOOF Romania is email. So, each volunteer must have the ability to consistently access the internet to be able to communicate with host farmers by email. Volunteers must attach their WWOOF Romania Volunteer Application in the email they send to Hosts for each request. As a secondary line of communication, it would also be helpful (not required) to have access to a phone for logistical or safety reasons. You must have a desire to learn about sustainable agriculture and engage in hard work that makes the arrangement equitable. WWOOFers have the right to leave a farm at any time but this may result in a complaint being submitted by a Host.

Host Farmers (Hosts)

Hosts are expected to respect and follow all of WWOOF Romania's policies. No money can ever be exchanged between Hosts and WWOOFers because this is a voluntary exchange program. WWOOF Romania Coordinators will send a survey once per year to Hosts to ask them about their experience with WWOOF Romania in order to improve our program. Each Host must fill out this survey to show that they are still running active host farms. Each Host is required to respond to at least half of their WWOOF exchange requests from volunteers. Also, each Host is required to respond to emails sent from WWOOF Romania Coordinators.

WWOOF Romania accepts host farmers that practice some form of ecologically-friendly agriculture on a small-scale. We wish to add farmers who grow healthy food and plants using methods which have a low negative impact on the surrounding environment. Farms who would like to join WWOOF Romania do not need to be certified organic. Our Farm List is open to bio-dynamic farms, traditional peasant farms, permaculture farms and other small-scale sustainable farms. Some Host Farmers have been food producers all their lives and others have only lived on a farm for a couple years after leaving another occupation. Some have organic products for sale at markets while others just grow food for themselves. Some host farmers are interested in sharing techniques, some just want help with difficult work and some want to meet new people from other regions or countries.

Hosts must provide clean, safe and comfortable accommodation (unless they only provide space for tents and it is indicated on their profile), water and 3 meals of food per day for WWOOFers. Host Farmers are expected to treat volunteers with respect and kindness like any guest in their home. The terms of each arrangement are to be agreed upon by you and the volunteer (not the WWOOF Romania Coordinators). You have the right to deny requests by volunteers if you feel their stay would not provide mutual benefits. The primary line of communication used by WWOOF Romania is email. So, each host farmer must have the ability to consistently access the internet to be able to communicate with volunteers by email. As a secondary line of communication, it would also be helpful (not required) to have access to a phone (and list the phone number on the website) for logistical or safety reasons. Hosts must work with WWOOFers and educate them about their farming methods. Hosts' profiles will only include descriptions in English and Romanian so that most people will be able to read and understand more about each farm. Hosts have the right to tell a WWOOFer to leave their farm at any time but this may result in a complaint being submitted by a WWOOFer.

Membership Accounts

Each WWOOFer and Host is required to have a membership account for logistical and safety reasons. No member may share account contact information with others who are not members for logistical, safety and privacy reasons.

If the activation (donation) for a WWOOFer account is not made within 48 hours after registration, the account will be deleted. After one year, each WWOOFer account will deactivate. To renew membership, a WWOOFer must donate again. It is free for Hosts to become members of WWOOF Romania and they do not need to renew their membership after one year.

WWOOF Romania has the right to deactivate or delete any account if a member does not adhere to all of our program's policies. Since WWOOF Romania is a program of Eco Ruralis, all WWOOF Romania members are also considered members of Eco Ruralis. So, WWOOF Romania Coordinators have the right to send emails to notify WWOOF Romania members about Eco Ruralis activities.

Donations

Each individual WWOOFer is required to register an account and make a donation for a one year membership for WWOOF Romania through PayPal only. There is no discounted membership donation for couples, families or friends who want to do a WWOOF exchange together. Registering an account and making a donation for WWOOF Romania does not give a WWOOFer the ability to have a WWOOF exchange in other countries that have WWOOF host farms. All national WWOOF organizations are independent and you must become a member of each one separately.

Refunds

If a WWOOFer does not find a suitable farm to be a volunteer at during their one year membership or is not satisfied with the WWOOF exchanges that they had, WWOOF Romania will not be held responsible for offering a membership refund for their donation. WWOOF Romania does not offer any refunds for donations. If a WWOOFer donates the wrong membership amount, their account will be temporarily deactivated until the correct amount is transferred. WWOOF Romania Coordinators will communicate with the WWOOFer to resolve this issue. Please note that it is the WWOOFer's sole responsibility to register an account, make the correct donation, find and set up a WWOOF exchange.

Discrimination

WWOOF Romania does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, religion, age, marital or military status. This applies to membership applications, membership profiles, communication and activities between Hosts, WWOOFers and WWOOF Romania Coordinators. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment and require all Hosts, WWOOFers and Coordinators to follow this policy. Any reports of discrimination will be reviewed by WWOOF Romania Coordinators and they have discretion to keep or remove a person from our program.

Health, Safety and Complaints

WWOOF Romania operates on the honor system with members showing each other mutual respect and trust. We strongly rely on feedback from Hosts and WWOOFers about their experiences to find out about complaints and safety issues. If we receive a complaint regarding any sort of verbal or physical abuse, assault, sexual or other harassment, discrimination, or any other form of threat to health and safety, WWOOF Romania Coordinators will suspend (deactivate) a membership account and review the situation. They will contact the people involved with the complaint to understand their points of view and ask to review their email communication. A member may or may not be removed from our program depending on the review and the situation will be resolved based on the discretion of the WWOOF Romania Coordinators. If a member is hurt or feels in serious danger for their health, it is their responsibility to contact medical or emergency services immediately.

Visas, Health Insurance, Travel Insurance, Travel Documents, Work Permits, Transportation or Other Living Costs

WWOOF Romania is not a work program and is not responsible for setting up or paying for visas, health insurance, travel insurance, travel documents, work permits, transportation or other living costs of our members. These issues must be set up or paid for by members, if applicable.

Languages

WWOOF Romania's website has Romanian and English versions in order to better serve our members and attract more people to join our program. The two official languages used by WWOOF Romania are English and Romanian. Hosts must be able to speak and write basic English or Romanian in order to communicate with WWOOFers and WWOOF Romania Coordinators. They must also be able to fill out their Host Farm Application in English and Romanian.

WWOOFers do not need to speak English or Romanian but they must fill out their Volunteer Application in English or Romanian for WWOOF Romania Coordinators to review. WWOOFers need to review the profiles of Hosts before setting up a WWOOF exchange in order to make sure that there is no language barrier and to avoid confusion and misunderstanding.