WWOOF, formerly known as Working Weekends On Organic Farms, then Willing Workers On Organic Farms, but currently stands for World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms. It started in England in 1971 and has been gaining popularity around the world ever since. In exchange for learning experiences, food, and shelter (though this is flexible and many farms ask volunteers to bring their own tents) WWOOFers voluntarily work on organic farms or ecological building projects. You can WWOOF on your neighbor's farm or you can WWOOF on the other side of the world. There is often an element of cultural exchange as well as agricultural. It allows city-dwellers to experience a different lifestyle and deepen their understanding of their food sources, potential farmers to "test the waters" and gain ideas, and current farmers to see different types of farms and methods.