WWOOFing in another country guarantees incredible experiences with locals and often means visiting a place well-off the usual tourist path. In South Korea, Jang-su is an old farming heartland in the province of Jeollabuk-do, and contains a small organic WWOOF host farm called the 100 Flower Farm.
Running since 2005 by a charming Buddhist couple, Cho Kye Hwan and Park Jung Sun in a small valley with a tiny village of around eight houses, the farm works off a membership system. Just over 100 members consisting of couples, singles and families all pay a fee of around $3000 at the beginning of each year. In return, every week for six months they receive fresh organic vegetables straight from the farm.
Cho Kye Hwan and Park Jung Sun come from well-educated backgrounds and were in the Seoul ‘slave to the salary’ life before moving to the country. Cho Kye Hwan worked as a PR Manager, while Park Jung Sun was working as a journalist. Now, they also work hard (very hard) but only from the end of winter in March until November, sending off parcels from the first week of May until the last week of October. They then have a long winter break. Having no livestock or pets means they are free to travel to warmer destinations for two month long stays of meditation, beer drinking and sightseeing.
A life, of which many would be jealous.