Germany bound Japanese WWOOFer
Subject: AW: M) Yukiko S is coming to your place
Date: 14 July 2007 4:31:24 AM
Yes the most of the japanisch wwoofer help us very well. Only the language is often the problem. But most of them are very busy by learning german, so that makes fun to help them.
Is Michi a male or female name ?
Gesendet: Freitag, 13. Juli 2007 06:55
Cc: WWOOF Japan (mk)
Betreff: M) Yukiko is coming to your place
Thank you for your e-mail.
We haven't gotten any e-mails form Yurie K and Futoshi N
I'm sure they are still in Germany.
How's Japanese WWOOfers. Do they work hard?
I do hope they help you a lot and have a good relationship with you.
I' ll let you know about Yukiko's arrival date sometimes next week.
On Jul 13, 2007, at 4:39 AM, Gänsehaus wrote:
Did you ever get a feed back from wwoofer who has been here on our
place or on other farms in Germany ?
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 12. Juli 2007 09:04
Cc: WWOOF Japan (mk)
Betreff: M) Yukiko S is coming to your place
Thank you for your reply.
I appreciate that you always help us.
Yukiko is very happy getting your e-mail.
We'll write you an exact date and time later after she has booked them.
Thank you very much for your kind reply.
On Jul 11, 2007, at 5:23 PM, Gänsehaus wrote:
that will be fine, yukiko can come in august to our place and can stay
so long she want. we just want to know what day she will arrive in
greetings from germany
----- Original Message -----
From: WWOOF Japan (mk)
To: Gänsehaus Song
Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2007 5:33 AM
Subject: M) Request for a WWOOFer to come to your place (Yukiko)
Dear Ms. Wilhelmina and Bernhard,
Hello again!! My name is Michi from WWOOF Japan.
A Japanese WWOOFer whom we are supporting would like to come to your
place as a WWOOFer. They have asked us to write to you on this and to
include the message that they have written to you. Our contact
information, what we do, and some sometimes asked questions and
answers, are at the foot of this mail. This WWOOFers details are as
Name : Yukiko
Age : 21
Gender : Female
Hobbies : music, outside activity.
Occupation : student
Preferred date to arrive at your place : about beginning of August (
prefer to start in between on Aug. 6 to 14 )
Preferred period of time to stay at your place : about a few months
(It is understood that this must be by mutual agreement and that it's
best to start out with a week or so)
Notes : She wants to learn about organic farming seriously and she
has an experience working on a farm in Japan.
The personal message :
Hello. I am Yukiko.
I am a university student in Japan and 21 years old.
I am a bright and cheerful woman who likes to do sports and to sing a
I have done agricultural practices several times in Japan. And I have
confidence in physical strength and power although I am short.
I am studying the environmental problems at the university and
interested in organic farming, eco-friendly life and the safety of
I am living in the environment, which is full of the thing, but I
often think that what is the meaning of true affluence in one's daily
I have learned that German people are tackling the environmental
problem eagerly at the university so I came to have the feeling that
I want to go to Germany and to speak with German people.
I grew up in the country so I love nature but I have not had the
knowledge of agriculture and how to coexist with nature so much yet.
So I want to learn and experience a lot in your farm.
I have studied English and German However, honestly saying, neither
is also good so much. But I promise I'll work hard and do my best.
I'm looking forward to working with you.
Thank you. Yukiko S
May we please ask you to e-mail us on:
1) Whether you can accept this WWOOFer?
2) What WWOOFers should bring with themselves to your place?
3) How to get to your place by public transport?
4) Info on the people who live and / or work at your place.
5) What work WWOOFers do at your place.
6) Any requirements that WWOOFers coming to your place should pay
Thanking you and hoping for your quick reply.
++++ Helping people get below the veneer of tourism & away from their
daily grind to have genuine experiences with life in Japan ++++
E-mail : via the "Contact" form on our website
Fax: +81 3 4496-6370
Street & Postal address : Honcho, 2-jo, 3-chome, 6-7, Higashi-ku,
Sapporo, 065-0042, Japan
What we do: We are the local WWOOF organization in Japan, with more
than 200 hosts and hundreds of WWOOFers, including many from
overseas. All our material including our website is in both English
and Japanese. In addition to our domestic work, we support other
WWOOF organizations in Japan including promoting their WWOOF
memberships in the Japanese language for them and making available
their membership booklets at the same price as sold in the home
country, give or take a small amount to deal with the exchange rate.
In addition, for some Japanese WWOOFers who ask us to do so, we give
them extra support for fee to do any number of a wide variety of work
including for example, arranging air travel to and from Japan,
information and advice on transport in the country to where they are
going including transport to WWOOF hosts they are going to,
information and guidance about the country(s) they are going to
including culture, climate, lifestyle, etc, and recommend reading and
resources in Japanese on the same so that they might prepare well,
types if visa necessary and how to obtain them, book for them
accommodation in the country they are going to, advise and recommend
insurances, help them if they have difficulty while overseas, either
at a host or elsewhere, communicate with the host concerned at such
times, and if necessary with their family back in Japan, and more. If
you the host have any problems with WWOOFers we help go to your
place, we are always available to support. We take our work very
seriously and always strive to do the very best we can for WWOOFers
and hosts, especially in times of difficulty. We are a home based
small business, a husband and wife team, Glenn and Kiyoko, with the
support of a few good part time helpers.
* Some sometimes asked questions and answers to them.
Q1. Is it right that you charge Japanese people to help them go
WWOOFing to some countries?
A1. We give all people the option of buying the WWOOF Handbook
themselves for the country they are going to, either by directing
them to the relative WWOOF organization, or in the case of Australia,
Canada, and New Zealand, we are agents for their Handbooks. In the
case of the latter, we offer Handbooks at approximately the same
price it is sold for by the home country (plus or less a small amount
depending on the currency exchange rate at the time). We also offer a
support service for people who want it. So, those people who ask us
to support them do so knowing that they can do-it-themselves more
cheaply, but instead elect to pay more and have us support them.
Q2. If the Japanese person can't arrange a host for themselves, do
they have the language and wherewithal to go WWOOFing?
A2. Sometimes, the reasons people elect to have support from us is
because of time limitations, or lack of experience and confidence,
and the like, and not necessarily because they doubt their own
ability to communicate with English speaking people well. They often
seek support in getting the first stage of their WWOOFIng arranged,
so that they can arrive in the country they are going to
concrete plans, after which they will do it themselves. Some it seems
decide to pay us for support simply because they can afford to do so
and want to spend the money to have the first leg of their WWOOF
travels organized for them. Some people can in practice end up
demonstrating a poor ability to communicate with hosts. Such a result
can be a combination of circumstances relating to both the WWOOFer
and the host. Some people have poor language ability but good
interpersonal skills and do very well; some better than average
English language ability but poor interpersonal skills but have a
hard time communicating. We do our best to tell all WWOOFers that
they must be able to communicate with hosts in order to be able to
comprehend the instructions hosts give them and do the work the hosts
wants them to do. We make clear to WWOOFers the "spirit of WWOOFing"
and that they will have to take the initiative and work to bring
value to the hosts they visit.
Q3. Should you be doing this for WWOOFers? Isn't WWOOFIng all about
the individual WWOOFer making his or her WWOOFIng plans?
A3. Some Japanese people appreciate being helped to find the first
host they are to go to upon their arrival in the country they are
going to. This can be the case even for Japanese people who have some
reasonable English, who have traveled and have some experience. For
people who are used to WWOOFers from a European background, this can
be hard to understand. Some Japanese people do-it-themselves and
others elect to be supported. We give them the option to do either.
+++ If a host does not want to receive these kinds of request from
us, we welcome them telling us so, and we will work to not send them
again. Conversely, if a hosts does want to receive WWOOFers via us at
WWOOF Japan, we ask them to tell us and we can work to support them
with the kind of people they prefer to have at their place.