Enjoy A Unique WWOOF – Willing Worker On Organic Farm – Farm Volunteer Experience Here In Northern Philippines
Your hosts David & Carol
Welcome To Our Organic Farm And Developing Education Centre!
Come and WWOOF with us and help out on a causal basis for a week or more on our organic farm and enjoy a unique natural living volunteer work experience while being part of our family and getting to experience real local rural natural farm living here in La Union, Northern Luzon.
We’re 1.5 km from the Ocean and an easy single bus ride from Manila (3½ hours by car) and en-route to Sagada caves and the Banaue Rice Terraces and just one hour from Baguio City. We love meeting new people and sharing our lifestyle. Everyone who comes and volunteers loves the experience of real rural living here in the Philippines.
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View Of Happy House Organic Farm From The Air
We were very lucky a year or so ago when we had a quadcopter enthusiast visit our organic farm and stay with us for two weeks. I think our neighbours thought the military had moved in next door with the drone of the engines each afternoon has he flew his ‘bird’ high above the farm. Watch the video to see our organic farm from the air.
Organic Farm Luzon Philippines WWOOF
We have space for around 10 guests at a time in the Happy House, Sky Hut and the Little Happy House guest spaces.
- Guests pay just 600 pesos per person per night (around 12 USD) which covers a contribution for all food, accommodation and bedding
- We only ask support to create meals and after meal clean up, the rest of the time you can help out as you please
- Shared sleeping space – max 6 people – we have a private room and a nature hut for a little more each night
- We have a minimum stay of 7 nights so we can get to know you
- If you want to come for less time book with our organic farmstay option via AirBNB.
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Sharings From Some Of Our Previous WWOOF Guests
It was a really enjoyable stay. I loved the planting, nature, the beach close by, and all the natural nature walks. Carol, I will miss your healthy food!Mila (Russia)
In the few days I have been here - just over one week - I have never ever lived such a simple and healthy lifestyle as I ahve at the Happy House. I loved being more remote and away from Manila but it was great how easy it was to get to the farm - just a short ride bus ride from Manila. I loved the Happy House Family 🙂Rachelle (Quezon City)
We receive a lot of great comments, some of them are posted on our home page. Here’s a recent one from Yvonne :
Hello David, Carol, and Kyra! Stayed only for a week and a half and I have never lived such a healthy lifestyle (mind and body). Thanks to you guys, I was able to do construction activities I never would have been able to in Canada. I’m so glad you gave me the opportunity to help out with a brand new project that I saw from start to finish. As mention before my favorite part about your farm, was that there were always people at your farm making it very lively and everybody I met (including in Sison) were extremely friendly and made me feel so welcomed. I definitely enjoyed my stay and I left this farm with new perspective of things. I’m going to try my best to live the healthy lifestyle your family has inspired. Good luck with your future projects!
Yvonne, Toronto Canada
Located Enroute To Sagada Caves And Banaue Rice Terraces Just 15 Mins Walk To The Beach
We are perfectly located en-route to both Banaue Rice Terraces and the Sagada Caves. From our Happy House Organic farm you go to Baguio just 1.5 hours away and then on to first Sagada Caves, then if you want, the Banaue Rice Terraces. From Manila we are at a perfect break point being 6 hrs bus ride (4 hours express) north of Manila. From Baguio you have around another 7 hour hour trip to the caves and then another 2 hours further on for the rice terraces.
Volunteer Accommodation Options
SHARED SPACE with max 6 people
The ‘Happy House’ is a shared self-contained space with a large 30 m sq sleeping room. Outside the bedroom is a cool and relaxing space open to nature accommodating the dinning area, hang-out space and kitchen. Three composting toilets are outside.
PRIVATE SPACE for 2 people
The ‘Little Happy House’ is a private room around 13 sq m with a private entrance and fully screened windows and 2 outside composting toilets. Guests can also hang-out in the large ‘Happy House’ open-to-nature volunteer space with our other guests and relax in comfort. NOTE: We have the Sky Hut as well – great for 2 or 3 people – but the details have not been added to the site yet – just built.
WWOOF Work Exchange Value Received
Often it can be hard to understand the value of things when you have never visited a country before because you do not have any experience of local prices, quality of service and value so most people convert direct cost into their own currency but this does not help you understand the local economy and the travel costs you will incur. In the Philippines accommodation and good food is very expensive relative to the economy because of transportation, import costs and the lack of availability of cheap finance for building. Here are some relative comparison prices (as at Feb 2016):
- Backpackers in dorm room in Manila ₱550
- Cheap hotel room in Manila for 2 people ₱1800
- Backpackers in dorm room in Baguio ₱480
- Cheap hotel room in Baguio for 2 people ₱1400
- A regular pizza in Manila ₱600
- A regular pizza in Baguio ₱450
- A Kg of Bananas ₱40
- A good meal in a simple restaurant in Manila ₱300
- An organic meal in Manila ₱600
And there is more …
When you visit a regular tourist place the value is often surface but our WWOOF guests have loved their deeper experiences here and many have been deeply touched by them while learning lots of new things. And because the Happy House Farm is integrated very well into the local community all our guests get directly exposed to the richness of real rural living. In addition to the direct value you receive, because we are developing this farm into a life-enhancing education centre there is so much more to learn about: natural health, healthy eating, sustainable lifestyles, organic farming etc, and for the more business and philosophically minded folks David has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share ranging from business creation to emotional energy management and effective use of intuitive faculties. David has created and co-created nine businesses in five different industries in five different countries over 18 years. He is most proud of B1G1 or Buy1Give1 which he helped to co-create and now supports thousands of people in need all around the globe. You may be interested in checking it out.
WWOOF Next Steps
Once you know your estimated arrival dates complete your details on our online form.
The busiest times of the year are mid October to mid April so it’s best to book well in advance during those months. You should normally receive a reply within 12 hours but if you have not heard from us after 24 hours do contact us direct : email@example.com seeing your email may have been spam filtered.
Recent WWOOF Blog Posts
Back in February we were showcased on ABS-CBN News Green Living program. It was the middle of the dry season then at a time when we get no rain for 5 to 6 months. Right now we are coming to the end of the wet season so it's planing time for when we can grow things...
I had a lovely stay with Carol, David and Kyra at the Happy House Farm - It's a great place in the countryside where you can really get to know everyone and the local way of life. Life at the farm is simple and laid back, you can...
A nice 2 min watch 🙂
¬† We need your vote on which is the funniest statement ! 🙂 ¬†Ha Ha...
Start of a great week.¬†We had a great week digging out the compost then the ground soil from the Little Happy House new guest room. I started on my own and then decided I wanted to have more fun and get some help.So I asked 'super man' Walter, our next door neighbour...
I got snap-happy today and took some pics of the local area and some of the local kids just down the road from the farm. Here is the Facebook Album: Organic Farm Philippines Photos. The children near the farm are SO joyful. I have spent a few weeks chatting with them...
We have had a great week - super productive and even had time for the beach at San Fabian. We can see the sea from our farm, it's about 3 km away but by road it takes 30 minutes seeing we have to drive the long way around. We enjoyed resting and collecting some...
Volunteer On An Organic Farm in Philippines – Work Exchange
Organic Farm Volunteer Philippines
Volunteering or doing work exchange in the Philippines can be an excellent travel choice and if you enjoy organics, the environment or nature, then spending time helping out on an organic farm is an excellent and healthy experience.
The Philippines has so much to offer for travellers and with it being connected by super-priced budget flights from Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Hong Kong, it’s an easy and cheap place to reach.
Despite some of the bad press the Philippines has had over the years regarding security issues, the real number of incidents are small, and you are very unlikely to every have an incident. Filipinos are in the very vast majority honest, super-caring and very helpful. Bring a westerner and having lived in the Philippines for five years now, I can say it is one of the most amazing countries in the world to live in and I have never personally experienced any major incidents.
Volunteering And Visa’s
On arrival most Western nationalities can receive a 30 day visitor visa on arrival. You can apply in advance of your arrival at an overseas Philippine embassy but check their website (www.immigration.gov.ph |immigration.gov.ph/index.php/faqs/travel-req) and if you are travelling on a passport that gives you 30 days on arrival, it may be a waste of time, energy and money to get a visa in advance unless you want to stay for more than 30 days. If you are eligible to receive a 30 day visa on arrival you can extend the visa by another 30 days (with fee) at the immigration desk – before they stamp you in. You can also extend your visa before it expires at any Department of Immigration office. It’s best to avoid Manila seeing it’s a very busy office. Baguio takes one hour to get an extension.You will need an outbound ticket though to obtain a visa in advance or even to get on the plane – they are VERY strict about this so do not turn up at the airport expecting to bypass this! Once you arrive though you will never be asked to show your ticket again.
To get around this issue if you don’t know your exist date then just book the cheapest one way outbound flight with any of the budget airlines for 6 months or longer after you arrive. There are no issues having an outbound flight beyond your visa date because it is easy to extend your visa after arrival.
Philippine Volunteer Work Exchange
While not every organic farm can offer free work-exchange volunteer programmes most only charge a very nominal fee to cover basic food costs. Unlike in developed nations good quality food and accommodation costs a lot here in the Philippines comparative to other local expenses and local living standards. White rice and pulses are quite cheap but are a little boring for the Western palate eaten day-in-day-out. And while Filipinos are super happy to eat white rice for every meal including breakfast, Western people usually do not take to this easily desiring good quality bread, eggs or cereals for breakfast.
Being strongly Western focused we receive regular comments from our paying guest about the meals at our organic farm here in Luzon in northern Philippines. Everyone loves the food and can help out with the cooking at the same time as enjoying the final meals. We cook only with seasonal vegetables from both our organic farm and our neighbors farms topped up with some vegetables from the local market, supplemented with yummy local fish. We don’t eat other animals or chicken here seeing we prefer a more natural and light-feeling diet. In fact we are starting to notice the natural weight loss that our guests experience and the increase in vibrancy of their skin tone as they strengthen and clean their bodies in a natural and easy way.
At the Happy House Farm we receive guests from around the globe. Our guests volunteer with us because we offer a unique experience in a simple but superb environment. We are a small family run organic farm with our main focus being whole-life education.
If you are a WWOOF member you will find us on the list at wwoof.ph. WWOOF while in it’s infancy here in the Philippines, is a great global organisation to support.
HelpX Work Exchange In The Philippines
If you are a HelpX member you will find us on their list of organic farms work exchange hosts. We have had many paying guests come to us through HelpX.
WorkAway Overseas Work Exchange Opportunities
WorkAway is one of the largest work exchange networks with most of our paying work exchange volunteer guests coming from here. We update our work exchange volunteer listing regularly.
An old but loverly video.
Life right now at the Happy House Farm is very simple which has been very appealing to our previous guests. We offer a local and international touch with a warm twist of enlightening education.
Why Volunteer On An Organic Farm In The Philippines
If you come from a developed nation visiting the Philippines will be an eye opening experience, and hopefully a heart opening one too, that is sure to enhance your life. The facilities that are often taken for granted in developing nations such as running water, sewage treatment, waste disposal, community and medical care are not common place in the Philippines.
In the smaller towns and in rural areas water is often a challenge and each household is responsible for their own water supply, sewage and waste disposal. Non-the-less the people are happy! This is a great gift to experience. Western people often get upset at the smallest of things while Philippine people rarely get upset about anything – they accept life as it comes and choose to be happy.
Once you get out of the ‘mess’ of Manila you can find so many great experiences. Manila is just a big and ugly city with nothing to offer except traffic and pollution unless you want to scratch around in the underbelly of things for a little while. It is best to exit Manila as quickly as possible and head into the country side. Rural Philippines is a special place to hang out. It is here that you will find the great smiles, the laughing children, the cheerful housewives and the chatty farm workers.
In the Philippines right now organic farming is still something quite new – after all most farmers live a subsistence life with little room for luxuries. Organics is quite a luxury here because of the time it takes to learn and implement. Fortunately organics is on the increase because there are increasing cost benefits because fertilizer and seed companies charge more each year for their ‘magic’ powders and seed. And also the ‘magic’ has worn off many farmers now who find they make little profit from their crops. Additionally the government is starting to sponsor more education projects.
The key benefit to volunteering or doing work exchange on an organic farm in the Philippines is the people you will meet and the experience of the local farming community.
Organic Farm FAQ
Do check out our FAQ page which details a lot of the information you may require.
Come and visit us soon! Also check out our archived photo history showing some of our previous organic farm volunteers in action.