If you or someone you know is looking for an inexpensive volunteer abroad adventure, check out WWOOF.
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) http://www.wwoof.org/ publishes a diverse list of organic farms seeking extra help during peak harvest seasons. WWOOF volunteers do not pay for their stay and hosts do not pay volunteers for help. Volunteers select a host and arrange a stay with the farm host family who provide accommodation and food for volunteers.
Length of stay time varies and typically volunteers work four hours a day with time for field trips and taking in the culture. Best to check on the nature of the accommodation (tent, trailer, private room) and check as to number of meals provided each day. Be clear on type of physical work required, i.e. match stamina and labor ability expectations.
Real hands-on experience and cultural exchange. Ooh, Ooh, can I please drive the tractor?
Photo source: More photos of ‘strikeael’s’ summer farm experience in Japan can be found at Flickr