Several reasons may explain this. Hosts can be very busy, they receive numerous demands and do their best to answer everyone as soon as possible. Note that sending "generic" messages with few details to multiple hosts or having an incomplete profile can also affect your chances of getting an answer.
Here are some useful tips when communicating with hosts:
- We recommend contacting at least five hosts to get one positive response. This is especially true if you plan on WWOOFing during the summer or if you plan your trip less than a month in advance.
- New hosts are often less popular than veterans, so you'll be more likely to get a last minute WWOOFing with them.
- Make sure your first exchange with the host is personal and friendly, showing that you have read their profile carefully. Give details about yourself, why you like WWOOFing, and why you chose them. We strongly advise against sending generic "copy and paste" messages to the hosts as they will notice it in and probably won't answer you.
- We insert a link to your profile WWOOFer in each message sent to hosts. They will be more likely to respond if your profile is complete and up to date.
- If you do not have an answer after several days, send a second message or give them a call. Your persistence will show the host that you are really interested in their farm.
- If nothing happens, contact us with the name(s) of the hosts who did not answer.