25. How much ahead of travelling should I begin contacting hosts?

We suggest allowing at least a month to make arrangements; if hosts are busy it can sometimes take a while for them to reply. If you want to volunteer over the summer - especially August - we advise you to make arrangements as far ahead as possible, as a lot of hosts fill up at this time. If you're emailing, make sure you include the word WWOOF in the subject heading and your five-digit membership number in the body of the text.