Green or rural tourism. What to visit in Ukraine?
Tired of staying in the city? We've found a solution for you that helps people around the world to escape to nature. We explain how it works in Ukraine.
Rural or green tourism is a fairly young direction in Ukraine. Although Google gives out a million options when you request "Rural Tourism" offering to rent a house in the countryside, real green tourism seems to be a slightly different concept.
Such tourism is also called rural, ethnographic, gastronomic, or agritourism; the name of the variety depends on the type of activity. It is assumed that a city dweller comes to the village and performs a certain amount of rural work, for instance, harvesting crops, and in return receiving housing and food. In addition, there's also a program: hiking in the forest for berries and mushrooms, fishing, holding holidays in a traditional style, getting to know local customs, food, and drinks, and more.
This type of interaction between farmers and tourists is organized in many world countries through the WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) program, which has existed for 50 years and includes farms from all over the world. In total, 130 countries, 12 thousand farms, and about 100 thousand tourists have already tried their hand at agriculture.
The advantage of green tourism through this system is that the tourist receives a guarantee of safety; all farms that are part of WWOOF must comply with certain categories, for instance, be organic, not use pesticides in production. This is a great way to travel economically because being a WWOOF member, you can get a visa to the country of departure for several months or even years, and you won't have to pay for room and board.