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While her classmates went off to college, this John Bapst grad spent a year farming in Europe — Bangor Metro — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

While many of her classmates from John Bapst Memorial High School were packing suitcases and boxes for college last summer, Olivia Johnson, now 19 years old, was packing for a different adventure: a gap year in Europe volunteering with the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (or WWOOF) organization.

WWOOF is a nonprofit that pairs volunteers with farmers and growers from all over the world who need a helping hand. In exchange, these volunteers are given housing and meals as well as a cultural and educational experience unlike any other.

“The first farm I went to…

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