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The Coolest Places to Volunteer in Perth

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by Shannon Meyerkort (subscribe)
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Published August 26th 2012
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Do you love your job? I mean love your job?

If you could choose your dream job, what would it be? Watching TV all day long? Being a treasure hunter? Hanging out at the ballet? Watching classic movies?

Love makes the world go round

Don't dream it any longer, because these are all real jobs – voluntary ones anyway. Yes, even the treasure hunter.

Volunteering WA is an organisation that aims to build stronger communities by matching volunteers with jobs, both temporary and long term, and you'd be surprised at some of the voluntary positions on offer.

Some of the current roles include:

Being a television previewer (4164)

Working backstage at the ballet (5245)

How about being a Window Transparency Technician (I think they mean window cleaner) (6160)

Being a treasure hunter (5026)

Fancy yourself as a Freo Tourist guide? (6423)

Do you love Vintage trains (6608) and vintage airplanes (7014)? Maybe you can help clean them.

How about volunteering to be an ushers for popular theatre company, the Tivoli (7039)

Know heaps about music? Help sort a large CD/LP collection (7321)

There is even an opening for a volunteer ghost (7854) or perhaps you'd be better as a ghost walk sound effects technician (7856)

It doesn't matter if you knit, make films, manicure nails, assemble tents or play music – there is a voluntary job begging for your skills.

Get online and find yourself a voluntary job

Want to think bigger?

How about Scitech? If you are 16 years or older, Scitech is looking for people with a love of science and who are good communicators to join their team of Sciguides explaining science to the general public (put that on your CV!)

Kings Park needs volunteers who are passionate about plants, conservation and people. You can elect to help with gardens, bushlands, educating kids, or maintaining the Honour avenues. Alternatively, you may want to help out with their regular events such as the native plant sales or September Kings Park Festival.

To volunteer at the Perth Zoo you must be 18 years or older, a good communicator and physically fit. Perhaps in case you get chased by a lion. Or a pack of school kids. The Zoo needs people who can commit to one day a fortnight, but if you would prefer to volunteer on a short term basis, don't fret – I have something for you too.

The Royal Show is ten days of awesomeness in September/October and volunteers are needed in a range of positions [check out my article].

Perhaps you're a little more old school – Telethon is the ultimate volunteer program. Held in November, you can opt to be in the phone room (and have the chance to be on TV or meet someone famous. Is Justin Beiber coming this year?) or perhaps you'd rather sell programs at the Legends cricket match, shake tins at the Skyworks or help out at the Mega Bingo.

Get your sneakers on for the City to Surf

If you like something a little more active (or perhaps are looking for an excuse not to don a pair of runners), why not volunteer your time for the Activ City to Surf. It's just a few hours, and you can help out being a road marshall or with the timing.

Perhaps you would prefer to help those who are sick and in need. Volunteers at hospitals such as Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital can man the information desk, trundle the tea trolley, hang out at the transit lounge, drive Charlie's Chariot or work in the breast cancer clinic.

Cook a meal for the families at Ronald McDonald House

If you have a passion for cooking, or maybe you only know how to boil water, why don't you grab a group of friends and make a meal for the families staying at Ronald McDonald House. This is short term volunteering at its best.

Maybe you have read this far and are thinking 'I'm a kid and I want to help'. You'd be right in thinking that most voluntary positions are for adults, but the First Aid volunteers have both adult and child divisions, and you can help out at events from weekend sports, the Skyshow and Royal Show as well as crisis situations like flood and fire. Might have to ask your mum first though.

Whatever your skills and talents, whether you only have one hour available or a day a week, whether you love chatting with people or prefer being alone archiving old papers, there is a voluntary position out there for you. You won't get paid, but in many cases you will receive training, and in all positions you will win new friends and a warm fuzzy feeling from helping in your community.
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Why? Because love makes the world go round
When: Whenever you can
Where: In your community
Cost: Just a bit of you spare time
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what a great article .... I only ever thought of the traditional volunteering roles such as helping the aged/disabled ....!
by tracy (score: 1|48) 2812 days ago
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