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Volunteers for Kangaroo Orphanage in Coober Pedy, South Australia

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  • Last activity: 10 May 2024



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    We have dedicated our lives to saving / helping Australian wildlife. Our home is full of Australian animals - mainly kangaroos and birds with the occasional wombat, echidna, lizard or emus. All the animals have been rescued and either have injuries or are babies whose mothers have been killed.

    We also have a large Aboriginal art gallery (with art, didgeridoos and artefacts) / opal shop / display underground opal mine and museum as well as the Kangaroo Orphanage in the main street of Coober Pedy, the OPAL capital of the world. Free didgeridoo lessons.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You need to have a good sense of humour and be prepared to live with baby kangaroos jumping around the house!

    This is an unique opportunity to live in one of the most interesting towns in the world, learn about opal (Australia's national gemstone), learn about Aboriginal art and heritage plus learn for free to play the didgeridoo.

    Share a home with 2 true Australian characters.

    Lots of laughs and great food.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help



    We are in need of help to carry out some general maintenance work, mainly in the kangaroo yards and some help washing walls and cupboards in the house ready for painting. If you can use a paint brush that would be handy as we have painting that needs doing as well.

    You must be prepared to stay for a minimum of 8 days.

    If you can help and have an eye for detail please contact us.

    Please advise your current location and tell us your previous work history; paid or voluntary work here in Australia or your home country.


    We are always looking for help with a variety of tasks - DIY, cleaning the yard, some light construction work, fencing, gardening, painting, helping out in the gallery, household tasks and/or general housekeeping. Being able to operate power tools, do some concreting or tiling and tasks without supervision will be considered a big asset. There is always something that needs doing around the place.

    Your hours vary according to the weather, averaging approximately 5 hours per day with plenty of time off to explore Coober Pedy.

    We have a property in the Flinders Ranges that we are renovating/fencing when we can and there may be an opportunity to work explore there as well.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You will share our home, including all meals. Sorry - NO VEGANS or VEGETARIANS. Your sleeping quarters will be an air-conditioned caravan which is basic but private with a queen size bed.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Plenty of time off to explore Coober Pedy and search for your own opals.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 596932877798

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