Perth is home to some of the most natural, untouched beaches in the country — the locals are always fighting to keep their beaches free from commercial exploit! It’s something that this city is proud of, which is why most of the volunteering opportunities are centered around wildlife rehabilitation and conservation. From the pretty marine life of Ningaloo Reef to the wild Australian outback, you could have the opportunity to learn about, help, and immerse yourself in the true blue Australian landscape (and yes, that means plenty of kangaroos and camels). Read on to see how YOU can volunteer abroad in Perth.
Popular Ways to Volunteer in Perth
Even though volunteering opportunities in Perth are full of in wildlife rehabilitation and conservation initiatives, you can also help out in other areas. There are many reasons why you could travel to this beautiful city!
Popular causes and projects in Perth. If you love the outdoors and wildlife, whether animals or plants, then there are plenty of opportunities for you. Popular choices are wildlife and conservation and research on the marine life and promoting eco-tourism in Ningaloo Reef and Coral bay, in the northern end of Western Australia, and other regional areas. Alternatively, you could also volunteer in the city of Perth itself by protecting wildlife in the Swan river, wetlands, coastal areas, and Perth Zoo.
Short term volunteer programs in Perth. Programs as short as one to two weeks are available and can be a great way to get a taste of what life is like. Although you will no doubt learn a great deal about your work, keep in mind that Perth is the capital of a huge state (the biggest state in Australia!) and one week may not be enough. It is definitely recommended to consider longer programs, especially if you need to fly a long way to get to the continent.
Long term volunteer projects in Perth. Long term volunteering opportunities as long as six months exist. Travelling in Western Australia generally can take a long time due to the large size but relatively low population density (it takes three days to drive from Perth to Broome!), so some extra time will come in handy. The only problem is that you may return to your home speaking fluent Aussie slang and sporting a carefree attitude.
Life in Perth for Volunteers
After your day of volunteering abroad in Perth, there are all kinds of ways to relax while enjoying the local culture, too. If you love the outdoors, then get excited - you can hike in the bushlands, cycle around Rottnest Island (and say hello the quokkas while you’re there too!) or play cricket next to the ocean! The locals grow up being water babies, (don’t let the sharks scare you, we’ve got flags to tell you where to swim!) and love to do stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, surfing...or any other physical way of being in the water you can think of.
If you ever manage to get bored of that - there’s so much more! With your new found Aussie friends or fellow volunteers you can have a picnic along the Swan River, a BBQ and some ice cold beers in your friends backyard, or simply meet for some wine and cheese to reflect on your experiences and take in the amazing weather and views. West Aussies are as laid back as they come, so you won’t even need to worry about dressing up -- just throw on a pair of thongs (this means flip flops in Oz, so no need to get grossed out!), some comfortable clothes and let the fun begin.
GoAbroad Insider Tips
Here are a few insider tips for when you have free time:
- Aussie Rules (also known as AFL or footy) is a different flavor of football unique to the country — to be enjoyed with friends, a beer and a meat pie.
- Volunteering in developed countries means that you have a lot of options in terms of accommodation, food and creature comforts but this doesn’t mean that you will make less of an impact! Assistance is always needed; in fact, many agencies rely on solely volunteers like you.
- Australia’s indigenous people have the oldest history in the world, and there are many regional communities still practicing the traditional indigenous way of life. Get to know the nearest community, called the Noongar people, as you volunteer abroad in Perth.
- The long coastline of Western Australia means that you don’t have to settle for busy beaches — you can have your own slice of paradise to yourself if you are willing to explore!
There is a saying in Australia to “slip, slop, slap.” Slip on a t-shirt, slop on some sunscreen, and slap on a hat. It’s time to volunteer in Perth — get in touch with nature, schedule your life around the beach, and simply enjoy a laid back culture as you give back to a cause you believe in.
For more information, read our comprehensive guide on volunteering abroad in Australia.