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Volunteer opportunity: Goulburn Agricultural Show 2022

Live in and help out for 12 days at Goulburn Agricultural and Horticultural Society annual show.  

Join a team of 6 volunteers from Sat 26th February – Thurs 10th March 2022

Participation: $75 (covers food, accommodation, insurance, camp leader, sightseeing).  

Host: Goulburn Agricultural, Pastoral and Horticultural Society began in 1880. They organise the Goulburn Show each year, showcasing the very best of agricultural produce, local creative talents, school artwork and related activities. Goulburn Show is one of the largest community events in the region. www.goulburnshow.com.au

Volunteer work: For the volunteers it will be fun and rewarding to work with local community-minded people. The Show will take place on 5th and 6th March 2022. You will work behind the scenes and help put the Goulburn Show together, set up infrastructure for the show and pack away afterwards. The work will be approximately 7 hours per day with tasks as required, mostly physical with some moderate lifting. The work is quite physically demanding so please do not apply unless you are happy to work and take initiative. Together with local volunteers, the work will include erecting tables, setting up displays, fencing, laying carpets, packing and unpacking, raking up straw in the animal enclosures and more.  During the two days of the Show you will help for a few hours, on a rotating roster, to run an information stall for IVP. 

Study theme:  There will be a short workshop on peace at the personal and community level. 

Cultural activities: You will have free tickets to the Show. You will learn about agricultural issues, in particular wool growing which has an important place in the history of Australia and Goulburn. There will be a whole day sightseeing trip, possibly to Canberra, and time after work for local sightseeing / shopping.  Local IVP volunteers will assist with transport and sight-seeing where possible. You will meet local people and may be invited to visit farms and there will be opportunities to see local wildlife and a variety of farm animals.  

Accommodation: The team will live together in a small building at the showground. Stretchers, mattresses, sheets, pillows and blankets will be supplied. There will be a roster for shopping, cooking and cleaning. Toilets, showers and a washing machine are in the building. The town centre is a 20-minute walk away and there you can find supermarkets, post office, cinema, nature walks and a swimming pool.

Arrival and departure: Nearest international airports are Sydney and Canberra, from there it would be train or bus to and from Goulburn Railway Station, which is conveniently located in the centre of town. Detailed information about train times will be given closer to the start of the workcamp (in case of change of timetable). Please aim to arrive in the afternoon of 25th February 2022. On arrival there will be a group welcome and orientation to get to know Goulburn, the project and your hosts. There will be a walk around the grounds to familiarise you with the surroundings. Work will start from Monday 28th March and will finish on Tuesday 8th March. The next day Wednesday 9th March there will be an evaluation, excursion and farewell barbeque with the local volunteers. Thursday 10th March is the final day, time to wind down, pack up, you can plan to leave any time on this day that suits you.

What to bring: Wide brimmed sun hat, closed work shoes/boots and appropriate work clothes. The weather can be very changeable, one moment very hot and the next, a cold snap, so bring clothes for all climates, including possible rain. We will have some emergency clothes in case you can’t carry clothes for all possibilities.  We will also have sunscreen and you must wear it as the sun in Australia is ferocious and you can develop preconditions for skin cancer with 10 mins exposure in the middle of the day.

Requirement: You will be working with children during the camp, therefore the Australian authorities require you to have a Working With Children Check. Please, apply for that online here, prior to arriving in Goulburn. Keep your application number, because you will have to report that on arrival.

To apply, contact IVPplacements@ivp.org.au

Project Coordinator:  Rita Warleigh rita.warleigh@gmail.com

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