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All Year: yes
Area (ha): 1/4 acre
Persons: 1
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 29828
Region: Western Australia

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Last Updated: August 16, 2014

Jigalong is home to a Martu indigenous community on the fringe of the Western Desert, two hours east of Newman in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The population of Jigalong is approximately 400 and primarily Martu. Aaron works for an organisation based in Newman that runs a Martu ranger team out of Jigalong. Aaron is the coordinator for this team and spends regular periods of time away from Jigalong working on the Martu Native Title Determination area. We have a 1 year old baby named Vedini. Helen is a full time mother and part time Distance Education Uni student. Our house in Jigalong is a 1/4 acre block and we are in the process of establishing an organic produce system. We need someone who can work as both a gardener and nanny. Work will be a maximum of 25 hrs a week generally Monday to Friday though flexibility will be a requirement. We will provide a furnished bedroom and all meals.

Jobs will include
1. Caring for Vedini while Helen studies
2. Working in the Garden
3. Driving to Newman (car provided) to shop
4. Helping with household chores (cooking and cleaning)

Please bear in mind that Jigalong is considered a remote living indigenous community and therefore there are minimal services available. Jigalong has a health clinic with full time nurses and a doctor (specialised health professionals visit Jigalong on a regular basis, usually once a month). There is a shop, school, swimming pool and police station and that is it. Newman is a normal regional town with standard shops and services

Anyone wishing to come here must be respectful of the Martu culture. Jigalong is a dry community and it is illegal to bring alcohol in. It is important that interested people be willing to participate in the community outside of our house and duties. Opportunity exists to be involved in the numerous programs provided by external agencies that operate within Jigalong as well as within the services based in Jigalong e.g. the clinic and school. As well as very much appreciating the help around the house we will help where appropriate in your participation options within the community. Helen is also a qualified organic gardener and has worked as a gardening teacher and landscape designer. She has many valuable skills to teach in a hands on approach within our garden. There are many skills to be learnt from your stay with us. There are a number of important factors to consider in deciding if this opportunity is right for you.

1. Living in an isolated area.
2. Living within the Martu culture.
3. Living very basically e.g. with minimal options of provided entertainment or services.

Living in Jigalong with the Martu is a challenging but immensely rewarding experience. We ask people to consider carefully the opportunities and challenges.

Due to the nature of our lifestyle and the logistical effort required to live in Jigalong we seek someone who is prepared to stay for a minimum of 6 weeks but longer still (up to 3 months) is preferable

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