Kimba Grey Nomad Program
Kimba, South Australia
2019 Best Grey Nomad
Volunteer Program or Project
"We are writing to thank you and your beautiful country town for giving us the opportunity to immerse ourselves into your community through the Grey Nomads Volunteer Program. We were treated like family. Not only did we get to experience living in a small country town, we were taken on farm visits and tours of the region, treated like a local at the sports club, met so many wonderful generous people, and at all times felt valued for the work we did."
This is what just one couple who have participated in this unique initiative said. It is a win:win - a win for grey nomads and a win for the small farming town of Kimba along South Australia's famous Eyre Highway.
Travellers can pull up their wagon at the town's Recreation Reserve and hitch up to free power and enjoy free showers for one week in return for at least two days of volunteer work in and around Kimba. The result is a well maintained town full of proud locals who shower volunteering grey nomads with gratitude and make sure they become a member of the extended "Kimba family".
This is an initiative of Kimba Community Development Group and you do not need any specific skill or knowledge to participate, other than to know to head to the Kimba Visitor Information Centre to get the ball rolling.
What could you be spending your days doing? In 2018 and 2019 many volunteers lent a hand at the Kimba Historical Museum, taking on projects that included refurbishing, restoring and maintaining machines, entering historical data, maintaining the grounds and cleaning the Old Store, Pioneer House, One Teacher School or one of the other interactive exhibits. Other volunteers worked alongside locals to re-oil street furniture, re-lacquer town entrance walls or assisted the Kimba Agricultural Show Society by sharing their carpentry or painting talents in the lead up to the annual September show.
Location: Ask at the Visitor Information Centre, West Terrace.
Facilities: The volunteer program relies on Kimba Community Development Group members, themselves volunteers, to meet and greet travellers. In return for labour, volunteers receive a lot of love plus free power and coins for showers for a week. The Kimba Recreation Reserve is suitable for all types of vehicles and is per friendly.
Experiences: The possibilities are almost endless. Restore vintage machinery, make a museum exhibit shine., bring the town entrance signs back to their former glory, help the Show Society prepare for their big annual event., refurbish street furniture., catalogue museum exhibit details and so many more possibilities. However, the most amazing experience is one in which all volunteers share - the experience of getting to know the people in an amazing outback Aussie community while contributing to make their lives happier.