Nobody has received any dogs.
Sorry, man. I really haven't been around much otherwise I would have replied much earlier.
Ok, let's see. Hmm. My friend and his boss came to Perth last weekend and it turns out I'm a terrible tour guide. I had no idea where to take them and couldn't really talk up the place.
I've re-written this a few times because I've sounded far too negative about these types of working holiday things when I probably shouldn't be. Maybe they're great. I don't know.
Here are my first thoughts on seeing those websites and descriptions:
* The community radio is actually based north of Perth near Quinns Rocks and Two Rocks? Two Rocks is pretty much the epitome of butt-fork nowhere. I went fishing there once and there were landmines or bombs in the beach and angry seals.. But it
looks like it's in Joondalup which is still a bit out of the CBD, but still civilized. Oh and they drive you there and back, so that's ok. Probably best that it's not available during December stroke January as you would probably melt.
* I can pretty much promise you that no one in the entire area has heard of that radio station, but that shouldn't really weigh into your decision, I suppose.
* ECU is probably rated #3 out of the 4 major Universities in the area.. (sorry everyone I know who went there). Once again, not very important.
* I have run into heaps of English and Irish people over here. I sit near a Welsh temp. A lot of English tend to stay in the backpacker hostels around the city and travel to Cottesloe Beach, perv on the women and get drunk.
* Perth is regularly called "Dullsville". Quite frankly, I don't like it all that much and I'd rather move back to Melbourne. Compared to the cities on the East Coast we have a lot less going on culturally and entertainment-wise. Desert-wise we're on a winner and we have lots of coastline, so plenty of beach. Sunny and laid-back. No real smog.. They just recently allowed shops to be open after 6pm.
* If you want to go to Melbourne or Sydney from Perth, it's quite a distance and, therefore, expensive. Flights between the major Eastern cities are very cheap, though.
* If you're going to work in hospitality in Perth you'll meet a lot of boofheads and men coming in from the mines on weekends who get drunk and angry.
* I don't know about those farm stay things. Five days is not enough to learn how to ride a horse and crack whips and whatnot. Also, brumbies
* If this had happened about 5 years ago I probably would have invited you to stay with me and cut a drunken swathe across the face of the continent, but I have grown old and childful. Still, if it does all come together for you, you'd be most welcome to call on me. So yeah, even if it all falls apart, you would never have to sleep on the streets or be forced to sell your body for food.
Anyway, sounds like you need a change in direction. Radio might be good, but I really think you should write. Just keep writing. Stories, anecdotes, articles, blogs, whatever. Many of us enjoy reading your words and it may lead you somewhere.
Ok, it's late and I really need some sleep. Sorry if I wasn't much help. I think it really would be a "suck it and see" (for lack of a better saying) situation. How much you enjoy it would depend on the people you're with, the place you stay, the job itself.. all wildly variable.