Volunteering for Kids

May 15, 2012

We are fortunate to have over 1,000 volunteers who help put the Festival together. Some of our key volunteers are interns who work in our office prior to the festival who assist with marketing,
volunteer and box office assistance. Most come from overseas (from Germany to Japan) and fill the office with youthful energy and a wonderful array of languages. Our marketing intern, Allison, did a
Q&A with a few of her colleagues where she found out what they do as well as some of their hidden talents.

 

Liesje

 

How long have you been with the festival and what do you do here?

About three months. I assist with volunteer coordination.

 

Where are you from and why did you choose to work for the festival?

I?m from Belgium. I was a Belgium Fest intern, and wanted to have experience in a good festival overseas.

 

What?s the best thing you like to do in your job?

Connecting with volunteers in person during our meetings.

 

What do you do for fun in your spare time?

Go to the theatre, swim, travel, and hang out with my friends.

 

What?s the most unusual thing you know how to do?

I can make a weird sound with my jaw.

 

What artistic talent you posses? What other talent do you wish you posses?

Act, play piano, but would love to learn to sing.

 

Have you been to a children?s festival in Belgium?

Yes, when I was an intern for the children’s festival in Belgium.

 

Describe the atmosphere at the Festival office. 

I love it! It’s hectic but exciting.

 

Maiko  

How long have you been with the festival and what exactly do you do here?

Since January. I do the box office invoices, update school information, processing on the web.

 

Where are you from and why did you choose to work for the festival?

I?m from Japan. My school coordinator recommended me to have a good experience in planning and coordinating events.

 

What?s the best thing about your job?

Working with other people, the environment

 

What do you do for fun in your spare time?

Karaoke.

 

What?s the most unusual thing you know how to do?

Making weird noises all the time.

 

What artistic talent you posses? What other talent do you wish you posses?

Dancing ballroom and would like to play guitar.

Have you been to a children?s festival in Japan?

Yes, a farm children’s festival.

 

Describe the atmosphere working at the Festival office.

I like the people, they are outgoing and sincere.

 

Philipp

 

How long have you been with the festival and what do you do here?

One month. I assist with the box office, school administration, and will be the head host of the schools.

 

Where are you from and why did you choose to work for the festival?

I?m from Hamburg, Germany. I got an offer from the school. I like to organize things and work with children.

 

What?s the best thing you like to do in your job?

It is never boring.

 

What do you do for fun in your spare time?

Sports, running, gym, and volleyball.

 

What?s the most unusual thing you know how to do?

I can empty a can of beer in one gulp. I make a turkey noise with my cheeks and mouth.

 

What artistic talent you posses? What other talent do you wish you posses?

Party decoration, and I would love to play guitar.

 

Have you been to a children?s festival back in Germany?

No, but went to a music festival in Germany.

 

Describe the atmosphere working at the Festival office.

It’s a friendly and communicative office with lots of nice people.

 

Mikio

 

How long have you been with the festival and what do you do here?

Three weeks. I?m in charge of volunteers? shifts time & dates, organization of volunteer teams shifts

 

Where are you from and why did you choose to work for the festival?

From Japan. I like the idea of non-profit organizations because they give back to the society.

 

What?s the best thing you like to do in your job?

Like the idea of storytelling.

 

What do you do for fun in your spare time?

I make music and play guitar.

 

What?s the most unusual thing you know how to do?

I can move my scapula like a wing.

 

What artistic talent you posses? What other talent do you wish you posses?

I play guitar, draw and would like to sing

 

Have you been to a children?s festival in Japan?

No.

 

Describe the atmosphere at the Festival office? 

The people are nice. There are lots of interns who are friendly and professional.

 

Allison

 

How long have you been with the festival and what do you do here?

A month. I help the marketing director with flyer distribution, blog writing & social media

 

Where are you from and why did you choose to work for the festival?

I?m from Peru. I always wanted to work in a big festival and the experience of being part of it. I want to see my daughter?s face when she sees what I helped to do.

 

What?s the best thing about your job?

Talking to people and being active.

 

What do you do for fun in your spare time?

Go out for walks or just visit places and breath outdoors.

What?s the most unusual thing you know how to do?

Peruvian Folk dancing,

 

What artistic talent you posses? What other talent do you wish you posses?

Dancing, drawing but would love to sing and learn to write a novel.

 

Have you been to a children?s festival in Peru?

Yes, but it was more like a concert for kids.

 

Describe the atmosphere at the Festival office.

I like the idea of having lots of interns and staff making this festival a reality. The people are nice and friendly. As we get closer to the festival, the excitment is building!

2 comments:

  1. I am a student of Sprott Shaw College. I am studying ECE. I like to be a volunteer at the festival . I can speak mandarin. I have free time after class around 2pm Monday to Friday.

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