Who can become a Volunteer?
Criteria and Roles
Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer for World Meeting of Families 2018. Be ready to have fun and be part of a memorable occasion!
Applicants to become a volunteer must fulfil the following criteria:
- Be a resident of the island of Ireland at the time of application.
- Be over 18 years of age as of 1st January 2018; or between the ages of 16 & 18 if volunteering in a group with ratio of at least one adult to ten young people. (There is no upper age limit.)
- Be sensitive and respectful of our Catholic ethos.
- Be fluent in English – all training and management instructions will be in English.
- Be aware that WMOF2018 is unable to provide accommodation for volunteers and is not in a position to reimburse travel costs to events or training.
- Be aware we will supply you with a volunteer uniform that you may keep as a souvenir.
- Be aware you will be given a lunch pack during your volunteering shifts.
- Must apply for Garda vetting as part of the application process in line with the procedure laid down.
- Be available to volunteer for a minimum of two (2) to four (4) consecutive days between 18th and 29th August 2018 or for one (1) day on the 26th August 2018. (Shifts will last up to 8 hours and you will be given adequate rest time).
- Be available for three (3) mandatory training sessions, starting before the end of 2017. The training sessions will be on Saturdays and will last 3 to 5 hours. They will cover Induction, Job and Venue Specific Training. Advance notice will be given of dates.
- Be able to provide the names and contact details (i.e. address, email, telephone number) for two referees in a position to give a character reference. These referees could be a friend, family member, employer, Parish Priest, landlord etc.
- Be able to provide the name and contact details (i.e. address, email, telephone number) for a Next of Kin in the event of any emergency arising when the volunteer is on duty with WMOF2018.
Please note our registration is handled online. If you do not have access to email or a computer, please ask family members or friends for access to their computer and for assistance with the volunteer application process. Alternatively, you can access a computer and support in your local citizens information office or local library.
Be aware that being a volunteer does not mean you will get to participate in the WMOF2018 programme for days you are not scheduled to volunteer. You can register separately for attendance through the programme.
Credit Photo: Des McMahon
We need a diverse mix of people with various skills and experiences to ensure the success of this event. Whatever your reasons or your focus, we know your skills and experience can help us and we would welcome your support in helping us create a successful, historic and joyous event.
WMOF2018 volunteers will be assigned from a wide variety of roles to match their skills and experience. Tasks may include supporting information and welcome centres, transport hubs and event services at the major WMOF2018 venues. Most volunteer roles will be WMOF2018-time specific i.e. 21st to 26th August 2017. However, we also have opportunities to volunteer pre and post WMOF2018.
Working Teams that will require volunteers to assist them in a variety of volunteer roles during the event are:
- Event Services Team will assist with the smooth running of a specific area. This will be the largest team and will include activities such as ushers and stewards.
- Hospitality/Meet and Greet Services Team will welcome everyone to the WMOF2018 and will ensure that pilgrims have the information they need at hand.
- Information Services Team will assist in the delivery of information to pilgrims and WMOF2018 functional areas.
- Logistical Services Team will facilitate the smooth running of the WMOF2018 venues.
- Marketing Team: content production for the WMOF2018 website, blog and digital platforms.
- Media Services Team will generate positive coverage of the WMOF2018 and bring the excitement to the rest of the world. The team will also produce timely, accurate and engaging content for the website.
- Medical Services Team will be responsible for providing medical care to all pilgrims involved in the WMOF2018. Medical staff will be on hand to deliver medical support or treatment.
- Pastoral and Liturgical Services Team will assist with the planning, implementation and administration of the pastoral and liturgical parts of the WMOF2018.
- Translation Services Team (Written and Spoken) will assist with translations for various texts or help facilitate pilgrims from different language groups.
- Transportation Team will ensure pilgrims and guests get to where they need to be, safely and on time. Drivers must be over 21 and have a full clean Irish driver’s licence. Drivers must be five years free of any drink/drug driving offences.
- Volunteer Services Team will assist with the planning and administration for several thousand Volunteers that will make the WMOF2018 happen.
If you are not offered a role in your preferred team do not be too disappointed, we promise you’ll have a fantastic time whichever volunteer team you are in! It is important to remember that being a volunteer means you may not get to partake in the WMOF2018 programme itself, because you may be involved in operational activities, which though essential to the event, are not always at the heart of the action.