When is Wanderlust?
• Wanderlust In The City Auckland Sunday March 23rd 2014
The volunteer period starts the day before the festival and runs through the day after. You’ll have a chance to let us know which shifts you are available for when you fill out your application.
What is the time commitment?
Each volunteer will be required to work 1 volunteer shift. Shifts are usually 5-6 hours long. We also request that you promote the festival by sharing information with your social networks, and telling your community about us.
Can I choose which shifts I work?
We’ll give you the opportunity to provide us with your preferences for shift work, but we can’t guarantee that you’ll get your first choice. We plan to have the shifts scheduled in advance so that you can make arrangements to be available.
When will I hear whether I've been accepted as a volunteer?
We will begin letting volunteers know that they've been selected as soon as possible. You'll then receive your specific schedule of duties about a month before the festival. If you need to make travel arrangements sooner than that, please only tell us which shifts you are sure you will be able to work.
How are volunteers selected?
We select volunteers based on a number of criteria, including availability, skills, interest, enthusiasm, and experience. Please fill out the attached form as completely and concisely as possible so that we are able to assign you to the positions we feel you are best suited for
Is there an age requirement?
Yes, you must be at least 18 years old to volunteer.
How many volunteer positions are there?
We plan on accepting around 100 volunteers for this festival.
What do I get for volunteering?
In addition to getting to see the workings of a premiere festival, you’ll have time at the event with no volunteer commitments so that you can take full advantage of the festival. You will receive one free premiere class. The timing of your free class is at our discretion as it needs to work in with what shift you have been assigned.
Is there an application fee?
Yes, there is a $12 non-refundable application fee to submit and process your application. Additionally, we require that you keep a credit card number on file with us until the completion of the festival. If you neglect to fulfill your scheduled volunteer duties, then your card will be charged $125, which is the approximate cost of the music and yoga tickets provided to you. To date, we've never had to charge anyone -- and let's keep it that way! We know that emergencies do arise and we will do our best to work with you – just please be in touch with the volunteer coordinator so that we can make sure all our shifts are covered.
What are the volunteer roles?
Our volunteers fill a wide variety of roles. You may be assigned to the same team for all of your shifts, or you may find that each of your shifts has you working in a new role. Here is a sampling of what our volunteers do:
The yoga program is a crux of our festival. We may have up to 6 yoga spaces, each hosting a new yoga session every couple of hours throughout the day. We need a host of volunteers to help check people in to the class, encourage students to leave their shoes and bags to the side, line up students so that we can get as many people in to the classes as possible, help hand out give aways from our sponsors, and otherwise make sure that things are in order. These shifts tend to be very busy during class transitions and then relatively quiet while the class is taking place.
Set Up/Tear Down:
We build out giant tents and domes for our yoga and music spaces. Volunteers on these teams will primarily do a lot of heavy lifting to put the yoga floors together before the festival and pull them apart afterward. These shifts may also include other activities involving setting up or tearing down.
Wanderlust provides water dispensers in all yoga spaces as well as in other selected locations so that participants can refill their own water bottles rather than buy plastic bottles throughout the festival. A small team of elite volunteers is entrusted with the water cart and makes runs throughout the festival to pick up empty bottles from the dispensers, provide full bottles to the dispenser, and refill the empty ones that have been retrieved.
Wanderlust aims towards being a “zero-waste” event. Greeners help keep the space clean and educate festival attendees about what items are recyclable or compostable and what has to go into landfill.
Our volunteers staff an Information Booth, answering questions for anyone who wanders by.
Volunteer Office: Several volunteers work with the volunteer coordination team to help check in volunteers, staff them out to the proper locations, and respond to requests from staff leads. A limited number of shifts are also available in advance of the festival, helping to make sure that all volunteers are registered for their yoga classes and generally doing other administrative details.
As a floater, you fill in wherever you are needed. It’s like the secret grab bag of shifts.
Several volunteers will support our artist relations team with anything they need. This might mean checking in artists. This might mean carrying bags of ice from one trailer to another one.
Yoga Production Office:
Volunteers with a calm demeanor and great office skills may be assigned to support the Yoga Production Office and Yoga Teachers’ green room.
This is the center of it all. You’ll do anything that needs to get done in production—from taking out the trash to data entry and everything in between.
Special Event Staffing:
Wanderlust In The City involves more than physical yoga practice and music. We have guest speakers, wine tasting, and a marketplace. Volunteers help maintain the line, check people in, and answer questions about the event.
For our teeny yogis and yoginis, these classes provide attendees kid’s a specialised yoga experience. In this spot, you’ll get to hang out with the kids, answer parent questions and assist the kid’s yoga teacher.
You’ll work to get all our vendors set up and pulled down, answering questions and giving directions.
Box Office/Scheduling Desk:
You're the front line, wristbanding/accreditation and helping people get a hold of their schedule if they've forgotten which classes they've signed up for.
The festival is constantly evolving, so we get plenty of requests as we get closer to the event. Volunteers may be called upon to help out with all sorts of things.