What does Volunteers Service mean?
The Volunteers Service is essential
for the success of the activities scheduled within the
2007 Sibiu European Cultural Capital Program. It is
meant to provide those interested in participating in
the SECC 2007 Program with training opportunities and
advantages. The Volunteers Service has 3 components:
- International volunteers service,
in partnership with Luxembourg through EVS (European
Voluntary Service). This component provides Romanian
volunteers with the opportunity to go to Luxembourg
for a period of 7 up to 12 months. In addition, 10 international
volunteers from outside Romania will come to Sibiu for
a maximum of 4 months, as a result of the partnership
that will be signed by the ANT (National Authority for
Youth) through the Sibiu County Youth Department and
the SECC 2007 Association;
- Volunteers for the SECC 2007 Association. Volunteers
selected based on submitted applications will be directly
involved in all the projects of the Association, in
a wide range of activities: event assistants, animation,
office management, translation/interpretation, technical
assistance, logistical assistance, tourism, photography,
public relations, guiding, youth programs, moderators,
- Volunteers for the projects within the Sibiu ECC 2007
Program. The Volunteers Service will create a volunteer
database which will include the coordinates of volunteers
and of the project managers that have required for their
participation through the Project Verification Form.
SECC 2007 Volunteers Service will facilitate contact
between volunteers and cultural operators.
How can I be part of the Volunteers Service?
- First, go to www.sibiu2007.ro, under
the Association 2007 menu, where you find the downloadable
application form. Fill it in and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org,
or mail to the following address: 16 Piata Mica, Sibiu,
Attn: Lavinia Alexe – Volunteers Coordinators;
- If you cannot download the application form, it will
be available at several institutions in Sibiu, beginning
with October 1st, 2006. The names of the institutions
will be posted at www.sibiu2007.ro and they will be
in the media before October 1st, 2006;
- Or call +40-269/ 231 411. Contact person: Lavinia
Alexe – Volunteers Coordinator.
Selected volunteers will be contacted by the volunteers
coordinator and they will be informed on the training
period and on the project they will work on.
What are the advantages of volunteering?
There are several reasons for which
those who are interested in the Program usually apply.
Benefits include: - The opportunity to take part in
all the events of the Sibiu 2007 Program;
- Training sessions;
- Experience for a better job;
- Learning new things and acquiring skills;
- Becoming familiar with various operational systems
and organizational structures;
- Membership in a prestigious organisation;
- Testing a new career;
- Having the chance to give what you have received from
others in return;
- Exposure to new cultural areas;
- Spending time in a way that is useful for you and
for the community you live in;
- Personal development and new contacts you will use
in your future activities/career;
- A volunteer certificate can influence the score in
emplyment competitions if two or more candidates applied
for the same position (according to Art. 17 fo the modification
and completionf of the Volunteers Act no. 195/2001).
I have never been a volunteer - does this matter?
We do NOT consider it a disadvantage!
We encourage first-time volunteers and we appreciate
their interest in the Sibiu European Cultural Capital
2007 Program. You will be trained so that you feel prepared
in your first role. Volunteers work in teams and, during
the first days in the job, you will be accompanied by
an experienced person. Volunteering should be a fun
experience, based on the skills of each and every volunteer,
and we will do our best to ensure that your time with
us is as rewarding as possible.
Does age matter?
Age is not important. What is important,
though, is the enthusiasm, the desire to get involved
in the changing process of your community and your interest
in working in a team where collaboration and dialogue
are essential in creating high standard events. We encourage
all age categories, including retired persons, to apply
for the Volunteers Service.
What support will I be given as a volunteer?
Volunteers with various backgrounds
will come to the Program Sibiu CCE 2007. We will make
sure that each volunteer is properly trained in the
area in which they will perform. All volunteers are
also required to attend an event briefing prior to the
specific training period. If you have any specific needs,
please inform the Volunteers Service Coordinator and
we will do our best to make sure that your training
is as fulfilling as possible.
Will I be paid?
not be paid for their services. The definition of volunteers,
as adopted by the National Council for Volunteering,
stated that “volunteering is an activity done
out of one’s own initiative, by any natural person
for the benefit of others, without receiving financial
rewards”. Depending on the case and on the time
allotted as volunteer, you will have lunch and refreshments.
You will be provided with a uniform bearing the SECC
2007 logo. Occasionally, there will be other (non-financial)
rewards, such as tickets to events, participation in
special meetings, etc.
Can I claim benefits while volunteering?
course you can. The relationship between volunteers
and the organization they are involved in are clearly
stated in the Volunteers Act no. 195/2001. in addition,
for updated details and information on volunteer rights
and obligations, you can access www.voluntariat.ro.
These can also be found in the contract each volunteer
will sign with the Sibiu ECC 2007 Association.
9. What is expected of me?
Volunteer roles vary for each event.
We can provide you with several examples, but the area
is much wider and you will be familiarized with it during
the selection process:
- Meet-and-greeters (airport, train
station, accommodation etc.);
- Administrative volunteers;
- Children projects coordinators;
- Technical assistance;
- Backstage/artists assistance;
- Venue setting;
- Assistance during performances/events;
- Load in – load out;
- Poster and promotional materials distribution;
- Ticketing assistance;
- Graphic artists / Make-up artists;
- IT Staff assistance;
- Web site assistance;
- Medical services.
It is important to try out several roles
and inform the Volunteers Service Coordinator on what
is of interest to you.
How long do I need to volunteer?
This is up to you. You can volunteer
for an hour, a day, a weekend or longer - it depends
on your availability and the requirements of the particular
activity you are involved in. It goes without saying
that the shorter your time allotted to volunteering,
the more difficult it is for us to try and find a project
that suits you. Please keep us abreast of your availability
so that we can keep you informed on appropriate opportunities
as they arise. Even if you work full-time, there will
be plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in
the Sibiu ECC 2007 Program.
I do not live in Sibiu; can I still be a volunteer for
Sibiu 2007 ECC?
We encourage volunteers from outside
Sibiu, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able
to fully reimburse travel and accommodation expenses,
although we will strive to do this. Please do not hesitate
to contact us as there may be alternative ways for you
to engage in the program.
What if I am a volunteer from outside Romania?
We encourage cultural exchange and mobility,
as they are essential for the Sibiu 2007 ECC Program.
Thus, if you are a volunteer from outside Romania, please
download the English Volunteers Application Form that
you can find on www.sibiu2007.ro
and send it at email@example.com,
and the volunteers coordinator will contact you as soon
as possible. The volunteering period is 4-month long
(May, June, July, August 2007) with possible changes
volunteers will be informed of in advance. Meals, accommodation,
pocket money and transport will be covered by Sibiu