Do you want to volunteer for an opportunity of a lifetime?!
Volunteer with Let's Do it Galway and welcome the Volvo Ocean Race to Galway!
When: Anytime you can give during the Grand Finale from 30th June to the 8th July 2012.
Where: Galway city centre and Salthill
What is it?
Volvo is a premier world-wide sporting event, which involves volunteers on many different levels (so you don’t need to be sporty!). The Volvo Ocean Race is the world's premier yacht race for professional racing crews. This is the 11th running of this ocean marathon series since it began life in 1973 as the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race and is one of the world's toughest sporting events.
people visited the Race Village during the Galway stopover in the last
edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. 10,000 people lined the harbour walls
at 3am on the morning of 24th May 2009 to welcome the Volvo Ocean Race
fleet into Ireland, culminating in record crowds of almost 200,000 for
the In Port and Pro Am Race. Now it's back!
most exciting Festival Event the Volvo Ocean Race Grand Finale is set
to enthral the city of Galway again from the 30th June to the 8th July
2012. The Volvo Ocean Race fleet will arrive in from Lorient to Galway
on the 3rd July 2012 to the biggest festival in Ireland, that will
embrace all cultures from each of the race stopovers. The Volvo Ocean
Race Grand Finale 2011-2012 will be an 8 day festival of marine, sport,
culture and arts, entertainment and food. Galway will extend the
festival to include the Global Village across the harbour which will add
to the entertainment and hospitality focus of the Race Village with a
networking, exhibition and conference area for the business to business
sector. The Galway Global Village will feature shows, exhibitions,
entertainment and an unprecedented Grand Finale to the Volvo Ocean Race
2011-2012. The In-Port race is on the 7th July, after which the winner
of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 will be declared.
Why Should I Get Involved?
Volunteers will be key to the success of the Galway closing event and are the ‘face' of the event to visitors at the Race Village. Prominent throughout, they will be the central point of information and ensure the village is friendly, safe and accessible for all. Volunteers will be integral to the positive impact of this event which places Galway and Ireland centre stage to a two billion global audience. Volunteers will experience an international sporting event first-hand, build new skills and, most importantly have fun!
There are many exciting
on-water and on-shore opportunities available to Volunteers during the Galway
Stopover, where people will be assigned to information points, the media centre,
race management, spectator services, and many other exciting events taking place
throughout the race village. There is also a schools programme so you can help
give tours of the Race village for primary school
This is an event of
International Standard for which we plan to deliver a volunteer programme to the
same level. To this end Volunteers will be required to undergo specific
training, which will introduce volunteers to a ‘day in the life' of the event,
their team, and their specific role in the event. All volunteers will be
required to attend at least two sessions, depending on the role to which they
• All volunteers working a full
shift will be entitled to a meal voucher
• There will be an awards system in
place for volunteers who complete all elements of the training programme and all
shifts assigned during the stopover- win free stuff!
• Free!! Access to
events being held during the festival
• The official Galway Stopover
Volunteer T-Shirt (unique to the volunteer
How to Get
Complete the application form here. Attend one of the Volunteer Information Sessions being held in the coming weeks:
Tuesday 24th April 2012, Mairtin O Tnuthail Theatre, Arts Millenium Building, NUI Galway, University Road Galway at 2pm, 5pm and 7pm
Thursday 26th April 2012, Meyrick Hotel, Eyre Square, Galway at 6:00pm
Tuesday 1st May 2012, Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit, Galway at 6:00pm
Thursday 3rd May 2012, Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill, Galway at 6:00pm
Thursday 10th May 2012, Harbour Hotel, The Docks, Galway at 6pm
Thursday 24th May 2012, Mairtin O Tnuthail Theatre, Arts Millenium Building, NUI Galway, University Road Galway at 2pm and 6pm