Overview

Volunteering for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is without doubt a great adventure and a memorable experience. You are certain to make new friends and take home many stories and a lifetime of memories.

The event relies on its volunteers and aims to create a memorable and rewarding experience for each volunteer.  However, volunteering for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is not like volunteering for any other event.

As a volunteer you can expect to be away from home for an extended period of time and at times, may not be provided with the most comfortable accommodation or favourite food.

Volunteering for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge requires commitment, professionalism and, in many cases, diplomacy.

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge travels from Darwin to Adelaide, 3000kms across Australia.  Volunteers are required to resource a variety of roles, each requiring a different set of skills.

You are likely to find yourself travelling with teams from Darwin to Adelaide, logging their on-road activities until you make camp, sleeping under the Milky Way which lights up the Australian sky. You are guaranteed to enjoy numerous cultural experiences, as the team become your hosts and you travel and make camp with them.

  • If you are passionate about encouraging our youth to innovate, to achieve and to enjoy great adventures you’ll leave greatly inspired that our next generation of brilliant thinkers are out there.
  • If you have an interest in new technologies, the environment and bringing about change, you will leave the event fully engaged with many new skills.
  • If you are open to new experiences, love camping and enjoy diversity of food then you’ll be rewarded with an enormous list of experiences, which are unique to the World Solar Challenge.  One night, in your swag you may camp by the side of the Stuart Highway with a team from the Netherlands, enjoying their take on an Australian BBQ.  The next night you may be with a team from Asia who has opted for easy-to-prepare food from their homeland.

With emphasis on the remote nature of this event, the following information provides an outline of the various roles available and the skill sets required. 

ABOUT THE VOLUNTEER ROLES

Event Observer – Darwin to Adelaide

6 to 15 October 2017

As an Observer you are seated in the team’s escort vehicle, recording their activities as they progress from Darwin to Adelaide. During the 3000km journey you will be changed between teams. Each night you’ll make camp, with the teams sharing their food and facilities, which can vary greatly between teams.  On arrival in Adelaide you’re required to debrief with the Event Director.

Skill Sets:

  • Attention to detail and able to record the required information clearly                      
  • Ability to record information whilst travelling in a moving vehicle
  • Able to manage delicate situations with clarity and diplomacy
  • Willing to be a voice of reason to curb potentially inappropriate behavior

Personal Attributes:

  • Embrace travelling with a diverse mix of cultures
  • Enjoy travelling with minimal comforts and able to make the most of any situation

 

Control Stop Roles - Various Locations

6 to 15 October 2017

The Event has nine control stops between Darwin and Adelaide.  In 2017 these may include Katherine, Dunmurra, Tennant Creek, Ti Tree, Alice Springs, Kulgera, Coober Pedy, Glendambo and Port Augusta.

All teams must stop at each control stop for 30 minutes. During this time control stop staff log each team’s arrival and departure times, manage and direct team questions relating to penalties and protests, are in communication with Event Command and Control and manage volunteer transfers amongst many other tasks.

Skill Sets:

  • Highly organised and able to establish a conducive working environment.
  • Able to communicate with international teams for whom English is not their primary language.
  • Confidence in managing and processing intense discussions surrounding The Event regulations, protests and penalties.

Personal Attributes:

  • Comfortable working in outdoor environments that can be extremely hot, windy and dirty.
  • Able to remain calm, and create calmness during intense conversations.
  • Confident working with modern day technology – computers / scanners / remote WIFI

 

General Volunteer - Various Roles & Locations

Many hands make light work! There are lots of other roles across all event locations in which we require volunteers, from static scrutineering in Darwin to the Official City of Adelaide Finish Line in Victoria Square. We can be semi flexible regarding people's availabilities so if you're keen to be involved but not available for the whole event period, don't discount yourself completely - we may have a role for you anyway!

Skill Sets:

  • Organised and able to establish a conducive working environment.
  • Able to communicate with international teams for whom English is not their primary language

Personal Attributes:

  • Comfortable working in outdoor environments that can be extremely hot, windy and dirty.
  • Able to remain calm, and create calmness during intense conversations.
  • Confident working with modern day technology – computers / scanners / remote WIFI

 

To further illustrate how rewarding volunteering for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge can be read some of our Volunteer Stories.

If, after reading this, you are still interested in being considered for a volunteer role with the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, the first step is to register your details.

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By submitting your entry form you agree that you understand that the Event Organisers are under no obligation to contact you further or offer you any volunteer position for any reason and you understand that if you are contacted further and/or offered a volunteer position that you will receive no financial compensation for your time in said volunteer work. You assert that the information you have provided above is truthful and accurate as much as you can determine and you have made no effort to deceive or mislead with said information.