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Volunteering

Volunteering

If you'd like to travel with the event as a volunteer, the team would like to welcome you!

Volunteer picThe event relies on its volunteers and seeks a mix of experience and new blood, therefore there will always be new volunteer positions available each event.

Volunteering for the World Solar Challenge is not like volunteering for any other event. You will be away from home for an extended period and, at times, may not be provided with the most comfortable accommodation or your favourite food. It is however a great adventure and you will not only make new friends, but will take home many stories and a lifetime of memories.

There are also roles to be filled in Adelaide and of course the regional centres through which we pass. Whilst these do not call for the same commitment in terms of your time, they are important, valuable and rewarding roles.

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

Volunteer Registration for the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is now closed, however, if you would like to register your interest for 2019 please send us an email to: volunteers@worldsolarchallenge.org

 

ABOUT THE VOLUNTEER ROLES

Event Observer – Darwin to Adelaide

Estimated time commitment - 10 days

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

Estimated time commitment - 10 days

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.