Get inside Folkmoot as a volunteer or guide!

It’s the best seat in the house when you get inside Folkmoot as a volunteer or guide!

We’re accepting applications now for Folkmoot USA Festival 2015 as volunteers and guides and if you’ve ever wanted to see the inner-Folkmoot: behind the scenes, backstage, traveling with the dance troupes, intense cultural education – this is the way!

Folkmoot USA — North Carolina’s Official International Festival — depends on hundreds of volunteers to successfully produce the ten-day folk dance festival. This year, Folkmoot is seeking volunteers for the Parade of NationsInternational Day, in-office and cafeteria support, guides and souvenir vendors.

The 2015 festival begins on July 16 and closes on July 26, 2015. The full schedule is available here.

To apply as a volunteer or a guide (small stipends are paid to guides), contact Volunteer & Employment Coordinator Doug Garrett through our online contact form here or submit an application, which you can find here. To purchase tickets for Folkmoot events, contact the ticket office at 828-452-2997.

Folkmoot USA Festival - Mexican DancersNeeded volunteer positions include:

Volunteers for the Parade of Nations — the parade takes place beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 17, in downtown Waynesville. Volunteers will be asked to keep parade watchers off the streets and on the sidewalks, direct parade participants, and pass out schedules and brochures for upcoming performances.

Volunteers for International Festival Day — International Day is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, on Main Street in downtown Waynesville. Volunteers are needed to transport, set up and takedown tables, chairs, and Folkmoot merchandise. Volunteers will also serve in the information booth and will be asked to assist international performers.

Volunteers for the cafeteria will assist with any of the four meals given to performers each day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 11 p.m. snack). Volunteers will also help clean after meals and do cafeteria chores with supervision from cafeteria staff.

Volunteers for office support are needed after 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. to answer phones and take over-the-phone ticket orders.

Volunteers for souvenir sales will help sell Folkmoot merchandise onsite and at each performance venue.

A call for guides.

Each international group attending Folkmoot will have one male and one female guide over the ages of 18 years old. The guide’s duty is to act as a liaison between the performers and the Folkmoot organization, accompanying the groups to all scheduled venues and helping plan fun events during the group’s free time. The job is a 24/7 commitment, requiring guides to stay with their group for the duration of the 10-day festival. A small stipend is given to each guide.


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