Now Hiring: Official Guides for Folkmoot 2015!

It may be the ultimate way to fully experience all that is Folkmoot – to serve as an official guide for the visiting dance troupes!

Folkmoot is now hiring: official guides for the Folkmoot USA 2015!

It’s a paid position for the two weeks of the festival – July 16-26. Guides act as liaisons and helpers – 24 hours a day – for the visiting dancers, shepherding them all the way through their joyous visit to our Western Carolina mountains.

Being a Folkmoot USA guide is truly the international cultural experience of a lifetime. During the two-week festival in July, a guide stays with their assigned performance group 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Guides help groups get to performances, find things they need, help plan late-night parties that they host, plan and accompany groups on sightseeing trips and work to be first in line to help them with other needs. Guides also act as stage managers, emcees and souvenir salespersons at some performances.

(Editor’s Note: Top image on this post courtesy of Vicki Lynn Passmore @ The Memory Archive and lower image courtesy of F.C. Etier @ Etier Zenfolio.)

It is an intense two weeks, serving as a Folkmoot Guide, that are very rewarding. Some veteran guides say that it’s the hardest job you’ll ever love. Many guides began with Folkmoot near the end of their high school career and continued through college. Some older guides take vacation from their year-round jobs just to work at Folkmoot.

The guide team, totaling about 20, is led and supervised by a director. Guides will be trained in all aspects of their job during a workshop that will be held in July prior to the festival. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, be available to attend the training workshop, and be available to work from July 16 to July 26.

Folkmoot USA dancers
Folkmoot dancers. Image courtesy of F.C. Etier at

If you are interested in being a Folkmoot USA guide, please read through the formal Job Description below. There are a number of ways to apply. You can from right here fill out an online application (scroll to the bottom of the page for the Folkmoot Guide application). You may also drop by the Folkmoot Friendship Center, 112 Virginia Avenue, Waynesville (the Historic Hazelwood School) and pick up an application. Or you can request an application form via email from Doug Garrett, Folkmoot volunteer & employment coordinator, through our contact form here.

Folkmoot Guide Job Description

Folkmoot guides serve as ambassadors of Folkmoot USA to visiting folk music and dance performance groups during the annual 2 week festival held in July. Guides are provided with a stipend and provided with room and board at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Hazelwood, NC, during the festival and act as hosts/liaisons to the group members 24 hours per day for the duration of the with group directors and Folkmoot staff members to ensure group’s compliance with Folkmoot rules, performance schedules, transportation schedules, meal schedules and other festival requirements
assist groups in planning and executing one evening of entertainment for other festival participants
assist groups in planning sightseeing and other activities during non-performance time
act as stage manager for some performances
act as emcee for some performances
sell Folkmoot souvenirs at some performances-work with Folkmoot paid and volunteer staff to execute all festival activities in a professional manner

Must be 18 years or older
Must be available for work 24 hours a day July 17 to July 28
Must be available for 2011 training session July 11, 5 pm – July 12, 1:00 pm
Foreign language skills helpful but not required.

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Folkmoot dancers. Image courtesy of Vicki Lynn Passmore @