Expo 2023 Doha organisers reveal more details about volunteering opportunities
Expo 2023 Doha, the biggest horticultural exhibition the country and the Middle East has ever seen, is inching ever closer.
The six-month exhibition, set to run from October 2 to March 28, 2024, at Al Bidda Park, has already created a lot of buzz. Its recent announcement, to recruit thousands of volunteers for the mega event, had brought about a lot of excitement.
More details about volunteer requirements, eligibility and the recruitment process have now emerged. The official Expo 2023 Doha website said it would recruit 2,200 volunteers for the event. Volunteers will work at the expo on a regular basis, throughout the event, discharging multiple duties.
While both Qatari citizens and residents can apply to be a volunteer, the registration process is yet to start and the formal dates will be announced soon.
Applicants should be at least 18 years old by September 1, 2023. A person can volunteer for seven to eight days per month, for six months. They should complete at least 45 shifts, with one shift lasting six to eight hours, depending on the role.
Overseas applicants will also be considered, provided they are self-funded, are eligible to stay in Qatar for six months and can obtain an appropriate visa. Visa, travel and accommodation for overseas applicants will not be provided by Expo 2023.
While all volunteering roles are unpaid, each volunteer will receive a unique volunteer uniform, access to volunteer-only events, a certificate of appreciation and other exclusive benefits. Public transport (metro) within Doha, meals and refreshments will be provided during shifts. Even first-timers are encouraged to apply for volunteering roles.
The ability to communicate effectively in English to provide people with clear information and instructions is a must. After on-site training, a volunteer will perform various tasks to ensure the best experience for visitors, participants, and media.
While volunteers don’t need professional skills, they may not get a role which matches their jobs. “Your biggest assets are a can-do attitude, being a good listener and the ability to help people patiently and courteously,” read the notice on the Expo 2023 Doha website.
While volunteers can select and manage their own shifts, they will be most busy in the evenings and weekends.
Volunteers may be assigned different duties including accreditation, ceremonies, ticketing, events, cultural experience, health and safety, language services, media and broadcasting, participants’ operations, protocol services, visitors experience and workforce.
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