- What are the steps involved in the volunteering process?
After filling out the application form on the website, individuals are shortlisted and contacted for a group interview session. If selected, roles and departments are assigned by the volunteer coordinator and communicated via email. Volunteers are then required to attend a training session. Some departments will have two sessions – one in December and another right before JLF. Once training is complete, the team leader assigns duties and the hard work (and fun) begins.
- Why should I apply?
Volunteering boosts a person’s profile. The volunteers at JLF are exposed to a wide array of people ranging from the speakers to festival organisers to fellow volunteers who come from different backgrounds. It also provides an opportunity to understand the logistics behind putting together a festival the size and scale of JLF.
- Where will the interviews take place?
The interviews take place in Jaipur. Details on the exact venue, date and time will be provided closer to the time of the Festival.
- Can people from outside India also volunteer?
Yes, we accept applicants from across the globe. The interviews will be carried out over Skype. However, if chosen, the volunteer will have to take care of their own travel, visa, local transport and accommodation, medical and travel insurance. They will have to be present for all festival training and orientation.
- Will I get to choose my department ?
The volunteers will be assigned departments on the basis of their interviews at the discretion of the organisers and this will not be changed unless required. Please note that certain volunteer roles are outside the main festival venue ( Diggi Palace) such as the Transport Desk, which is located at the airport and festival hotels.
- I have no past volunteering experience. Will this affect my application?
No, this will not affect your application. We recruit volunteers both with and without experience as long as you impress us with why you want to volunteer, any skills or attributes that would be beneficial and what you’re looking to gain from the experience.
- Do I need specific qualifications?
There is no specific formal qualification required in order to volunteer. We are looking for highly motivated individuals who like working in a challenging and dynamic environment. However, if for example you are a Media/Communications student and keen to work as a Press Volunteer, then highlight this during your interview and why you would be suitable.
- I have applied to volunteer but have not been invited to an interview session. What should I do?
Due to the large amount of volunteer applications we receive, it may take some time to process them. If you haven’t heard from us yet (don’t forget to check your junk mail inbox too!) please be patient. We will get in touch as soon as we can. The applications are received on a first come-first served basis and hence applying closer to the deadline could result in your application not being processed. If you do not hear from us by the end of December, it should be assumed that your application has not been selected.
Please keep in mind that a large number of applications do not meet our requirements/expectations and are rejected. Please read the roles and responsibilities carefully before applying.
- How many volunteers are recruited?
We recruit 300 volunteers that work across 26 departments.
- Will I be asked to upload my CV during the registration process?
No, you will only be required to fill out an appliction form. Please make sure you read through it before submitting.
- What is the age limit to apply?
Only applicants above the age of 18 will be accepted. Any applicant that has not turned 18 years old on or before December 31, 2016 will not be considered. There is no restriction on a maximum age limit though working on a festival such as JLF requires a lot of running around and some heavy lifting so volunteers are expected to be reasonably fit.
- Do I need to know any local language for volunteering?
It is preferred that volunteers be fluent in English and/or Hindi. Knowledge of an additional language, Indian or international, is a bonus.
- Is there an application fee?
No, you just need to complete the online application form in order to apply.
- Will I get a letter of appointment or a separate letter for my college authorities to show that I am volunteering for the festival?
No, the department/role confirmation email sent to you from Teamwork Arts will serve as a formal confirmation of your volunteer application. Please note that any requests to make exceptions on this account will not be entertained. The certificate provided after the completion of your volunteering period will be proof of the activity undertaken.