Volunteering with the Tamil Studies Conference
Organizing and hosting this international conference requires the labour of many and every year 20-30 youth volunteers help to conceptualize, plan and then host the conference. They are also mentored in acquiring skills and experiences related to organizing these conferences.
Volunteers play a role in planning and implementing fund raising, website and graphic design, community outreach, student outreach, media work, event planning and academic planning.
Volunteers who work on the conference for more than a year have the opportunity of becoming volunteer coordinators and play a leadership role along with the academic organizers.
Who are we looking for as volunteers?
Young students or working adults starting from High School seniors.
Please note that you don't have to be Tamil, you don't have to know Tamil, and you do not have to be a student in the humanities or social sciences, and you do not even have to be a student but can be in full time work.
The primary requirements are:
- intellectual curiosity about the fields that constitute Tamil Studies.
- ability to work as a member of a team.
- responsible: prompt communication and meeting obligations you commit to.
- a good sense of humour.
- professionalism: learn to work to the standards of an international conference.
Volunteers must be able to contribute 6 hours per month of their time to help plan, coordinate and implement various tasks related to the conference. The time commitment will be greater around the conference.
All volunteers are expected to help throughout the full conference programme. Volunteers must also attend two training sessions (Times and dates TBA)
Volunteers will have at least one intake interview, sometimes two, and a probationary period of at least 3 months.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the 2014 conference please e-mail us with a little bit about yourself and your interests. email@example.com