Can everyone be a volunteer at Oxfam Peacewalker?
Any person over 18 years of age can be a volunteer. Those under 18 cannot participate as a volunteer unless accompanied by an adult and under the full responsibility of this adult.
Although everyone is welcome, it is important to specify that the pace is rather fast; as is often the case with events of this type, the majority of tasks require someone to remain standing for several hours. So, it’s better to be in good shape.
If you have any particular health issues, if you are pregnant or if you are handicapped, please indicate any issues to us at the time of your registration in order for us to assign you to tasks that best suit you, and if necessary to lighten your planning in order to properly respect your particular health issue.
There is no selection process: from the moment you are signed up as a volunteer, we will be expecting you at your venue.
How do I become a volunteer?
To work as a volunteer for Oxfam Peacewalker all you have to do is fill in the online form. You will immediately receive a confirmation by e-mail, from the e-mail address email@example.com. Please beware that our e-mails might end up in your spam folder, so make sure you have received the confirmation e-mail, as further communication will also be sent by e-mail.
Contacts, information and timing
Starting in March, we will contact all volunteers by phone. Your hours will be communicated to you approximately 10 days before the start of the event.
When should I be present for Oxfam Peacewalker?
Oxfam Peacewalker takes place on Saturday, May 14. We are looking for volunteers we can count on for the duration of the event, but also for people to participate during the set-up days before the event and the tear down on the day after.
How will my hours be established?
Your hours, composed generally of several “shifts” will be established according to your availability you indicated at the time of your registration. So, it is important to inform us of any changes to your availability, or to let us know if you must de-register from the event.
How long is a shift?
The duration of shifts varies greatly according to the mission. We ensure that there is enough time for sufficient breaks between shifts.
While you are on break, you are free to relax, to spend free time with other volunteers or elsewhere, to enjoy the event or even to offer your assistance to the volunteer coordinators if you still feel able to continue working.
When will I receive my planning?
Around ten days before Oxfam Peacewalker, you will receive and email with your hours for the weekend. Once the hours are established, it is then very difficult for us to make any changes, so we would thank you in advance to avoid as much as possible any modifications or last minute requests.
I am coming with friends, can I stay with them during the event?
If you mentioned this at the time of your registration, we will do our best to take this into account. If not, please let us know as soon as possible and we will see if it is still feasible.
For large groups, you may be put into small groups.
Am I expected to travel to Oxfam Peacewalker on my own?
Yes, our volunteers come from all over Belgium, so everyone is responsible for arranging their own transport.
Can I be reimbursed the costs of transport to the event?
The organisation of Oxfam Peacewalker cannot cover the costs of car transport. For this reason we encourage lowering costs by carpooling.
On the other hand, we will reimburse train tickets(national) on the condition that the volunteer has opted for the lowest fare possible(weekend ticket, rail pass, go pass). Just send a scan of the transport means used with your address and your bank details (IBAN + code BOC) at the close of the event to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are meals included during the event?
All meals, drinks and snacks from Wednesday to Sunday are provided by the organisation.
You are insured by the organisation for the entire duration of your engagement in the event.
What should I bring?
We will be sending a complete list to you.
It is strictly forbidden to bring illicit items with you; it is also not authorised to consume alcohol while conducting the volunteering activity, as volunteers must be in a state that ensures their mission throughout the duration of the event. Dogs are also forbidden at the check points and along the route.
Concerning tasks that require specific materials:
- For photographers and videographers, you should bring your own equipment.
- For volunteers in charge of shows, do not hesitate to bring your own musical instruments, megaphones, whistles, etc. We can supply some costumes.
- For volunteer chauffeurs, we will provide precise maps to you, however do not hesitate to bring your own GPS if you wish.
More info? Other questions?
Don’t hesitate to surf the site to get a more general overview of the event. You can also follow us on our Facebook page or on Twitter . Also don’t forget to take a look at our volunteer contract .
If you would like to know more about Oxfam-Solidarity, our projects, and other volunteer opportunities within the organisation, visit our website at www.oxfamsol.be.
For all other questions regarding Oxfam-Peacewalker, please contact our volunteer manager by email at email@example.com or by phone at +32 2 892 12 64.