Feast 2016 Volunteer Positions and Arrivals Feast volunteers are divided into three different arrival dates, depending on the department in which they will be serving. Note: Some departments have multiple arrival days, according to volunteer availability and/or department needs. The dates for the 2016 Feast of Tabernacles are as follows:
Arrival 1: October 5th to October 22nd Volunteer Positions: Worship Leaders, Dance Team, Musicians; Feast Registration; Catering; Housing; Logistics (note: preferred); Transportation; First Aid; Music Admin Assistants; Seamstresses (note: arrival of seamstresses is on September 28th)
Arrival 2: October 9th to October 22nd Volunteer Positions: AJ’s Club (Children’s Ministry); Catering; First Aid; Resources; Technical & Stage Production; Photography; Feast Registration; Logistics (note: exceptional cases only, with prior approval)
Arrival 3: October 13th to October 22nd Volunteer Positions: AJ’s Club (Children’s Ministry); Catering; First Aid; Headsets; Security; Resources; Translation; Usher Team; Video Duplication; Photography; Social Media; Media Office Assistant
General Ministry Volunteer Positions AJ's Club - Children's Ministry (length of service: approximately 10 days) AJ's Club is a ministry to children attending the Feast from ages 1 to 7. If you have experience and a love for children's ministry, then this is the department for you. Volunteers are needed to assist with a nursery (age 1 to 4 years) and a 5 to 7 year old group. Volunteers assist with the development of lesson plans and their presentation as well as the development and presentation of crafts and other activities.
Catering (length of service: 10 days to 3 weeks) Volunteers in this department will work directly under the ICEJ head chef and assist with the preparation and service of all meals, snacks, functions, and receptions as required, before and during the Feast. Service includes: food prep, food service, food storage, assembling and packing of all foods; maintenance and cleaning of all food preparation and service areas, and collection of waste. Knowledge of food prep is not essential, but helpful. Applicants will need to possess strong people skills, must be able to endure long hours and be patient.
First Aid (length of service: 10 days to 3 weeks) This department provides basic first-aid and emergency response during the Feast at various Feast venues and in residency at the volunteers' accommodation. A certification in nursing or as a paramedic is required.
Headsets (length of service: approximately 10 days) Volunteers in this department are responsible for the distribution of translation headsets to pilgrims during the Feast. Also being sought is a volunteer interested in leading the Headsets/Translation department for the Feast beginning in 2016. If you are interested in this leadership role for 2016 and beyond, please contact the Feast Office at [email protected]
Housing (length of service: 3 weeks to 1 month) The Housing department is responsible for the arrangement and management of the board and lodging for Feast volunteers and selected Feast VIP's. Volunteers work directly with the ICEJ Housing Coordinator and should be flexible, prepared for long hours, and able to receive instruction; have basic computer knowledge and possess a servant's heart. Volunteers will need to possess strong people skills, as situations will occur that will require an ability to adapt quickly in shuffling and coordinating rooming lists and meal schedules. As a member of this team you will interact with +250 volunteers, as well as every ICEJ department involved with the Feast of Tabernacles.
Logistics (length of service: 2 weeks to 1 month) The Logistics department provides construction, transport and set up support to all Feast departments. The Logistics team is the "make it happen" and "glue" that holds things together for all departments before, during and after the Feast event. It works closely with all departments, and does many different things during a workday that begins at 8:00 in the morning and can go well into late hours of the night, so flexibility and willingness to work as a team are fundamental keys for all members to maintain a solid team spirit. Applicants should be strong individuals, with a heart of service; patient and able to endure long hours of physical labor. It's a time of hard work and fun among the team.
Social Media (length of service: approximately 10 days) Volunteers for this position need to represent good working knowledge of social media, especially Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Social Media work is very time sensitive, so the volunteers should be comfortable with spontaneity in their work, be readily available, and open to potential long work hours. Volunteers must speak English and possess good communication skills.
Media Office Assistant (length of service: approximately 10 days) Volunteers for this position are involved in all aspects of media work during the Feast, including but not limited to reporting, networking, copy editing, etc. It also includes secretarial work and close cooperation with photographers. Volunteers should be willing to work long hours.
Registration (length of service: 2 weeks to 1 month) Volunteers in this department assist with the registration of international and local delegates attending the Feast. Volunteers interact with Pilgrims from around the world. Positive relationship skills and the ability to smile in difficult situations is a must. Excellent computer skills such as the ability to navigate databases and web-based applications are essential. Applicants must speak English. However, bilingualism in Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish or Hebrew is advantageous.
Resources (length of service: 10 days to 2 weeks) This department is responsible for selling books, CDs, DVDs and other ICEJ materials at the Embassy Resources booth in the Feast vendor area, and also for packing the materials into boxes to be moved from the store to the booth and then back again, with the help of the Logistics team. The ability to work easily with financial transactions is encouraged as well as the ability to sustain long hours (the Resources booth opens before and closes after the day's conferences). The packing of the materials has to be done quickly and orderly. Responsible, level-headed, hard-working individuals with good people skills are needed in this area.
Security (length of service: approximately 10 days) This department serves in conjunction with the security companies of the Feast event venues to provide the security apparatus of the Feast. Volunteers should be individuals with previous experience in security and access control. Key attributes are an awareness of public safety concerns and a keen sense of public relations. Volunteers will need to show initiative and yet work as a team in projecting an image of authority. Volunteers must be prepared to serve for long hours and, at times, deal with stressful situations.
Translation (length of service: approximately 10 days) This department is responsible for the translation (from English) of Feast speakers to other languages, including Chinese/Mandarin, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Slovak, Spanish, Russian, and Thai. Applicants should be fluent in English and in the language for which they choose to translate. Also being sought is a volunteer interested in leading the Headsets/Translation department for the Feast beginning in 2016. If you are interested in this leadership role for 2016 and beyond, please contact the Feast Office at [email protected]
Transport (length of service: 3 weeks to 1 month) The Transport department is responsible for the transportation of +250 volunteers, +50 staff, +30 guest speakers and +30 Directors. Duties take place before, during, and after the Feast of Tabernacles. One volunteer with the necessary qualifications will take responsibility which will include creating, monitoring, maintaining and adjusting transportation schedules for 2 to 3 nine-passenger vans with volunteer drivers plus up to 4 contracted buses/drivers. Volunteers need to be very flexible, able to receive instruction and possess a servant's heart. Transport driver applicants must be over 25 years old, have a valid driver's license and be prepared for driving in heavy traffic and under demanding conditions. A general knowledge of the geography of Jerusalem is very helpful.
Ushering (length of service: approximately 10 days) Ushers assist and direct delegates at all Feast events and participate in the practical functions of the Feast. Applicants should be able to work as part of a team, be able to accept and give instruction, and have a servant's heart with a firm resolve. Applicants should also be prepared to stand for long periods of time.
Creative Ministry Volunteer Positions Video Duplication (length of service: approximately 10 days) This department is responsible for the recording of Feast seminars and speakers and for the duplication of these recordings. Technical knowledge and experience with video duplication equipment is advantageous.
Costume Department (length of service: 1 month) Work in the costume department begins about 1 month prior to the Feast. Those serving with this department are responsible for the management, fitting and tailoring of all the beautiful costumes worn by dancers, vocalists, and musicians as well as the garments worn by volunteer ushers. Skilled seamstresses are needed to assist with sewing as well as individuals with general knowledge to assist with the maintenance and organization of costumes. Prospective volunteers should be willing to work long hours and able to easily follow specific instructions.
Music Administrative Assistant (length of service: 3 weeks to 1 month) Volunteers for this position are involved in all aspects of the Music Office administration. This includes general office and secretarial work; the management of music files, equipment, and personnel, as well as being responsible for the artists' product table in the Feast vendor area. Volunteers should be willing to work long hours.
Musicians (length of service: 3 weeks) Instrumentalists can apply to participate in the Feast orchestra and rhythm section. The nature of the Feast requires that a large quantity of music be learned in a short period of time. For this reason, the ability to read music and retain information is required in this fast-paced environment.
Photography (length of service: approximately 10 days) This department is responsible for the capture, editing and distribution of the thousands of still images taken during the Feast. Professional experience with DSLR cameras and the editing and upload/downloading of digital images is necessary.
Tabernacle Dance Company (length of service: 3 weeks) Requirements for the dance company include at least 4 years of full-time technical training (or an intermediate-level equivalent) in ballet, jazz, modern or gymnastics. Due to limited preparation time, the ability to quickly incorporate and retain choreography is vital. A fusion of various dance/movement styles are utilized in our choreography, so experience in partnering, acrobatics, gymnastics and/or theatre (in addition to dance training) will be a great assistance to the team as we rehearse.
Technical & Stage Production (length of service: 2 weeks) This department requires volunteers with experience in the technical aspects of theatrical productions as well as those with experience in designing, constructing, and maintaining stage props. Audio, lighting, stage management, multimedia creation and projection as well as final stage dressing and maintenance are all supervised by the technical and stage production team. Volunteers must be willing to work long hours.
Vocalists (length of service: 3 weeks) Vocalists can apply for the Feast worship ensemble. Sight reading skills are extremely helpful, along with the ability to adapt easily to various musical styles.
Morning Worship Team (length of service: 10 days) This team is responsible for the morning worship times at the Feast and the Garden Tomb service. Includes vocalists and selected musicians (guitar, piano, drums).