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5 – 9 August – Join Our International Team at Europeade 2015!

Europeade Young dancersWould you like to be part of a core team helping create a fantastic folk dance & music event for thousands of European folk dancers and musicians in August this year?
If so, you might be the person we are looking for!

Between 5-9 of August 2015, Helsingborg welcomes some 6000 folk dancers from all around Europe to the 52nd Europeade Folk Dance Festival. In order to make this a great and memorable event for all our guests, we need your help. You don’t need any previous work experience, more important will be your interest in sharing a sense of joy, companionship and good hosting skills.

Because of our links to so many international people living in the area, Helsingborg International Connections has been asked to help the organisers find Volunteer Guides. We offer you a unique opportunity to expand your own network whilst supporting one of the international dance groups and taking part in activities during the festival. YOU will be one of the reasons why our guests feel welcome and part of an exciting European community!

The Europeade participants will be staying overnight in local schools. During the daytime they will participate in concerts and performances in and around Helsingborg. The City of Helsingborg will host a meeting area for volunteers at the Helsingborg Arena festival hub, as well as a craft market and Europeade photo exhibition.

During the evenings, you and the festival participants are invited to socialise at various festivities such as the official opening ceremony and evening dinners at Olympiahallen. You will be able to watch shows on the many stages located around Helsingborg, and finish off the week at the final festival ceremony.

How will you be able to help?

We are looking for Volunteer Guides with European language skills* and a good grasp of how things generally work in Sweden. You will be the host for one specific dance group during their whole stay, 5-9 August. Local knowledge of Helsingborg helps, but is not a requirement as there will be a 24/7 support team to help out with more specific questions. Chances are that you will make several good friends, and we know for sure that your group of guests will be very grateful for your time and effort!

As a host, you need to be available to your group during their stay, either in person or via phone/chat depending on the level of support required from them. You will welcome your group when they arrive in Helsingborg and travel with them to their accommodation. Every group has a coordinator, with whom you can agree when to meet up the next day, assist with any translation help, and give general information about Sweden and how things work here.

What kind of compensation can I expect as a Europeade Volunteer Guide?

  • Food & drink whilst on duty
  • Europeade T-shirt
  • Information meeting on Thursday 21 May, then information/training sessions on Monday 27 July, which will include First Aid and safety training
  • Diploma/certificate of work from The City of Helsingborg/Helsingborg Arena and First Aid certificate
  • Possibility to stay overnight at your group’s accommodation if you are not local to Helsingborg

This experience will be a valuable addition to your CV or personal statement by demonstrating your responsibility and commitment, and last but not least, it’s a great opportunity to expand your personal network! All guides signing up via HIC will be able to connect prior to and during the Europeade week though our social media channels.

Sign-up

As a volunteer guide, you need to make sure that you are available during the whole period, Wednesday 5 to Sunday 9 August, and for the information & training session on Monday 27 July (available at 09:00 -12:00 or 17:00-20:00).

Sign up as soon as possible (latest Sunday 19 July) using this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/volunteer-guide-at-europeade-folk-dance-festival-tickets-16741816223

Once you have signed up we will get in contact with you in person so you get to know us: Sally & Jenny.

If you have any questions related to the above, please send an email to info@hiconnections.eu and we will get in touch with you.

More information

Europeade: http://www.familjenhelsingborg.se/en/Start/Europeade-2015/

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Meeting Notes from Thursday 21 May Information Session – don’t worry if you missed the first meeting, you can catch up with all the details here!

 A warm welcome – we are very much looking forward to seeing you in Helsingborg this summer!

Sally & Jenny 

Co-founders of Helsingborg International Connections

In partnership with The City of Helsingborg & Europeade 2015

* We are especially looking for guides with the following languages: Dutch, English, Estonian, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Polish, Portugese and Spanish

 

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HIC at HX Festival – International Craft Market 30 & 31 August

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Do you have a handicrafts hobby that represents your country or culture? 
We are looking for people with a passion for their craft who would like to exhibit their work at the brand new HX Festival in Helsingborg!

HIC is co-ordinating 4 booths of international crafts at the festival and we would love to hear from you! We already have several parts of the world represented, but would like to provide as much variety as possible. The booths will be located in Stadsparken (next to the library) with local residents from different cultures displaying their work and explaining to festival-goers its relevance to their culture or community .

If you would like to be an international handicrafts exhibitor at HX, please e-mail us using the HIC “Contact Us” form on our website as soon as possible – you can take a half or full day slot so that you still have plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the festival! It promises to be a great few days!

Craft Market:

10:00 – 17:00 Saturday 30 August

10:00 – 17:00 Sunday 31 August

You can read more about HX here