Volunteer FAQ

How do you apply to register to volunteer at SURGE?

You can register to volunteer here.

Who is eligible to volunteer at SURGE?

Our volunteers must have a conversational level of English. We ask that our volunteers are polite, courteous, punctual and committed to contributing to the success of SURGE. We welcome applications from people from across the world and are looking forward to working with a diverse, ambitious group of volunteers.

All applications will be screened by our Volunteer Team to ensure the SURGE volunteers fulfil our criteria.

Will SURGE cover my costs?

No. SURGE does not cover volunteers’ travel or accommodation costs. We do not pay volunteers at our events. Volunteers will receive a lunch pack on the days of their shift.

How many shifts do I have to complete?

Volunteers will complete one shift per day, each day of the event. Shift lengths vary depending on volunteer role, but are typically between five and six hours long.

Morning shifts begin at 7am, while afternoon shifts begin at 12pm.

What teams can I volunteer with at SURGE?

Volunteers will help our SURGE team across all areas of the event including our Operations, Registration, Stages and more. Volunteers will be assigned to one role for both of their shifts.

Do I need to purchase a ticket?

No. You will be free to enjoy SURGE based on the terms you complete both of your assigned shifts. However, if you fail to complete, arrive late or leave early for either of your volunteer shifts, you will no longer be entitled to attend SURGE.

Are there any age limitations to volunteer?

Yes. You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer.

Will I receive training before my first shift?

We will provide volunteers with a briefing to run through the SURGE Volunteer Programme, their volunteer roles and answer any questions. Date and location are to be confirmed.

When do applications close?

Volunteer positions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Once applications are open here, you can register your interest to volunteer at SURGE. Please note that registering does not guarantee your volunteer position.

If I need a visa to volunteer at SURGE, will you help with my visa application?

While we will not engage directly with your relevant embassy, we can supply you with a letter confirming you will be volunteering at SURGE to support your application.

Do you have a question that wasn’t answered here?

Please email us at volunteers@surgeconf.com with any other questions.