Each year we receive many applications from those wishing to volunteer at Andanças. Those who are selected give body to a team which builds the festival and keeps it running for 4 days in a unique manner.
From handing out food or washing the dishes in the canteen, working at the parking area, the camping site or even at the stages during day and night: the spirit of joy and cooperation of our volunteers is contagious. If there is a problem? It will be solved!

Applications from 1st to 10th June 2017.
(Applications now closed)

Sector 1 – Management
Stock Management
This team experiences the entire logistic cycle that allows the festival to work. It assists in purchases, receives suppliers and manages supplies for the Cantina Andanças and Bar Eira, and stocks the materials needed by different teams of volunteers. Being organized, available and active are essential requirements for this team.
Ticket Office
This is the “front page” of the festival! Everyone passes through here just after arrival, looking forward for the the moments that they will experience at the festival, as well as receiving a warm welcome.  If you are friendly and open, fluent in Portuguese and English, have a practical sense, have experience with technology and know how to deal with stress (your own and that of the participants), this is your team.
The requirements and the level of responsibility of this team are very high, but there is a strong team spirit, and smiles from the participants are guaranteed.
If you meet the requirements above you found your team. The ticket office is waiting for you! But careful, this experience is addictive.
Operational Center
In the Operational Center, we live daily with the different situations that occur in the festival, we are at the heart of communications and we deal with the lost and found. In addition, you will have to articulate with the Fire Brigade, the Police, the Civil Protection and the private security team. You will also make the link between all the teams that make Andanças. If you have resilience, you can handle problems in a calm manner, and you have tons of positive spirit, what are you waiting for? Apply for the Operational Center.
Accounts Ticket Office
If you are rigorous, punctual, focused and precise, subscribe to the team for book keeping at the ticket sale. This is a dynamic team in a controlled environment which allows you to get to know a different side of the festival.
Artist’s Reception
Welcome artists to the festival, show them around and introduce them to others, deliver tickets if necessary, interact with the ticket office and handle invitations and tickets bought in advance. The required responsibility is high, but there is a strong team spirit and visitor's smiles are guaranteed. If you enjoy doing all this, you found your team!
Information Desk
For this team, being friendly is a must as well as a good knowledge of the village of Castelo de Vide and all the details of the festival. It is also important to have good capacity to provide information and to speak more than one language so that everyone can enjoy  Andanças and know where everything is!
Sector 2 – Program
Children Activity Space
At Andanças exists a special place for children and parents. In this space various activities for the youngest participants of the festival happen every day. It is a place of sharing and community, where children can learn together and exchange experiences. The volunteers working here have the following tasks: support the workshop leaders, organize the place and materials and take care of the children. It is important, that the volunteers have experience with children, that they are creative and like to have fun. 
This is a vibrant and demanding team where you help programmers, musicians and artists, and take care of the spaces where the festival happens managing the changes to the program. As part of this team you get the chance to experience the organisation of Andanças very closely.
Local Program
With the Local Program team, you can follow closely the best of what the region has to offer such as music, dance, crafts, and gastronomy, which will be shared in Andanças in various workshops. Your help will be fundamental to the success of these activities!
Program/ Workshop Assistance
From Meditation to Relaxation to Angolan European Dances, Andanças is a space for learning. This team has as mission to assist in any technical work, support the monitors of the different workshops, manage sound amplification ... come join this team, where while helping you will also be learning!!!
Programming / Stages open to the community
From Meditation to Relaxation to Angolan or European Dances, Andanças is a space for learning. This team has as mission to assist with any technical work, support the team leaders of the different workshops, manage sound amplification ... come join this team, where while helping you will also be learning!!!
Program/Parallel Activities
Andanças receives all the arts and in Parallel Activities, you find very different workshops, beyond dance and music.
Ensuring all schedules are met, dealing with the logistics of workshops, guiding publics and giving small information, is what this team needs from you.
You think it's your team? We are waiting for you!
With the program team you are really close to all the logistics of the organisation of Andanças. This is a team that never rests, requiring good computer skills, people skills and the ability to solve problems quickly to guarantee that the show continues.
Andamentos - Local Excursions & Walks
Receiving inscriptions for walks, ensuring schedule, greeting and accompanying participants in their outings and helping to make the great day of Andamentos in the neighboring villages, are some of the tasks of this team. If you want to know the region well and live the community spirit, this is the place for you!
Stage Maintenence
The stages open from 8:00 am. Then you have to keep them clean, especially the dust we all bring when we go dancing. With willingness and a smile. Come and dance. The stages are ready!
Sound Technicians
Ser Técnico de som no Andanças é a oportunidade de se envolver diretamente com a música que sai dos palcos e que todos nós dançamos. Quando chega a hora montam-se microfones, passam-se os cabos, partilham-se experiências com os músicos e faz-se soar a alma do festival. Lidar bem com a pressão é um atributo essencial, assim como ter formação ou experiência comprovada na função.
Sector 3 – Canteen and Environmental Practices
Canteen/Meal Vouchers
This team has a double duty, to sell tokens  for all the meals in Andança's Canteen, but also  to receive them, monitoring food amounts by public types, allowing Andanças Kitchen to adapt to the different needs. If you are quick, organized and rigorous and friendly and like to deal with people, then this is your team!
Canteen Helpers
If you like being close to the perfume of fresh vegetables and the bustle of a working kitchen, this team is for you! The Kitchen Help team provides support in the preparation of all Cantina Andanças food. Wash and peel vegetables and fruits, wash the dishes, collect the waste and keep the kitchen clean and tidy.
Canteen/ Right Food Amount
We have 3 shifts, breakfast, lunch and dinner ... And lots of chores!
Serving the participants and making sure that they get the right amount of food so it doesn't go to waste, transporting the trays from the washing team to the kitchen and cleaning the dishes.
If you like to socialize, dance during your shift and, above all, if you are quick and entertaining, this team has your mark. You will hardly do the same job over the four days, and you will have thousands of smiles to respond to. You want better?
Canteen/Dish Washing
To achieve our goal of zero disposable goods we use re-usable dishes and need to wash them. With fresh water, lots of dedication and enthusiasm we are washing all plates, cups and cutlery of the Andanças canteen – which is always running and the dishes keep on coming... There is also plenty of opportunity to interact, also with participants while they are separating the waste for composting and sorting the dishes into designated places. A lot of work, but also a lot of fun, is waiting for you if you join this team!
‘Lavatário’ – Dish Washing
To achieve the Zero Disposable goal we must have reusable dishes and so the 'Lavatário'. Here, with the coolness of the water, a lot of enthusiasm and dedication, are washed all the dishes, glasses and cutlery of Andanças Canteen – which is always rocking and the dishes always coming... The interaction is too much, also with the participants separate the remains of dishes for composting and put the dishes in the right places... a lot of work but lots of fun is what you can expect on this team!
It’s not enough just saying that we have reduced the Andanças impacts, we need to prove it. This team is concerned with the socio-environmental monitoring of the entire festival, through the use of questionnaires, the weigh of organic waste, reading meters and more. If you have training and experience in these areas, you are a responsible person and you want to help, sign up!
Recycling and WC's Maintenence
Come and help us keep Andanças clean! The waste collection and recycling (paper, glass, plastic, non descript waste) is done by a group of dynamic and responsible volunteers. You will be going around the festival grounds assuring  that everyone contributes by separating the waste, and making sure the bins are clean. This is a truly environmental experience. With your contribution, we will all have a more enjoyable and clean festival. In the toilet maintenance  you will empty the toilet bins, refill toilet rolls and signal when there is a malfunction. If you want to contribute to making Andanças a clean festival where recycling is a reality, join us! Your 4 hours of work will make a difference in the quality of the festival.
Sector 4 – Control and Logistics
The disassembling begins on the morning of 12 August. Your tasks will be to get things in order and organize, count and properly store everything for 2018. If you want to enjoy the festival and you still have a bit energy left after, stay with us for 5 more days and help us disassembling Andanças, taking also the benefit of 3 meals a day.
(* Members of this team will have to purchase the ticket for Andanças and will be reimbursed after the end of their duties.)
Access and Vehicle Control
It will be up to the members of this team to welcome participants and artists. This team is also responsible for verifying the validity of the bracelets of all participants and the ID of the authorized vehicles in the venue, so punctuality is an essential factor.
You must be nice, enjoy working in a super dynamic team and always have a smile.
Camping Management & Cantonment
This team organizes the campsite and cantonment, takes care of the well-being of the participants that stay there, manages the availability of spaces and gives information to the new arrivals, converting these areas into our home.
Join this team if you want to start Andanças earlier and help us preparing the festival grounds! You will work during 5 days  before the festival starts (3 meals a day allowance), setting up poles,  putting shading in place and have an eye on all the little details... And when Andanças starts, you are free to dance! 
PTO's - Os Mac Gyver's do Andanças
Hammer, pliers, nails and saw. Strings, contacts, mobile phone, improvisation and patience. These are the main tools for this invisible but indispensable team. All-rounders will do everything to solve all kind of DIY problems.
Sector 5 – Services
Bar da Eira
Being friendly, passionate and efficient are some of the essential requirements to work on this team! From serving draft beer to cool drinks, everything is done with a smile and with good mood in this central hub of Andanças!
Nursery and naps
Here is a place for little Andantes (from 3 months to 8 years), where they can take a nap during the day and rest in the evening, while their parents enjoy a ball or workshop. What do we do here? As little as possible! We will make sure, that the children rest and gather energy for the next day and allow the parents to dance a bit... Because Andanças is very intense!
Every night there will be one or two tales, a bit of calm music and time to sleep and dream. Most of the children fall asleep on mattresses or in cribs. For the more resistant ones we have games, books, pencils, pens and paper and mainly conversation and shelter.
To volunteer in this place, you need to like being with children, have a lot of patience, be cheerful and responsible. Having experience with babies and children helps. It is not essential to know how to change diapers, but it is important to work well in a team.
Dog Care
A equipa  que recebe e cuida os amigos de quatro patas, para que os seus donos dancem um pouco. Se gostas de animais ou tens formação nesta  área, esta equipa é a tua!
Market and Food & Beverage Stalls
The Market and Food & Beverage Stalls at Andanças are lively spaces where you can eat and drink and also where crafts are sold. The volunteers of this team make the bridge between these spaces and the organization, as well as checking daily that the rules  and needs of operation are being fulfilled. If you care about food safety and you like to deal with people, then this is your team! We are waiting for you!
Instrument Guard
Faithful keepers of all the music of the festival !!! Shelves and shelves of the most diverse instruments which is necessary to put in the different stages and to bring back to the shelves, and then to return to the artists. This is the center of events. Good mood, joy and speed is what is demanded.
Photography and Vídeo
This team is responsible for capturing the best moments of the Festival, whether through photography or vídeo. We look for inspired, creative and eager people to help us in this important mission! If you feel that you are up to this task, do not forget to send us links to websites, blogs, portfolios or Facebook pages so that we can evaluate your work. Come and help us capture the Spirit of the Andanças!
This team of health professionals assists with all minor health events in the 4 days of the festival and helps participants to get to the health clinic if necessary (hopefully not). Being a nurse or doctor is a prerequisite to being part of the team, in addition to good mood!
Sale of Publications  and CD’S
This team is responsible for the sale of albums and books of artists participating at Andanças as well as Pedexumbo's own editions. Friendliness and cheerfulness are essential here!
Basic Information on Volunteering
Andanças is the largest festival of traditional dances in Iberian Peninsula. Volunteer's time and effort are essential to keep the festival running and to fulfill the commitments towards participants, artists and teamleaders, partners, local community and all who contribute directly or indirectly to its success. We are grateful to all people who dedicate themselves every year to be part of the volunteering program in Andanças and who help us implement the principles and guidelines which govern the work PédeXumbo Association.
Volunteering Duties
The volunteer has to arrive one day prior to the beginning of the festival (or in exceptional cases, on the date specified by the team coordinator) in order to carry out organisational tasks and preparations essential for the proper functioning of his/her respective team as well as for training purposes. The volunteer needs to be available until the end of the festival.
During the 4 days of the festival the volunteer has to work a total of 16 hours. The daily number of hours depends on the specific nature of the duties performed and will be defined and communicated by the coordinator of each team.
If the volunteer  has joined the Mounting or the Dismounting Team, he/she must be available on the 5 days prior , or the 5 days  after the festival, respectively, and will  do 7 to 8 hours of  daily work, but will also be able to dance the festival away.
There is a canteen at Andanças where omnivorous as well as vegetarian meals are served. Volunteers have the right to one meal voucher each day, for either lunch or dinner at the canteen. The vouchers are handed out daily by the team coordinators. 
If the volunteer has joined the Mounting or the Dismounting Team, he/she will be entitled to 3 meals a day, during the time they are performing their duties.
The volunteer has the right to use the camping/cantonment area of the festival for free. For camping it is absolutely necessary to bring: sleeping bag and tent, caravan or any other kind of equipment suitable for such purpose.
The volunteer has the right to a personal accident and liability insurance for the duration of his/her working hours.
Festival Access
The volunteer has the right to freely access all areas of the festival grounds and to participate in all program activities outisde his/her working hours as a volunteer.
If the volunteer is part of of the Dismanteling team, he/she should purchse his/her ticket for Andanças. The ticket cost will be reeimbursed after the volunteer period and tasks are complete.
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