2nd PHASE OF APPLICATIONS
Every year we have many candidates for volunteering at Andanças. Those selected incorporate the team responsible for bringing the festival to life. This year the festival will take place at Campinho, municipality of Reguengos de Monsaraz, from the 18th to the 21st of August. The unmatched character of the festival is greatly due to the human strength of these individuals: the volunteers!
From the canteen where dishes are brought to or washed, to the camping area or even to the stages, the ambience of joy, cooperation and can-do attitude of these service providers is contagious. Any problems? Nothing is without a solution!
The applications for Volunteering are from 1 to 10 of June of 2022, from the form that will be available online. The answers to applications will be given to candidates by email on June 30th.
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.
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.
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!
For this team, being friendly is a must as well as a good knowledge of the village of Campinho 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!
Do you have a good eye for detail? Do you like to organize things and keep lists of what exists and what has been borrowed? This team is responsible for the warehouse of consumables and tools. For it to work well it is necessary to record everything that comes out and everything that goes in, from toilet paper, pencils, to pliers. Join this team if you are organized.
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.
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
With this year’s edition taking place in Campinho, much of the programming will be available to everyone at various locations in the village. For this program to be a success, a dynamic, responsible team that is willing to walk the beautiful streets of this village is needed! If you like the idea of bringing Andanças to the entire community, this is your team!
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!
Being a sound technician at Andanças is the opportunity to get directly involved with the music that comes off the stage and that we all dance to. When the time comes, microphones are set up, cables are passed, experiences are shared with the musicians and the soul of the festival is heard. Handling pressure well is an essential attribute, as is having proven training or experience in the role.
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?
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!
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.
Esta equipa vende as nossas conhecidas canecas amigas do ambiente, para usar durante o Festival e guardar com amor e carinho para as próximas edições.
Join this team if you want to start Andanças earlier and help us preparing the festival grounds! You will work during 5 days in the month before the festival (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!
The disassembling begins on the morning of 22 August. Your tasks will be to get things in order and organize, count and properly store everything for 2023. 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.
This team organizes the campsite, 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.
During the Construction Residences there is a team that helps decorate the Andanças space. You work for 5 days in the month before the festival (with 3 meals a day). If you are creative and you want to help give color to Andanças, register with the Decoration team! [/ Area]
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.
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.
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!
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!To be part of this team you need to bring your own equipment such as camera and laptop.
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!
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.
If the volunteer is part of the Mounting and/or the Dismounting Teams, he must be available for 5 days in the month before the festival (for the mounting) or in the 5 days after the festival (for the dismounting). In these teams, volunteers do 7 to 8 hours of work daily, for a maximum of 5 days, but in return, these teams will be free to dance throughout the festival.
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 area of the festival for free. For camping it is absolutely necessary to bring: sleeping bag and tent 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.
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.
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.