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Talking Peace Festival - Volunteers


Location: London

Organization: International Alert

Peacebuilding charity International Alert is recruiting a team of enthusiastic volunteers for its Talking Peace Festival this September.

The festival provides a unique arts and cultural platform for engaging people with the most urgent peace and conflict issues around the world. Running for its fourth year in London from Wednesday 20 September – Saturday 23 September 2017, it will feature a packed programme of activities, including: a pop-up restaurant focusing on the cuisine and history of Syria, an exhibition of International Alert’s work and panel debates.

We are looking for volunteers to join our teams and help us make the festival a great success!

What we are asking for:

We are looking for a team of highly organised and positive team players, who are able to commit to working at least four shifts throughout the festival (a shift lasts 4-6 hours, depending on the event).

You will be helping with the day-to-day running of events – set-up, set down, promotion, flyering, welcoming guests and ensuring things run smoothly.

Ideally, you will be flexible about working on evenings and weekends as well as weekdays.

We’re also looking for people who can demonstrate some of the following skills or experience:

  • Running and promoting events;
  • Photography;
  • Video/ film making;
  • Design and decoration;
  • Blogging/vlogging.

What we offer:

An opportunity to be part of a friendly and busy team that delivers an innovative cultural festival. You will gain experience in working on a variety of cultural activities, from organising art exhibitions to running pop-up restaurants. You will also have the opportunity to harness and showcase particular skills, such as film making and photography.

Volunteering will present opportunities to meet a range of interesting people and learn more about the fascinating work of peacebuilding.

Successful volunteers will also be written a reference to help with future employment.

We reimburse lunch expenses of up to £5.00 a day for volunteers working a minimum of four hours per day.

Volunteers will also have their travel expenses to and from work reimbursed, but are encouraged to travel after 9.30 a.m. when possible and to purchase a travel card.


How to apply:

Please send a CV and brief covering letter to, stating why you would like to volunteer for Talking Peace Festival 2016, and highlighting any particular skills you might have (e.g. events planning, multimedia, social media, etc.)

Please also state your availability for the following period: 18 September – 27 September, including for evening, weekday and weekend work.

Please note: This role is based in London and applicants must have the right to work in the UK

For more information, visit the festival website (new version launching soon):


Application deadline: Monday 24 August 2017 (5pm UK time)


While International Alert will endeavour to acknowledge all submissions within a reasonable time, this may not always be possible due to limited resources. International Alert is an equal opportunities employer. All submissions will be judged strictly on the basis of merit.

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