Valley of Words is driven by the enthusiasm and commitment of our young volunteer teams, who have supported the festival since its inception.
Our volunteers are very much part of the VoW family; in many ways, they also set the tone and agenda for VoW’s programme management. They have the opportunity to work closely with the festival’s advisors, authors, panelists, resource persons, media teams, institutional partners, and other stakeholders.
The festival’s volunteer programme serves as an invaluable opportunity to learn about the organization of a major event – from manning registration desks to interviewing distinguished authors and ensuring backstage arrangements for various cultural programmes – whilst being part of a fulfilling and encouraging community of young individuals.
Consider browsing through our FAQ’s before applying, for greater clarity in understanding what we look for in our volunteering team.
Volunteers are welcome to join throughout the year, however, there is a core volunteering period that will run from the 1st of September, 2019 to the 20th of November, 2019. We prefer candidates who are largely available during this period.
Applications will be accepted until the 20th of August, 2019.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a VoW Volunteer?
To work with us as a volunteer, please fill out the form on this page.
We will get back to you at the earliest if your application is successful; if you do not receive any acknowledgement from our team, unfortunately that may suggest that we have been unable to find a suitable position for you this year.
What will my responsibilities be?
Your responsibilities during VoW will be tailored according to the preferences which you highlight in your form. As mentioned, our volunteer teams are divided along four lines: Media (photography and videography), Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube), Writing (author interviews, rapporteur duties, session notes, newspaper articles etc.) and Event Management (registration duties, session co-ordination, venue arrangements etc.).
Do I need to have prior experience in volunteering?
Prior experience is welcome, but not necessary. All our volunteers will be expected to partake of our training sessions before the festival, which will be adequate preparation.
Do I have to work throughout the year?
Yes, our volunteers work at different capacities throughout the year, although of course the intensity increases in the weeks leading up to the festival.
Will I be acknowledged for my work?
Yes, of course! Our festival is driven by volunteers and their input is especially valued. We provide certificates and personalized letters of recommendation to selected volunteers post-event.
How about my board and lodging arrangements?
Our volunteer base is typically from Dehradun, and require no additional funds for their transport and stay. If you are applying from outside of Dehradun, we will provide help in finding suitable arrangements, but can offer no financial assistance for the same.
I do not live in Dehradun. Can I apply?
Please do apply from any part of the globe, and we will try our best to ensure that your experience with us is comfortable and rewarding from start to finish.
I am a blogger – what role do you have for me?
VoW has associated with various bloggers and blogging communities in the past, and we encourage the platform it provides. Please highlight in the ‘Skills’ section of your form that you are a blogger, and that can thrive alongside – or be incorporated within – your volunteering duties!
I am not very fluent in English. Can I apply?
Yes, of course! Valley of Words celebrates all of India’s bhashas – we have two verticals focusing on Hindi and Urdu literature; Garhwali culture has always been associated with the festival; the Kumaoni, Nepali, and Punjabi languages are also spoken amongst our team. We are keen to actively keep expanding our linguistic horizons,so please do mention in your application form the languages you are comfortable speaking and writing in, and we will try to find a corresponding place for you.
I am more of a bookworm – can I find a place in VoW Volunteers?
We would be delighted to have you on board, and your work will be able to reflect your aptitude in a manner beneficial to both you and us. Perhaps a spot in the Writing section may interest you best – please indicate the same in your form.
Can I request to be assigned to the a particular section only?
Your preferences will certainly be taken into consideration, however there are basic volunteer duties that will have to be fulfilled as per the requirements of the festival.
Will I get food coupons during the festival?
Absolutely! That being said, it is still advised that all volunteers carry some snacks with them – fruits, paranthas, and sandwiches are a safe bet.
Is there a dress code?
There is no particular dress code for volunteers, although we will provide customized VoW blazers which you have to wear (over lowers of your choice) which identify you as a member of our team. We do recommend wearing comfortable but appropriate footwear.
I have a different question!
That’s great! Please write to us at [email protected] and one of our team will be in touch with you shortly. Do mention if you have filled in your form or not.