Tuesday, June 25

STB announces volunteer exchange for AMF experience


UNITY: Sum (seventh right) and invited guests cutting a cake presented by Kampung Luagan 1Malaysia Community.

KUCHING: Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) yesterday announced the opening of the volunteer programme for its latest music event Asia Music Festival (AMF). to be held in Miri.

With the inaugural event less than two months away, locals and foreigners could have a chance to attend the event, participate and be involved in many aspects of organising the festival in exchange for volunteer service.

“We are currently accepting applications for various management areas of the event such as the liaison officer for performing acts, helpers for handling the musical instrument and gate control area,” said STB in its press statement yesterday.

Volunteering service is also open for the event marketing team who will participate in sales promotion, product development of festival tour packages, management information, media and public relations programme as well as media centre operation.

Event operation management areas will oversee the site readiness, vendor management, admission and gate operation, event secretariat, equipment and materials preparation and transportation.

The volunteer programme by STB is designed to provide an overall understanding of the operational aspects of the festival in order to ensure the success of the musical event. The volunteers would be required to participate and be involved in many areas as planned.

As in other music festivals organised by STB such as the iconic Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) or the Borneo Jazz, the volunteers play a very important part in ensuring the smoothness of the event. The programme also provides a learning platform for them especially the students.

To apply to one of the many areas available, interested individuals may register through the application form available which can be downloaded from www.sarawaktourism.com.

No application fee is applicable and the successful applicants will be notified via email or telephone.

The minimum age requirement to volunteer is 18 years and working shifts can be as long as eight hours per day. Some applicants will be offered either pre-festival or post-festival volunteer positions whichever relevant to the area.

In exchange for this volunteering service, volunteers will also get a free-access pass to the festival, T-shirt to be worn while on duty, meals during each shift as well as ground transfers depending on the venues.

They would also have a great ‘behind the scene’ experience while on duty at the festival.

Most volunteers from past STB’s events commented that they obtain invaluable experience from the volunteering programme and that it is relevant especially to the event-management studies.

The application submission will close on Sept 6.

Thousands are expected to converge in Miri to listen to more than 10 bands that will make their appearance at the Asia Music Festival. The festival promises the most electrifying eclectic, mix-genre of live music on stage comprising bands from the Asian region that will thrill the crowds.

Information about the festival’s programme, packages and many more will be updated from time to time at the festival’s website.