Folkmoot Festival Guide Workshop April 23!

Want to be an official Folkmoot Festival 2016 Guide? Make plans now to attend the Folkmoot Festival Guide Workshop April 23!

Being a Guide is the ultimate way to fully experience all that is Folkmoot.

Folkmoot is now hiring official guides for the Folkmoot Summer Festival 2016! The application deadline is April 23 and applicants – or, even, those interested – should attend a special workshop April 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.

Folkmoot Festival Guide is a paid position for the two weeks of the 20165 Festival – July 21-31 a few days prior and a couple of days after the troupes leave. Guides act as liaisons and helpers – 24 hours a day – for the visiting dancers, shepherding them all the way through their joyous visit to our Western Carolina mountains. The Festival will hire up to 20 Guides for 2016.

Being a Folkmoot Guide is truly the international cultural experience of a lifetime. During the two-week festival, a guide stays with their assigned performance group 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Guides help groups get to performances, find things they need, help plan late-night parties they host, plan and accompany groups on sightseeing trips and work to be first in line to help them with other requirements. Guides also act as stage managers, emcees and souvenir salespersons at some performances.

Want to be a Folkmoot Festival 2016 Official Guide?The April 23 Folkmoot Guide Leadership Workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Lane Perry of Western Carolina University and Folkmoot Executive Director Angeline Schwab and will focus on communication, team building, public speaking, conflict resolution, emergency management and logistics of the festival. To register for this workshop please call Elizabeth Burson, 828-452-2997 or fill out and submit this form.

It is an intense two weeks, serving as a Folkmoot Guide, that are very rewarding. Some veteran guides say it’s the hardest job they’ve ever loved. Many guides began with Folkmoot near the end of their high school career and continued through college. Some older guides take vacation from their year-round jobs just to work at Folkmoot.

The guide team, totaling about 20, is led and supervised by a director. Guides will be trained in all aspects of the job during workshops held in July prior to the festival. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, be available to attend the training workshop and be available to work the last two weeks of July.

If you are interested in being a Folkmoot USA guide, please read through the formal Job Description below. There are a number of ways to apply. You can from right here fill out an online application (scroll to the bottom of the page for the embedded Folkmoot Guide application). You may also drop by the Folkmoot Friendship Center, 112 Virginia Avenue, Waynesville (the Historic Hazelwood School) and pick up an application.

Folkmoot Guide Job Description

Folkmoot guides serve as ambassadors of Folkmoot USA to visiting folk music and dance performance groups during the annual 2 week festival held in July. Guides are provided with a stipend and provided with room and board at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Hazelwood, NC, during the festival and act as hosts/liaisons to the group members 24 hours per day for the duration of the festival.work with group directors and Folkmoot staff members to ensure group’s compliance with Folkmoot rules, performance schedules, transportation schedules, meal schedules and other festival requirements
assist groups in planning and executing one evening of entertainment for other festival participants
assist groups in planning sightseeing and other activities during non-performance time
act as stage manager for some performances
act as emcee for some performances
sell Folkmoot souvenirs at some performances-work with Folkmoot paid and volunteer staff to execute all festival activities in a professional manner

Must be 18 years or older
Must be available for work 24 hours a day July 17 to July 28
Must be available for 2011 training session July 11, 5 pm – July 12, 1:00 pm
Foreign language skills helpful but not required.

Folkmoot thanks the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina for supporting Folkmoot’s year-round programming initiatives.

The Folkmoot Friendship Center is located in the Hazelwood Neighborhood of Waynesville, 112 Virginia Avenue. Staff can be reached by phone, (828) 452-2997.

Yet another way to fill out an Folkmoot Guide Application: (fill out the form right here and submit)

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