It’s truly an exciting year for the HIV sector in Australia, and indeed the South Pacific region. For the first time in the 29-year history of the International AIDS Conference (IAC), Australia will host the conference in Melbourne from July 20 to July 25 2014.
The IAC is the largest health conference in the world, and brings together scientists, clinicians, researchers, community workers as well as other stakeholders and people living with and affected by HIV from around the globe. It also brings with it a unique opportunity for the local HIV sector to showcase the amazing work we are doing.
By volunteering for the IAC you receive access to conference sessions when not on duty, as well as an opportunity to expand your networks by making global contacts. Roles can include helping out in the Global Village (communities from around the world come together to share and learn from each other), greeting delegates and/or assisting in programme coordination.
Another option is to express interest in volunteering in the Positive-Lounge. This is a designated break away space for HIV positive people to get away from the hustle and bustle of the conference, to network, or even have a nap! If interested in volunteering in the Positive-Lounge please complete the normal volunteer application and contact QPP to express interest in this area as we are adding names to the national list for the Lounge.
Volunteering at the conference is open to anyone:
- over the age of 18 as of 16 July 2014
- available for a minimum of three half day shifts from 16 July to 25 July 2014
- fluent in English (however any additional languages add strength to an application)
It is also very important to note that volunteers must facilitate their own travel and accommodation expenses. Whilst lunch will be provided for free on the days you volunteer, all other meals need to be paid for by the individual.
If you have any questions about volunteering at the conference, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Be sure to apply quickly, as the portal will automatically close when the number of required volunteers has been reached.
This is an amazing opportunity to attend the conference, and QPP encourages anyone that can volunteer to register ASAP. Positions are expected to fill very quickly and it would be disappointing for you to miss out if you’re interested.
We look forward to seeing some of you at the IAC in July 2014.