NATURALIZATION CEREMONY:  Help naturalization candidates and their families find their seats for the ceremony, assist with crowd control and other tasks as needed.

PASSPORT OFFICE: Hand out passports and scavenger hunt questions, stamp passports, and congratulate “Citizens of the World”

ENTRANCE – EXIT– TICKETING:  Greet visitors, verify online ticket purchases, take tickets, distribute wristbands and/or stamp hands, give directions, and answer questions.

BIERGARTEN MUSIC STAGE:  Assist musicians and announcers with whatever is needed, replenish drinking water, clean stage, organize performers’ back stage.

COOKING LIVE! DEMOS:  Assist presenters as needed, set-up and help prep for chefs, hand out samples, assist with cleanup.

TRADITIONS! DEMOS: Assist coordinator and demonstrators with set-up, preparations, clean-up, and whatever is needed.

SOPHIA’S CORNER KIDS ACTIVITIES: Assist coordinator and program leaders with preparation, activities, and clean-up.  Supervise children’s areas, help the kids create crafts and play games, read aloud, keep areas clean and organized.  Help facilitate Passport Scavenger Hunt.

FESTIVAL GUIDES:  Help visitors with disabilities experience the festival.

GREEN TEAM: Learn and teach about sustainability, guide guests in sorting waste material into compostable, recyclable, and landfill, help keep the food area clean.  See Green Team Training Packet.

INTERNATIONAL FOCUS SOUVENIR BOOTH:  Sell Festival souvenirs and answer questions.

TRAFFIC CONTROL: Be the first smiling face our guests encounter! Greet attendees and direct them to correct entrance line, answer questions.

VOLUNTEER CHECK-IN: Assist participants, performers, and volunteers checking in for shifts and checking out after shifts; distribute t-shirts, direct volunteers to correct location.

EXIT SURVEYS: Survey attendees as they leave with tablet surveys.

AS-NEEDED ASSIGNMENTS: Help wherever the need is biggest.  Volunteers will be assigned duties as needed to help festival staff.

THANK YOU for volunteering for the 34th annual International Festival of Raleigh – we are very happy to have you with us!

Volunteer jobs are first-come-first-serve.  We will do our best to put you in the area you signed up for, but sometimes we must make last-minute adjustments to meet festival needs.  No positions are guaranteed.


  • All volunteers must be at least 14 years old,
  • All volunteers will receive a volunteer t-shirt and a free ticket to the festival.­­­
  • We cannot accept walk-in volunteer registrations.

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