In May this year, the Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Denmark's capital city, Copenhagen, where delegations and fans from many countries will descend on the city for two weeks.
For a number of years now, volunteers have formed a figurative backbone for the city authorities, who traditionally look after events, artist services, accommodation and the large volunteer corps, whilst DR (the host broadcaster) is responsible for the television production with the EBU's role being to supervise the entire project. This year is no exception with VisitCopenhagen harbouring an ambition to "put together the best and most dedicated volunteer team ever".
Now VisitCopenhagen is accepting applications for delegation hosts, whose responsibility it is to look after and guide their individual delegations from arriving in Copenhagen right up until they depart again after the contest is over.
As a delegation host you will be attached to one of the international delegations, which are made up of singers, musicians, writers, TV-staff etc. Working in a team of two to three hosts, you will greet the delegation upon their arrival in Denmark and accompany them during their entire stay in Copenhagen. You will be the link between the delegation and VisitCopenhagen's team leaders and will carry out a range of different service and information tasks for the delegation.
The role as a volunteer delegation host is demanding. You will need to have a wide-ranging knowledge of the Eurovision Song Contest and Copenhagen, be able to juggle tasks, manage stressful situations and be particularly service minded and adaptable. In addition, you must be able to speak Danish, English and one delegation language fluently.
As a delegation host you will hold a key position for the entire execution of the Eurovision Song Contest project. You will get close to both the stars and their crew as you follow them to the various locations. This will strengthen both your CV, give you a unique insight into the entire production of the Eurovision Song Contest and guarantee you an unforgettable experience and a large network.
Beginning of March: Information workshop
6th March: Full day (up to 12 hours including breaks)
28th April - 10th May: Full time for two weeks (37 hours) with work days of between 2 and 10 hours
All shifts will be agreed with the section leader and delegation leader.
You must have turned 20 years old
You must be available for 14 days
You must be able to speak and understand Danish/Swedish, English and at least one of the participation country's languages fluently
You must have a thorough knowledge of the participant country and of Copenhagen/Denmark
You must have a clean criminal record
You must have a sense of discretion
You must be smiling, service minded and be able to work independently
You must be ready to make an extra effort in order to create the best Eurovision Song Contest ever.
Application deadline: 12th January 2014
January: Screening of applications, short interviews and language tests
February: Selection of delegation hosts
March: Information workshop
In addition to the unique opportunity to get closer to the artists and delegations VisitCopenhagen also offer you as a delegation host:
Accreditation together with the delegation
Official Eurovision Song Contest uniforms for when you are working
Meals when you are working
A certificate as proof of your contribution
The 2014 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the 6th, 8th and 10th of May at the B&W-Hallerne on Refshaleøen in Copenhagen, Denmark.