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*** Volunteers for the International Festival must be in high school or older.***

Volunteer Incentives

(for volunteers serving a minimum four-hour shift)

- Free Admission to the Columbia International Festival 

- Free Parking

- $20 in Food Tickets

- 2024 CIF T-Shirt 

- Certificate of Participation and Appreciation 

There are a variety of volunteer shifts available both before and during the festival. Volunteer shifts are usually four hours long. Those who sign up for volunteer shifts are required to stay for the full duration of their shift. If you have children and are signing up to volunteer, please DO NOT bring your children with you. Volunteers may pick up their $20 complimentary food tickets at the volunteer check-in desk upon completion of their shift.

Before the Festival

Volunteers must also attend a meeting before the festival; we'll email details to you. At the meeting, you'll learn what volunteers do and where volunteers can park. Unfortunately, we can not accommodate walk-in volunteers. Please register in advance to ensure all incentives are received.


All volunteers need to check-in at start of their shift at the Volunteer Check-in Desk located in the Cantey or Goodman Building Office. At that time you will receive your "volunteer t-shirt" (register by March 10th to ensure you receive the right size t-shirt), and assignment. Volunteers who check in late may not be guaranteed their requested volunteer assignment.

Our volunteer coordination team works tirelessly to organize all aspects of the volunteer portion of the festival. Please be respectful to them.

Please see possible volunteer stations below. Positions will be assigned by Volunteer Coordinator.

Gala (March 28th 4 pm- 9 pm)

- Set-up

- Check-in

Festival Setup

- Check-in

Global Education Day/Festival

- Greeters

- Ticket Presale Check-in

- Box Office, T-shirt, and Food Vending Cashiers

- Concessions Attendant

- Food Service

- Tear-down

- Floaters

- Runners

- Floaters

- Recycling Volunteers

- Parking Attendants

We will accommodate any limitations you may have prior to the festival.

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