Get Involved

Be a part of the largest cultural food festival in the DMV area!

Volunteers can expect to:

> Make a meaningful impact on your community
> Develop new interests and hobbies
> Meet a diverse range of people
> Improve communication skills
> Acquire job-related skills and improve job opportunities

If you applied to be a volunteer, one of our event professionals will be in contact with you with confirmation details!
How do I know that I have been accepted as a volunteer?
You will receive an e-mail offering you a position in early May 2017. This email will include your orientation information. If we do not hear from you, we may offer your shift to another person. Volunteers must make sure that they have a reliable system for collecting e-mail and telephone messages.
I can’t attend the orientation session I signed up for – can I attend a different one?
Yes. We will email you in the beginning of May confirming your attendance at the session you initially signed up for on the volunteer form. You can let us know then if you would like to attend a different one. However, we have limited space at each session, and volunteers who initially signed up for the session will have priority.
What if I am unable to attend any of the volunteer orientation sessions?
Orientation is mandatory. If you are unable to attend an orientation session, unfortunately you cannot volunteer.
How do I find out my exact volunteer role and shift time?
Shifts are in 4-hour and 8-hour segments. These shifts may be before, during, or after the festival (as you provide your availability) and would be assigned by the Volunteer Coordinator who will work with you to establish a workable schedule. Each volunteer will receive food tickets based on the number of hours they volunteer.  After you fill out the volunteer form, we will email you in the beginning of May confirming your exact role and shift time. We will cover the responsibilities of each role during the orientation session.
Can I request a specific shift?
You cannot request a specific shift and we will try to accommodate your request, but it is not guaranteed. 
What does volunteering get me?
All volunteers are granted 8 free meal tickets to use to any of our food vendors, after the shift is over.
What should I wear during my volunteer shift?
During your shift, you must wear your volunteer vest (which you will receive the day of the festival) and closed-toe shoes.
I can’t volunteer anymore! What should I do and whom should I contact?
Please e-mail as soon as you know there is a change in your schedule. We appreciate your timeliness, as your shift is staffed only by you and we will have to work to find someone to fill it.


For Volunteer opportunities, please contact us by email at or by filling out the form below:

Thank you for offering to volunteer for the Around The World Cultural Food Festival! Please fill out the form below and we'll do our best to match you up with the area you are most interested in. 
You will receive an email approximately two weeks prior with your assignment and time slot.

Please consider yourself confirmed to volunteer by submitting this form. 

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