VOLUNTEERS are being sought for the role of Gathering Ambassadors in Limerick from the end of May through to early August.
But if you would welcome the challenge of welcoming visitors to Limerick, you need to sign up before May 9. However, a second term will operate from August to October.
The concept of volunteer ambassadors is an initiative of The Gathering 2013 and Volunteer Ireland. And what is being sought is someone prepared to do a two-hour stint every week, between Wednesdays and Saturdays, for approximately 11 weeks.
It is, Terri O’Brien of Volunteer Ireland enthuses, a fun and exciting opportunity to greet visitors from across the globe and show them why Limerick is one of the best places in the world to visit.
“We are looking for friendly, outgoing and knowledgeable volunteers who aren’t afraid to actively approach visitors and provide information about upcoming Gathering events in the local area,” she says.
So far, over 3,300 events, big and small, organised by individuals, families, clans, communities, clubs and organisations have been confirmed to take place across Ireland throughout 2013 and the list for Limerick is available online.
Limerick is one of five areas nationally to have volunteer ambassadors. The others are Cork, Sligo, Killarney and Galway.
Volunteers must be over 18 years and have fluent English and the job description, includes approaching tourists about The Gathering and related events in the area, chatting to visitors about Limerick’s traditions, history and culture and answering any questions visitors might have.
“Your love and knowledge of your local area will add to Ireland’s reputation as a friendly, welcoming tourist destination and add to the ultimate success of The Gathering 2013,” says Terri O’Brien. They are looking for people familiar with their area, people who are outgoing, friendly and like engaging with others and who relate well to others.