AIDS conference calls for volunteers
With 1400 delegates and hundreds of presentations and related events, organisers of the 20th International AIDS Conference are calling for 1000 volunteers to help deliver this important, major event which takes place in Melbourne in July.
The conference takes place between July 20-25 and volunteers are needed to assist with registration, to acts as guides and other help with activities prior to and during the conference week.
AIDS 2014 Communications Coordinator Lucy Stackpool-Moore told gaynewsnetwork the event was in four sections with community involvement reflected in the conference's design.
The main part is the conference itself which takes place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (pictured) and is complimented by a media centre.
There will also be the Global Village which is free and accessible to anyone in Melbourne on the day to drop in.
Stackpool-Moore said the Global Village will be a very dynamic space with a stage where events such as a transgender fashion show will take place.
“You will see community groups from around the world sharing information or networking with others with a shared common interest," she said.
“There's a human rights networking zone, a men who have sex with men networking zone, a LGBTI networking zone.”
The fourth part will see over 120 different cultural programs and activities across the city, leading up to and during the conference week, including a candlelight vigil in Federation Square and Red Row on the Yarra.
“That’s a really strong commitment from the conference itself, to honour that history around HIV that's always had a community engagement and mobilisation driving the response and that's very much reflected in the design of the conference.”
Stackpool-Moore said volunteers will have free access to all conference sessions and it was great opportunity for people with an interest in HIV issues, global politics, international development, world health systems or different models of healthcare.
“People will volunteer from across all sections of Melbourne society so it’s a great way to meet a really diverse group of people with a common interest.”
Meanwhile, another key issue to be discussed is around different types of services and stigma free services to reach out to LGBTI communities and there are few international guidance documents that are in the pipeline to be released during the conference as well.
Potential volunteers must be 18 years or older and available for a minimum of three half-day shifts from July16 to 25. Applications open on April 1 at the aids2014.org website and will close as soon as the required number of volunteers is reached.
Apply online from April 1 at the AIDS 2014 website