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Festival Volunteer


Festival Volunteer

Open House Cork


At a Glance

  • Start Date:04/10/2019
  • End Date:06/10/2019
  • Closing date:26/09/2019
  • Post Updated:11/09/2019
  • Min Hours:4
  • Role Type:Events/Stewarding

Requirements:A friendly, welcoming personality who is comfortable dealing with the public face to face and speaks fluent English.


Open House is a simple but powerful concept, showcasing outstanding architecture for all to experience, completely for free. Open House initiatives invite everyone to explore and understand the value of a well-designed built environment. The event is non-profit, funded by donations and is run primarily by volunteers.

Stemming from the success of similar festivals around the world, Open House Cork is a weekend of free building visits, lectures, children's activities and student projects engaging with the general public, providing a memorable experience of what good architecture is and of the ways in which it might be a force for cultural, social and economic good.

Our series of talks, tours and exhibitions held in buildings all over the city showcased the rich and varying architecture of Cork, with all events being completely free.

In addition to the day(s) of the festival, there will be a short training session the weekend before in Cork city centre. We will also be holding a party for hosts (designers and architects) and volunteers on Sunday evening after the festival.

Is training provided?: Yes

Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:

Tasks will include:

  • Welcome the public
  • Give them information
  • Monitor the crowd/manage the queues, and lastly thank them for coming


We are also seeking one additional Volunteer Coordinator who will travel to each of the buildings to liase with the host, introduce the volunteers, and make sure each volunteer has the building and safety information they need. If you are interested in this role, please note that when contacting us.

Skills required for this role:

A friendly, welcoming personality who is comfortable dealing with the public face to face. An interest in architecture and design is desired, but not required. Fluent English needed. Desired interests/skills:

  • Architecture/ Design
  • Hospitality/ Befriending
  • Personable Skills


In addition, the Volunteer Coordinator requires management and coordination skills, as well as access to transportation (mileage reimbursed).

Details of time commitment needed for role:
The festival runs from 4 - 6 October with an hour training the week before. At most, we will ask for a 4 hour shift, though several locations will have shorter hours. There are multiple properties featured as part of the festival around Cork city. We also have a few locations in Blackrock, Bishopstown, and Douglas. A few properties are accessible; unfortunately, many are not. We are happy to accommodate physical disabilities with scheduling and assignments.

Minimum time commitment per week:
4 hour p/week

Additional screening required for this role:
We ask you to register with Cork Volunteer Centre: After doing so, they will direct you to a form for submitting your availability and t-shirt size.


If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:

Name: Open House Cork

Address: Open House Cork, 20 Red Abbey Street


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