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Volunteer Code of Ethics

Folk Alliance International is very pleased to have volunteers commit their time to help make our conference a great success. Their efforts, and those of many, many others, are a part of a larger effort to achieve our mission which is: to nurture, engage and empower the international folk music community — traditional and contemporary, amateur and professional — through education, advocacy and performance.

As with any event of this scale, there must be guidelines to follow. Please read on for a summary of expected volunteer practices and behaviors at the conference.

You have the right to:

  • A free conference registration
  • A volunteer t-shirt
  • Invitation to volunteer-only events
  • Information about conference policies and procedures
  • Recognition as a volunteer
  • Appreciation for the contribution you make

We Expect You To:

  • Adhere to this Code of Ethics
  • Volunteer a minimum of 16 hours (FAI members) or 22 hours (non-members)
  • Attend on-site volunteer orientation
  • Be aware of the time commitment and responsibilities of your task(s) prior to accepting a role, and honor that commitment
  • Be on time for all meetings and activities associated with your task(s)
  • Inform your Crew Chief quickly if you are unable to meet any of your responsibilities
  • Ask a Crew Chief if you don’t know the answer to a question, and report problems to any Crew Chief or Volunteer Coordinator
  • Wear your conference t-shirt with pride during all your shifts. This identifies you as a volunteer and representative of FAI to delegates.
  • Be courteous and helpful to anyone who needs your assistance

Please Note:

  • Be a responsible and enthusiastic FAI ambassador
  • Do not commit illegal, violent or unsafe acts
  • Do not show up intoxicated to your volunteer shift
  • Unfortunately, children are not allowed to accompany you during your shift
  • Treat everyone at the conference, camp, and festival with respect. No abusive language.
  • Keep confidential any information that FAI has entrusted to you
  • Don’t transfer your wristband to anyone else