Join our invaluable team of balloon festival volunteers! It’s a great way to become involved in a community event and experience the thrill of ballooning first hand.
What are the requirements for being a volunteer?
No experience is needed for any of the volunteer opportunities – however, please let us know if you have volunteered at a balloon festival previously. Dress depends on your assignment. Please be certain to wear your volunteer T-shirt, as well as sturdy shoes, like tennis shoes – no open toed shoes. Please do not bring purses, back packs or other valuable items. No on-site secure storage is available.
Is there an age limit?
Volunteers must be over 18 years of age. We are delighted to welcome mature volunteers under the age of 18. Any volunteer under 18 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian sign a waiver for their participation.
How long is a shift?
Volunteer shifts are generally four hours long.
What are the benefits of volunteering?
Volunteers get the opportunity to be up close for the entire balloon festival experience! As a volunteer you will receive a free weekend pass to enjoy the festival when not working, a free official The Villages Balloon Festival volunteer t-shirt and free on-site parking in the volunteer parking area.
What are the responsibilities of a volunteer?
Volunteers agree to attend any of the training sessions held prior to the event, if applicable. Volunteers agree to represent The Villages in a professional and pleasant manner, showing exceptional hospitality to everyone visiting our facility. Volunteers agree to wear their official volunteer t-shirt at all times when working on their assigned shift. Volunteers agree to check in at the volunteer tent prior to the event.
What is an Event volunteer?
Event volunteers may be assigned to many areas: Parking, Fun Zone, VIP tent or ticket stand, or balloon volunteer. Assignments are made at the discretion of event management.
What is a Crew Member volunteer?
This assignment includes helping to get the balloons ready, helping inflate the balloons, assisting with the tethered rides and assisting with the take-off and landing of balloons. This may be strenuous work, so make certain you can stand for 2 hours, as well as lift over 20 pounds.
We encourage you to bring your own lawn chairs as seating is limited. All balloon events are dependent on the weather. Security measures will be in effect including bag checks. No animals (with exception of service animals), contraband, or outside food and drinks, including alcohol, will be permitted.