Volunteer at Animanga!
Why Volunteer? Because Animanga needs your help! Volunteers are wanted at all hours in virtually all departments, so stop by and find the schedule that works for you. Volunteers help make the convention a great experience. Volunteers may apply to specific departments and assist mainly with the department that they are assigned to.
There is no orientation. We train you on the spot and tell you what you need to know! No volunteers will be recruited onsite/during convention. Volunteers get access to the Staff Room, where there are snacks and beverages always available, and seating for quick breaks. At this time, we are not able to offer complimentary lodging or transportation. We care for all the staff members including volunteers and will ensure you enjoy your time at the event.
- Must be at least 16 years old. If under 18, you will need to fill out a Parental Permission Form
- Must commit to a minimum of 5 hours per day (may include both pre-con and at-con hours)
- Must be available during time specified in application
- Must live within 50 miles of venue and have reliable transportation.
- Adhere to all Animanga volunteer policies/guidelines
- Becoming a part of the close knit community of fans and friends
- Free entry for days you volunteer at Animanga 2018
- Free lunch on the event days
- Free volunteer shirt
- Receive community service hours for your school/organization while having fun
- Behind the scenes look at how conventions are run
Can I cosplay if I Volunteer?
It depends on where you will be arranged to work. We prefer no cosplay while you are on shift. If your costume is similar to daily clothing, you can wear the volunteer T-shirt over your cosplay.
What do Volunteers do?
As a volunteer you are not limited to just one job or one department. There are a wide variety of tasks available and all of them are important. Some examples are badge checking, watching doors, helping with setup and breakdown, bag stuffing, line management, helping attendees, and more. Volunteers DO NOT handle money nor act as security or medical personnel.
Will I still have time to see stuff?
Absolutely, we offer flexible schedules meaning you don’t have to miss your favorite events and will have plenty of time to enjoy the convention.
Can I jump the registration line if I volunteer?
Volunteers do not wait in the same registration line as other attendees, but they do have to wait with in a line to get the the Volunteer Room to pick up their badges, so show up as early as possible.
When does the Volunteers Room open?
The Volunteers Room hours are as follows but subject to change.
Thursday 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Do I have to attend any staff meetings?
You do not need to attend any staff meetings.
Do I need any training?
You do not need any prior training. We will teach you everything you need to know at the convention.
Is there a limit to the number of people that can volunteer?
We expect to need anywhere between 10 and 20 volunteers.
How many hours do I need to work?
A minimum of five (5) hours a day is required for volunteers. It does not need to be consecutive hours. You can work for only one day or several days. If you are working all three event days, you are working at least 15 hours total, at least 5 hours a day.
Can I request specific jobs ahead of time?
Volunteers may apply to specific departments and assist mainly with the department that they are assigned to. However, we may request their assistance with other tasks as needed.
I really want to volunteer but I don't live within 50 miles of the venue? Do you make exceptions?
We may be willing to make exceptions if we need more volunteers, but we will be unable to assist with housing. Simply fill out the application with your address and mention the situation in the 'Comments' section, or email info@AnimangaUSA.com.