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Volunteers

Curious to see how it all takes place in 2023? Wanna be part of this major event?

Become a volunteer for the IChO 2023! 

We are looking forward to your volunteering application!

No chemistry knowledge is required, the most important is your motivation to make the IChO 2023 a success.

Contributing your time and energy to the IChO will also bring you in touch with dozens of co-minded volunteers and up to 350 brightest minds in Chemistry. It will be rewarded by team building activities for volunteers and a work certificate you can use for your CV.

Your expenses like accommodation, meals, and transport expenses will be covered.

Above all, it will be ten days of fun and science feasts organized by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology – ETH Zurich and its partners.

We care for the environment - you should ideally reside in Switzerland or Liechtenstein to volunteer.

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If you have any questions, send us an email to info@icho2023.ch 

We are looking for these volunteers:

Team Guides


As a reference person for the 15 to 19 year old students of the almost 90 delegations, the Team Guide is the business card of the organization. Fun and exchange characterize the assignment, but the guide is also responsible for the small and big worries of the guests and enables the participants a carefree stay. Towards the teams, the Team Guide is the person who gives information and accompanies the students during the entire programme. There is one team guide per team of four students, but small delegations are grouped together. The intention is to assign a Team Guide to each team with appropriate language skills of the team. 

 

Requirements: Enjoyment of intercultural encounters, ability to work under pressure, solution-oriented understanding of service, foreign languages.

Required availability: During the entirety of the event and one day before for a kick-off meeting (15 - 25 July 2023).

Mentor Guides

As a reference person for the up to 300 mentors, observers, and visitors (often chemistry professors or teachers of the almost 90 delegations), the Mentor Guide is the business card of the organization. Fun and exchange characterize the assignment, but the Guide is also responsible for the small and big worries of the guests and enables the participants a carefree stay. Towards the mentors, observers and visitors, the Mentor Guide is the person who provides information and accompanies them during the entire programme. A Mentor Guide is not assigned to specific mentors, observers or visitors, but can be approached by any mentor, observer or visitor at the respective event location. 

Requirements: Enjoyment of intercultural encounters, ability to work under pressure, solution-oriented understanding of service, foreign languages.

Required availability: During the entirety of the event and one day before for a kick-off meeting (15 - 25 July 2023).

Scientific Assistants

Scientific Assistants support the Scientific Committee in its work (e.g. setting up & dismantling examination infra-structure, helping to run the exams, printing & scanning examinations, general trouble-shooting). Scientific Assistants are managed and trained by the Scientific Committee.

 

Requirements: Ideally chemistry students, staff, teachers or former Chemistry Olympiad participants, ability to work under pressure, solution-oriented understanding of service, English or German a must, other foreign languages an advantage.

 

Required availability: Part-time engagement or working on certain days only leading up to and during the event, e.g. volunteering before the official start of the event for helping with the setup of practical and theoretical examinations, earliest 3 July and latest until 28 July 2023.

Markers

Markers correct the exams and defend the corrections to the mentors. The Marker is also affiliated with and trained by the Scientific Committee.

 

Requirement: Bachelor in natural sciences (chemistry/biochemistry/physics etc), English required, other foreign languages an advantage.

 

Required availability: They are on duty during a shorter period (19 - 23 July 2023).

Media Volunteers

During the IChO days, a printed newsletter will be published daily in English with articles, current information, interviews, photos, etc. It is edited and produced with the help of the Media Volunteers. In addition, there are various communication tasks (e.g. website, graphic design) and activities around the event.

Requirements: editorial and journalistic skills, experience in marketing communications including social media, solution-oriented understanding of service, foreign languages.

Required availability: What can start with a part-time volunteering already now (copywriting and preparing of communication materials, social media posts and similar) will then grow into a full-time activity during the Olympiad itself following the kick-off meeting.

Event Volunteers

The Event Volunteer supports the organizing committee in the implementation of the various events during the IChO days.

Requirements: Experience in the implementation of events and execution of administrative tasks, organizational talent, solution-oriented understanding of service, foreign languages an advantage.

Required availability: During the entirety of the event and one day before for a kick-off meeting (15 - 25 July 2023).

Background Picture: © IPhO 2016 / Roman Ernst

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