Bespoke Training for Wave Makers


If you attended the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture programme launch last month, it’s highly likely that one of our Wave Makers handed you a copy of our programme or directed you along your way. As important contributors to the European Capital of Culture, the group undergoes comprehensive training and gains behind-the-scenes access to many of the exciting programme events.

Our Wave Makers have a unique opportunity to take part in delivering the largest and most complex cultural event ever to be undertaken in Ireland. Whatever your interest – making connections, meeting people from diverse backgrounds, advancing your skills or giving back to the community – there are multiple reasons to join the team.

With the February Opening nearing, our Wave Makers are busy preparing to bring transformative energy to Galway in 2020. Two training workshops will be offered on 12 and 19 October at the ILAS building, NUI Galway. Participants will gain an overall understanding of the programme and the ABCs of large-scale event management. Those interested can get involved by registering on our volunteer page and completing the process by attending a face-to-face meeting in the Galway 2020 offices.

Workshops will be delivered in partnership with Galway Volunteer Centre and Fáilte Ireland. The Galway Volunteer Centre module anticipates and strategises around the expectations of everyone involved in the year-long project, including Wave Makers themselves. Fáilte Ireland’s bespoke workshop focuses on local expertise. Wave Makers will become clued into their surroundings and versed in local knowledge, recognising the needs of each individual visitor. Wave Makers will build an impressive catalogue of transferable skills, having fun and forming friendships along the way.

The Wave Maker programme is kindly supported by Medtronic, one of Galway’s leading medical technology services and solutions companies, and the official health partner to Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture. Voluntary roles vary from stewarding, invigilating and front of house, to merchandising, translating and digital support. Volunteers can personalise their schedule to suit their availability and interests. A huge number of people are expected to come on board in the lead up to 2020. These Wave Makers will be a living legacy of Galway 2020 – a force of cultural change for the future of Galway City and County.

Volunteer Programme Development Manager at Galway 2020, Elena Toniato says, “It’s a pleasure to work with such a diverse and enthusiastic group of people, and the numbers are growing every week. We welcome everyone over 18 to join the Wave Makers and help us in making memories over the course of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

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