what is the application deadline?
Applications are now closed for the 2022 edition.
Deadline was 28 April — Applications for the 2023 Verbier Festival edition will open in March 2023.
How do I apply to be a volunteer?
When volunteer positions are open, applications are usually made through an online form available on our website.
Do I have to be a certain age to volunteer?
You need to be over the age of 18 to volunteer for the Festival.
Can I apply even if I don’t speak French?
Yes, you may still apply if you speak English. Of course, preference is given to volunteers who can speak some French.
Will I need a work permit to volunteer?
In order to qualify as a volunteer, candidates must be citizens or legal residents of either Switzerland or the European Union. British nationals no longer qualify (unless they hold a valid work permit). Click here for more information.
Is there a minimum time commitment?
We ask that you commit to a minimum of 7 days in your role, due to training requirements. This can be from 15 to 23 July, or 23 to 31 July (dates for the 2022 edition). Some positions will require you to be present for a longer period of time, and will be clearly stated in the descriptions for the volunteer positions.
When will I know if my application to volunteer has been successful?
Volunteer positions will be confirmed in May, and then, you will receive a personalised schedule at the end of June.
what can i expect once I have arrived in verbier?
How many hours will I be expected to commit daily as a volunteer?
Commitments vary but volunteers typically participate up to 4 hours a day.
Will I need to wear a uniform?
Volunteers do not need to wear a uniform but you will have an official Festival badge that must be worn at all times when you’re on duty.
Those working with the public—at concerts, masterclasses, talks and other special events such as post-concert dinners—will need to abide by a specific dress code, which will be outlined in the personalised schedule that you will receive in June.
travel, accommodation & meals
Does the Festival provide free housing?
No, however, the Festival can offer you a room in a shared apartment for a contribution of CHF 100 per week. The number of rooms is limited; therefore, priority will be given to those who commit to volunteering for the entire duration of the Festival. Requests will be treated on a on a case-by-case basis. You will be able to indicate that you need housing on the volunteer registration form.
Where can I find other accommodation?
Will my travel costs be covered by the Festival?
The Festival does not cover travel costs for volunteers. However, all volunteers have free access to the TéléVerbier gondola lift with their official Festival badge. Public transportation within Verbier (the bus and the gondola lift) is free.
Is there a canteen for volunteers?
There is no canteen. Volunteers, as well as most staff, will need to cater for their own meals. The official Festival badge gives you access to special rates and discounts in select bars and restaurants in Verbier. Browse the list of volunteer perks.
What are the benefits offered to volunteers?
- Official Verbier Festival T-shirt
- Complimentary concert tickets (subject to availability) corresponding to the number of volunteer hours committed
- Discounted concert tickets (maximum 2 per concert, subject to availability)
- Special offers and discounts in select shops, bars and restaurants in Verbier
- Free access to public transports and swimming pool of Verbier
- Invitations to all events organised for staff and volunteers—meals and drinks included
Can volunteers attend concerts for free?
Volunteers will have access to complimentary last-minute tickets to concerts when available. These tickets will be available online, at the Festival Ticket Office and at the venue ticket kiosk immediately before a performance.
What are the safety measures to expect this at the Verbier Festival?
Artists, students, staff and volunteers taking part in Verbier Festival programmes and activities do so voluntarily and are therefore obliged to accept and follow rules set out by the Fondation du Verbier Festival.
In the interest of public safety, the Foundation requires that all artists, students, staff and volunteers be considered fully immunized against Covid-19 for the duration of their sojourn at the Festival. The Foundation reserves the right to modify its Covid-19 protection plan to mandate testing protocols, mandatory presentation of immunisation status, etc., as may be required by Swiss law.
Stay tuned for further details on our safety protocols, which will be outlined in the lead-up to the 2022 Festival. We encourage you to subscribe to our newsletter to keep up-tp-date with the latest information.
Will I need to get a health and accident insurance?
Volunteers will not be insured by the Festival, so if you are travelling from abroad, you must obtain health and accident insurance that is valid in Switzerland.