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Volunteer at the 2019 SEEP Annual Conference

Want to participate in the premier learning event for development practitioners and experts? 

Want an opportunity to network with these global development leaders and industry stakeholders? 

Every year, SEEP offers a platform for attendees to connect, engage, and learn more about the challenges and opportunities they face in reducing poverty and strengthening the industry. In 2018, the SEEP Annual Conference welcomed over 440 development leaders from more than 180 organizations and 45 countries. We are eager to convene once again and explore this year's theme, Building Resilience through Market Systems.

Volunteer Details

Where is the Conference? The Annual Conference, and all volunteer assignments, will be fulfilled in Arlington, Virginia at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, located just minutes away from Washington, D.C. and the Reagan National Airport.

When will volunteers be asked to help? This year, the Annual Conference will be from October 21-23, 2019. Volunteer assignments include two (2) days on and one (1) day off during the dates of the Conference. Additionally, all volunteers must attend one orientation day prior to the Conference. Orientation dates are October 15-17, 2019.

What are the benefits of volunteering? Volunteers are entitled to one full day of the Conference with access to sessions and networking opportunities. Breakfasts and lunches are included. All other costs, such as lodging, dinner, airfare, local travel, incidental expenses associated with participation in the Conference are the responsibility of the volunteer. A stipend of $100 USD will be awarded to each volunteer upon successful completion of volunteer responsibilities.

When should volunteers apply? Applications will be accepted as long as volunteers are needed and reviewed on a rolling basis, so apply soon! Selected applicants will be notified of their acceptance on or before September 20, 2019.


Volunteers will be assigned tasks based on the needs of the Conference. A partial listing of volunteer tasks includes: 

  • Registration - Provide administrative/clerical support during the check-in of Conference participants
  • Information - Assist participants in locating Conference meeting rooms and other hotel facilities 
  • Conference logistics - Support on-site operations of the Conference which includes distributing and collecting registration packets, sign-up sheets, and evaluations
  • Monitor breakout sessions - Take notes, report any audio/visual challenges, communicate time limits to speakers and distribute handouts during sessions
  • Plenaries and meetings - Set up plenary sessions and meetings and provide logistical support to the SEEP staff
  • Conference preparation - Assist SEEP staff in pre-Conference organizational tasks

To qualify, volunteers must demonstrate: 

  • Good organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Strong work ethic; willing and able to perform all duties required
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with an ability to work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or French highly desirable
  • Experience for meeting and event planning
  • Experience in managing databases and contact lists, a plus
  • Easygoing manner, energetic, upbeat personality
  • Must be available for full at least 2 full days between October 21-23, 2019

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