2024 Festival Volunteer FAQs

Join us at the African World Festival as a volunteer and immerse yourself in a vibrant celebration of African culture and heritage.

Assist with event hospitality, engage visitors with enriching activities, and contribute to fostering a sense of community pride. As a volunteer, you'll have the opportunity to play a vital role in creating memorable experiences for attendees.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the dates and location of the 2024 African World Festival?

AWF is July 12th through 14th at Hart Plaza in Detroit, Michigan from 11 AM to 11 PM every day.

What qualifications are required to volunteer for the festival?
  • 18+ years old
  • Must attend festival orientation
  • Consent to a background check
  • Volunteer at least (1) full 4-hour shift
Will volunteers receive any training or orientation before the event?

Yes. Attending AWF Volunteer Orientation is mandatory for everyone interested in being a volunteer.

There will be two volunteer orientations, you’re only required to attend ONE. Please note registration is required:

  • Thursday, June 27th | 5:30-7 PM (in person)
  • Sunday, June 30 | 1-2:30 PM (virtual)
What is the time commitment expected from volunteers during the festival?

Volunteers are expected to attend shifts as assigned. One shift consists of 4 hours in that role.

All volunteers will be provided with water and refreshments.

Are there any age restrictions for volunteers?

Volunteers must be 18+ years old.

What are the benefits or perks of volunteering for the African World Festival?
  • Be a part of the team that makes this landmark event run smoothly, and help every attendee have an enjoyable experience
  • Get free admission to the festival on your volunteer day
  • Receive exclusive AWF Volunteer merch for volunteering  
  • Get entered into a raffle to win a year-long membership at The Wright
  • Private invitation to Volunteer Appreciation Event
  • Tentative free validated parking
How do I apply to become a volunteer, and what is the selection process like?
  • Apply to be a AWF volunteer online
  • Attend orientation in person or virtually
  • Receive invite to background check  
  • After the application is approved and the background check is cleared, you can sign up for a shift
Are there volunteer opportunities that accommodate needing to sit for extended periods of time or allot for sun sensitivity?

Yes, please indicate on your volunteer application.

Do I have to volunteer all three days?


Volunteer Applications

Interested in volunteering?
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