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The World Parkinson Coalition is looking for volunteers to help out during the

World Parkinson Congress 2013 (WPC 2013) in Montréal, QC, October 1 - 4, 2013 at the

Palais des congrès de Montréal (Montréal Convention Center).


The WPC 2013 is looking for volunteers who

• Are available from Monday, September 30th to Friday, October 4th, 2013*

• Be available for at least 5 hours in a row each day

• Can speak fluent English. French a major PLUS, and other languages desired as well

• Are energetic and have a positive attitude

• Are responsible, reliable, friendly and resourceful

• Can attend a training course and help stuff bags on Monday, September 30th, 2013.

• Can be responsible for own travel and accommodation plans and expenses

• Have previous volunteer similar experience

* Volunteering everyday is not required, but those who can offer longer periods of time throughout the week and or day will be given preference for volunteer slots.


We offer

• A mandatory training course on Monday, September 30th, 2013 from 9AM - 12PM. (Pick up materials from 8AM - 9AM)

• Coffee breaks in the volunteer room

• Two volunteer shirts

• A meal voucher before or after each 5 hour shift

• Waived WPC 2013 registration fees*

• Free entry to the sessions and/or events when you are not working

• Free learning opportunity in sessions where you are volunteering

• A rewarding experience and the opportunity to meet some of the most highly regarded Parkinson’s clinical researchers, basic scientists, and advocates living with Parkinson’s today

• A reference for your CV

• An amazing experience


Regarding volunteers with physical challenges or disabilities:

Every effort will be made to allow participation by volunteers with physical challenges. Regardless of a volunteer’s physical capabilities, she/he must be able to communicate verbally in a clear and concise manner in order to best assist Congress attendees. A variety of tasks will require volunteers, so if movement is a challenge, a stationary job will be assigned.


* Please note: The registration fees for the WPC 2013 are waived for volunteers. An applicant must apply and be accepted as a WPC 2013 volunteer to receive the fee waiver. Those selected to volunteer will be notified by the end of April. If you are not selected, you will need to register for the WPC on your own.


In total, the 3rd World Parkinson Congress will need around 100 volunteers to make sure this event is a success. Be a part of it!

Click here to learn more about volunteering at the WPC 2013.

Click here to view the complete list of WPC 2013 volunteer tasks.

Volunteer Coordinator: Paul de Roos

Paul de Roos, Medical Doctor, 33 years old, 2,5 years of work experience in the field of Neurology (2 years in the Netherlands, half a year in Sweden), educator and education activist. As a medical doctor his specific interest is in Parkinson's Disease and other movement disorders. In his student life - as student activist -  Paul founded an international network for students/young professionals training leadership skills, an annual international leadership summer school (6th edition in 2013 in Bulgary), an annual international summer school on Parkinson's Disease for healthcare students (uniting academic education, training in teamwork and the perspectives of people with Parkinson's Disease and their carers into one research focused event -- 5th edition in Montréal, Canada). Since 2005 he has been developing a "Student Hospitality Crew"-concept which has helped more than 150 students and young professionals get access to conventions as volunteer, who would not have attended these conventions without this chance.

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