About the conference

In September up to one thousand delegates will be coming to Torbay from every corner of the world, to celebrate the Earth’s heritage, science education and economic development.

There are currently 120 UNESCO Global Geoparks in over thirty countries worldwide. The conference takes place every two years and this is the first time it will have been held in Great Britain.

Who should volunteer?

We’d be delighted to hear from anyone with an interest in helping us to welcome these important international guests to the English Riviera. Whether you have a specialist interest in local culture, heritage, geology or just want to learn more, this will be an exciting opportunity to become involved in an event of global importance.

You might have particular skills that would be very helpful to the conference such as speaking a foreign language, being a qualified first aider, or being able to drive. Whatever your interest, we’d be delighted to hear from you!

About the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark

The English Riviera won the status of Global Geopark in 2007, receiving international recognition for our rich local geological, historical and cultural heritage. We are now proud to be welcoming colleagues from UNESCO and the world’s Global Geoparks to experience our wonderful bay for themselves.

What will volunteering involve?

The conference takes place over four days at the Riviera International Centre in Torquay. We'll need people to help with hosting our global guests at the Conference Centre; welcoming, helping with registration and offering local information. Rotas will be very flexible and full training will be provided.

On Thursday 29th September the delegates will be visiting sites of cultural and geological interest around Torbay on coach tours, and we would particularly welcome interest from people with local knowledge who can act as guides and hosts on the coaches.

How can I get involved?

The full volunteering programme will be launched during April, with two or three training events planned to be held over the summer months prior to the conference.

In the meantime, if you are interested then please complete the form below to register your interest and we’ll be in touch very soon!

Welcoming the world to Torbay!

The conference organisers are already working with local young musicians and composers, in partnership with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, to deliver a spectacular opening ceremony.

During the conference we also need the support of local people to ensure a warm welcome to our international guests., and are creating a volunteer programme to help people get involved in this exciting event.

Why should I volunteer?

Whether you’re interested in learning more about your local area, or are keen to represent Torbay in welcoming our UNESCO guests, there will be plenty to experience at the conference and on the field trips. For volunteers in education the programme will also offer experience of event management for your CV.

As an “Ambassador” for Torbay you will also be made aware of other volunteering opportunities for events in the future if you wish to, and we’ll make sure you take away some mementos of the conference as well as hopefully some new friends and fond memories!




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