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Become a Volunteer Guide

Our friendly and informative volunteer guides help make a museum visit interesting, instructive and entertaining. During a one hour tour of Rotorua Museum volunteer guides engage visitors with the stories of our area.

What does the Museum look for in a prospective volunteer guide?
Although previous museum or teaching experience is not required, we look for people with:

  • A friendly, welcoming personality
  • A willingness to learn
  • A professional manner
  • The ability to speak in public
  • The willingness to commit to ongoing personal study
  • The commitment to provide at least one tour per week for a year following training

Our volunteer guides help the Museum enrich our visitor experience by treating them as their personal guests.

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Guide Training Course

When is the next volunteer guide training programme?
The next training programme will begin 10 June 2015. Prior enrolment is required for selection. Please contact Julie Parsons between 9.30am and 12.30pm Monday to Friday.

How long does the training take?
The training takes approximately four months and includes:

  • One two-hour lesson once a week at the Museum
  • Personal study of approximately 4 hours per week
  • Expert guest speakers
  • Field trips

What sort of time commitment is expected of me after training?
You will need to be available for a minimum of one tour per week for one year. You will also be expected to attend continuing education meetings from time to time.

For more information on the volunteer guide training programme please contact:
Julie Parsons
07 350 1814

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Benefits of Being a Guide

The benefits of becoming a volunteer guide are:

  • A comprehensive 17 week training programme
  • Continuing education on changing exhibitions
  • Annual volunteer guide outing
  • Special access to the Museum library and photo archives
  • Invitations to gallery talks and other events
  • A volunteer guide newsletter
  • Discounts on purchases at the Museum Shop (20%)
  • Discounts on purchases at the Museum CafĂ© (10%)
  • Invitations to selected museum receptions
  • Free entry to Rotorua Museum
  • Ten free entry vouchers to Rotorua Museum for friends and family

Click here to download our volunteer guide application form
Alternatively you can complete our online Volunteer Guide Application Form

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