Volunteer for Tour de Timor 2018
During the Tour (4th to 8th September 2018)
These roles will be required for the duration of the Tour with duties on a daily basis. Volunteers should expect long days in remote locations across the route of Tour de Timor.
In exchange for your volunteering on this amazing event, you will receive discounted fares from Darwin to Dili return, camping style accommodation throughout the Tour, all meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 5, TdTVolunteer Tshirts, all transport supplied throughout the Tour, access to discounted accommodation in Dili pre and post Tour de Timor and the chance to experience this beautiful country from a unique perspective.
Water Stations x 50
Located every 20-25km on course each day, water station vols are crucial to the whole event. You will set out very early in the morning for location & remain there until the last rider and SAG Wagon (First vehicle after last rider) has gone through. You will be in teams of 4-5 volunteers including at least one local volunteer to assist with any communication with the local community. The elite riders will rush through water stations however many others will stop for a chat and rest while they top up their water supply. Role would suit family member of rider. Great chance to see more of Timor-Leste than the usual spots.
King & Queen of the Mountain Monitors x3
This is the role for an adventurous and fit person. You will be dropped off on-course in the very early morning at the King of the Mountain finish line with a local volunteer. You will record the first three male & first three female riders to reach the KOM location. Then you will hike to the nearest water station or wait until the end of the day for the SAG wagon to collect you to take you forward to the campsite. Would suit fit independent person, preferably with motorbike licence.
Timing Crew x 10
Timing crew are required to assist at the start & finish lines under the guidance of our amazing Timing Director Russ. This role would suit former riders or sports specialist uni students. Expect early mornings and long days and the opportunity to mix it up with the elites as well as weekend warriors.
Physiotherapists&Massage Therapists x 10
We need physios and massage therapists based at campsites for massage of riders (& sometimes weary volunteers) on a nightly basis. Shifts will start from early to mid afternoon into the early evening. There will be a massage area for riders to book in sessions. This area also requires a booking manager. Massage therapists & physios are generally the second most popular group in the campsite, after the bike mechanics.
Photographers & Cameraperson & IT/Media x 10
We will have a small international camera crew bringing TdT live to the world through our social media ports.
If you have stills photography skills and your own equipment, are already in country or can fly in for the week, then we have plenty of work for you. If you can also ride a motorbike or feel comfortable on the back of a motorbike (sometimes riding back to back) then we have an adventure for you! It will be long days on the road, following the race or in the campsite recording adventures and stories.
We also need copywriters, journalists and other media related vols to join us. If you have experience in this area then please let us know.
Bike Mechanic Junior/Assistant x 3
This role is working within the most popular team in the campsite. The bike mechanics bring hope and joy to riders, fixing bikes to see another day in the saddle. Who wouldn’t want to hang with them? We will have two amazing mechanics working day & night to get all bikes back out on the road for the next day. This team needs the services of a bike junior/assistant to greet sad riders and their broken bikes, be able to assess the damage and prioritise the bikes so the mechanics can concentrate on doing what they do best. It does require some bike knowledge & cash handling skills. If you speak a bit of Indonesian or Tetun then even better for communicating with Timorese riders. The hours are from early afternoon until the last bike is fixed. Would suit night owl.
Merchandiser x 4
To sell TdTmerch in campsites throughout the Tour.Usually from early afternoon until early evening. Cash handling skills & customer service/inventory skills are useful
Floater/Jack of all Trades x 2
Would suit experienced volunteers from previous Tour de Timor (especially 2009-2012) with mechanics skills, good at pulling a team together quickly to resolve issues in campsite. Ideally we will have a Floater based in the camp for daytime and early evening shifts so you may only be required for 4-5 days in Aileu campsite, including a day or two prior to riders arrival and an additional day after their departure for packdown/clean up.
Sag wagon crew x4
One of the toughest jobs on the Tour. You are in the first vehicle behind the last rider. You have to control that flow of traffic-only emergency vehicles and motorbikes are allowed on route with TdT riders daily. You will pick up any riders (& their bikes) unable to complete the daily stage. Would suit person with logistics/event experience. Long days out on the road in 4WD. You will have a local driver but having 4WD experience would still be an advantage as well as first aid skills.
Living in Dili and only able to volunteer for a few hours or a couple of days pre & post Tour? We still have options for you to join in the fun. We will need help from Thursday 14th September onwards in Dili
This role will be based at Dili HQ, assisting newly arrived riders with set up of phones, check in to accommodation & orientation of Dili to get them started. There will be early morning shifts and lunchtime shifts to coincide with flight arrival times and influx of riders.
Point of Contact for Timing
This role will be at TdT HQ from Friday to Monday. As riders arrive, some like to make last minute adjustments to teams or team names etc. The timing director will arrive on Saturday; therefore we need a Point of Contact for riders to make last minute amendments that can be passed on to Timing Director and to assist him.
Bike storage assistants& Bike set-up
Upon arrival in Dili, riders will be transported to TdT HQ where they will unpack & assemble their bikes. We will have storage containers available to leave their bike boxes/bags during the Tour. Most riders have the skills to set up their own bikes but if you are mechanically minded and able to lend a hand, it would be appreciated. Shifts would be timed to coincide with flight arrivals in early morning and again around lunchtime/early afternoon.
An after hours job, packing TdT rider kits, assembly line style. Come and join in the madness a week before the Tour. One or two nights only.
Bike washers & packers
Riders return to Dili at the end of five days of riding exhausted. For riders departing Dili via Darwin, bikes need to be thoroughly clean to meet AQIS strict requirements. This role is physically demanding as you have to make sure that all dirt & dust is removed from bikes before they are packed in their bike bag/box.
This may be in Dili as well as Aileu. Generally all riders and crew are exhausted after the Tour so any assistance in the packdown and clean in the days immediately following the Tour are greatly appreciated.
Hospitality & Airport Drop-Off
This would suit early morning riser as majority of Airnorth flights post Tour will depart in the early morning. It will be a matter of meeting riders and their bikes at Timor Lodge to assist in the transfer back to the airport. Riders are often tired and forgetful so a smiling helping hand will be greatly appreciated.