Be a part of something bigger than yourself — invest in the transformative power of science and technology for a brighter future. Contact YUVA if you want to be a volunteer for FIRST Global Challenge 2023!
FIRST Global is a volunteer-driven organization. At each year’s FIRST Global Challenge, International Volunteers help keep the robots running, make the matches fun, and keep the FIRST Global spirit alive. Ranging from high school students to professional engineers, our International Volunteers are what make the FIRST Global Challenge possible!
Volunteering with FIRST Global not only gives you the opportunity to share your knowledge but to also learn and experience new things, build your résumé, network with other volunteers and sponsors, and inspire the world’s youth.
What do International Volunteers do?
International Volunteers fill a wide variety of roles at the FIRST Global Challenge to ensure every aspect of the on-site event runs smoothly. There are over 20 different technical and non-technical International Volunteer positions, ranging from robot inspectors and technical judges to queuing and pit administration.
Beyond the game matches and robot action, FIRST Global International Volunteers play a key role in a transformational educational experience for student participants from around the globe. Volunteers motivate these young people to realize their full potentials and use their unique talents to make the world a better place. International Volunteers aren’t here for money, fame, or bragging rights; they’re here to invest in a better future for us all.
As someone who may already have a STEM career, this is an opportunity to use your experiences to ignite that same spark in the next generations. Your impact is further magnified globally as these youth go back to their communities to share and implement what they learn.
No experience? No problem! Several positions don’t require technical knowledge.
Guiding Principles for Volunteers
As an International Volunteer, you join the global network that is the FIRST Global community. As a community, we have guiding philosophies and Core Values that shape how FIRST Global students, mentors, and volunteers engage with each other.
Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. With Gracious Professionalism®, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. They avoid treating anyone like losers. There’s no chest-thumping tough-talk, but no sticky-sweet platitudes either. Rather, knowledge, competition, and empathy are comfortably blended. In the long run, Gracious Professionalism® is part of pursuing a meaningful life. One can add to society and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing one has acted with integrity and sensitivity.
Coopertition® is a way of displaying unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition. Teams can and should help and cooperate with each other even as they compete. We learn from teammates and teach teammates. We learn from Mentors. We manage and are managed. We compete always, but assist and enable others when we can.
We express the philosophies of Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® through our Core Values:
- Discovery: We explore new skills and ideas.
- Innovation: We use creativity and persistence to solve problems.
- Impact: We apply what we learn to improve our world.
- Inclusion: We respect each other and embrace our differences.
- Teamwork: We are stronger when we work together.
- Fun: We enjoy and celebrate what we do!
“FIRST Global proves that the world can come together to solve a problem with teamwork, innovation, and a passion to succeed. Bringing volunteers from all over the world together for a common goal is something that I am honored and thrilled to be part of and hope to do for years to come. I hope my small part of volunteering at FIRST Global events makes an impact or changes a student’s life.”Carol, International Volunteer
Ready to Join as a Volunteer?
Volunteer opportunities for the 2023 FIRST Global Challenge are now open! For more information and to apply, please fill out the application here. Please note that the form is password protected. The password is: 2023volunteer
- Must be fluent in English.
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Must commit to fulfilling your role as a volunteer for the duration of the event.
- A passion for spreading knowledge and connecting with people all over the world.
- Foreign language skills are a plus (especially Spanish, French, and Arabic), but not required.
- Volunteers are expected to conduct themselves with Gracious Professionalism® and integrity at all times. This is a global event with people from around the world, so it’s important to treat everyone with courtesy and respect. Some people may have limited English fluency, so patience when communicating with others is crucial.
All questions may be sent to email@example.com.