Volunteer

2017 Volunteer Registration


Tour de Timor 2017 is shaping up to be another fantastic five days of action. Much of our success can be credited to the great volunteers who work tirelessly on Tour de Timor.

Many travel from home countries to join us, others are based in Timor for work and want to be part of the action and adventure, showing off this wonderful half island nation that is Timor-Leste to international guests. We have volunteers from local communities as well as great support from Rotaractors of Dili (a youth version of Rotary) and other local civil society organisations.

We have volunteer roles available to suit all including pre & post Tour only in Dili. Have a read through the descriptions below and start thinking about joining us for the adventure of a lifetime in September.

  • Water Stations x 50

  • Kitchen Hands/ Food Service

  • King & Queen of the Mountain Monitors

  • Timing Crew

  • Physiotherapists & Massage Therapists

  • and many more!

Expression of Interest for Volunteering is now open.

Please click on Register Now button below. If you have any general enquires regarding volunteering, then please send us an email at info@tourdetimor.com

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DURING THE TOUR

19th to 23rd September

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, TdT Volunteer 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 25-30km 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.

Kitchen Hands/ Food Service x 40

With the dining hall providing continuous food service for 16 hours per day, many helpers are required for food prep as well as service in the dining hall and washing up. Three shifts a day of six hours each will suit for the early birds and night owls among the vols: once your shift is over you can relax, catch up on sleep, visit the local community or go on one of our volunteer activities!

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

This year we will have transponders on bikes (the same tech as used by the Tour de France). Timing crew are required to assist at the start & finish lines under the guidance of our amazing Timing Director Chris.  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.

Merchandiser x 6

To sell TdT merch in campsites throughout the Tour. Usually from early afternoon until early evening. Cash handling skills & customer service/inventory skills are useful

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.

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.

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 one Floater for each of the two campsites so you may only be required for 3-4 days in one location, including a day or two prior to riders arrival and an additional day after their departure for packdown/clean up.

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 four 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.

Photographers & Cameraperson &IT/Media x 20

We will have a large international camera crew bringing TdT live to the world through our three media centres-Dili, Aileu & Maliana.

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.

PRE-TOUR

Thursday 14th September onwards

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

Hospitality Greeters

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 Monday; therefore we need a Point of Contact for riders to make last minute amendments that can be passed on to Timing Director on Monday.

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.

Packers

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.

POST-TOUR

23rd September onwards

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.

Packdown support

This may be in Dili as well as Aileu & Maliana. 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.