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Volunteer Profile

Volunteer

Andreas Gschwari

1. Tell us a bit about yourself, where are you from and what kind of work history do you have?

I am 34, originally from Austria but have been living and working in the UK for more than 10 years now. I work in the computer games industry and am a Games and Level Designer. Currently I am unemployed as I will be taking a year off work to walk around the coast of the UK to raise money for charity. I have always been into Celtic and British folk music, so that's why I have been coming to the festival for years!

2. How long have you known about the festival, were you ever just a paying punter?

I went to my first festival in 2004 after randomly finding it on a google search. I was a punter for the first 3 years but having met many of the volunteers and having kept in touch with them during the year, I decided to become a volunteer myself for the first time in 2007. After that there was no going back!

3. How long have you been volunteering for the festival and what kinds of things do you do?

This will be my 5th year of volunteering and I have always been part of the Tech Team. I help to build the stage, lights and audio systems. Mostly it's heavy lifting and carrying lots of equipment around (who would have thought it takes 3 large trucks full of gear to put on a show like this!), but sometimes it involves other things, such as climbing up the tent pillars to secure cables! When the shows are on the Tech Team becomes the backstage crew and we help with changeovers for the bands.

4. What do you get out of it?

Being part of a unique team, doing something I don't normally get to do. Seeing old friends and making new ones. Having probably the biggest laugh of the year and all this while watching some amazing live acts from a different perspective. It's one of the highlights of my year and every year I take home some fantastic memories, stories and pictures! Oh and I also get a free t-shirt! Seriously though - being in one of the most amazing parts of the world and being part of a great team that's putting on one of the best shows in the world is just special.

5. Will we see you again this year?

I'll be there again, and the next year and the year after that. As it is right now, i can't see a year where i am not going. Which reminds me, i need to fill out my volunteer form on the website!

VOLUNTEER NOW!

Andreas is currently hot footing it around the UK raising money for his nominated charity and you can keep up with him through the following web pages:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/walkingfortrees#!/pages/Walking-for-Trees/103762986359969 (this of course is linked to the HebCelt Fest page!)
Twitter: @walkingfortrees
website: www.walking-for-trees.org.uk
blog: walkingfortrees.wordpress.com/

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