International AIDS Society


  Volunteer Applications are now closed as we have received a greater than expected number of applications. Thanks to everyone for their interest in volunteering at IAS 2015!  

The Role of Volunteers

The success of IAS 2015 depends heavily on the support of between 150 and 200 volunteers working with IAS during the week of 15 – 22 July 2015. 

Volunteers will help coordinate programme activities, greet visiting delegates, assist with registration, act as guides during the conference, staff various offices and activities, and perform other crucial tasks. Volunteers will receive training and support from IAS staff and the conference volunteer coordinators. 

Volunteers will have free access to conference sessions when not on duty, a lunch each working day and will also receive a Certificate of Appreciation. 

Furthermore, volunteers will have the opportunity to gain international experience at the world’s largest open scientific conference on HIV/AIDS.

To volunteer you must be at least 18 years old (as of 15 July 2015), have a good level of English and be available for at least three half-day shifts. Volunteers who can commit to more than 5 shifts from 15 July to 22 July will be prioritized.

If you have any questions, please contact .

Potential Accommodation

Please see the IAS 2015 Volunteer Potential Accommodation file for a suggested list of potential accommodation for volunteers at IAS 2015. The IAS 2015 Volunteer Department provides this only as an indication and guide; it is not exhaustive and may be subject to change and availability. The University of British Columbia also offers accommodation. Further information can be found here. The IAS 2015 Volunteer Department unfortunately cannot provide any assistance with accommodation.

Volunteers from Other Countries

Persons from countries other than Canada seeking to volunteer at IAS 2015 will be required to meet Canadian customs and immigration requirements for visitors.

The conference secretariat is unfortunately not able to offer any financial assistance or an official Letter of Invitation to help with visas. It is the sole responsibility of the volunteer to take care of his/her visa requirements.

Volunteers are responsible for their own accommodation and travel costs.



Please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for more information on volunteering.

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