We recruit volunteers at PETE&C to help us make the conference run smoothly and to assist attendees for a great conference experience. Volunteers help in all aspects of the conference from working behind the registration desks to assisting and introducing the session presenters to social media.
There are some great perks to being a volunteer!
As a volunteer, you may be provided with conference registration, lodging, some meals, a fancy PETE&C Volunteer shirt, great networking opportunities and the chance to be a part of our amazing conference.
After volunteers are accepted into the program, they will be given a chance to let the volunteer coordinators know which sessions they are interested in seeing. We try to schedule volunteers to the sessions that they are interested in seeing, but that is not always possible. Volunteers should expect to be scheduled to do volunteer work about 75% of the conference. Some of that time will be spent in sessions (possibly of your choosing) but other time will be spent elsewhere helping with the flow of the conference. Here’s what some of our volunteers have had to say about volunteering at PETE&C:
DO IT! Volunteering is the best of both worlds. You get to attend one of the premier technology conferences in the country and you get to help the attendees have a great time. - Carol
Volunteering for the first time, I was exposed to so much more the conference had to offer that I had not previously known. - Mike
Go for it! It’s a valuable networking and learning experience! – Anne
It's worth it! The days might be long, but you gain so much out of volunteering and attending the conference sessions. – Christina
Be aware that your time will not all be your own, and that you might miss sessions you wanted to see.- Kerin
It's worth it! There will be many moments that make you smile, and you'll make connections with incredible educators who will inspire you and encourage you. – Rebecca
Don't expect to get to all the sessions you normally would if you were an attendee. You will not have as much freedom to network and "let your hair down". But, what you do get is the opportunity to make a great conference even better. You will get to be the face of PETE&C and you will get the opportunity to network with some of the most knowledgeable technology educators in PA.- Cheryl
It's a lot of work, but the other volunteers are wonderful people. And helping others have a great conference is a good way to give back :-) - Amy
Just do it! Don't be nervous it is a great experience no matter what year teacher you are! – Sam
Do it, but be committed and responsible.- Marty
This is one of the best ways to attend if your district does not pay. You will have to work but you will have time to attend sessions, and you will meet some great people along the way. - Thomas