Call for Volunteers

The World Parkinson Coalition has accepted all the volunteers it needs to help out during the 5th World Parkinson Congress (WPC 2019) in Kyoto, Japan from June 4-7, 2019 at the Convention Center. Our next WPC will be in 2022 in Europe. The volunteer application for that Congress will open in 2021.

Volunteer Application is now CLOSED.


The WPC 2019 is looking for volunteers who:

  • Are available from Monday, June 3 to Friday, June 7, 2019
  • Be available for at least 5 hours in a row each day
  • Can speak fluent English, Japanese, or both
  • Are energetic and have a positive attitude
  • Are responsible, reliable, friendly and resourceful
  • Can attend a training course on Sunday, June 2, 2019 or Monday, June 3, 2019, Time TBD.
  • Can be responsible for own travel and accommodation plans and expenses
  • Have previous volunteer experience

* Volunteering everyday is not required, but those who can offer longer periods of time throughout the week and or day will be given preference for volunteer slots. Kyoto-based volunteers may be asked to be available as early as Saturday, June 1, 2019.

We offer:

  • A training course on Sunday, June 2, 2019 or Monday, June 3, 2019 (mandatory – time to be determined, but afternoon is most likely)
  • Coffee breaks in the volunteer room
  • Two T-shirts
  • A meal voucher before or after each 5 hour shift
  • Free entry to the sessions and/or events when you are not working
  • Free learning opportunity in sessions where you are volunteering
  • A rewarding experience and the opportunity to meet some of the most highly regarded Parkinson’s clinical researchers, basic scientists, and advocates living with Parkinson’s today
  • A reference for your CV
  • An amazing experience!

Regarding volunteers with physical challenges or disabilities:

Every effort will be made to allow participation by volunteers with physical challenges. Regardless of a volunteer’s physical capabilities, she/he must be able to communicate verbally in a clear and concise manner in order to best assist Congress attendees. A variety of tasks will require volunteers, so if movement is a challenge, a stationary job will be assigned.

Steps to become a WPC 2019 Volunteer:

  1. Apply through the online volunteer application form.
  2. Within two weeks, we will review your application on a rolling basis and contact you.
  3. If accepted, we will send you a code to register for the WPC 2019. Do not register for the Congress until you hear from us regarding the volunteer program.

Volunteer Application is now CLOSED.


If you have any questions about volunteering at the Congress, please contact Matthew at


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