Call for Volunteers: AIDS2018 Disability Networking Zone

Posted 5 months ago

“Disability Inclusive AIDS Response”, In the Global Village at the 22nd International AIDS Conference

This summer, the International AIDS Society will be holding their XXII International AIDS Conference here in Amsterdam. A group of organisations are collaborating to host a Disability Networking Zone (DNZ) in the Global Village, the part of the conference that is open to the public. The DNZ will provide a space for the disability community to network, for visitors to learn more about the intersection between Disability and HIV care and prevention, and for persons with disabilities and/or those living with HIV, researchers, advocates and policy makers to present on and discuss this topic. The organising committee includes organisations from Disabled People’s Organisations, Research Institutes and Organisations working with persons with disabilities and those living with HIV — and we need volunteers to help us make this DNZ a success!

Please join us! We are looking for motivated persons with disabilities, students and Sign Language Interpreters to support Conference participants in this Disability Networking Zone. Volunteers will help share information and support educational activities in the DNZ. This will be a great opportunity to meet international visitors to Amsterdam and to network with delegates from the Conference.

The Conference will take place at the International Convention Centre (ICC), 23-27 July 2018. The DNZ will be open during the following hours for which we are seeking volunteers:

  • Monday, July 23, 5:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Tuesday, July 24, 8:30am – 8:30pm
  • Wednesday, July 25, 8:30am – 8:30pm
  • Thursday, July 26, 8:30am – 8:30pm
  • Friday July, 27, 8:30am – 8:30pm


We will be able to support up to 10 Volunteers. Volunteers at the DNZ will be official International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference Volunteers. In line with the IAS requirements, Volunteers will have to:

  • be over 18 years of age;
  • participate in the general IAS training session on 20th July 2018 in Amsterdam;
  • commit to at least 3 half days volunteer work.

    In return, DNZ Volunteers will receive an IAS badge with full Conference access, lunch vouchers for each day they volunteer, a Conference T-shirt and one year IAS membership for free.


    For the DNZ we are seeking three types of Volunteers:

  • Student Volunteers who will help host the DNZ and greet visitors. This can be an opportunity for students who work in the field of health, disability or social development or for anyone with an interest to make a difference for and with people with disabilities.
  • Sign Language Interpreter Volunteers: The zone and its presentations will only have a number of sessions available for SLI or Card; we would like to make the experience of the DNZ as accessible as possible and your time will help us to do so.
  • Knowledge Translation Teams: Professionals including people with disabilities (or being both) who can speak about issues of disability, inclusion and HIV/AIDS to Conference participants. Information on the interrelationship of disability and HIV will be made available.We need you! Please send a written letter of motivation to Vernon Openshaw ( and Lieke Scheewe ( They also can answer any additional questions about this exciting opportunity to serve the world community.


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