A gopher is a volunteer who helps out setting up, running and breaking down the convention by performing a wide variety of tasks. These tasks completely depend on what needs to be done at the time. They also help out visitors with questions or issues. They are expected to do so in a friendly manner at all times. We’ll also ask our gophers to help out before and after the convention when able. The more hands we have, the faster we can work.
Being a gopher is about team work and trying to bring out the best in yourself. You’ll work in a team, with all kinds of different people. If this seems like fun, why don’t you sign up as a gopher and see the convention from a very different perspective? You might not know this, but a lot of Staff started out as gophers. Give it a try!
We are sorry to say that there is no guarantee in this matter. The first step after you registered as a gopher is filling in the gopher form that will be provided to you by our gopher manager. Based on the information provided by the submitted form it we will decide if you are qualified to be a gopher or not. Because there is a limit on the amount of gophers we need on the convention and we have certain requirements we are unable to accept all applications. We hope you can understand our decision in these matters.
After you have registered yourself as a gopher you will receive an e-mail from our gopher manager. Attached to this mail is the gopher form. We expect you to completely and truthfully fill out the form before returning it to the gopher manager. By assessing all the submitted forms, the gopher manager will then determine who will be accepted as a gopher and who will not. After this you will receive an e-mail from the manager if you are approved or not. If you haven’t handed in your gopher form on time, your application won’t be processed and will be rejected by default.
The minimum age for helping out as a gopher is 16 years. This requirement is set because of legal reasons and non-negotiable.
Yes, you will have to register and pay beforehand. We chose this approach to prevent people from neglecting their tasks.
Furthermore, breaking the rules as stated in the gopher manual or any other misconduct means we have the right to reject the refund you would normally receive after the convention is over. Don’t worry though, this rarely happens. What is most important to us is that you enjoy your time as a gopher and give it the best you can.
There’s one Gopher meeting; it’s on the Friday morning before the first shifts at Abunai!con start. We’ll inform you of the time and place at least a week in advance.
It’s okay if you can’t make to the gopher meeting, bu you will have to read the gopher manual very thoroughly. It has all the important information that you need to know as a gopher. If you have any questions, you can always mail the gopher management: Please use this form for contacting them.
Basically, gophers have the same choices as visitors have. You can find them on the accommodations page.