The Woods Project 2017 Summer Airport Days Volunteer Opportunities

The Woods Project 2017 Summer Airport Days has multiple dates and volunteers can choose one or several dates. Join The Woods Project at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) as we send off 175 students and 55 volunteers for their life-changing 2 weeks in the woods.

There are 6 flights departing June 13 through July 15th. For many of the students, this will be their first time on a plane – an exciting and nervous time! Volunteers are needed on the ground to help our student groups maneuver through the check-in process. This is a great way to connect with students and encourage them as they embark on their journey.

About 8-10 volunteers are needed to help with each flight time.

Here are the dates and time:
June 13th, 2017 4:00 am -6:00 am
July 8th, 2017 4:00 am – 9:30 am
July 15th , 2017 4:30 am – 9:00 am

The location will be :
George Bush Intercontinental Airport
2800 North Terminal Road
Houston, TX 77032

*If you are volunteering for flights departing to the Apostle Islands, Yosemite or Glacier flights, you will be in Terminal A.
**If you are volunteering for flights departing to Donner Pass, you will be in Terminal C.

Parking: Volunteers can park close to the Terminals or choose satellite parking. Please allow adequate time to get to the terminals, if you decide on satellite parking.

Volunteer duties will include:

  1. Greeter/Organizer at the Entrance (Parent Communication): At least one Spanish speaker should be at the entrance. This will be a 2-3 person job directing people to their different locations to pick-up tickets and sign in. These people can also answer last minute questions. This job is also to keep parents moving and answer any questions. Parents need to give their student a hug and kiss and then head back out the door. We want parents moving out as quickly as possible since we will have lots of people in a small space.
  2. Table Check-In: This will be a 2-4 person job. Upon arriving at the airport the greeter will send the students to a table for their check-in. The people working the check-in will have a list of all students and their plane tickets. They will mark the student off the list and then someone stationed with them will hand the student a plane ticket and a t-shirt. They will then direct the students in the direction of the Leader/Student Groupers.
  3. Leader/Student Grouper: Approximately 2-3 people will work on moving the students once they have checked in and received their plane tickets. It is needed to group approximately 10 students with 1-2 leaders to then head to baggage claim and then to the security line. The Grouper will be in charge of making sure the students and leaders are moving once they have been put into a group.
  4. Baggage Check: This will be a 1-2 person job. United Airlines only accepts credit card so someone will be in charge of collecting cash from the students and then swiping their credit card for a group of students’ bags.

Want to volunteer?: Please register on here or you can contact Ryan Dubose at ryan@thewoodsproject.org

Facebook: The Woods Project Facebook Page

Website: The Woods Project Webpage 

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