Work Exchange – 2021

With SGOnline this year and no in-person classes, our work exchange opportunities are limited to being Zoom class co-hosts. Your role as a co-host would include: monitoring the session for “hand raises,” monitoring the chat box, muting/unmuting mics, and assisting the class instructor with the flow and atmosphere of the class. If you are familiar with Zoom video streaming and it’s functionality and would be interested in this work exchange role, please email us at: (Subject line: Work Exchange).

The Swannanoa Gathering would not be as welcoming a program as it is without the tremendous enthusiasm and dedication of our work exchange crew members. In 2018 over 70 individuals donated their time, skills and muscle in exchange for free tuition. Our various crews assist attendees and administrative staff, help with concerts and make our day-to-day operations possible. Have you ever been behind the scenes at a music event? Ever worked registration in a school or office setting? If you have, you know that a lot of minute details need to be completed in order to make the event seamless. For 47 weeks of the year, we have only two employees, so in order to keep the 5 weeks of the Gathering functioning; we need a lot of additional support! The Swannanoa Gathering is a lot of fun and a great way to meet people from all over the world that share your love for music as well as your enthusiasm for the Gathering! It is a fun way to build relationships and network.

Compensation: TBD

Length: Online classes last 5 days, M-F.

The Ideal Work Exchange Crew Member: Joining our team as a W.E.C. member is a major commitment, and it is hard work. It is, however very rewarding work and can be fun too! You will be an ideal candidate if:

  • You are over 18 years of age (as of July 1st)
  • You are comfortable with the Zoom platform and functionality and have a reliable computer set-up and internet connection
  • You are a team player
  • You are on time, organized, responsible and trustworthy
  • You take your job seriously
  • You love the Swannanoa Gathering and are interested in leaving your mark

If all of the above apply to you, we’d love to have you join one of our crews! For all positions, preference will be given to applicants who:

  • Are conscientious, willing to work hard, are committed to the safety, well-being, and growth of others and themselves
  • Are able to commit to a high level of participation for the duration of the position
  • Enjoy working as part of a team




    Q: Are there any fees required for application?
    A: There is no fee or deposit required to apply to be a work exchange participant.

    Q: Who does the scheduling?
    A: The Operations Manager and a committee of our administrative staff sort through the applications and assign positions where needed. The Operations Manager and Crew Coordinator do the scheduling and the range of hours required for each position is listed in each position description. Please only apply for positions where you know you will available during the times required. If something does come up for you personally, prior to the Gathering, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can fill your position.

    Q: Is there an age limit for work exchange crew participants?
    A: Applicants must be 18 years of age by July 1st.

    Q: Can I apply for more than one week a summer?
    A: Yes, but multiple weeks are usually only assigned if there are gaps that need to be filled.

    Q: Can I work during one week and take classes in another?
    A: We ask that participants work the week in which they are planning to take classes.

    Q: Can I work in exchange for someone else’s tuition?
    A: We work to find ways of defraying the cost of attending the Gathering. In addition to our work exchange program, we also offer scholarships through our¬†Youth Scholarship Program. Often parents want to work in exchange for their child’s tuition. We prefer that the work exchange be directly with the student who will be taking classes.

    Q: What if my availability changes?
    A: Please call or email the Gathering as soon as you know there is a change in your schedule. We appreciate your timeliness on this issue, as your position as a work exchange crew participant is very important and we will have to work to find someone to fill it.

    Q: Who supervises the Work Exchange Crews?
    A: We have a Crew Coordinator who is a full-time volunteer that is responsible for coordinating shifts, delegating work, training crew members and being on hand to problem solve any issues that arise within the crew. The Crew Coordinator works directly with the Administrative Team to ensure that all needs are met each day.