Whaling Museum hopes to broaden access and understanding with multi-lingual, multi-cultural volunteers

Training begins July 11, 2016
New Bedford Whaling Museum

NEW BEDFORD, Mass – The New Bedford Whaling Museum believes that by increasing the cultural and linguistic diversity of its volunteer corps, it will be better able to serve the community and its increasingly diverse audiences. People from all backgrounds with time, talent and enthusiasm to share are encouraged to register for a 10-part, once-weekly Volunteer Training Program, which gets underway on July 11 and concludes on September 19. Opportunities to work directly with the visiting public or behind the scenes in different departments are available. For more information, or to register, contact Director of Education and Science Programs Robert Rocha at 508-717-6849 or rrocha@whalingmuseum.org. The Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Massachusetts. Details are also available at whalingmuseum.org/support/volunteer.

Volunteers positively impact the lives of thousands of people every year at the Museum, making a significant contribution to the organization’s ability to advance understanding of human interaction with whales, whale science, the whaling industry and the unique history of New Bedford.

Louisa Medeiros finds the work rewarding in many ways. “Each time I volunteer, I learn something new or interesting from the other docents, volunteers, staff and the wonderful visitors to our museum. I have also made some great new friends,” she said.

Sylvia Morrell notes that volunteering has broadened her lifestyle. “It really has been one of the best decisions I have made.”

The Museum provides a significant amount of support and training for its volunteers. The training courses cover topics such as history of whaling, New Bedford history, whale biology and conservation, tour techniques, early childhood education, history and culture of the Azores in relation to New Bedford and whaling and more. Training dates are: July 11, 18, 26, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, September 12, 19. Sessions run from 9:30 am – 12 pm on Mondays except for Tuesday, July 26.

Curator of Education Sarah Rose commented, “Volunteering at the New Bedford Whaling Museum is an opportunity to act as an ambassador for the South Coast, welcoming visitors and sharing the rich history of this part of the state. It’s a chance to be part of a vital and active institution dedicated to serving people of all ages from around the world. The volunteer corps is a dedicated, close knit community that enjoys the comradery of coming together weekly for this important work.”

Contact: Gayle Hargreaves
Director of Marketing
New Bedford Whaling Museum
ghargreaves@whalingmuseum.org
508-997-0046 Ext. 139 (office)

 


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours April through December: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is: Free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $16, seniors (65+) $14, students (19+) $9, child and youth $6For more information, visit www.whalingmuseum.org.