Why be a volunteer?

The 2019 South East Asian Games Volunteers Program aims to gather a pool of passionate, committed and skilled volunteers that will help shape the games and festivities of the 30th SEA Games.

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Thank you for your interest in joining the 30th SEA Games Volunteer Program.

Frequently Asked Questions


Who can be a volunteer?

The answer is almost anyone!

Some of the qualifications for a volunteer are highlighted below:

You are at least 18 years of age at the time of the 30th SEA Games
You have a strong desire to represent and serve the nation
You are able to speak, read, and write in English fluently
You are flexible and ready to help and have a happy and pleasing disposition
You must be able to attend the scheduled Volunteer Trainings
You must be able to do at least 4 shifts (4 days) during the 30th SEA Games

As a volunteer, what do I receive?

As a volunteer, you are entitled to the following:

A Certification of Volunteerism after the 30th SEA Games Event
One (1) whole day of professional development quality training for every volunteer, and possible specific trainings depending on your assigned Functional Area
Official uniforms and IDs (to be released as we draw closer to the Games time)
Meals during your deployment and during any required trainings
Transportation services will be provided to your deployment areas and trainings as needed through designated pick-up points within the areas of Metro Manila, Clark and Subic (Point-to-Point transportation system)

As a volunteer, what is expected of me?

The 30th SEA Games will take place from Nov. 30 – Dec. 11, 2019. Most volunteer functions will be concentrated during this time. Each day, there will be a need for different volunteer functional areas in the different venues spread across the country. Volunteers will be deployed for a maximum of 8 hours per day. Volunteers will be taking shifts during the events. It is important to note that, although there is no maximum number of days that a volunteer can be a part of the games, volunteers must at least be able to commit to four (4) days / shifts during the 30th SEA Games.

All volunteers will have at least one (1) day of training to be scheduled sometime between August – October (usually held on a Saturday). Attendance in this training is required for deployment as a volunteer. Some Functional Areas require specialized trainings, these will be done once you have been assigned your volunteer roles.

The 30th SEA Games will require the patience and passion of everyone to make it a success! Together, let us make the Filipinos proud!

Are volunteers from Visayas, Mindanao, or other further areas welcome in the 2019 SEA Games?

Yes you are! We are extremely grateful to our fellow Filipinos who want to come and represent their nation despite the distance to their homes. Together, we will make the 30th SEA Games a success!

Unfortunately though, we will not be able to shoulder any accommodations or transportation expenses from those areas. Transportation that we will provide for every volunteer is a Point-to-Point (P2P) transport system between designated pick-up points within Metro Manila, Clark, and Subic.

Please note that attendance is required in all mandatory trainings.

Are international volunteers welcome?

Yes! We would love to have our friends from different nations be a part of the Volunteers Program. This will be an opportunity to share the love of the games with each other and to learn from one another. Together, we will all make the 30th SEA Games a success!

Unfortunately, we will not be able to shoulder any accommodations or flight expenses. Once in the Philippines though, we can coordinate effective transportation related to the 30th SEA Games events or volunteer trainings with our international volunteers through a Point-to-Point (P2P) transport system. As the volunteer training is mandatory, we will coordinate with you as to how we will proceed with it.

We are more than grateful to the volunteers willing to come from the different nations! We will contact you concerning the Volunteers Program and your inclusion in it. After assessing and evaluating your applications, we will be scheduling online interviews for our shortlisted applicants. Please bear with us as we are doing our best to get back to you at the soonest most practicable time.

Please do not book/purchase tickets based on your acceptance to the Volunteer Program until you have received final confirmation of your application.

Online Application

Online Applications are accessible only through bit.ly/2019SEAGamesVolunteers and will be open until June 30, 2019. This is subject to change depending on the volume of applicants.
You will receive a confirmation receipt of your application in your registered e-mail within the day of application. Note: This does not yet mean you have been accepted into the Volunteers Program
For Local Applicants:The Volunteers Program will still assess and evaluate all applications, and send official invites via the official 30th SEA Games email address to an on-site interview for those who will be considered for the volunteer program.
For International Applicants:The Volunteers Program will still assess and evaluate all applications, and official invites via the official 30th SEA Games email address to an online interview for those who will be considered for the volunteer program.

After I apply online, what next?

You should be receiving a confirmation receipt of your application from us, [email protected], in your registered e-mail addresses within the day.

Given the volume of applicants, the Volunteer Team will still assess and evaluate the online applications and will contact you by August 31, 2019 at the latest concerning your application status.

Should you be considered for the volunteer program, you will be invited to an on-site interview.

We request for your patience on this matter as there are thousands of applicants for the Volunteers Program. Rest assured, we will do our very best to get back to each and every volunteer applicant at the soonest most practicable time.

Please follow our social media pages, and regularly check your personal e-mails for further instructions from the Volunteers Program.

Volunteer Training

What kind of training will I receive as a volunteer?

As a 30th SEA Game Volunteer, you will be trained in two phases:

Phase One: General Training

All Volunteers will have to undergo this one (1) day (whole day) training which will focus on quality customer service, team-building, and developing a common identity. You will also be oriented on the history of SEA Games, facts about the host country, participating countries, sporting events that will be taking place, and other necessary information to carry out your respective roles.

Phase Two: Specific Training

Depending on the Functional Area that you will be volunteering for, specific trainings will vary. Specific Trainings such as, but are not limited to, processes regarding accreditation and distribution of uniforms, household management for the Athletes Village, and protocols for all 30th SEA Games delegates are some of the many learning opportunities you can experience. Please note that you will only be allowed to attend Phase Two if you have completed Phase One.

Volunteering Opportunities

What are the different volunteering opportunities?

The 30th SEA Games is driven by 13 different Functional Areas. Each Functional Area performs a different function before, during, and after the SEA Games Event.

These are the different areas where a volunteer may be deployed depending on their interest, qualifications and the need for the Games.

Accreditation and Uniforms
Athletes Village
Broadcast and Media
Ceremonies and Cultural Events
Games Services
Human Resources
Information Technology and Telecommunications
Marketing and Public Relations
Medical and Doping
Protocol and International Relations
The need for the different functional areas are limited. Some require more help than others. It is the commitment of the Volunteers Program to match volunteers with their interest as best possible, but we expect flexibility from everyone. We hope that everyone partners with us in our desire to put the needs of the games first, so that we, together can serve our nation and make the 30th SEA Games a success!

For more information on the actual SEA Games, you may visit our main website at:


In our main website for the 2019 SEA Games, you can find all the publicly disclosed and available information on the SEA Games Event.