'It is great to work with you. I come here to be invigorated :) - such a good feeling. I feel so sorry for those who never get a taste of this. Like other people, I also struggle with permanent financial problems, I work really hard, yet I feel content because I can help others and get trained, both in the field of arts and through the practice of foreign languages. And I can even build my confidence and creativity. To put it short, I LOVE working here.' Gabriella Moór, volunteer
The idea of the volunteer programme arose in August 2006 inspired by similar examples of the most prestigious museums of the world. Our goal, in the first place, was to provide staff with the then missing visitors' information desk. Today we work with just under one hundred members. Since the beginning of the programme, our enthusiastic volunteers have donated 28640 working hours, that is, 3579 workdays. They continue to help the regular staff of the museum and maintain the high standards of our services.
Unlike the American or British volunteer programmes, our staff primarily consists of university students and young graduates. We also have a smaller number of pensioners, so the elderly are also welcome in our activities. This colourful team assists the activities of the museum in various fields.
The Information Desk in the entrance hall of the Museum of Fine Arts is operated exclusively by trained volunteers. From September 2010 volunteers share their knowledge of ancient Egyptian artwork at the Hands on! table. Volunteers help the children's programmes in the Classical Antiquities department and the family days of Museum of Fine Arts' museum education programme „Szépműhely". The Library also needs volunteers; each of them receives an individual, personalised task there. Besides this there is the opportunity to help with photocopying, IT, or translation. With the help of volunteers we have been able to start a free English language course for the guards, and have completed the topographical survey of the museum. Our volunteers have provided invaluable help with their ideas for the betterment of the Museum's services.
If you would like to join us or to know more about our activities, please visit our website at: http://onkentes.szepmuveszeti.hu/index.php?lang=english or write an e-mail to the coordinator of the programme, Ms Zsuzsanna Csukás, at dm9sdW50ZWVyIzEhKyNzemVwbXV2ZXN6ZXRpLmh1.
The Docent Programme at the Museum of Fine Arts Budapest has a 15-year-old tradition of bridging cultures by providing volunteer tours in English through the Museum's permanent collections. Over the years, the volunteer group has grown. At the beginning of 2007 the Museum of Fine Arts Budapest recognized the value of this volunteer docent programme by incorporating the Docent Programme into the Museum's Educational Department.
If you wish to become a docent, guest at our lectures, to obtain schedules of lectures or volunteer your time to Docent Programme in a different way, please feel free to contact us at ZG9jZW50IzEhKyNzemVwbXV2ZXN6ZXRpLmh1 or call (1) 4697-291.