The 2013 Fall Tours are from October 3 through October 27. On Thursday evenings we will offer Charleston Architectural Overview Tours. On Friday and Saturday afternoons the tours will focus on a different theme each day. We will conclude each week with a South of Broad Sunday afternoon tour. We will also offer garden tours on Wednesday afternoons.
The changes we have made to our tours will help us to further our goal of education and advocacy and create a greater experience for our tour guests. We hope that with additional improvements to our guide training program, we will create a better learning opportunity for our docents as well. We need your help telling the real story of Charleston, and hope you will join us as our storytellers.
This year we are offering four tour volunteer positions, in addition to a volunteer position in sales and ticketing. Please see below for the descriptions of each position, as well as the new volunteer training benefits. While we will no longer offer tour tickets in exchange for volunteering, we are offering greater benefits in the form of educational classes and two social opportunities during which we can publicly express our gratitude and appreciation for your service.
Contact Ashton M. Finley, Public Programs Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843.722.4630 with any questions.
We look forward to working with you, and we appreciate your commitment, enthusiasm and especially your gift of time. It is through your efforts that we are able to further our preservation advocacy. Please accept our thanks, on behalf of the Board and staff, for your continued support of the Preservation Society and of our beautiful city.
Please find listed descriptions of the new Fall Tours docent positions and the list of volunteer requirements.
2013 Volunteer Requirements
- Volunteer for a minimum of two (2) tours
- Complete the Charleston Architectural Overview Class (2 hour class, offered online), the Charleston Neighborhoods Class (2 hour class, offered online) and complete a multiple-choice test on both subjects (administered and submitted online)
- Attend a half-day training session on the subject of the tours you are assigned
- Complete all required readings on the history of the house assigned
2013 Volunteer Positions
The House Greeter welcomes guests to the house as they arrive. The Greeter is stationed at the front door and is responsible for checking wristband-tickets. The Greeter controls the number of guests that are allowed to tour the house at a time, allowing no more than 10 guests per tour guide.
A Storyteller leads groups of up to 15 guests through the house, giving information about the architecture and history of the property as they walk. A Storyteller is responsible for the safety of the guests and the security of the house as they lead the tour. A Storyteller must be able to give clear and accurate information the guests, and be able to answer questions asked by guests on tour.
· Garden Expert
The Garden Guide leads groups of up to 15 guests through the garden, giving information about the garden, including, but not limited to, information on the plants in the garden, design of the garden and the person or persons who designed the garden. The Garden Guide is responsible for the safety of the guests and the security of the garden as they lead the tour. The Garden Guide must be able to give clear and accurate information to guests, and be able to answer questions about the garden. Master Gardeners and graduates of the Charleston Horticultural Society classes preferred.
A Guide on Sunday Tours acts as a guide in one room of the house only. A Guide is responsible for the safety of the guests and the security of the house as they give information to the guests in their assigned room. A Guide must be able to give clear and accurate information the guests, and be able to answer questions. Guide position available for Sunday tours only. Guides are not required to attend Charleston Architecture or Charleston Neighborhoods classes, complete the multiple choice test, or attend the half-day training session.
· Sales and Ticketing Volunteer
Sales and Ticketing Volunteers work at the ticket office located in the Preservation Society Book & Gift Shop at 147 King Street. Sales and Ticketing Volunteers help distribute wristband-tickets to guests and must be able to answer questions from guest regarding general information on the tours, the Preservation Society and Charleston. Sales and Ticketing assistants may also help answer the telephone, directing calls from tour guests, answer guests’ questions about the tours, and take ticket orders over the internet. Sales and Ticketing volunteers must be comfortable answering the telephone and talking to guests, and familiar with placing orders online. Sales and Ticketing volunteers are not required to attend Charleston Architecture or Charleston Neighborhoods classes, complete the multiple choice test, or attend the half-day training session.