Volunteer to be a Corning Glass museum guide

The Corning Museum of Glass is fun to visit and offers plenty to see and learn. Now you can add to that experience by volunteering to become a museum guide.

The museum is looking for volunteer guides, called docents (Latin, meaning "to teach"), to help visitors of all ages from all over the world share in the discovery of 35 centuries of glass.All docents must attend an eight-week intensive training program that includes shadowing experienced guides and independent study.Docents become instant museum members, receive complimentary tickets to all member events and are admitted to conferences and seminars. They also get discounts in the museum's GlassMarket and restaurants.

In addition, the guides get to use the museums research library and meet some of the world's leading glass scholars and artists.

Best of all, you get to learn about the world's most comprehensive collection of glass - from ancient Egypt to today's international art glass - and share that knowledge with visitors.

Docents must be at least 21 years old and are asked to volunteer at least 40 hours a year, but that depends on the person's schedule. Docents must be able to speak and read English. The museum has a need for docents who can speak foreign languages or know sign language, too.

The museum has 50 docents.

Volunteers don't need prior guide experience, but should have an outgoing personality, a love of learning and an interest in the museum.

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Date: 9 August 2005
Source: Star-gazette.com

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