Volunteer at AnimeCon

 Get a glimpse behind the scenes, learn meaningful soft skills and get a free AnimeCon ticket! 

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Volunteer at AnimeCon

 Get to know the anime community, help others and get a free ticket 

Sign up!

Volunteer at AnimeCon!

Get a glimpse behind the scenes, learn meaningful soft skills and get a free AnimeCon ticket!

About the J-POP Foundation and AnimeCon


The J-POP Foundation and AnimeCon are entirely run and organised by volunteers.
There are three groups of volunteers who help make the festival the huge success it has already been for so many years:

Firstly there is our Staff, people who work tirelessly year-round to select the video program, book the largest Japanese artists, make sure your favourite dealers are represented in the Dealer Room, and pretty much everything else at the festival. They can be recognised by their red Staff t-shirts, and their exhausted, but generally pleased appearance.

Then we have our Stewards, a group of people responsible for making sure that the festival runs without major calamities. They are the hosts of our festival, and are always ready to help out the visitors. They run crowd management, do safety checks, escort the VIPs around and support our security and first aid teams. You can recognise them through their yellow jackets.

Finally, we have our (Senior-)Gophers. This group of volunteers is responsible for actually running the festival: from printing badges, to making sure your bags can be stored safely, manning the video rooms and hosting events. They’re easily recognisable through their special volunteering t-shirts and badges.
All these people are proud of their hobby and like to put in a little extra time and effort to make sure that others can enjoy the festival to the fullest. But that’s not the only reason: volunteering comes with a host of nice perks, as a token to show our appreciation.


The J-POP Foundation and AnimeCon are entirely run and organised by volunteers. There are three groups of volunteers who help make the festival the huge success it has already been for so many years:

Firstly there is our Staff, people who work tirelessly year-round to organise AnimeCon. They can be recognised by their red Staff t-shirts.

Then we have our Stewards, a group of people responsible for making sure that the festival runs without major calamities. They are the hosts of our festival, and are always ready to help out the visitors. You can recognise them through their yellow jackets.

Finally, we have our Gophers. This group of volunteers is responsible for actually running the festival: from printing badges, to making sure your bags can be stored safely, manning the video rooms and hosting events. They’re easily recognisable through their special volunteering t-shirts and badges.

The perks of volunteering

Volunteering at AnimeCon means you're interested in supporting the Anime Convention scene in the Netherlands: events and conventions which revolve around fun with friends, many activities and Japanese pop-culture. You have the Dutch anime community at heart. However, you also gain experience in organising events: making plans, setting goals and teamwork are only some of the essential soft skills you learn. 

But you also get a bunch of free extras and goodies:

  • Grab some beverages, lunch and snacks at your Gopher Lounge. You can also rest your legs and get to know other volunteers.
  • You get a free and unique shirt and badge designed by our convention artist, Nat-chan. A great memorable token of a fun festival experience.
  • Sponsor gifts and goodies whenever available.
  • If you help out for only 12 hours over the weekend, we’ll either refund your ticket or give you a free ticket for the next festival.
  • Our eternal gratitude. We are very grateful to anyone who is also willing to give up some of their free time to help us out.

Sign up to Volunteer as Gopher or Steward

Questions about gophering?

Still have questions? We're happy to answer them, please ask through the contact form, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible