It takes a small army of dedicated DI volunteers to ensure Global Finals goes off without a hitch. These folks come from all corners of the DI community in order to lend their expertise and input to the world’s largest celebration of creativity and innovation.

How to Volunteer

There are now two ways to apply to volunteer at Global Finals.

Be Nominated!

Individuals who volunteer locally may be nominated to serve as Global Finals Appraisers or other tournament volunteers. If you are a DI volunteer and would like to be nominated, please contact your Regional and/or Affiliate Director(s) to let them know you’re interested.

  • Nominees will be asked to accept or decline their nominations.
  • Nominees must be 18 or older on April 1, 2024.
  • Once accepted, nominees will fill out a formal application.
  • Volunteer selections and invitations begins in February 2024.

Nominate Yourself!

In order to encourage a more diverse pool of nominees, we are introducing a self-nomination option for GF24.

Anyone may nominate themselves to serve as a Global Finals Appraiser or other tournament volunteer. You will need a DI account if you do not already have one. Create one here.

  • Self-nominees will fill out an application.
  • Self-nominees must be 18 or older on April 1, 2024.
  • Affiliate/Regional Directors will have a chance to provide feedback on these nominees from their areas.
  • Volunteer selections and invitations begins in February 2024.


ALL Global Finals volunteers MUST pass a Sterling Volunteers Complete/Level 2 Background Check in order to attend the event. Volunteers will be responsible for paying for their own check and will receive a discount code when they are invited.

Volunteer FAQ

It is strongly recommended that all volunteers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. At this time we are not requiring that all volunteers be fully vaccinated and up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations in order to attend Global Finals 2024. We are monitoring local, national, and global public health guidelines and reserve the right to institute a vaccine requirement at any time to respond to any overwhelming COVID-19 infection rates.

Global Finals 2024 runs from Wednesday to Saturday, May 22-25, 2024. Most volunteers will be required to be in Kansas City, MO starting Wednesday, May 22, 2024, and should plan on departing on Sunday, May 26, 2024. Some other volunteer roles will require them to arrive earlier than Wednesday, May 22. Those volunteers will be made aware of their required arrival date as needed.

Volunteers are responsible for their own travel arrangements. Volunteers are also responsible for procuring the time off to participate as a volunteer. Most volunteers will be required to be in Kansas City, MO starting Wednesday, May 22, 2024, and should plan on departing on Sunday, May 26, 2024. In total, volunteers plan to spend 5 days (3 event days and 2 travel days) in order to fulfill their volunteer role.

Starting in February, nominees are reviewed and then formally invited to register for Global Finals. During the registration process, individuals select their preferences regarding their volunteer role. While we try to fill all roles based on these preferences, it is impossible to ensure that everyone gets the assignment they want. We appreciate your flexibility and your willingness to give your time no matter what you end up doing. Furthermore, as nominees decline their invitations we will continue to invite other nominees until all volunteer positions are filled. Do not get discouraged if you do not get an invitation right away. You may still get one after the initial round of invitations goes out.

GF23 Volunteers

If you are 18 years of age or older and will be a credentialed Global Finals attendee, we invite you to volunteer for a few hours to get a unique perspective on some of our main events.

Click on the links below to apply.

Welcome Ceremony
Saturday, May 20: 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Volunteer Time Commitment: 6:45-7:45 p.m.

Box n’ Ballers Bash
Monday, May 22, 7:00 pm -10:00 pm
Volunteer Time Commitment: 6:15 pm to 10:00 pm.

Team Manager Lounge
Sunday, May 21 & Monday, 22: 9am – 5pm
Tuesday, May 23: 9am-1pm

Closing Celebration
Tuesday, May 23: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
volunteer Time Commitment: 3:00-6:30 p.m.

What They're Saying...

Have you ever wondered how your time volunteering for Destination Imagination will have a greater impact? Check out this video to hear from our volunteers and why they give back to DI. 

Play Video about Volunteer-Video-Thumbnail