Becoming a HAI Team Member (Assistant) in Australia
Thank you so much for your interest in the HAI Assistant Program in Australia.
Assistants make a core contribution to HAI workshops. We honour your intention to serve HAI by bringing yourself and your love to the ‘Room of Love.’ Assistants provide deep and loving support to Participants, Facilitators other Assistants and Interns. In turn, we hope this program will support you in growing and expanding the work of art that you are.
With your loving energy and your commitment to making the workshop “the safest place on Earth,” we can keep on creating miracles. Thanks for wanting to be part of that creation.
You are welcome to apply to be an Assistant once you have completed a Level 3 workshop. Your first step is to attend and pass the Assistant Training Day (AT). When you register for the AT you will be sent a confirmation email with attachments containing the HAI Team Member Handbook and the Team Member Agreements. You must read these BEFORE attending the AT. The Agreements cover social and dating issues, among other things. They will be thoroughly discussed at the Assistant Training. Before being cleared to serve as an Assistant, you will be required to read and agree to the Agreements.
If you have questions about assisting, the application process, the Assistant Training, or simply want to chat about becoming an Assistant, please contact Assistant Selection Team. We would love to hear from you.
The Assistant Selection Team
INFORMATION ABOUT ASSISTING & APPLYING
What a HAI Assistant does:
An Assistant is someone who:
- Serves the Participants at a HAI Workshop and is assigned some logistical duties before, during, and after the workshop.
- Attends and participates in all Team meetings at the workshop, working in concert with the Facilitators and the other Team Members (Interns & Assistants) to meet the needs of the workshop.
- May be asked by the Facilitators to lead a small group, if needed.
- May or may not participate in workshop exercises, depending on workshop needs.
Why HAI Uses Assistants:
Assistants provide a variety of benefits to the Participants, to other Team Members (Assistants and Interns), and to the Facilitators.
- At HAI we welcome and value volunteers in many forms and roles. All HAI attendees are actively encouraged to find ways they can voluntarily help and support HAI in our mission. One way some workshop participants can support HAI is by Assisting at workshops. It is our sincere hope that all who would like to help HAI in our mission feel welcomed to discover the volunteering opportunity that most suits their needs, wants and abilities.
- The Assistant Program provides a service option for people unable to make the larger financial and time commitments required of a HAI Intern.
- Assistants provide other Team Members and Facilitators an invaluable way to get to know and evaluate potential Interns, seeing them working as part of a team and interacting with Participants.
- If you are also interested in later becoming an Intern, Intern applicants are requested to assist on at least four (4) workshops before applying.
- The cost for assisting at a workshop is a reduced rate from that of a participant. As of September 2015 it is $250 and is discounted when serving at 3 or more workshops per calendar year. There is further discounting available if you are traveling from interstate or long distance to the workshop. Please contact the SPACE Office to get the most recent rates.
- You may only assist at workshops that you have completed as a participant, e.g. if you have completed through Level 4, then you may assist at Levels 1-4.
In order to be eligible to apply to the Assistant Program, you will need to have:
- completed through at least Level 3
- attended a HAI workshop as a Participant within the past 12 months
- read and agree to follow the Team Agreements document
- passed the one-day Assistants Training within the past 6 months
Elements of the Application Process:
Assistant Training – AT
The Assistant Training is open to all Level 3 graduates. To be eligible to assist, you must attend an Assistant Training and be given approval by the trainer (i.e. pass the training). You may submit a written application before you attend the AT, however your application will not be processed until you have passed the training.
The next step is to complete and submit a written application with a separate recent photo to the Assistant Selection Team
After your application has been reviewed you’ll either be invited to assist at workshop as a Provisional Assistant, or asked to pause and be invited to develop in some areas before reapplying.
If you are invited to assist at workshop, you will be sent an email containing supporting logistical information about the Assistant Program in Australia, to help you get started.
Provisional Assistant – Serving at a Workshop
Once you have staffed a workshop as a Provisional Assistant, you will be given feedback from the Assistant Selection Team and possibly the Facilitators. Following the workshop you will be advised that you are either accepted as a HAI Assistant or asked to remain Provisional for now.
Most team members are Provisional a few times before being made an Assistant, so please see this as an opportunity to grow into an even more loving, contributing team member.
Taking a Break from the Assistant Program:
Once you have served on team at workshop, there are annual training and service requirements to fulfill in order to remain an active Assistant. These requirements are detailed in the Team Agreements document. We understand that sometimes timing is not right and you may want to take a break from being an Assistant. The following information can vary depending on individual circumstances, however our guidelines are:
- If you do not attend a training within a two year period, you will become ineligible to assist until you attend another training.
- If you do not attend a training and do not serve on team within a two year period, then you are considered inactive. Should you wish to serve as an Assistant again, you will need to re-apply. Inactive Team members, either voluntarily or due to inactivity will be unsubscribed from the Australian Team email list.
We recommend you contact the Assistant Selection Team for further clarification.