International Visitors Tent (IVT)
AirVenture is the world's greatest aviation celebration. For one week each year, the world comes to Oshkosh. And while they're here, the international guests have a place they can call 'home' - the International Visitors Tent (IVT).
The IVT started back in 1974, with just a handful of volunteers in a small tent. Today, the IVT has more than 30 volunteers who assist guests in dozens of languages.
The volunteer interpreters at the IVT help guests with AirVenture details, local information, and even the little day-to-day things that many of us can take for granted like calling loved ones back home or shipping a package. We've also been called upon in emergencies on the grounds and around the local area.
The IVT is also a place for the international guests to relax, to meet old friends and to make new ones. There are sign-in books for all countries, which allow EAA to tally the international guests who have come to Oshkosh and allow the guests to see if friends have arrived. There are message boards for people to leave notes for each other.
Friday at noon is the Parade of Nations, where guests group by their country and march with their flag to the Comm Center, where they're officially welcomed to AirVenture.
As you're volunteering around the EAA grounds, you may meet people from other countries. If you find international guests who need help, or who have questions on AirVenture or the local area, please point them in the direction of the International Visitors Tent. The IVT is located north of Phillips 66 Plaza, just east of the EAA Wearhouse. We also have an EAA-issued cell phone, which will be listed on the phone list. Volunteers are available each day of the show, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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