Volunteer in California

 California Destination Imagination (CALDI) is a volunteer-run organization, so we depend heavily on the efforts and energy of our volunteers . We receive support from over 2,000 volunteers annually, who help run our programs in free spaces like classrooms, living rooms, garages and auditoriums around the state.

DI Volunteers

Each year there are nearly 40,000 DI volunteers. Their  tireless support and countless hours of work to make Destination Imagination happen for teams around the world. From Team Managers to Officials, our organization is extraordinary due to our incredible volunteer base.

DI volunteers are the glue that holds the program together. DI Volunteers, with their talents and interests, add to the wonderful mix of our Challenges and opportunities. Our Volunteers work at virtually every level to power DI, from Appraisers to Tournament volunteers to webmasters.

Our volunteers recruit teams and Team Managers, they organize DI events and trainings, they run Affiliates, and they share their talents and interests through workshops for teams. They set up, run, help at, and clean up tournaments. Our volunteers keep the DI machine running smoothly. That heart for our teams and for each other is something that makes DI unique. At its core, this volunteerism establishes communities within each Affiliate, and also makes us a remarkable global community.

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Volunteer Roles

Below are some of the volunteer opportunities available to directly support students in your area.

TEAM MANAGER

Serve as a coordinator and mentor for two to four months as a team develops a unique solution to one of seven open-ended Challenges. Observe as they reach past their limits and experience the creative process.

OFFICIAL

Support Teams and Appraisers throughout the tournament to make it the best experience possible for students exhibiting their creativity.

APPRAISER

Spend a day immersed in the celebration of teams as you provide feedback and encouragement for their creativity and innovative Challenge solutions.

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Start Meeting With Your Team

2-4 Weeks

Attend Training in your Region
The Region  workshop will help new Team Managers prepare to start their DI journey. This training is packed with ICs, Team Builders, tips and HELP! Come ready to dive in and learn, share your experiences, and get ready to have FUN!

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Interference 

Team Rules

Introduce the Challenges

Instant Challenge – The Instant Challenge portion of the DI competition is a chance for your team to show off its creative problem solving skills as they work together and “think on their feet” in a very short time frame to solve a problem. ICs are usually 5-10 minutes long.

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The Destination Imagination (DI) Experience!

Destination Imagination (DI) is a global program that promotes problem solving, teamwork, and creativity in students. Teams of up to seven students choose a challenge to work creatively and collaboratively to find a solution. Teams present their team challenge solutions by performing a skit in front of an audience and appraisers. The team challenges emphasize Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM). In addition, the DI experience exposes students to instant challenges that give students practice in rapid thinking, design, planning, and executing. In DI, the solution belongs to the team members and the team members alone. All ideas, scenery, scripts, and props are created by the team members. No one outside the team may help in any way with the solution to the challenge. Team members sign a contract prior to every tournament stating that the solution is theirs and no one outside the team helped. Rising Stars teams have modified guidelines for interference rules.

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2-4 Weeks

Attend Training

Start Meeting

  • Typical Meeting outline
  • First 5 Meeting Plans

Teamwork & Team Building

Instant Challenge – How to Teach your Team

Discuss Challenges 

  • Watch Challenge Video
  • First Look Document

Interference

Choose a Challenge

2-4 Weeks

Team Name Selection – DI Team names are often DI punny or unusual. Teams often choose creative names that relate to their challenge or presentation in some way or just make them laugh. Let the Team go wild with their choice.

How to get your Team to choose a Challenge

How to read a Challenge

Big Ideas 

Team Choice Elements

Make A Plan

4-6 Weeks

Dissect a Challenge

Brainstorm Ideas 

Research Information – the hardest for teams to complete is the research phase because many kids aren’t super interested in pushing through this drier part of the process. Make sure that everyone has a copy of the Challenge at each meeting and that they keep referring to the things that they have decided that they need to learn in order to solve the Challenge. Refine Ideas 

Create a Plan

Get Ready for the Tournament

2-3 Weeks

Practicing

Planning

Celebrate!

1 Week

Tournament Day

Be the Team Cheerleader!

Typical day at the Tournament

Set Expectations of Kids & Parents

Paperwork & Contact Forms

Tournament FAQs

 

 

IC Information

Teams need a basic understanding of what Instant Challenge is and what to expect. Start off by watching a video and then try a simple IC. Make it FUN!

IC Skills

Material Skills

Team Skills

Task Based Instant Challenges

General Information

Training for Task Based ICs

Tips & Tournament Preparation

Attend Region IC Events

Tips to Improve Team Scores

Instant Challenge Tournament Procedures

Paperwork

 

IC Basic Information

The Instant Challenge portion of the DI competition is a chance for your team to show off its creative problem solving skills as they work together and “think on their feet” in a very short time frame to solve a problem. ICs are usually 5-10 minutes long.

Basic Information

Teaching Information –

Teamwork

A team is a group of people, united by a common culture and purpose, who are cooperating to achieve quality results.

The challenge we have as Team Managers – helping kids develop healthy and effective interpersonal skills and processes so they can work cooperatively.

Teaching Teamwork

Teaching Listening Skills

Dealing with Team Conflict

IC Materials

Having a common vocabulary and a way to categorize the properties of the materials you have been given will allow your team to jump into the planning and executing stages of the Instant Challenge more easily. ​​

IC Training Plan

FUN is key!
If your team isn’t having fun they won’t master the skills! Be enthusiastic and crazy, help your team relax. You are their Cheerleader.

Promote a sense of camaraderie, and collaboration. Praise the kids when they take risks even if it doesn’t work. Teach them to learn from failure, embrace it and improve.

Training Guide

Teaching Information –

 

IC Tips & Tournament Prep

Tips and advice on ways to help your team  improve in Instant Challenge.

Start by attending the Instant Challenge workshops offered by your Region. These workshops  give your Team a chance to practice all the skills they’ve been learning in a non-competitive environment. It is FUN and helps teams figure out what they do well and what they need to work on before Tournament day

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