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Meet our volunteers

Find out what our volunteers get up to on Worthy Farm, and what makes their roles so special – and surprising.

Every year, our team of amazing volunteers work their socks off at Worthy Farm, to help make sure you have the best Glastonbury ever.

And with taps and toilets playing such a big part in everyone's festival, it might surprise you how similar their roles are to the people we’re supporting around the world – people like Isaac, Arnaud, Munni and Dorothy.

The Loo Crew

In 2016, we put an unsung hero at the heart of our volunteering: the humble loo. For the first time ever, our teams looked after all the long drops and disabled toilets onsite – that’s an incredible 2,400 loos (in addition to our composting toilets and revolutionary female urinals, the She-Pees).

And while our volunteers were working hard to keep everything spick and span, Isaac was busy looking after the toilet at the bus station in Mwamfuli, Zambia – the community’s first modern public loo, which has brought huge changes to local residents and travellers alike.

“People are happy and are using the toilets freely,” says Isaac. “They can use this toilet with dignity.”

Pooja, India | A WaterAid Glastonbury volunteer

The litter-pickers

"In the morning I collect the rubbish and I sweep the streets. I also help people clean their drains," Munni tells us. She's been helping keep her community in Delhi clean and tidy for the last six years – just as our dedicated team of recyclers were doing at this year's festival. 

"When I first came here, it was all dirty," Munni tells us. "There was rubbish everywhere. Now it’s all good. I’m helping everybody."

Munni in India and WaterAid volunteers at Glastonbury

The campaigners

This is Arnaud. Just like our festival campaigners, who were busy spreading the word about our work, Arnaud is passionate about talking to communities about taps and toilets. For him, it’s all about making sure they know about good hygiene, so they can look forward to a happier, healthier future. 

"Being able to share my knowledge and follow the progress communities are making is something that I love to do," he says.

Arnaud in Madagascar and volunteers at Glastonbury festival

The water kiosk attendants

Our Worthy Farm water kiosks are modelled on the ones we're helping communities set up around the world – like this one, run by Dorothy in Chabota village, Zambia. 

"I work here every day," says Dorothy, whose kiosk serves 2,600 people, people who until now relied on water from shallow wells that often made them sick. "With water the community can improve," she tells us. "As I get more money, I hope to send my grandchildren to school."  

Dorothy in Zambia and a WaterAid volunteer at their water kiosks

These aren’t the only WaterAid volunteers you will have found on Worthy Farm. While our flower team were busy keeping the site in bloom, our slurry team were celebrating all things sanitation – and we also helped you cut back on your plastic waste, by manning the refund point for the festival’s new, sustainable steel cups.

There were also some friendly faces (and fun activities) at the meeting point, and if you popped by the Pyramid stage, you might just have said hello to the superstar team on our stand and signed our Toilet Saves Lives petition.

Our water kiosks are changing lives in rural Madagascar too. Find out how here >