Festival volunteering

When:
Throughout summer 2018
Where:
Across the UK
WaterAid volunteers from the Loo Crew at Glastonbury festival, June 2017. WaterAid/Emily Graham

Get involved

Can you inspire others to support WaterAid, whilst delivering vital services onsite? Are you a happy camper come rain or shine? We’re looking for passionate, enthusiastic, energetic WaterAid supporters to represent us at UK festivals in 2018.

Good Loos

This year we'll be bringing a new, unique toilet experience to UK festivals. Our 'Good Loos' pop-up will provide environmentally friendly, sustainable and memorable compost toilets complete with a chill out area with mirrors and sofas, so that festival goers can refresh before heading back into the fun.

Good Loos volunteers will clean the compost loos between uses and litter pick around the toilets to help keep them sparkly clean, take donations from festival-goers in exchange for using the loos, and talk to guests about WaterAid and our work towards making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere. We will need volunteers with lots of enthusiasm and who are up for the challenge of keeping the Good Loos the cleanest toilets on site! 

Eco Shower Cleaning

We have another exciting new activity this year which we’ll be delivering at Green Man Festival.  Our Eco Shower Cleaning volunteers will be helping to keep the showers clean and tidy.  We’ll need enthusiastic volunteers who ready to get stuck in and keep the showers sparkling and clean!

Recycling

In 2018 we’ll also be taking a team of volunteer litter-pickers to Boomtown Fair, as part of the festival’s recycling team. Volunteers will be tasked with helping to keep the site clean and tidy throughout the festival, litter picking in the main arena’s and around the stages. 

We will need volunteers who aren't afraid to get stuck in to help keep the festival tidy.

Green Champions

We're also supporting Boomtown Fair with a team of Green Champions! We’re really excited to be part of Boomtown’s new cup deposit scheme which aims to reduce plastic waste and raise awareness of recycling on site. All bar cups sold on site will have a 10p deposit to encourage the public to collect their plastic cups and return them to the refund point, where they will collect £1 for every 10 they return. After the festival all the cups collected will be fully recycled into new products. Our volunteers will be based in the refund point, where they will assist cashiers in collecting cups and will engage the public in the scheme.

If you have any questions about this role or would like to express an interest in joining the scheme please email [email protected]

Please note: volunteering at a festival can be physically demanding. WaterAid’s volunteer roles are based in locations around the festival site and some include moving around large areas of the site throughout your shift. Poor weather can make moving around the site difficult. Please bear this in mind before applying – we want all our volunteers to enjoy their time at the festival!

Want to know more?

Make sure you read all of these important documents before applying, especially our Volunteer Agreement, Deposit Terms & Conditions and Volunteer Code of Conduct

Click to download:
Volunteer information pack >
Festivals Volunteering FAQs >
Festivals Volunteer Agreement >
Deposit Terms and Conditions >
Volunteer Code of Conduct >


If you are offered a place with WaterAid this year, you will need to pay a £50 refundable deposit for each festival when accepting your place. 

Our shifts run from Thursday morning through until Monday morning (most of them finish Sunday evening), so you need to camp onsite and be available for your shifts during this time.  Please read the volunteer information pack and FAQs for further information about arrival/leaving times.  You will be asked on the application form about when you can arrive/leave the festival.

A litter picker for WaterAid at Bestival 2017WaterAid/Laura Summerton

Which festivals can I volunteer at?

Boomtown Fair

Thursday 9 – Sunday 12 August 2018

Matterley Bowl, Hampshire

At Boomtown Fair we will be taking volunteers to litter pick as part of the festival’s recycling team. We'll also have a team of Green Champions supporting the new cup deposit scheme. Please see the volunteer information pack for further information.

The Good Life Experience

Hawarden, Flintshire

14 – 16 September 2018

We'll be bringing our Good Loos to The Good Life Experience! Good Loos volunteers will clean the compost loos between uses and litter pick around the toilets to help keep them sparkly clean, take donations from festival-goers in exchange for using the loos, and talk to guests about WaterAid and our work towards making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere. We will need volunteers with lots of enthusiasm and who are up for the challenge of keeping the Good Loos the cleanest toilets on site!

If you would be interested in joining our Good Loos team please email [email protected] for more information.

What our volunteers say

"Volunteering with WaterAid has been a wonderful experience and has definitely made me more appreciative, it gave me a real sense of achievement and it is a great opportunity to network with others. "
Lottie Whyman – Loo Crew, Glastonbury Festival 2017

Apply to volunteer

Once you have read all the additional information provided above, please complete the application form >

Contact us

If you have any questions about festival volunteering or completing the online form, contact the Festivals team. We’ll be happy to help!

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 020 7793 4594