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Volunteer with WaterAid this summer

WaterAid/ Neal Wallace
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We take volunteers to major UK festivals, helping deliver vital event services and inspiring others to support our work.

We're currently recruiting teams of enthusiastic volunteers to join us at Worthy Pastures – Glastonbury Festival's new family-friendly campsite – as well as accepting waiting list applications for Latitude, Camp Bestival and Green Man festivals.

Join us at Worthy Pastures

For one summer only, Glastonbury's iconic home will be transformed into Worthy Pastures: a laid-back, family-friendly campsite with an emphasis on great food and drink, getting back to nature, and experiencing Worthy Farm in a totally new way. We're thrilled to be taking volunteers along, and we'd love for you to join us!

All WaterAid volunteers will benefit from some extra perks, including a campsite with showerstwo free meals per day, and the flexibility to leave the site when not on-shift. Plus, everyone who successfully completes their volunteering shifts with us will be able to gain priority status for Glastonbury 2022, ahead of the Festival's long-awaited return next year.

Worthy Pastures will run over the summer holidays, from 21 July to 31 August, and we'll be taking teams for up to six days at a time.

Find out more and apply to join us

2021 festivals: Waiting list

Although we’re still anticipating some changes due to COVID-19, we’re very much hoping to take volunteers to Latitude, Camp Bestival and Green Man festivals this summer.

As all of 2020's festivals were cancelled, we initially only opened applications to people who applied to join us last year. We're now reviewing these applications, and will be in touch with everyone who applied by mid-June at the latest.

We’re currently expecting to fill our teams from this pool of applicants, but you can now apply to join the waiting list and be first in line if spaces become available.

Roles

We deliver a range of essential services, including keeping festivalgoers hydrated, providing our very own Good Loos, and helping to keep the festival clean for everyone – all whilst spreading the word about the life-changing power of clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

Our water crews play a vital role in making sure festivalgoers have access to water and stay hydrated at festivals. Roles can include handing out water, selling water bottles, maintaining and cleaning water refill points, and talking to the public about our work.

WaterAid volunteers supply festivalgoers with drinking water at a WaterAid refill kiosk at the Glastonbury Festival, June 2019
WaterAid/ Ben Roberts
WaterAid volunteers supply festivalgoers with drinking water at a WaterAid refill kiosk at the Glastonbury Festival, June 2019

Our sanitation crews include our Good Loos team, Loo Crew, female urinal team, and litter pickers. Volunteers are likely to be keeping toilets and the festival site clean and tidy, taking donations, and engaging festivalgoers with the importance of sanitation.

A volunteer at Latitude festival cleaning WaterAid's Good Loos
WaterAid/Victoria Kirby

Hygiene has been shown to be more important than ever over the past year, so we’ll be ramping up our hygiene services in 2021. We’ll be looking for volunteers to help run and maintain our new Handwashing Hubs, as well as recruiting for our wonderful teams of shower stewards and cleaners.

A WaterAid volunteer cleans the eco showers at green Man festival
WaterAid/Neal Wallace

Festival volunteering and COVID-19

We know that festival volunteering may look slightly different this summer, but we’re working hard to ensure that the experience is still just as special as in previous years – and, importantly, that it’s as safe as possible for everyone.

We’re following government guidelines closely and making sure we consider the impact of COVID-19 at every stage of our planning process. If you volunteer with us this year, we'll provide you with extra training to help you stay safe, as well as enhanced support and welfare measures on-site.

Contact us

If you have any questions about festival volunteering check out our FAQs page, or contact us by emailing [email protected] or calling our Supporter Care team on 020 7793 4594 – we’ll be happy to help!

You can also join the WaterAid Festival Volunteering Facebook group for all the latest updates on future volunteering opportunities with us.