Festival volunteering with WaterAid
What our volunteers do
We don’t ask you to choose which crew you'd like to join, but as part of the application process you’ll be able to highlight any skills and experience that will help us allocate the most suitable role to you. Please bear in mind that most of our roles – especially at Glastonbury – do involve cleaning of some kind!
What it's like to volunteer with WaterAid
Festival volunteering can involve rolling up your sleeves and getting stuck in – there's no denying it!
But it's also a wonderful opportunity to come together with a welcoming group of friendly, like-minded people, all passionate about WaterAid’s mission of reaching everyone, everywhere with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.
And of course, when you’re not on shift, you’ll be able to enjoy the rest of the festival!
Find out more about:
Every multi-day festival has a crew-only campsite with a dedicated WaterAid area. The facilities on offer in the crew campsite will vary depending on the event; we'll let you know more information about specifics nearer the festival. If you have friends or family camping elsewhere at a festival, they won't be able to join you in the crew area, and you'll still need to camp with WaterAid.
You'll need to bring your own camping equipment, and unfortunately we don't have space to accommodate campervans.
We're not usually able to provide accommodation at single-day events.
We provide one full meal per shift worked, either in the form of vouchers to use at the dedicated crew cafe, or an expense allowance to buy food from on-site traders. Each festival has slightly different arrangements, which we confirm with you beforehand.
We want to honour the commitment of our longstanding volunteers who join us at multiple festivals over the summer.
If you volunteered at two or more this year, or if you've volunteered at five or more over the past five years, you'll benefit from priority status for our 2024 volunteer team – including Glastonbury! This won’t guarantee you a place on our team, but it does mean that we’ll process your application first. Check the priority status policy (PDF) for full details.
As we want to do everything we can to make festival volunteering with us accessible for everyone, we can help by:
- setting up a payment plan for deposits,
- lending camping equipment,
- providing additional help with expenses,
- supporting volunteers during the application process (e.g. with training) and/or whilst at the festival.