We were saddened to hear that Glastonbury 2020 has been cancelled. We appreciate this was a very difficult decision but the health and safety of staff, volunteers and festival-goes must come first. WaterAid is very proud to be an official charity partner of this iconic festival, and would like to thank Michael and Emily for all their generous support over the years. We look forward to returning to Worthy Farm in 2021, supporting water and sanitation activities onsite and raising awareness of our vital work around the world.
Every year, we take hundreds of volunteers to Glastonbury to support our water and sanitation services on site while also talking to festival-goers about the importance of getting clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene to everyone everywhere. Our intention is to honour all 2020 volunteer applications for Glastonbury 2021. However, there's a lot of work we need to do on this and we will confirm full details when we have them.
All of the roles in our Water Team play a vital part in making sure festivalgoers have access to water and stay hydrated at the festival. Engaging with the public and talking to them about WaterAid’s work is also an important part of this team's work.
Our trusty Kiosk Crew are back for 2020, supporting the festival’s ongoing initiative to encourage more people to use refillable water bottles. Volunteers at the kiosks will be helping keep festivalgoers hydrated by refilling their water bottles with free tap water, and some will be selling reusable water bottles and other merchandise. Engaging people in WaterAid’s work is also a key part of this role, and some of our kiosks get extremely busy - the ability to keep smiling is essential!
Please note - this role will typically involve standing up for up to six hours at a time and can be physically strenuous. If you have any queries, please get in touch with the WaterAid festivals team.
Back for their second year, our Water Welcomers will be helping keep festivalgoers hydrated from the moment they arrive. These teams will be dispensing free water from jetpacks (a backpack with a tank and dispenser) at pedestrian gates on Wednesday and Thursday, and will then have shifts in our water kiosks. Talking to the public about WaterAid’s work will also be a key part of this role.
Please note - this role requires wearing a water jet backpack, and therefore may be more physically demanding than other roles. If you have any queries, please get in touch with the WaterAid festivals team.
Also returning for their second year, our Refill Station Team will be responsible for making sure these bottle refill points are clean and tidy, and reporting in any issues. Teams will be allocated a number of refill points around the festival site, and will move between these during their shift. Volunteers in this team will also need to be prepared to talk to the public about WaterAid’s work.
The WaterAid Stand is right next to the Pyramid Stage. Volunteers will talk to lots of festivalgoers, engaging them in activities and giving them information about WaterAid’s work, as well as selling WaterAid merchandise. This is a small team, and we look for people with detailed knowledge or experience of WaterAid's work. It's an extremely busy area, therefore we are looking for volunteers who are full of energy and enthusiasm!
The roles in our Sanitation Team are varied - our volunteers help keep the festival toilets clean, run the famous female urinals and support the festival’s recycling team.
Our Loo Crew role is back for a 4th year! Our superstar Loo Crew volunteers are responsible for keeping all the long drop toilets and disabled toilets onsite clean and tidy. Volunteers will be cleaning the toilets, refilling hand sanitiser and talking to festivalgoers about the importance of clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. This role involves moving around the large site, carrying equipment and lots of toilet cleaning - it isn’t for the faint hearted! Some of our Loo Crew team shifts are overnight to ensure the toilets are kept clean throughout the festival.
Please note: the Loo Crew are our biggest volunteer team onsite.
Our revolutionary female urinals always go down a storm at Glastonbury! Volunteers explain to first-timers how to pee standing up, and help spread awareness of the importance of decent toilets and hygiene for women and girls around the world. This role involves keeping the area clean and tidy, and can include some messy work. This role is only for volunteers that identify as female. Some of our urinals are open 24 hours over the festival weekend.
This year, for the first time ever, we are so excited to be taking our Good Loos to Glastonbury! Our Good Loos will provide Glastonbury with a unique toilet experience, bringing environmentally friendly, sustainable and memorable toilets with a chill out and engagement area. Volunteers will be keeping these composting toilets clean between uses and engaging with festivalgoers about WaterAid’s work.
Armed with their trusty gloves and bin bags, our Litter Pickers play a key role in keeping the Glastonbury site clean and tidy! Volunteers will roam around specific areas of the site, picking up litter and ensuring that as much waste as possible is sent to recycling. Some of this team will support on keeping our self-serve water points clean and tidy.