Glastonbury Volunteer. Have you missed out on getting a Glastonbury Ticket? Do not despair. There are plenty of charities and organisations that need volunteers at Glastonbury Festival.
In exchange for your hard work and skills, you receive a Glastonbury Ticket, a special area to camp (with hot showers and clean toilets!) and other benefits like free meals. It is a great way to attend the festival and you will save a lot of money. The charities will ask you for a deposit which you get back once you have completed your work.
The hours you volunteer are different for each charity but you would typically volunteer for 8 hours in 3 shifts over 5 days. For the rest of your time, you can do what you like. I know many people who have volunteered at the festival and they have loved it. Some people volunteer for the same charity year after year.
Here is a list of charities and organisations that are looking for volunteers at Glastonbury Festival.
Greenpeace is one of the main charities at Glastonbury (along with Oxfam and Wateraid). They also have their own area at the festival. The Greenpeace Field is always full of cool installations, tasty vegetarian food and up and coming bands.
In 2019 I was chatting to a Greenpeace volunteer and she said that 75% of new sign-ups to Greenpeace happen at Glastonbury! That is an incredible statistic and it shows how important the festival is for these charities.
Volunteering Roles for Greenpeace at Glastonbury:
- Shower Crew
- Helping in the Greenpeace Field
You will be required to work 7-hour shifts over 5 days. In return, you will get entry to Glastonbury for free, private crew camping, hot showers, subsidised travel up to £30 and vegetarian and vegan meals.
To apply to volunteer for Greenpeace at Glastonbury click the link: https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/volunteering/volunteering-at-festivals/
WaterAid has been a feature at Glastonbury for years. Since the plastic bottle ban has come into force their presence can be seen all over the festival. I must admit when Emily Eavis announced the ban I admired the sentiment but worried about how it would work with 250,000 people.
2019 was a hot Glastonbury. We all needed lots of water. The WaterAid crew were absolutely brilliant. We all queued with our water bottles to get refills and the crew always had a smile even though they were rushed off their legs.
Volunteering Roles for WaterAid at Glastonbury:
- The Refill Station Team
- The WaterAid stand team
- Water Welcomers
- Loo Crew
- Litter Picking
- Female Urinals
You will be required to work 4 x 6-hour shifts and sometimes at night. In return, you will get entry to Glastonbury for free, £35 travel costs, private crew camping with hot showers and food vouchers.
To apply to volunteer for WaterAid at Glastonbury please click this link:
The last of the big main charities. Oxfam has been a part of Glastonbury for over 30 years. Oxfam normally requires a couple of thousand volunteers at Glastonbury. Priority is given to previous volunteers but they are always looking for new volunteers too.
Volunteering Roles for Oxfam at Glastonbury:
- Campaigning (after a telephone interview)
- Festival Shop Work ( normally only open to previous festival shop volunteers, or Oxfam high-street shop volunteers or staff.)
If you are a steward volunteer you will be required to work 3 x 8-hour-long shifts over a period of 5 days. You can ask to work the same shifts as your friends and family which is a nice touch.
If you are a campaigner volunteer you will be asked to work between 4 x 6-hour shifts which end by 18:00, giving you the night to yourselves.
The shop volunteers do 1 shift a day.
In return, you will gain entry to the festival for free. Your own private campsite with showers, toilets and phone charging. You will get a meal voucher for every shift you have worked and free tea and coffee.
To apply to volunteer for Oxfam at Glastonbury please click the link below:
Some of my friends volunteer with Shelter at Glastonbury and love it. Shelter help people with homelessness and bad housing. They are a fantastic charity and they have helped run a lot of the bars at Glastonbury for years.
Volunteering Roles for Shelter at Glastonbury:
- Bar work (no previous experience necessary)
You will be required to work 3 x 8-hour shifts over 5 days. In return, you will get a free ticket for the festival, free transport to the festival, and a private campsite with showers, phone charging, tea and coffee. You will also receive meal vouchers.
To apply to volunteer for Shelter at Glastonbury Festival please click the link below:
Festival Medical Team
If you are qualified in first aid or have a medical or paramedic qualification you can apply to be part of the Festival Medical Team. This charity began at Glastonbury 1979 and has been providing medical assistance at events ever since.
To apply for the Festival Medical Team, please click the link below:
Glastonbury Recycling Crew
In an ideal world, there would be no need for recycling volunteers. Glastonbury is becoming more sustainable every year and I have noticed over the years a lot less rubbish. Remember the festival motto: Love the farm, leave no trace.
However, there is a need for a Glastonbury Recycling Crew. If you wish to join the team you will need a recommendation from a previous recycling team member.
Glastonbury Recycling Crew Roles:
- Litter Picking
- Sorting out the recycling
You are required to work 4 x 6-hour shifts. In exchange, you will receive free entry to the festival. Free meals, private camping with showers and toilets.
To apply for a role with the Glastonbury Recycling Crew please click the link below:
Festaff is a company providing volunteers for over 20 events. It claims that 90% of shifts don’t clash with headline acts, so if the headliners are your thing this could be for you.
To stand a chance of volunteering with Festaff at Glastonbury 2023 you will have to have volunteered at two camping events with them in 2022. (So for Glasto 2024) try to volunteer twice this year with Festaff.
Volunteering Roles for Festaff at Glastonbury:
- Gate Steward
You are expected to work 3 x 8-hour shifts or the equivalent over 6 days. In exchange, you will receive free entry to the festival, Free showers, meals on duty, phone charging facilities, hot water, snacks/tea/coffee on shift and much more.
To find out more information on Festaff please click the link below:
Oasis Carnival Club
I want to volunteer with these just for the name alone! The Oasis Carnival Club recruit volunteers for stewarding outside the festival fence. They are based in Frome, Somerset, so not too far from Worthy Farm.
Volunteering Roles for the Oasis Carnival Club at Glastonbury:
- Festival Stewarding
- Model Making
- Face Painting
- Anything Creative
Requirements are that you work 3 x 8-hour shifts between Friday and Sunday. In exchange, you will get free entry to Glastonbury, private camping, toilets, and private parking at the campsite.
To apply for a volunteering role with the Oasis Carnival Club at Glastonbury please click the link below:
Property lockups are run by different peace and environmental groups, so if you are a member of such a group, you might wish to check if your local branch is involved.
If you already volunteer for a charity, you may be able to work at the Festival through them. Check out if they are coming to Glastonbury. Similarly, if you are a Samaritan, you could investigate joining their Festival Branch.
Worthy FM is the onsite radio station of Glastonbury. Sometimes, they look for volunteers for the station. Keep an eye out on their website: http://www.worthyfm.com/
Good luck with your applications. See you down on the farm!
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