Attention festivalgoers! Oxfam is rolling out a huge opportunity for you to squirrel yourself into some of the UK’s most electrifying festivals, including the iconic Glastonbury – for free. As an official partner of the Worthy Farm event, Oxfam is on the hunt for 8,500 volunteers for what’s shaping up to be their biggest summer ever.
But it’s not just Glasto on the cards. The volunteering scheme extends to other major UK festivals such as Reading & Leeds, Latitude, Isle Of Wight, and Boardmasters. In return for your time and effort, you’ll get free entry to the festival, with tasks ranging from stewarding to supporting accessible viewing platforms by the stages.
Volunteers are expected to complete three eight-hour shifts during the festival, but worry not – there’s plenty of time to enjoy the live performances and kick back when off duty.
As a volunteer, you’ll be privy to perks like secure camping in the Oxfam campsite, a free meal voucher per shift, phone charging facilities, and unlimited tea and coffee.
If you’re eager to be part of this unique experience, mark your calendars! Applications open this Thursday (February 1), and it’s a first-come, first-served affair. Last year, volunteers collectively dedicated over 206,000 hours across the summer, raising a staggering £1.5million to support Oxfam’s crucial work in fighting poverty.
Michael Lever, Head Of Festivals And Events at Oxfam, expressed his excitement for this year’s lineup, highlighting the community spirit and the chance to be part of Oxfam’s collective activism. Desmond Fitzgerald, a veteran volunteer with 19 years and 104 festivals under his belt, shared the enriching experience and camaraderie that comes with being part of the ‘Oxfamily.’
Not just a one-time gig, volunteers returning for two or more festivals gain priority status for the following year, increasing their chances of being part of top-tier festivals like Glastonbury. This volunteering opportunity is more than just a free ticket – it’s a chance to develop skills, make lasting connections, and contribute to a meaningful cause.
For more information on how to get involved and the full list of participating festivals, visit Oxfam’s official website.
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