WaterAid • Glasto Fest Feed

WaterAid

WaterAid provides clean water, decent toilets and hygiene knowledge to people who don’t yet have access to them. The charity’s presence has grown tremendously since its first appearance at Worthy Farm in 1994 and nowadays brings more than 600 volunteers to Glastonbury Festival each year. As well as introducing Talking Toilets, some of the charity’s biggest highlights at the Festival include launching WaterAid’s water refill points in 2014 and the creation of their Loo Crew cleaning teams. Then in 2019, WaterAid quadrupled the number of Kiosks to support Glastonbury’s ban on single-use plastic, ensuring everyone could access free tap water as part of their festival experience.

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Charity
Founded
1981
First Festival
1994
Latest Festival
2023
WaterAid Logo (2023)
WaterAid Logo (2023) • Credit: WaterAid
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Volunteering Opportunities

WaterAid Roles

Tim Winwright, WaterAid chief executive centre meets volunteers at Glastonbury Festival 2019.

General info

From refilling water bottles to looking after the loos, WaterAid's volunteers help make sure festivals stay clean, safe and enjoyable for everyone – all whilst raising awareness of the life-changing power of clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

Although you don’t get to choose which crew you'd like to join, as part of the application process, you will be able to highlight any particular skills and experiences that will help them allocate the most suitable role to you.

Role (1)

Water Team

WatAid’s water bars and kiosks help keep over 200,000 festival-goers happy and hydrated. In this team, you'll be busy providing free water refills, selling and distributing pre-ordered reusable bottles, and selling merchandise.

Role (2)

Sanitation Team

Most of WaterAid’s Glastonbury volunteers are part of the sanitation team. You could be helping to run the Good Loos or women's urinals, or keeping toilets across the site (over 2,000 of them!) clean, as part of the legendary Loo Crew.

Role (3)

Hygiene Team

WaterAid’s water point roaming teams play a crucial role in monitoring and cleaning sinks, taps and water refill points across the site. Volunteers also make festival-goers aware of their nearest water points, and generally act as fonts of all water knowledge.

Shifts

4x6-hour shifts (with some teams required to volunteer overnight).

Application Dates

End of January until mid February.

Application Process

1. Register with the WaterAid application system (if you haven’t already).

2. Have your personal details to hand (including a recent photo and details of your emergency contacts).

3. Once applications open, click the link provided by WaterAid socials and follow the instructions on screen.

Application Requirements

Write a statement detailing how you've supported and helped WaterAid in the past.

Deposit

• £50 if you have volunteered with WaterAid before.
• £150 if you haven't volunteered with WaterAid before.

Benefits

• Dedicated camping in WaterAid campsite (not inc. camping equipment).
• Crew only access showers and toilets.
• Volunteer marquee with tea, coffee, and biscuits.
• Free food voucher for every completed shift.

More Info

If you volunteered with WaterAid at two or more festivals in 2023, or if you've volunteered at five or more over the past five years, you'll automatically benefit from priority status for this summer – Although this doesn’t guarantee you a place on the team, it does however mean that they'll process your application first.

Media Material

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WaterAid Volunteers (2017)

Additional Resources

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