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oxfam festival volunteers

after being informed by a friend that applications can be submitted as of today, i am considering applying to volunteer at either glastonbury or reading or even possibly both. does anyone have any experience of what it's like? most of the people who i've seen doing it seemed to be having a decent enough time and there's no reason why it shouldn't be a fun experience, is there? how do the shifts work out and what's the application process like? oh, and also are there many people who volunteer by themselves because i'm not really sure what my friends are planning to do at this moment in time

and finally, if someone has any experience of working as a oxfam festival shop volunteer, what's that like? better than the standard stuff (standing on top of a fire watch tower whilst it's being shaken by an 'angry mob') i'm eligible to apply for that as i'm a regular oxfam shop volunteer.


many thanks for any decent responses!

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Reply 1
OMG I didn't realise people could do this.... might volunteer for Reading! Also interested in people's reponses :smile:
you will find all the information you ask here Oxfam Festival Volunteering

usually though you will pay £200 deposit to work as the volunteer for any festival and get this back when you have completed your shifts etc paid back into your bank account.

more news here as well eFestivals information re:volunteering
Reply 3
i did it! not through oxfam but hotboxevents which is just a general campsite or arena steward. Saw plenty of oxfam folk around though. Do it!! I had a great time, met loads of great people and it was just so fun! Do you have any specific Qs?
i was going to do this last year but by the time it came to applying time i didnt have the funds
definately planning on applying this year :biggrin: better than just wasting a summer! :smile:
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amylase55
i did it! not through oxfam but hotboxevents which is just a general campsite or arena steward. Saw plenty of oxfam folk around though. Do it!! I had a great time, met loads of great people and it was just so fun! Do you have any specific Qs?

how are the shifts divieed up? it sounds like you had a good time!
Reply 6
Original post by &#991
how are the shifts divieed up? it sounds like you had a good time!


You normally work 3 shifts over the whole festival, one early(8-4) one late (4-12) and one night (8-12). It is fun because you get put in groups of about 10-12 and then patrol around, although doing it through oxfam your role will be a bit different...basically no having to help people with heavy bags/tents :P. You will have to do an early, late and night shift. But you get a good amount of time off in between in which you can enjoy the festival! You also have the advantage of having your own seperate campsite..ie no having to que because you get a seperate entrance into the arena! You can go stay with mates in the actual campsites and stuff though as long as you're not on shift. Yep i did, deffo a great experience! I'm going to try volunteering at lattitude this year and can't not do reading again! :P
amylase55
You normally work 3 shifts over the whole festival, one early(8-4) one late (4-12) and one night (8-12). It is fun because you get put in groups of about 10-12 and then patrol around, although doing it through oxfam your role will be a bit different...basically no having to help people with heavy bags/tents :P. You will have to do an early, late and night shift. But you get a good amount of time off in between in which you can enjoy the festival! You also have the advantage of having your own seperate campsite..ie no having to que because you get a seperate entrance into the arena! You can go stay with mates in the actual campsites and stuff though as long as you're not on shift. Yep i did, deffo a great experience! I'm going to try volunteering at lattitude this year and can't not do reading again! :P

ah cool, sounds good. one of my friends has now decided she's also pretty keen so we're gonna sign up for reading now (i couldn't do glastonbury anyway due to exams)

thanks very much
Reply 8
Original post by &#991
ah cool, sounds good. one of my friends has now decided she's also pretty keen so we're gonna sign up for reading now (i couldn't do glastonbury anyway due to exams)

thanks very much


Best part of oxfam stewarding Reading is that you get to camp in the staff campsite and thus avoid the riots.
Reue
Best part of oxfam stewarding Reading is that you get to camp in the staff campsite and thus avoid the riots.

god, that must be good! as a steward, you're not supposed to deal with any of that are you? they've got those security guys right? also is toilet cleaning on the agenda? surely it's not? you've gotta be paid to deal with that!
Reply 10
Original post by &#991
god, that must be good! as a steward, you're not supposed to deal with any of that are you? they've got those security guys right? also is toilet cleaning on the agenda? surely it's not? you've gotta be paid to deal with that!


No you wont be expected to do anything security or cleaning related.
Reue
No you wont be expected to do anything security or cleaning related.

great. thanks
Reply 12
Original post by &#991
great. thanks


No problem. Gimme a bell if you have any other Qs about voulenteering or Reading Fest.
Reply 13
Reue
No problem. Gimme a bell if you have any other Qs about voulenteering or Reading Fest.

ooh, i'm Oxfam volunteering at Camp Bestival, Summer Sundae, Beautiful Days and Bestival

EXCITEDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
also, right, i'm going it alone which doesn't bother cause i'm quite outgoing so y'know...buuuuut did you go on your own and how was it ?
Reply 14
crowsy
ooh, i'm Oxfam volunteering at Camp Bestival, Summer Sundae, Beautiful Days and Bestival

EXCITEDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
also, right, i'm going it alone which doesn't bother cause i'm quite outgoing so y'know...buuuuut did you go on your own and how was it ?


I havnt voulenteered for Oxfam at Reading, but my mate did and she said it was wicked, very easy to make friends with others on your shifts.. especially if you're a girl!
Reply 15
Anyone know how long festival training sessions last for?
Toneh
Anyone know how long festival training sessions last for?


I had one last year (which was Glastonbury specific - so possibly a bit different to the general ones) and it was 2 1/2 to 3 hours ish, but you get a break, so it's not just 3 hours straight info! :smile:
Reply 17
Sing-For-Absolution
I had one last year (which was Glastonbury specific - so possibly a bit different to the general ones) and it was 2 1/2 to 3 hours ish, but you get a break, so it's not just 3 hours straight info! :smile:

Ok, thanks :smile:
Reply 18
crowsy
ooh, i'm Oxfam volunteering at Camp Bestival, Summer Sundae, Beautiful Days and Bestival

EXCITEDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
also, right, i'm going it alone which doesn't bother cause i'm quite outgoing so y'know...buuuuut did you go on your own and how was it ?

Yup i did last year, instantly met 4 other people who had come alone and we camped together. You get to meet people from the shift groups you're put in as well.
Reply 19
I was really considering Glastonbury, I love the festival Soooooo much, It is my favorite place in the world!! However my exams run until the Friday of the festival so I cant commit myself to anything at the moment, but I think I'll get a crew ticket closer to the date.

As for volunteering with Oxfam I am signing up to the Glade Festival, Not sure what position to apply for though, Hmmmm, I have worked in an Oxfam shop before.....Or would being outdoors be better, yeah I think I'll apply as a steward, I'll get closer to the music that way.

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