Festival Steward Crew
Stewards | Image © Charlotte Baxter
On this page you can find aout about what the Buddhafield Festival Steward Crew does, what we need you to be able to commit to and how to volunteer.
I love the potential for connection, the precious opportunity to hear the dharma, to practice in nature, and to participate in buddhist ritual with a large sangha.
As well as earning yourself a ticket plus all your food while on site, being part of the steward crew can be a lot of fun, with many people coming back to do it again year after year.
So what is stewarding exactly?
Stewards help to look after everyone at the festival. Key roles include: welcoming and processing new arrivals at the gate; directing people so as to ensure safety in the campsites and other areas; and helping marshal any on-site traffic.
No special skills are required and we provide any training you may need, although if you wish to steward with us you would need to be:
- Eighteen or over
- Reasonably fit
- Have good spoken English
- Be friendly, and interested in helping people!
Supervising the Main Gate | Image © Satyadarshin 2010
Stewarding does not include either preparing crew food or doing heavy physical work (such as putting up structures). If you’re looking to do either of these things, please apply to the Café Crew or Site Crew.
Most people find Buddhafield stewarding a very enjoyable experience, however in offering to help in this way you would still be taking on a job of work which may be quite busy and demanding at times, so please consider this when applying.
What we offer
In exchange for a ticket (and car/caravan/campervan pass if you need one), top quality vegan (and mostly organic) meals every day plus free tea and coffee, we ask for a total of 25 hours of your time during the festival. You would do a few of these hours each day — sometimes in the morning, sometimes in the afternoon and sometimes in the evening — working as part of the same team of a dozen or so people each time.
If you can volunteer to arrive early (on Saturday 13 July) to help during set up, we’d be very grateful! This would mean doing a few extra hours overall, but we'd try to give you more time off during the event itself.
Like most festivals, we ask all first-time stewards to pay a returnable deposit in advance. So, if we offer you a place, we’ll ask you to send us a cheque to the value of one adult ticket. This will not be cashed and will be returned to you promptly at the end of the festival, so long as you turn up on time and do all of your shifts. We’ll be reasonable should for instance you become ill during the event. Similarly, if for any reason it turns out you are no longer able to come, we’ll also not cash your cheque, so long as you let us know at least one week before the festival.
A Word about Alcohol and Drugs
Please have a think about our view on drink and drugs.
We don’t wish to judge people’s views on this — and hope it won’t put you off applying! And if this would be a new way of experiencing a festival for you then why not give it a try?! However please bear in mind that if you choose to work with us, then we’d like this policy to be respected.
Join a Team: Buddhafield Steward Crew Recruitment Closed
The Steward Crew is currently full and we have a waiting list; people do drop out, so please check this page from time to time, right up until Tuesday 16 July 2013.
© Satyadarshin 2012
For an overview of Festival volunteering visit the main volunteering page.