Green Earth Awakening 2018 : Volunteer as a Steward

Two stewards sat outside a tent in the sun

The welcoming commitee | Image © Juliet Prentice 2015

When is it? Wednesday 12 — Sunday 16 September 2018:

What is it? A five day camp exploring how Buddhism can help us along the path towards community and sustainability. With green crafts, engaged dharma, social change, forest school, healing area and a daily timetable of workshops, talks, meditation, yoga, qi gong, dance and music. An intimate gathering to deepen with a wider awareness. Check out our programme of tools for the mind, skills for our future.

How can I get involved? On this page you can find out about what the Buddhafield Green Earth Awakening Steward Crew does, what we need you to be able to commit to and how to volunteer.

So what is stewarding exactly?

The main job of Stewards at the Green Earth Awakening is to run the ticket and welcoming office and facilitate people coming on site and leaving site smoothly and safely.

Key roles include: welcoming and processing new arrivals at the gate; directing people so as to ensure safety in the campsites and other areas; helping marshal any on-site traffic, including parking.

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!

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 event. You would do a few of these hours each day — sometimes in the morning, sometimes in the afternoon and sometimes in the evening — there’s plenty of flexibility, within reason, so that volunteers can get to experience the event, working around the sessions that they want to attend.

If you can volunteer to arrive early (on Sunday 9th September) 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.

We are asking stewards to come on site by the afternoon of Tuesday 11th September (the day before the event opens) at the latest. This is so that we can have a briefing session for all Stewards at 4pm on this day. The session is an opportunity to meet and get to know your fellow crew members and to prepare for the Wednesday, the opening day, which is the busiest day of the event for us Stewards. The meeting also covers some essential welfare and safety issues, so unfortunately, we can’t take on anyone as a Steward if they miss this briefing. Arriving on site on the 11th also gives you time to settle in and find your bearings.

We are asking Stewards to stay until 4pm on the last day of the event, Sunday 16th September. If you were up for staying on after that for any length of time, to help us take down the site, that would be magic. We plan to finish take-down on the 21st September at the latest.

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.

If you are interested please contact the GEA Stewards Coordinator.