The crew food team for during the festival feeds all the volunteers onsite - up to 400 people per meal! You’ll be part of a team that chops veg, washes pots, serves food and feeds the fire for our hot water system. All the food is organic, vegan and mostly wheat free.
If you are on the team during the 5-day event, you’ll work 5 shifts of 6 hours, which includes a 30 min check in before the shift, and a 30 min check out afterwards, one each day of the festival. Shifts rotate through morning, afternoon and evening, with at least one 24 hour period off during the festival. If you’re a very early riser, there is a chance to work on a smaller team, doing the breakfast shift each day. There is also a split shift available, serving lunch and dinner each day, or washing up volunteers dishes after each meal. It may be good for those of you who like to work in short bursts! For the Weekender there will be a similar pattern over the 3 days.
We are looking for cooks, shift managers and general kitchen assistants - please let us know about your skills when you apply. To make sure everyone is covid safe, there might be work bubbles, mask wearing, and social distancing. To volunteer, you need to be prepared to adhere to our guidelines.
As well as kitchen tasks, you’ll be able to take advantage of all the festival has to offer, from yoga to dance to singing, to sitting round the fire, to listening to dharma talks and taking part in ritual. We recommend the opening and closing ceremonies, and the big ritual on Saturday night - there’s usually lots of fire! By volunteering with Buddhafield you’re becoming part of the community, and as well as contributing practically to the smooth running of the festival, you’re also helping create the warm generous space that Buddhafield is known for.
We ask that you come and be with us 8th - 12th July (shifts are 9th - 11th), and/or 13th - 19th July (shifts are 14-18th) with your full camping kit or live-in vehicle, and bring your energy, generosity, skills, physical labour and your brightness. In return we offer
#### Message about 2021 Festival Volunteering
Buddhafield is working closely with the local licensing authority to make sure our two events, Buddhafield Festival and Buddhafield Weekender, can go ahead safely. We expect that certain restrictions will be in place in order for these events to go ahead.
Before you apply for a volunteering position, we ask that you consider whether you will be comfortable following whatever restrictions are in place as per current government guidelines at the time of the events. This could include, but is not limited to, extra handwashing, social distancing, face masks, no snack provision and extra rules around mealtimes etc.
If you will find this difficult then this year might not be the year for you and we look forward to having you back as a volunteer when we no longer need to follow these restrictions.
#### A Word about Alcohol and Drugs
Please have a think about our view on alcohol and recreational drugs, as described on the Festival overview page.
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 and are accepted, then we’d expect this policy to be respected.