Peacekeepers — Festival Volunteers

The Peacekeeper Role

Hello! Great that you found your way here and that you’re interested in joining the Peacekeeper team.

The Peacekeepers help to look after and support everyone at the festival

The team gathers together a couple of days before the festival starts, to get to know each other, train together, meet other teams we’ll be working with and generally settle in and build a sense of community.

During the festival the Peacekeeper team members bring their life skills and experience to try to resolve tense or difficult situations through peaceful communication. This includes

  • Interacting with people who are taking or already under the influence of alcohol or drugs, to support Buddhafield’s commitment to being an intoxicant free space
  • Taking part in searching for lost children, according to our set protocol
  • Supporting ticket holders and festival crew in any tense or difficult situation that may arise

Dates

  • Team building and co-training: Arriving between 2pm-4pm on Sunday 10th July
  • Working through the festival: Wednesday 13th July - Sunday 17th July
  • Debriefing: Most leaving late afternoon of Monday 18th July, with 2 or 3 of the team staying on until Tuesday 19th am

Your Experience

No special skills or experience are required, other than an interest in and commitment to resolving tension through peaceful communication! We (the team coordinators, with lots of input from everyone in the team) will facilitate training.

You will need to

  • Be eighteen or over
  • Have good spoken English
  • Be interested in speaking with and supporting people and have a commitment to resolving tension through peaceful communication
  • And it’s really helpful if you have a DBS check and some experience of safeguarding, but not at all necessary!

Many people find Buddhafield Peacekeeping a very enjoyable and growthful experience. However in offering to help in this way you would still be taking on a commitment which may be demanding at times (we’re asking you to commit to being continually on site and often outdoors in all weather for 9 day and to engage in potentially confrontational conversations as part of your role), so please consider this when applying.

What We Offer You

  • Your ticket to the festival
  • 3 vegan meals a day and hot drinks, during training, during the festival and during debrief time
  • Meditation and Dharma input, for those who want to engage with it.
  • Training and co-training, before you start working, including input from experienced mediators and de-escalators.
  • The experience of being in a well-supported team, working closely with others to have fun and learn together

What We Ask of You

We ask that you commit to…

  • Living on site with us from Sunday 10th July until Monday 18th July, in your tent, in your live in vehicle or under your tarp
    • Working 1 x 5.5 hour shift each day of the festival (Wednesday 13th July - Sunday 17th July). Shifts include a check in, handovers and a check out. We’ll do our best to work out shifts in a way that works for everyone.
    • Arriving on site for some relaxed team building and co-training between 2pm-4pm on Sunday 10th July
    • Leaving site in the afternoon of Monday 18th July
  • Bringing as much of yourself as you’re willing and able: your energy, openness, experiences, ideas and feelings

How to Apply to Volunteer with Peacekeepers

  1. Please fill in the form below (or say in the form if you’d rather apply via a phone call)
  2. We’ll most likely give you a call to talk through your application and anything else you’d like to chat about
  3. We’ll do our best to let you know if you have a place on the team in very early May. Please hold the dates until then!
  4. If you don’t get a place on this team, there’s also the possibility that you can be added to a general reserves list and guaranteed a volunteering place, although which team you'll be with won’t be certain until closer to the festival

  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.