You need to be able to offer up a deposit of £300, which will be refunded once you complete all of your allotted shifts, and you need to adhere to certain guidelines during your stay at the Somerset festival.
It may be too late to organize your free tickets for this year, but it gives you a head start to plan ahead for 2023 so that you can save your money for other trips and events. Here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking about volunteering with Shelter.
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How much work will I need to do at Glastonbury?
If you’re volunteering with Shelter, you will need to commit to giving up 24 hours of your time while you’re at Glastonbury, between the Wednesday and the Sunday of the festival. However, the organisers note that as Friday, Saturday and Sunday are their busiest days, it is likely that you’ll be working on at least two of these.
Shifts are assigned to you when you arrive on site and cannot be swapped. They will take on the form of:
On the plus side, you get two meal vouchers for every eight hours worked which can be availed of at the catering tent in the Avalon Bars campsite. This campsite also has access to hot showers as well as a subsidized shop, so that’s one way you can make all your non-volunteering friends jealous.
What else do I need to do before volunteering with Shelter?
You need to complete a training course for Avalon bars, which generally takes place in May so it may be too late to sign up for this year’s festival. You will also need to bring a physical copy of photo ID (drivers license or passport) and provide the deposit as mentioned above, which is roughly equivalent to the price of a ticket.
You will need to bring your own camping equipment and the rules specify you need to stay in the Avalon campsite, although given that’s where you get the free food, this might not be so bad.
What else should I know?
Shelter’s rules stipulate that you need to get their coaches to and from the festival. The coaches will be leaving on the Tuesday before the festival from various locations (London, Bristol and either Sheffield or Birmingham) and returning on the Monday when the Worthy Farm festival ends.
If you don’t show up or complete any of your designated shifts, and you don’t have a valid medical reason you will be required to hand in your festival wristband, vacate the Avalon camps, forgo your deposit and it will be unlikely that You will be able to get the transport provided back after the festival.
Also, anyone who doesn’t complete their work in a satisfactory manner will be unable to volunteer for Avalon Bars again.