Why be a Festival Campaigner?

Campaigning at festivals provides some of the best opportunities to reach a huge audience with news of our work. Over the years we've painted people blue, asked festival-goers to write to their MP about the refugee crisis and spoke about the effects that fast fashion has on the environment.

This year we'll be launching our new climate justice campaign. We need your passion, energy and voice to help deliver this campaign to festival-goers and to help thousands of people join climate activists around the world in using their voice to call for change.

Key responsibilities

  • Work with the team to promote Oxfam’s campaign and related activities at the festival.
  • Take part in creative activities that engage festival goers in the campaign.
  • Act as an ambassador to Oxfam, confidently promoting our work to end poverty.

What are we looking for?

We’re looking for passionate campaigners who are confident, outgoing and who are happy speaking clearly and knowledgeably about Oxfam’s campaign.

We’re looking for great communicators with plenty of energy who can spread the word about Oxfam’s vital campaign around the festival, whilst also having a great time!

What you get in return

  • Crew entry to the festival
  • Great shifts (4 x 6 hour daytime shifts)
  • Staff campsite, meal vouchers & hot showers
  • Training and experience
  • Onsite support from Oxfam staff
  • Chance to have fun and meet new people!

Your commitment to Oxfam

This role is a fun way to volunteer, but it does require a certain level of commitment. You will be required to:

  • Participate in online training before the festival starts.
  • Work at least one festival (of course!) – You must work two festivals if you are going to Glastonbury.
  • Be committed to meeting campaign sign up targets.
  • Be ready and enthusiastic to complete 4 shifts of 6 hours at each festival.

How to apply

  1. Application process

    Select the festival(s) that would wish to campaign at and pay your deposit! At this point, you will now be able to complete the rest of your application by filling in the ‘experience’ section of your profile. Your application will provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate how you meet the skills and competencies outlined in the “What we are looking for?” section.

    In no more than 300 words tell us about one of Oxfam’s past or present campaigns and why you like it. At festivals this year our campaign will focus on climate justice – why do you think this is important?

    Now record a 3-minute video of yourself, answering the following questions:

    1. Tell us a bit about yourself, including why you think you’d make a good campaigner.
    2. Now tell us about something (anything!) that you’re passionate about – try and make us love it as much as you!

    This video is your chance to show us what a great campaigner you’d make! We’re looking for people who are great communicators, can engage with all sorts of people and speak passionately! Great body language, eye contact, tone of voice and confidence is key!

    Upload your video as an unlisted file to YouTube and paste the URL into the box provided in your profile. If you have any problems with this, please contact festivals@oxfam.org.uk.

    We often receive a high volume of applications for festival campaigners, so please apply early. As part of the selection process, we may also contact applicants by phone to discuss their application in more detail.

    To be considered for a campaigner place at Glastonbury you will be required to volunteer at a second festival either as a campaigner, steward or shop volunteer. If you cancel your second festival after Glastonbury, you will lose half of your deposit (unless you have a valid reason and you can provide evidence, in which case a £20 admin fee will apply instead).

  2. Pre-event training

    All volunteers will be required to participate in pre-event training before arriving on site. This training will be held online and details will be communicated via email following a successful application. This training will be led by your campaign coordinator and is compulsory training required for this year.

    We will also have on-site training before campaigning at a festival which will be our chance to meet everyone in the team properly, talking through the campaign in more depth, and practice before we go into the festival. We want to make sure that you go out feeling confident, prepared and part of a passionate and committed team.

  3. What happens after completing your application?

    After choosing which festivals you wish to campaign at and paying your deposit, you’ll receive an email confirming this and prompting you to complete the rest of your application.

    We will review all applications a few weeks after launch and aim to get back to you to confirm festival places within a month. If you’re unsuccessful, we’ll refund your deposit. If you’re successful, you’ll receive a further email with the details of the festival(s) you’ve been accepted to campaign at and some information regarding pre-festival training! We’re looking forward to receiving your application and hopefully seeing you at a festival this summer, good luck!