Edinburgh Festival Campsite volunteer

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The Exchange

We are looking for volunteers to join our friendly campsite team to help us create and run our campsite from 1st August - 2nd September 2020. We need help setting up and running a wonderful campsite with all the facilities (including bar / cafe) you can imagine for performers and visitors to the Edinburgh Festivals. As a volunteer you'll be part of an inclusive and supportive community on-site and can expect to take part in a wide range of tasks.

What you offer

24 hours of help per week

Kitchen Hand: Help prepare, finish and serve meals.

Cleaning: Help clean the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas.

Housekeeping: Help with changing the bed linens and general housekeeping.

Reception: Help with check-ins, check-outs and guest assistance.

What you get

1 day off per week

Tent: You will sleep in a tent at a camping site.

Breakfast: You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.

Discounts on Drinks: Get discounts for drinks and beverages from our bar.

Free Laundry: You can use our laundry room freely.

Use our equipped kitchen: Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.


Intermediate English

Over 18 years old

Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

Program Details

Since the campsite first opened in 2015, we have been hosting volunteers who have helped us create, run and maintain Edinburgh Festival Camping. 230+ individuals from over 30 countries have joined our team and helped us create our fantastic reputation and friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

It works really simply: a volunteer comes and stays with us for free in exchange for 4 hours work a day.

When you volunteer with us, you will have the opportunity to learn some new skills, do different types of jobs and have fun. As it’s only 4 hours a day, you’ll have the remaining 20 hours to enjoy Edinburgh and the Festivals.

If you're able to, please join us for our Pre-Open Volunteer Social Night on Wednesday 5th August from 6.30pm.

Tuesday nights are the Volunteer Social Night where the whole team shares a meal together, provided by us and some drinks!

Activities & Shift

Pitching and taking down tents
Marking out pitches
Creating and running Check In and the information desks
Keeping the campsite clean and tidy
Cleaning Pre-Pitched Tents & Bell Tents between stays
Toilet and shower cleaning
Helping at breakfast and in the cafe / bar in our awesome Giant Tipis
Food preparation
Helping campers – whether it be carrying kit or providing information
Other ad hoc duties as needed

You'll get further training on site and ongoing support from our team and our dedicated volunteer coordinator Coco. We'll never ask you to do something we haven't done or wouldn't do ourselves.


Can do attitudes and happy campers are welcome!
Please be respectful to your team mates by working as a team, then we can all have a good time.
Please no arrivals on Thursday 6th August (our opening day) or Friday - Sundays once the campsite is open (from Friday 7th August onwards).
Schedules are arranged at the campsite a few days in advance with our Volunteer Manager Coco.
Days off are arranged at the campsite for anyone staying 10 days or longer.
Please bring your own tent and bedding if you can. This is so we can offer tents and bedding to those who cannot bring their own.
If you are borrowing a tent and bedding, you are responsible for pitching and taking down your tent and laundering your sheets (washing machine & dryer available on site for free).