Down To Earth is entirely volunteer and community created. That means no one gets paid to organise the co-operative.
Down To Earth's major activity is setting up ConFest which is a lot like setting up a small town for a week and then packing it down again, so most of the skills and understandings we each have from our day to day personal and working lives, are very much needed for it happen.
Everyone adult at ConFest is asked to contribute a minimum of two hours of their time as part of their ticket price. This is part of what makes everyone’s ConFest experience. It also helps to create an active community, a village and keeps ticket prices low.
If you see a NEED and you can fulfill it, feel free to take the initiative to DO IT.
We encourage you to help out and spend your energy where you see fit. Your hours won’t be documented (unless you’d like to apply for DTE active membership), so if you find yourself near something that needs fixing or someone who needs helping, feel free to jump in! This helps create happy organic nature of Confest.
To contribute your 2 hours, you don’t need to fill out the application form. Simply turn up at the Info tent and enquire about where you can help!
Many people find that they are given endless gifts and truly significant experiences at each ConFest. This leads to them to want to contribute in a more significant way, to ensure that more and more people can also reap the benefits of this amazing spontaneous community that they know and love!
The minimum two hours volunteering is part of the ticket price, but some people feel that they would like to contribute more.
Becoming a Core Volunteer at ConFest and helping on site early
Volunteer hours are valid only for roles that that essential to having a festival run. Anything beyond this (workshops, performances etc) are gifted as part of creating the active community that is ConFest. You don't need to do anything 'official' to run a workshop, just turn up, write it on the workshop board in the info tent and run it!
You only need to fill in a volunteer form if you'd like to volunteer more than 24 hours in a general team or if you'd like to come on site early to help out.
For ConFest to continue to exist we need a whole range of skills; heavy vehicle drivers, trained medics, sign painters, accountants, cooks, firefighters, town planners, counselors, plumbers... the list goes on and on; previous experience with putting on festivals is really not required.
There are different kinds of volunteering you can do
1- Volunteering during the festival
2- Volunteering for the Set up and/or the Pack Down the week before and after the festival
3- Working bees and other site visits during the year in between festivals
4- The organization in between festivals; i.e. paperwork, community building, communications etc… things we can do from home.
Contributing more than 24 hours of your time to Confest over 12 months grants you a discounted volunteer ticket to ConFest and makes you eligible to become a DTE active member. This allows you to vote at Confest committee meetings and at DTE General meetings.
We also offer a limited number of half price tickets to those who are able to volunteer for at least 12 hours in selected teams. These include Emergency Services, Rangers, Front Gate and Welcome teams.