Volunteer at Festivals Abroad

Back to Programs

Festival Volunteering Abroad

Festivals are a time for people to come together and revel in their passions, a time to take a break from the ordinances of everyday life and celebrate something near and dear. If you are willing to put in the work and efforts, then it won’t be too hard to have the time of your life joining the craze of festivals as an international volunteer. Those who volunteer at festivals abroad will get a behind the scenes look at the organization and coordination that goes into festival and event management, but they will also get to work with people from a range of backgrounds and enjoy the excitement that comes along with festivals worldwide.

Why Volunteer Abroad at Festivals

Year after year, festivals all around the world depend on the devoted work of volunteers, both international and local, to make sure every part of the festival goes off without a hitch. Though it may seem like all fun and games while you are in attendance, there is actually a ton of work that goes on behind the scenes in order to make festivals run smoothly and successfully. Volunteering at a festival abroad is your opportunity to earn free admittance, get a unique backstage view into how festivals run, and experience the excitement of another culture’s revelry.


All around the world, no matter what beliefs and customs each country may possess, festivals exist and play a similar role in society. The goal of every festival is the same, to allow people to celebrate a tradition. Festivals can be big or small, so each one is run by a variety of organizations. Although there are a range of opportunities around the world, and even more festivals that exist, below is a list of some of the most popular options for festival volunteering abroad.

In North America, Mardi Gras reigns supreme. This New Orleans based celebration typically lands on the end of February or beginning of March, celebrating the approach of Ash Wednesday. Brazil’s Carnaval coincidentally falls at a similar time in Rio de Janeiro, and is the largest celebration of its kind in South America.

In Europe, volunteers flock to festivals new and old to experience the event and also contribute to its success year after year. From Oktoberfest in Munich to Carnevale in Venice (not to be confused with Brazil’s Carnaval) to a variety of film and music festivals in Belgium, there are a wide array of celebrations that invite international volunteers to join their team.

In Asia, festivals as broad and diverse as the Harbin Ice Festival in China, Diwali in India, and the Ultra Music Festival in South Korea all depend on the the continual support of volunteers to help everything run smoothly.

Volunteering at a festival abroad can take you anywhere in the world, so do some research to find which one seems like the most fun and rewarding experience for you!

Festival Volunteering Abroad

Those who decide to volunteer abroad at festivals typically carry out a wide array of different tasks; setting up, collecting tickets, handing out wristbands, monitoring the crowd, and cleaning up the grounds are all common tasks of festival volunteers. If you have a specialized skillset, such as in first aid or stage design, then you can often volunteer to provide these more specific skills as well.

If the work sounds mundane, keep in mind that volunteers usually perform their duties in shifts, and in your free time you can enjoy the festival just the same as everyone else. It’s a win-win situation on both sides; volunteers earn free admittance to the celebration and the festival can run successfully for everyone, all because of the work by volunteers!

Different types of festivals will also set up volunteer work in different ways. For example, volunteering at a music festival, which tends to last around three days and cater to a specific crowd, will be a lot different than volunteering at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, which lasts for two weeks and is essentially mayhem in the streets the entire time.

No matter what way you go about it, volunteering abroad at a festival will be a great way to join in the swarm of excitement, experience a significant cultural event, and ensure attendees have a great time.


Have Fun. The most important part about volunteering at a festival is that you have fun. Wherever you are in the world, cutting loose in your free time and joining in the event will be an experience you never forget.

Make it Happen. Quite simply, most festivals could not continue to succeed without the helpful support of volunteers. It is hard enough to break even when putting on a festival, so the volunteer force in attendance is greatly appreciated by everyone on both sides of the table.

Quirky Culture. While volunteering abroad at a festival, you will get a glimpse into the everyday culture of your host country, and you will get an even more interesting glimpse into the way people celebrate. Three cheers for cultural immersion!

Read More

A Guide To

Festival Volunteering Abroad


 Find Festivals Volunteer Programs Abroad Now


This listing has been saved 15 times

International Volunteer HQ has a wide range of volunteering opportunities available in working with children placements, sports programs, environmental placements, Carnaval program, teaching English placements, arts placements and community development projects. *BRAZIL SPORTS PROGRAM Sport has become vital for Rio's lowest income communities, as they provide children and adolescents with r...


This listing has been saved 202 times

Become a Love Volunteer and get a truly memorable experience whilst helping those in real need. Love Volunteers has provided meaningful Festivals volunteering abroad programs to thousands of volunteers seeking safe, responsible and affordable ways to help needy communities! Check out our exciting programs and sign up now!


This listing has been saved 16 times

Morocco is an exciting destination in Northern Africa to spend time on a volunteer program or internship. Morocco is African and Arabic, and only a few miles from Europe. All three of these facts echo in the heartbeat of this beautiful country. Our projects in Morocco are available for anyone interested in volunteering in the developing world, including those on a college summer break, gap year...


This listing has been saved 4 times

Soak up the Latin American culture and learn the Spanish language. Our Spanish Immersion Gap Year is specifically designed for a full language experience, all while making a real impact. Each country promises to astound you with it's ecological diversity, off-the-beaten-path destinations, rugged coastlines, bustling markets, and delicious food! For two decades, CCS volunteers have traveled a...


This listing has been saved 72 times

Work as a Connect-123 volunteer in one of the many non-profits, clinics, hospitals and schools we work with in Barcelona. There are a range of different areas to choose from where you can apply your specific set of skills to projects that are important to you. Areas of opportunity include education, conservation, health care, microfinance and community development and many more. Tell us your ma...


This listing has been saved 37 times

The Intern Group is the leading provider of internship programs in the emerging market of Colombia! We provide international students with internships in top private companies, NGOs and state ministries. Our programs are regularly featured on CNN International and other mainstream media. Apply now for a wonderful experience and propel your professional development! Develop your Spanish langu...


This listing has been saved 25 times

Thanks to its geographical position, Thailand has become one of the top destination for people looking to do business from all around the world. As such, the kingdom has become a focal point for young professional to develop their career path in a fast growing and highly international environment. Doing an internship in Thailand will dive you into its fast growing market. The country offers a ...


This listing has been saved 327 times

Vermont-based Volunteers For Peace (VFP) has been collaborating with community and grassroots organizations in Haiti for over 15 years! Our focus is on education, access to clean water, and environmental conservation through the lens of cultural exchange. Our projects work to empower local leaders, provide meaningful activities for children, and leave behind sustainable projects in the communit...


This listing has been saved 4 times

Although home to more than 11 million people, Cuban culture has been shrouded in mystery to most North Americans because of prolonged economic and political strain between the United States and Cuba. The Care for Cuba program pulls back the curtains on this Caribbean culture and gives volunteers a clear look at the beauties, struggles, and determination of the Cuban people. Cubanos are proud, e...


This listing has been saved 3 times

Spend a semester or academic year in Wellington with AIFS. Earn up to 16 credits studying at Victoria University. Participate in the Full Curriculum Program at Victoria University. AIFS adds a unique academic experience with the optional Pacific Studies Program in Suva, Fiji, giving you an introduction to the history and culture of the Pacific Region at the University of the South Pacifi...


This listing has been saved 1 time

In many parts of Africa people live in poor conditions, especially in rural settlements. Millions of people experience deprivation of the most basic rights to water, shelter and food. The medical infrastructure in Zimbabwe is very low and often people need to walk long distances to receive medical aid. Our hospitals and medical centres are desperately short of drugs, medical equipment and even ...


Scholars Abroad invites all interested applicant to be part of our women’s empowerment project. Your small effort can make a big difference to women in the most marginalized communities in Nepal. Empowering women is a key part of many of Scholars Abroad projects, such as those concerning Human Rights, HIV/AIDS and Micro-finance. These are all projects which help to women of Nepal to overcome c...


This listing has been saved 13 times

Participating in volunteer projects in China is an excellent way to become more engaged with the local culture while at the same time providing direct and personal opportunities to contribute constructively. It has never been so easy to make a useful contribution to our world and have the time of your life doing it! Many volunteer programs declare themselves authentic and beneficial for loca...


This listing has been saved 27 times

Kokolulu, a renowned Farm and Wellness Retreat Center located in the beautiful island of Hawaii. The organization is encouraging hardworking self-starters people who are passionate about providing service and assistance to those afflicted with the chronic illness. Volunteers can interact and mingle with other volunteers and residents by helping out in the farm or in the center. Breakfast is pro...