Hi there!

Waking Life is the result of the vision and joint effort of a big group of people. It’s this communal aspect that enables its uniqueness and diversity. Hop on board and help us keep on building this experience, being it envisioning and building new avenues on our small but never ending grounds or lending a hand on one of the teams that make all this silliness possible.

So, you’re here because you want to volunteer at Waking Life this year? All righty, but make sure to read this page carefully, as it contains important information regarding the procedure, timings, and the refund policy.

Your application

Applications will be open from January 30th onwards, through the link you will find at the bottom of this page. Your application will only be finalised once you have filled out your personal info, your experience and motivations to participate in Waking Life as a volunteer. Don’t forget to provide us with a valid email address, it will be the main way to receive information from us.

Selection procedure

After sending in your volunteer application we will start the selection progress. Starting March 1st, we start updating everyone with further information. Please note that there might be more applications than available positions. Specific check-in details and shift timings will be sent to you closer to the festival by email.

Shifts & positions

Depending on your availability you can help us before, during and/or after the festival. Volunteers helping before and after the festival will be involved in all on site build-up and take-down related work. We count on at least a few days of help.

All volunteers who work during Waking Life are required to work a minimum of 16 hours in total, consisting of 2 shifts of 8 hours. When you fill out the application, you will have the opportunity to volunteer for one extra shift. This is not an obligation, but it can be an advantage in the selection procedure.

Food and drinks will be available during your volunteering period.


All volunteers need to buy their ticket in advance. We will only be able to finally confirm your participation as a volunteer once we received the order number of your purchase.

This procedure is needed for us to make sure that all volunteers complete the minimum required number of hours. It is your responsibility to make sure you have been correctly signed in and out at the beginning and end of each shift by your zone manager.


Important: We hope this won’t apply to you, but in the case of cancellation please email us at as soon as you can, since we’ll need to find someone else to take your place.

How to get there?

Firstly, we highly encourage to leave your car at home and come to Waking Life by public transportation or car sharing. You can also reach Crato with Rede Expressos buses, which leave daily from Lisbon. For those who work during the festival, there will be shuttles leaving from Lisbon, Madrid, Porto and Sevilha on Wednesday August 15th and Thursday August 16th. Make sure not to forget your camping gear.

Let’s let get ready to rumble!

Applications to volunteer at Waking Life open January 30th 2018.