After a few years of travelling and with the children growing up, we decided to start a new project while spending the summers in Hungary. The idea is doing something important together as a family, educating our kids, facilitating sustainable event management, helping greener festivals happen and volunteering under recycling and cleanup projects at various music and cultural festivals within Hungary.
We have been doing the above as a seasonal volunteer job with the kids the last 6 summers. Summer music festivals are a great place to be as a family, with loads of educational and fun programs available. Last year we founded an NGO/association, built 22 composting toilets, wrote a local sustainable event management guide and worked at over 5 events around the country, advising and working on lessening the environmental impact of these festivals. Our community startup aims to reach more events this year, helping them in their determination to go zero-waste or impact-free in a few years.
As a family, we also offer consulting and coaching services to parents considering un- or homeschooling. This program integrates with the sustainable event management in a holistic way, offering children and parents a chance to educate themselves on the increasingly urgent matters of this century: consumerism vs. minimalism, compulsory teaching vs self-directed learning, throwaway culture vs. a zero waste lifestyle, money vs. time, success vs. happiness.
We are ideally looking for a family, couple or single parent with kids who are in the process of understanding or practicing unschooling while living a zero waste lifestyle. It is also important to have a solid background in environmental matters, know your trash, read up on impacts and carbon footprints, recycling and composting, etc. (Please, if you do not have kids, only contact us if you have considerable experience in sustainable event management - reference letter or skype call needed).
While it is possible to join for only one festival (usually 4-8 days), preference is given to those who can bear with us through the season. If you come as a family, it is probably a good idea to have your own vehicle, or prepare for adventures using the Hungarian public transport system. We won't be able to provide work and entertainment continuously through the 3 summer months, so there might be a few days free time between festivals - you can stay with us informally or we can recommend you heaps of kid- and environment-friendly ideas around the country.
If you are curious what these festivals are like exactly, do a Google search with their names: Everness, Gyüttment, Samsara, Ozora, Mediawave, Művészetek Völgye, Sziget. Most of them have websites in English.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
You will be mostly working with dedicated, young Hungarian environmentalists, while the guest of the festivals are usually very multinational. Almost everyone speaks English and has traveled extensively, so if you want to experience a bit of traditional Hungarian culture then plan for something after these events.
Learning: an incredible amount of quality and practical knowledge on offer! The sight of consumerism at its peak during a main stage event, the trash collecting after, the selecting and recycling in between, the learning about where our trash would go otherwise, the realization that it is not so much about trash but about our travel and energy-related emissions, the chance to see how kids prepare to fight the trash war of their generation and many more. It is an intensive course for sure....
The job involves travelling from music festivals to village fairs with a team of dedicated festival workers, installing composting toilets, solar showers and recycling systems, helping write environmental impact assesments, organizing educational programs about plastic (making useful items for adults or toys for kids from trash collected onsite), taking part in zero waste campaigns, overseeing the beer mug deposit system, helping build a mobile-phone-charging-bicycle, participate in our carbon-offset tree planting Sundays and many others.
We can offer you entrance tickets to the events, 3 meals a day, a camping spot onsite and we share everything in-team. Travel between locations: as a passenger in the truck/car, or we reimburse your train ticket. Driving license is an advantage. We can lend you upcycled camping equipment if you cannot bring your own.
A volunteer family would be an ideal applicant, where the tasks of being with the kids, preparing food and keeping the camp tidy can be shared among the parents. The festivals we work for are all child- and pet friendly, with many programs and shows specifically for kids. The ambiance is safe, respectful and kids have the right of way - many participant children are left to roam freely on site, quickly learning the map of the area and joining others in activities. They are always watched over, cared for and kept away from the minor dangers that might arise (stoves in kitchens, too loud music).
As the events are mostly open-air music- and cultural festivals, the private use of alcohol, tobacco and recreational drugs by adult guests is a bit more prominent than at a city park picnic, so if you have issues with this kind of environment please reconsider.
Tent, campervan, hammock, sleeping bag on the backstage. This is a music festival, accommodation gets figured out on the way, together. Bring a tent, a sleeping bag and a mattress and things cannot go wrong from there...hell, you might even end up in a hotel room with a world famous band next door:)
We would be very, very surprised if a volunteer would not know what to do with free time at a music festival with 20.000 people around. You can do yoga, crafts, meditate, join workshops, dance, learn, party, meet, love, enjoy and nourish. Between festivals you can go with your new friends and discover Hungary.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week