A person wearing a festival t-shirt happily lounging on a hammock.
Photo: Tanja Ryhänen


Volunteers are a crucial part of World Village Festival – without their efforts, there would be no festival. We offer a variety of roles for those interested in helping out before, during or after the festival. Volunteer registration for the spring 2023 festival opens on 1 March. and ends on 10 May.

By joining the festival volunteer team, you can do your share to deliver the theme of this year’s festival, Force for Change! and make a tangible contribution towards a better world. Come and join in, we need you! 

As a festival volunteer, you will get a peek behind the scenes, gain practical experience in event production and spend great days doing practical stuff with a fun bunch of people. You will also be able to build networks with like-minded people and help to create a positive festival atmosphere.

Make sure you sign up as a volunteer in time, the earlier you sign up, the better we can try to take into account your wishes about the volunteer role. Registration ends on May 10. Those registering by the end of March will enter a prize draw for 10 festival backpacks made from old World Village Festival banners. The winners will be notified personally and will receive their backpacks at the volunteers’ information session in May.

To register, use the link below and fill in the form. You can change the language of the form by clicking the flag icon on top of the page. If you want to discuss bringing a larger group of volunteers to the festival, for example through an educational institution, please contact our voluntary work adviser Jaana Viirimäki directly at vapaaehtoiset@maailmakylassa.fi.

Volunteer benefits

At World Village Festival, we want to take good care of our volunteers.

The festival provides volunteers with a meal on every working day of at least eight hours. During the festival, volunteers have access to a break room to rest, eat lunch and catch up with other volunteers. All volunteers also get a festival T-shirt and, if they need one, a certificate for their volunteer work.

In June, volunteers get to celebrate a job well done at the festival closing party held in the evening of 1 June. Also make sure you save the date in your calendar for the evening of 17 May when we have an information session for all volunteers. Our volunteer communication will take place by e-mail, so please check your e-mail regularly during the spring. You will receive detailed information about your role, current information about the festival and the programme of the information session at the beginning of May.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles before, during and after the festival. You may take your pick from available roles or just sign up and be assigned to a role chosen by us. We hope you could work at least during two days. By participating in two volunteer shifts, you will get an authentic experience of event production and festival construction. If there are many applicants, we will give priority to those who can take a shift on two or more days.

In all roles, the volunteer will have a supervisor who takes care of orientation and work shifts. Please note that volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. The language requirement is either English or Finnish. World Village Festival is a discrimination-free space and is committed to promoting the principles of equality, justice and non-discrimination. Everyone is welcome to the festival, and we do not accept any kind of discrimination or harassment. Since volunteers are an important part of the festival, we require that volunteers also commit to these values.

Picture of two volunteers at the festival area.

Volunteer roles

Most of the roles involve work during the festival on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May 2023. For some roles we need volunteers for dates already before the festival, from Wednesday 24 to Friday 26 May, with a few volunteers also needed for takedown work after the festival. You can specify the dates on which you would like work as a volunteer on the registration form.

Volunteer roles available include:


Catering team members will work in the artist and staff café. The artist café is open during the festival weekend and the staff café also operates before and after the festival days.

Programme production

During the festival weekend, programme production volunteers will provide assistance and guidance in the programme areas (Kids’ Corner, Street Art Area and programme stages).

Distribution team

The distribution team will distribute the festival magazine and info material mainly during the festival and on Friday 19 May. Please note that for this you will need a certain level of physical fitness as you will be delivering the festival info material to nearby buildings and magazines to nearby cafés. During the festival, this team takes care of the magazine distribution racks and the distribution of magazines on the festival site.

Info point and customer service

In these roles you will be providing festival visitors and exhibitors with advice and guidance. The info point staff will also  help to reunite lost items with their owner and lost children with their parent/guardian. The info point needs cheerful and customer service-minded volunteers who can speak both Finnish and English fluently. Volunteers will be needed from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 May.

Cleaning team

As a member of the cleaning team, you get to make sure the festival site stays pleasant, clean and tidy and that way provide the festivalgoers with a comfortable environment. The cleaning of toilets and other more demanding cleaning tasks will be assigned to professionals. Volunteers will be needed from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 May.

Green team

World Village Festival is committed to recycling all waste generated at the event. During the festival days, assisting and advising the public at the recycling points is an important part of the festival’s practical environmental work. If you are able to advise in which container to put bio-waste, cardboard and plastic, this role is for you.

Signage and banner team

The team will take care of installing and removing signs and banners at the festival site. For these tasks you will need to be physically fit. Volunteers for these roles will mainly be needed from Wednesday to Friday before the festival and from Sunday to Monday after the festival.

Decoration team

The decoration team will take care of visualisation and making the festival site a pleasant place to be. Tasks vary from small tasks to decorating large sections of the festival site. Volunteers for these roles will mainly be needed from Wednesday to Friday before the festival and from Sunday to Monday after the festival.

General festival setup and takedown work

These roles will involve setting up the festival’s tents, fences and other structures, laying out the furniture and preparing the event. This work will be physical, but fun. Festival takedown will be an efficient and active process to take down and pack up the festival. Volunteers for these roles will mainly be needed from Wednesday to Friday before the festival and from Sunday to Monday after the festival.