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 by constructing new avenues on our never ending grounds, helping out the eco department, 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? Alrighty then, but make sure to read this page carefully, as it contains important information regarding the procedure, timings, and the refund policy.

Your application

Applications are open now and can be submitted 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 and available dates 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. Check your spam folder every now and then.

Important note: all volunteers need to buy a 6-day ticket in advance. Volunteers who apply after July 12th need to pay a deposit of €100 on top of the ticket price. This deposit serves to guarantee that you show up for your shift, we hope you understand this. Please don’t bail out on us, we depend on your commitment.

Selection procedure

After sending in your volunteer application you will receive an email asking you to verify your email address and to visit the Beeple platform to enter your available volunteering dates. Once we received this information we can start the analyzation process, which can take up to 14 days. 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.

Volunteering period

Depending on your availability you can help us before, during and/or after the festival.

° Build-up: July 22nd – August 13th (very very latest arrival date August 10th) = FULL
° During Waking Life: August 13th – August 19th = FULL
° Breakdown: August 19th – August 31st

All volunteers who work during Waking Life are required to work 3 shifts of 8 hours. Please take into account that we can schedule your first shift on your first available date at 00:01. We suggest that you either arrive in time to set up camp, or enter your first available date after your day of arrival. When scheduling your shifts we try to find a good balance between work and time off so that you can enjoy the festival as well. Nevertheless, we expect a certain flexibility from your side towards your volunteering schedule.

The only positions left are positions for the breakdown.


Being part of the EcoPiratas team is believing that there is no celebration without responsibility for the environment.

EcoPiratas is a family that aims to ensure that Waking Life, in addition to being clean and beautiful, is always in tune with mother nature. We will be responsible for the clearing and separating of waste for recycling, as well as helping fellow participants understand our sustainability policies and respect for nature and life.

Despite being full of fun and unforgettable moments, working in the eco team is serious and essential.

EcoPiratas will be responsible for:

° Cleaning of the terrain, respecting the separation of the waste that will be recycled;
° Making all participants of Waking Life aware about sustainability policies;
° Ensure that everyone has fun in a safe, clean and environmentally friendly environment.


All volunteers need to buy a 6-day ticket in advance. Volunteers who apply after July 12th need to pay a deposit of €100 on top of the ticket price. This deposit serves to guarantee that you show up for your shift, we hope you understand this. 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 at the beginning of each shift at the crew office or by your zone manager.

A few weeks after the festival we’ll proceed with the refund of the volunteers who have completed their scheduled shifts. This will happen through our ticket platform Paylogic. Attention! Refunds will be issued to the buyer of the provided ticket and exclude service fees.


Important: We hope this won’t apply to you, but in the case of cancellation please email us at work@2019.wakinglife.pt 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 and Porto on Wednesday August 14th and Thursday August 15th. Make sure not to forget your camping gear.

Let’s get ready to rumble!

Register here to volunteer at Waking Life 2019.