You can’t currently volunteer in the café, because we’re temporarily closed. But you can volunteer for the Save the Forest Campaign. And you should! Because we all want to reopen as soon as possible. Read on here to find out more.
We’ve left the old volunteer page here so you know what you could have been able to do if we were open right now!
A nuclear reactor is powered by plutonium. The Forest is powered by volunteers.
A few ways to get involved:
There are loads of things you could get involved with. The most popular
is working in the café itself, but there are a zillion other aspects to
Art/Crafts If you are artistically inclined and have an idea to
make the Forest more beautiful, or even just fix furniture or repaint
walls, write to our Front of House coordinator at
Sound If you already have experience as a sound engineer or
light technician, or even if you just want to learn the basics, write to
our Sound Team coordinator at [email protected].
Workshops Are you good at anything from watercolours and aikido
to Estonian and DIY fashion? Share your skills with everyone and
organize a workshop! Submit your idea to [email protected].
Or you could always help out with our libraries, organize a fundraiser
or a film festival, make music and put it out on Forest records, give us
legal advice or anything else! Get involved, take initiative.
International volunteering: European Voluntary Service
The Forest is part of the European Voluntary
allows people from all over Europe to be paid and housed to work with
voluntary projects (i.e. us!). This is an ultra great way to come to
Edinburgh, and be involved in Forest! Send your CV and motivation letter
to our EVS coordinator at [email protected] and tell us why you want
to volunteer at the Forest. Please bear in mind that we select our next
European Volunteers a long time in advance and that we receive a lot of
applications – we will only contact you if you get shortlisted. Be
We have already hosted a great number of volunteers from all over
Europe. They are involved in every aspect of the Forest, but they
especially help out in our vegetarian café three times per week and are
in charge of their own personal project. You could be involved with:
- Cultural events and promotion
- Community workshops
- Artist support (sound and lighting)
- Volunteer coordination
- Front of house
- Web art and design
or even come up with your own project!
Read through the EU guide
to get a clearer idea on how to proceed.