AfrikaBurn will blow your hair back whichever way you choose to experience it. The more you do, the more fun you’ll have – guaranteed, because it’s a do-ocracy – a place where you’re welcome to start something, make something or do anything (within reason). Forget standing at the sidelines – jump in with both feet and get busy!
There are many ways to participate, and it’s largely an anarchic space in the true sense of the word – nobody’s directing the action and you’re free to do as you please as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else. The only thing expected of you is that you build something, sing something, dance something, cook something, make something, gift something, share something, play something, or fill almost any role that strikes your fancy – so long as you do something you’re participating.
If you want to get involved, you’ve come to the right place.
For a start there’s a host of volunteer roles that need filling. You can pick your own shifts, and choose what suits you. To get involved in any of these exciting activities, you can fill out the Volunteer Form or see the list below.
If you’re not sure what you want to volunteer for, no problem – you can hop on over to the Volunteer Facebook page, and check out what they’re looking for right now, or get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org and they’ll help you find your niche.
Sign painting, sewing flags and MOOP bags, admin and logistics relating to event co-ordination, archiving photos, and so many things its impossible to list. Fill out the volunteer form to let us know what you want to get involved with and what you are up for.
Once we all get back from the desert and have shaken the dust out of our hair, then it’s time for gather again at our Decompression!
(shift links for Volunteer options at our main event go live each year when tickets become available)
Yep, we have an airstrip, and it needs to be manned (or wommaned) by capable aircraft lovers. Sound like the thing for you?
This is the team that helps people arriving on planes get their tickets processed on arrival. Like aviation, and helping folks adjust to their arrival on another planet? This is for you.
On the last days of the event, the mad rush to race home starts with our Hek, where cars are pulsed and people are reminded to make sure their loads are tied down tight, and given some road safety advice. This is also where people donate spare dry goods and drinks to DPW and volunteers who will remain in the dust to ensure we Leave No Trace.
The gate lead helps wrangle Die Hek force and make sure all the nitty gritty bits that are now part of the needs of the gate are taken care of. Sound like something you’d like to get involved in? Like to create order from chaos?
There will be full briefings and training for this role both in the run up to the event and on site.
Our Supplier depot is where deliveries of camp infrastructure takes place – and where camp crews meet their suppliers to escort them to camp locations. If you like logistics and co-ordination, this one’s for you.
When people arrive with Tankwa stars in their eyes, this is the crew that processes them and their tickets. It’s a great way to meet loads of people, and share in the stoke of arrival. Sound good? Click the link and get involved!
The large art structures erected at AfrikaBurn need many hands to bring them to life. Good with power tools, wood, metal or electricity?
This is a critical role, and ideal for those who can’tdo any heavy lifting or labour, but are great at looking after those who do. Involves sweets, treats, shade and spritzers. Sound like something you’re into? Great – sign up for shifts below.
Bubbly? Enthusiastic? Fancy welcoming the citizens of Tankwa Town with a smile, song or dance? Perfect. Get to dress up and welcome, orientate and inform people as they arrive.
Rangers aren’t the police or security, but rather there to make sure everyone has a good time and doesn’t get hurt. They’re active participants in the community, who promote awareness of what AfrikaBurn is all about and point out potential hazards. Rangers walk about, engage with the community and mediate where necessary.
So if you enjoy assisting others, guiding the odd burner through a difficult circumstance and generally enjoy keeping the peace, you’re Ranger material. But bear in mind you must be calm, flexible and have a sense of humour.
It’s the place where anyone can go if they’re having a hard time, or feeling overwhelmed. If it’s a physical or psychological challenge people are facing and it’s too much too handle, our Sanctuary crew will be on hand to assist in a calm, peaceful space. And you’re welcome to join the team.
Ever wanted to spend some time at the nerve centre, and encourage people to sign up for shifts and help burners volunteer for what they want to do to make this event what it is? Do you enjoy sharing info? Then look no further – the booth needs you!
If you’re sociable, enjoy organising different aspects of a bigger picture, and like things to run smoothly, this one’s for you. You’ll be coordinating logistics around volunteer shifts, meet many people and help orientate volunteers as they prepare for their shifts. You’ll also guide burners and exude volunteerism through your every pore. This shift is perfect if you’ve volunteered before and you want to share the gift that keeps on giving – extreme participation! Yes?
This crew gets to chat to people and fill them in about what volunteer opportunities are available. If you have a good handle on how the city works and what its needs are, this one’s for you.
Be on hand to assist photographers, members of the media and independent film crews, to register on site and get a sense of how best to approach fellow Burners to request their photo be taken, or be filmed. Great way to meet people, and you get a prime position to watch the world go by.
Working here means you’re the reception desk for arriving artists and theme camps, both registered and unregistered. You’d get to help them locate their designated spots (or find them one). This is a great way to meet the people that create the magic of Tankwa Town.
Good with kids? Interested in helping them and their parents by registering kids when they arrive – so that, if they get lost, they can be easily reunited? We’d love help with this important aspect of our event.
They dish out the coolest – and only – product sold in Tankwa Town. It’s a great way to meet people, and earn the undying admiration of thirsty and hot burners.
Does what it says on the tin – you would assess the burn sites and check that each art crew has successfully cleaned up their patch, leaving as little trace as possible.
The Tankwa Karoo is a pristine environment, but all the stuff that hits the ground has to be removed, and despite the fact that AfrikaBurn is a Leave No Trace event, some people don’t read – or sometimes forget – the manual. Which is when MOOP happens. (Matter Out Of Place)! Got some karma to work off? Step up and be counted, your MOOP Patrol awaits!
This is a star-studded volunteer job, for those who want to make a truly significant contribution to our event. The Clan is usually the largest Burn taking place in Tankwa Town and involves a fair bit of separating metal from burnt material. Lots of fun, and not without its own rewards. Yes?
Keeping our community safe, whilst ensuring artworks are able to be safely burned. If you have a hankering to channel your love for people & fire in this way, we’d welcome you stepping up.
Love the smell of LRP in the morning? Enjoy dressing up as a traffic cop and giving people tickets? You’re just the kind of person who’d love doing time with our Department of Mutant Vehicles!
This is the posse that cruioses the dust, keeping an eye on Mutant Vehickles and ensuring that drivers keep things slow and safe. If you like riding around and helping humans not get hit my moving metal, this one’s for you.
This year we’re opening a dedicated Lost and Found booth at Off Centre Camp. Shifts involve manning the booth, receiving lost items and logging them and then reuniting people with found items.
Our DPW are responsible for creating the key infrastructure of the event: roads, signage, toilets and much more. Like getting your hands dirty? Your skills will be put to good use working with the DPW. In order to take on the role of being DPW crew volunteer, you’ll need up to five weeks free time out in the Tankwa Karoo.
Applications for DPW 2018 are not yet open.
Registrations for Theme Camps have closed for 2017.
Click here for Theme Camp info.
PLEASE NOTE: Mutant Vehicles MUST be registered before the event – if you rock up with an unregistered Mutant, it will be grounded on site, and become a stationary artwork. Which will be no fun.