Fighting Exclusion through Sustainability To Improve Volunteers’ Active Learning (F.E.S.T.I.V.A.L.) is a short-term project, two-week-long group EVS to which we expect 30 participants from at least four different countries. The main activities will take place at Leeds Music Festival – one of the biggest festivals in the country at which the capacity is 70,000 people. Volunteers will work as Green Messengers during the festival alongside British volunteers in the same role – a position that requires them to oversee the recycling of drinks receptacles and encourage other campers to recycle their rubbish by dispensing refuse sacks around the public campsites and creating recycling points for campers to be able to separate their waste. After the festival volunteers will be involved in the salvaging of good quality camping equipment that is so often left behind by festival-goers overly keen to vacate the park. This equipment is sorted and distributed to local community groups and charities in the days following the festival.
One of the main themes for the project is environmental awareness and participants will be surrounded by the green message both during the activities and at the training that they will receive at the start of the project. The underlying theme however will be that of inclusion. The activities are designed, for example, so that language will not be a barrier to any of the participants opening the experience to anyone regardless of their education or background.
Project supported by the BRITISH COUNCIL and the Youth in Action programme of the European Commission.