Our volunteer teams are one of the most important parts of the Mela. It’s a fantastic opportunity to be part of a team that makes this amazing event happen. Besides that, it looks great on your CV, you’ll make a whole bunch of new friends and be able to enjoy all aspects of putting a festival together!

We’re always looking for enthusiastic, friendly volunteers, who are available to get on board for the Mela weekend. Dates for the next Edinburgh Mela have been confirmed as Saturday 26th August to 3rd September with a week of workshops, discussions, film showings, and performances at various venues around the city, culminating in a weekend of world music, dance, and mouth-watering food in Leith Links. 

Why volunteer?

You will be able to meet new people, build up your work experience, share your skills and develop new skills, be involved behind-the-scenes at a major event and see some exciting shows.

What will I receive?

– A volunteer training session, which will give you a chance to understand what we do, where we are at, and meet your colleagues
– Local travel expenses to and from the festival office
– A written reference available on request upon successful completion of your volunteer post

How long will each volunteer shift be?

Shifts will last approximately 6 hours. You will have a break during your shift.

How old to I have to be?

You have to be 16 years old or over to apply.

How do I apply?

Applications for volunteers at the 2017 Edinburgh Mela are now open. If you have any questions, please email info@edinburgh-mela.co.uk