Volunteering with the DPW

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Volunteering with the DPW

Postby ratkins » Tue Jul 21, 2009 12:29 am

Does the DPW need volunteers post-burn?

I've emailed dpwvolunteers@burningman.com but haven't got a response (I guess they're busy right now :-). I don't have any particular skills aside from not being an idiot and having the time to hang around on the playa for a month after the event.

Also, anyone who's had first-hand experience being out there long term: what's it like? Do volunteers bring all their own food? How do you wash your smalls? That kind of thing.

Cheers, Robert.
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Postby DoriumLux » Tue Jul 21, 2009 12:37 am

DPW is all full. Especially for fools who do not have any particular skills...

Really :)
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Postby ratkins » Tue Jul 21, 2009 12:57 am

No no, I'm not a fool, I just don't have a forklift ticket :-).

Ok, are there any other volunteer opportunities out there on the playa post-burn?

Cheers, Robert.
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Postby AntiM » Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:53 am

The reason it is a little late in the year, well, a LOT late in the year, is the BMORG must pay a fee to the BLM for each person who remains on the playa post-event. Already been budgeted. Theme camps can't just stay, even they get rousted soon after. Yes, after Exodus, they come knocking on the tent to get folks to leave.
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Postby ratkins » Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:00 am

Ah right; I get that. I did email the DPW about a month ago though and I hadn't heard anything. There's no indication on the website how far in advance these arrangements are made.

Cheers, Robert.
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Postby AntiM » Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:01 am

Starting thinking about next year now. seriously.
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Postby Simon of the Playa » Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:12 am

i can think of no finer gift to give to the playa than to stick around after the music is over and return her to the way it was.


i would love to stay on the playa and clean her up for next year, because, after all, it was better.


c'mon hippies, you know you want to....what were you going to do that was so important anyway? Phollow Phish?

answer all your twits, i mean tweets?


work for pieces of paper?


or a labor of love.



the choice is yours.....




ps. any and all hippies found in and around the gate after exodus will immediately become property of the DPW for one year.


dont worry, you'll get fed, and chances are they'll have the bananas that you like, so don't sweat it.


oh, and all the dust you could possibly ever want, and i mean that in a dry lake bed way, not a chemical up your nose kinda way, so dont go there, unless you are willing to purify the shit and smoke it...


Like goathead and his little rocks of "crack"...


oh god, i just made a funny.




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Re: Volunteering with the DPW

Postby EspressoDude » Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:59 am

ratkins wrote:Does the DPW need volunteers post-burn?

I've emailed dpwvolunteers@burningman.com but haven't got a response (I guess they're busy right now :-). I don't have any particular skills aside from not being an idiot and having the time to hang around on the playa for a month after the event.

Also, anyone who's had first-hand experience being out there long term: what's it like? Do volunteers bring all their own food? How do you wash your smalls? That kind of thing.

Cheers, Robert.


DPW is hard-core.......They don't wear smalls. Commando is the way. that's prolly why you got no response.
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Postby ratkins » Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:04 am

Aha. This is why I am seeking the boot of enlightenment up my arse which I'm sure a stint with the DPW would provide :-).

Are there any other organisations, on-playa or off, who are seeking volunteers after the event?

Cheers, Robert.

(And btw, ristretto. If you're going to drink coffee, drink *coffee*)
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Postby AntiM » Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:07 am

You can follow us to Utah and unpack our trailer, clean our gear.

No?
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Postby Liz Estrada » Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:08 am

fuck, i haven't worn smalls for god knows how long, and where we come from, we spell it "kommando".


i used to be asleep, but then i woke up naked, and didn't need no stinkin underwear.


tighty whiteys are for pussies.


boxers only ride up and give you that stupid gangsta look, which is fine on the streets, but on the playa, not very practical or comfy.

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Postby Fire_Moose » Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:21 am

^Liz is right^


You could always hang around teh ghetto during teh burn, and meet DPW. If they like you and you just happen to say you wanna help pick up trash or something.......
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Postby wedeliver » Tue Jul 21, 2009 8:05 am

ratkins wrote:..
Are there any other organisations, on-playa or off, who are seeking volunteers after the event?

Cheers, Robert.



This place loves volunteers, thanks for your offer.

http://www.sacloaves.org/
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Postby DoriumLux » Tue Jul 21, 2009 8:54 am

ratkins wrote:No no, I'm not a fool, I just don't have a forklift ticket :-).

Ok, are there any other volunteer opportunities out there on the playa post-burn?

Cheers, Robert.


YES, there is. However, If you don't already know than I can't really tell you.
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Postby Playa Tom » Tue Jul 21, 2009 2:46 pm

Bring a whole bunch of PBR, DPW will be your friend until it's gone.


















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