I didn't volunteer at Burning Man but I volunteered at a Burn which is as close as I think I'm going to get. Austin has an event called Burning Flipside that takes place about an hour NorthEast of Austin by the San Gabriel River. I was part of the Guardian unit which is responsible for keeping non-burners out of the city. Volunteering has it's perks but I didn't get the full Burn experience because I'm still new to Austin and I don't know know anyone close enough to be willing to camp with them. I did run into several people I knew from Acro Yoga and I made particularly good friends with Forest, Desert Flower, Hunter and whoever else sought refuge in the hookah tent during the beginning of the storm. I actually got out of there before the storm escalated so I feel I was better off than some of the people who got stuck there.