Volunteer Music & Dance Project in South Africa
- Placement locations: Cape Town
- Role: Varies depending on the option you choose, may include teaching music or dance, and community outreach work
- Accommodation: Host family
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support.
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
The Music & Dance Project in South Africa is ideal for volunteers with an interest in the field of music or performing arts. South Africa is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world and music and dance provide it with an unmistakeable flavour. Whether you are on a gap year or a career break you have the opportunity to explore this artistic vocation or share your knowledge with underprivileged students through community outreach programmes.
Volunteering on the Music & Dance Project in South Africa
As a volunteer on the Music & Dance Project, you can choose any two of the following areas:
- Teaching music
- Teaching dance (ballet and modern)
- Helping with community outreach programmes
Volunteers have the option to teach music to students, from ages 7 to 18, at a local South African school. You will be able to teach them how to play a musical instrument, provide vocal training and also help them understand basic music theory.
Volunteers work Mondays to Fridays during school hours.
In the future, the project aims to create a community band and/or orchestra. Currently, though, students are learning how to play the guitar, piano, violin, saxophone and the clarinet. You have the option to focus on the instrument of your choice and you may teach them any aspect of music.
Singing is also popular among the students and many of them are part of a small choir. If you have experience in singing or choir-directing, your help will be greatly appreciated. This option also includes traditional music lessons, where students can share and learn cultural and tribal songs.
To get the most out of this option, volunteers are expected to have a background in music, basic knowledge of musical theory and some practical ability.
Teaching Dance (Ballet and Modern)
If dance is your preference, you have the opportunity to teach ballet or modern dance to the local school children. You are expected to have a background in dance.
Community Outreach Programme
South Africa is home to a number of disadvantaged communities, which lack resources and therefore the opportunity for locals to learn or grow in the field of music or dance. As a volunteer you have the chance to teach music or dance where it is needed, from township residents to local church members, you can make a difference.
Please let us know which two options you choose when you apply.
If you are more interested in professionally producing music and artist management, then our Music Production project may be more suited to you.
All volunteers taking part on any other project in South Africa now have the opportunity to add a 1 Week Conservation Add-On to the end of their main placement. Please note that one week volunteers should arrive in Polokwane on a Monday. For more information visit our Conservation in South Africa project page.