Volunteer Teaching Arts, Dance and Music to Children in Uganda

Volunteer Teaching Art, Dance and Music to Children in Uganda at a local school for orphans and vulnerable children. The Arts are an excellent means of communicating and can also be downright fun for the kids! You don’t need any qualifications, just lots of enthusiasm.

Use Arts to address social issues and enable children to express their frustrations and confusions – and perhaps help them to understand and learn to cope with unwelcome situations. Art, Dance, Music or Drama helps teach children life skills, communication and socializing skills. And it’s fun!

If art, drama or music is your thing then consider sharing your creative talents on a volunteer project in Uganda. This is a great opportunity to learn about music, drama, art and dance in different cultures and languages and be inspired!

You could get the class to make posters on the topics you are covering or decorate the classrooms in the school with educational murals covering the alphabet, numbers or even a world map!

They will be keen to teach you their songs but also enjoy learning new songs – from old nursery rhymes such as head, shoulders, knees and toes to modern music; add in a dance routine and you will be occupied for hours!

On this project, volunteers will be based at a local school in Mukono where they will work with children. You don’t need any specific qualifications or previous experience to get involved but a basic knowledge or interest in drama or dance is needed.

Artistic expression is a universal language and dance and drama are just two variations. Ugandans are very creative and this creativity can be channeled into projects like the Dance & Drama program. In the case of children, dance and/or drama can be used as a means of communicating their challenges as well as fostering their personal development.

Volunteers work primarily with the younger children on tasks such as:

  • Assisting in developing artistic drama and dance pieces.
  • Assisting in planning and organizing events.
  • Fostering a supportive environment to facilitate growth and development in artistic expression.
  • Preparing materials for group meetings.
  • Providing structured guidance for performances.
  • Supporting the organization in administrative duties.

As a Volunteer Teaching Art, it is important that you are enthusiastic, flexible, open to learning, and eager to work with children and young adults. Anyone who has good organizational skills and experience of managing group dynamics will be a great fit for this project.

The skills and experiences that you will share will have a lifelong impact on the children of the dance and drama group and your support will be greatly appreciated. The group will strengthen the relationships that already exist between the students. The Dance & Drama Project also provides an invaluable forum for the development of artistic expression – an interest of many children that is often underrated.

Volunteers will work during school hours, Mondays to Fridays. Please note that this project is unavailable during the school vacation periods. If you would like extra work during the day it is possible to also spend some time on a Care project, where you can help look after children and adults in a support centre.

You can join the Dance & Drama project in Uganda for two or three weeks if you don’t have time to join us for four weeks or more. This volunteer teaching art project has been selected as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the local community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.

How to Apply:

Please write to us, list of your skills/interests and when you would like to come to Uganda and volunteer your experience. Our volunteer teaching art project is pretty popular, so try to apply well in advance of when you’re traveling.

You must arrive around the scheduled dates of the month. We have a 2 weeks minimum and a 3-months maximum. If you want to stay longer, we’ll work it out if the space is available.

The Cost:

Volunteering in Uganda is free, as it should be, No Program Fees!  You only make a once off donation and pay for your accommodation and meals! At Ssamba Foundation, we appreciate and allow you to use your compassion to help make the world a better!

Many organizations see volunteers as a potential cash cow and are guilty of charging extreme rates. Ssamba Foundation makes every effort to keep your costs to a minimum, as it is your talent and time that are most valuable to us and the communities we serve.  Whether you are interested in volunteering short-term or long-term, we will discuss arrangements with you concerning finances.

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Volunteer Arrival Dates

Although we are very flexible about start and end dates, volunteers must book their flights to arrive on the scheduled arrival dates  for airport pickup arrangements. You can book your flights to arrive at any time of the arrival date (24/7 Airport pickups).

Your arrival into Uganda will be on a Sunday. Your orientation for your volunteer program in Uganda will begin on Monday. You will spend the day learning about life in Uganda and preparing for your upcoming volunteer program.

If you arrive any other day, you have to cover up your airport pickup fees (usually $85) or pay for hotel for your night stay and pickup for the following day.



  • By filling the volunteer application form, we believe that you have read & understood All the requirements to Volunteer with Ssamba Foundation. If you still have questions/inquiries, please contact us
  • After filling the volunteer application and submitting it, you will be redirected to Flutterwave payment website to complete your donation payment of USD$200 (per person) or bank account details will be sent through email.
  • The donation is mandatory and expected within 7 days of your application date (Our program is pretty popular with limited placements for just 10 participants per month and we don’t want to keep participants waiting before you make a decision to book your placement). If no payment is made, your application will not be processed. 

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS: • You must be 18yrs and above • You must speak some English (you don’t need to be fluent) • Placement commitment fee of USD$200 | We recommend travel/life personal insurance • You must commit at least 1 weeks’ minimum (longer stays are much appreciated). • You must be Sociable, Energetic, Positive & Fun! (Participants below 18, need a letter of consent from their guardian or parent to support their participation). Learn more about Who can Apply?


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