The Dance and Music are an excellent means of communicating and can also be downright fun for the kids! You don’t need any qualifications to volunteer with this program, all you need is just lots of enthusiasm. If dance or music is your thing then consider sharing your creative talents on a volunteer project in Uganda.
Use dance and music 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. Dance and Music helps teach children life skills, communication and socializing skills. And it’s fun!
This is a great opportunity to learn about music and dance in different cultures and languages and be inspired! 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!
Ssamba Foundations hosts volunteer teachers in our community programs in Mukono District. We are privileged to work in some of the most beautiful rural communities of Mukono District in Uganda.
These wonderful communities also have some of the poorest people and at risk youth, children and women. All our projects are privately funded in the majority of cases. We rely, not only on individual volunteer’s help to carry out the work, but also their financial support.
By choosing to support these projects with both your time and money, we know that that your work has helped to make the world a slightly easier place to live in for some of the poorest people. These rural communities have no welfare opportunities. The things you might take for granted like education, hospitals, roads, housing and food are not available here.
Ssamba Foundation is a community development organization focusing on educational empowerment for vulnerable rural communities and foster positive cross-cultural awareness through sustainable community development initiatives.
This is the reason we work hard at Ssamba Foundation, we know that as well as having a fantastic time, your skills and your hard work will be invaluable to people who just need a helping hand.
VOLUNTEER DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
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 music or dance is needed.
Artistic expression is a universal language and dance and music are just two variations. Ugandans are very creative and this creativity can be channeled into projects like the Dance and Music program. In the case of children, dance and music 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 music and dance, 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 music group and your support will be greatly appreciated. The group will strengthen the relationships that already exist between the students. The Dance and Music Project also provides an invaluable forum for the development of artistic expression – an interest of many children that is often underrated.
- You must be 18 yrs and above
- You must be enthusiastic about arts and crafts
- You must speak some English (you don’t need to be fluent)
- We recommend travel/life personal insurance
- You must commit at least 2 weeks’ minimum
- You must be Sociable, Energetic, Positive & Fun!
- Learn more about Who can Apply?
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS
All volunteers based in Mukono (up to 10 at one time) will live together in a warmly family-home. Delicious 2 meals are provided each day, which consists of local foods, such as matooke (mashed plantain), posho (cornmeal), potatoes and rice or noodles. They are generally served with beef, fish, peas, beans or groundnut sauce. Bread, eggs, vegetables and fruits are available for breakfast, vegetarians are also accommodated.
Volunteers staying at our Kyampisi Backpackers Home are assigned a bed based on capacity, arrival time and length of stay. All beds have good mosquito nets and you don’t need to bring your own sheets etc. Accommodation at this home is in shared dorm styled bedrooms and shared twin bedroom, accommodating up to 10 people when full. There are between 2-3 beds per room. The emphasis at the home is placed on a relaxed friendly family like atmosphere.
THE COSTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS
There are costs involved in hosting volunteers and we request our volunteers to cover up their living costs, this helps our organization to concentrate its resources on empowering vulnerable communities. Volunteering in Uganda with Ssamba Foundation is AFFORDABLE, as it should be! At Ssamba Foundation, we appreciate and allow you to use your compassion to help make the world a better place! Before applying please learn more about the costs involved!
Ssamba Foundation – empowering vulnerable communities since 2006