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!  No weekly fees! At Ssamba Foundation, we appreciate and allow you to use your compassion to help make the world a better place at no cost to you!

All you have to do, is to book your placement with a one-time, donation of USD$200 (180€ or £150) only (per person)!

What does the fee cover?

The placement booking fee covers administration support while you prepare for Uganda. Accommodation and food is provided in exchange for your volunteering service.

Ssamba Foundation does not cover airline tickets, visas, vaccinations, drinking water, leisure activities, or medical services. You’ll likely need $50-$100 a week to support a basic life which includes drinking water, internet, transport, and a few western treats such as coffee and chocolate. Ssamba Safaris provides and arranges affordable weekend tours and safaris across the country.

Donations and fundraising:

Free Volunteer Programs in Uganda

We have however, set up the challenge (not mandatory though) for all volunteers coming/interested to volunteer with Ssamba Foundation in Uganda to throw themselves into fundraising and aim to bring a donation! We know you can do it!

Benefits of Volunteering with Ssamba Foundation:

Volunteers are always welcome at Ssamba Foundation either for short-term or long-term projects. We want to deliver an experience to enjoy Uganda by living, working and making an impact with us.  In exchange for your skills, donation and help, you get the following:

  • Pre-Departure Handbook (Everything you need to know about Uganda)
  • We shall pick you up from Entebbe International airport (Pick Up only)
  • Accommodation throughout your stay (Maximum stay is 4 weeks for free)
  • Shared bedroom with other-same sex volunteers (separate beds)
  • Blanket, Pillows and treated mosquito net
  • Limited Wi-Fi Access at house (Please feel free to bring your laptop)
  • 3 delicious local meals for your entire duration
  • 24/7 In country Support
  • You can stay with us for up to 3 months in Uganda (on case by case basis)
  • Deeper culture immersion experience with founder’s family
  • Discounted tours, safaris and events
  • Work and life experience
  • The opportunity to help others and lifetime friends
  • Certificate of Appreciation at the end of your stay

What we DON’T offer:

  • Flight Tickets
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Laundry service in town/or house (at volunteer’s cost)
  • Toiletries (soaps, shampoos and others) are not provided.
  • Personal expenses (Your pocket money)

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