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Teach Music and Dance in South Africa

  • Placement locations: Cape Town
  • Role: Working in schools as a teacher or teaching assistant in the areas of music, singing, or dance
  • Requirements: Volunteers should have a background in dance or music, depending on which option they choose to get involved with
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Length of placement: From 4 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

The Projects Abroad Music & Dance Project in South Africa is ideal for anyone with an interest and skills in the field of music, dance, or other performing arts such as singing. This program allows you to get involved in teaching underprivileged children and teenagers and encouraging a love of the arts, especially music and dance.

South Africa is a culturally diverse country and this is embodied by its traditional and modern music and dance. Whether you are on a gap year, career break, or volunteer vacation, volunteering to teach music and dance gives you the opportunity to share your knowledge in disadvantaged communities.

As a volunteer on the Music & Dance Project, you can choose to focus on one of the following areas: teaching music or teaching dance (ballet and modern). Please let us know which option you want to be involved in when you apply.

Teaching Music in Cape Town

Local South African school children learn how to play an instrument with a Projects Abroad volunteer.

If you choose to teach music, you will be placed at a primary school located close to an impoverished township area. Here, you will work with young students from the ages of 7 to 13. You will get involved with various aspects of music, including teaching basic music theory classes, teaching practical music lessons of any instrument you are proficient in, providing vocal training, and more. You can also help with smaller projects at the school, such as assisting with the choir, school band, or organizing evening music performances.

In the near future, we are also planning to start a community band or orchestra. Students are currently learning how to play the guitar, piano, violin, saxophone, and clarinet, and they are always eager to try something new. You have the option to focus on the instrument of your choice and to teach any aspect of music. If you play a woodwind instrument, we would recommend bringing your own instrument to the project (we also advise speaking to a Projects Abroad staff member about insurance in this case).

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 teaching music, you are expected to have a background in music, basic knowledge of musical theory and some practical ability.

Teaching Dance

Volunteers on the Music project in South Africa in a creativity circle

If dance is your preference, you can teach ballet or modern dance to local school children in Cape Town. At your placement, you will take on the role of a teacher or teaching assistant, and help with planning and running dance classes. You will also have the opportunity to get involved with smaller projects, such as school performances related to ballet or modern dance.

You should have a background in dance in order to participate in this part of the project.

Volunteering on the Music & Dance Project in South Africa

Each placement is based at a local school. During a typical work day, you will begin at 9am and finish around 3:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Please note that schools in South Africa have their main vacation from mid-December to mid-January, with shorter breaks over Easter, between June and July, and between September and October.

If you are interested in working in the field of music production, we also offer a Music Production Project in South Africa.

While you’re in South Africa, you might also consider joining a 1 week Conservation & Environment Project. For more information, please visit our African Bushveld Conservation & Environment Project in South Africa page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.

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