7/ The fine print

Before you go to South Africa, there are a few things you should be aware of:


Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks:

As we are a charity, registered in the UK, all participants including volunteers and trustees must complete a thorough DBS check. This is to guarantee that all volunteers on the Dramatic Need program have no history of child abuse.

The children's wellbeing and safety is of utmost importance to us and no one can participate in the programme without a DBS check.


The checks cost between £10 and £30.

We will organise them for you and cover the fee, but they must be completed before you depart.


If you are a volunteer from the USA you need to apply for a ‘Good Conduct Certificate’ from your local police station.

If you are volunteering from elsewhere then please contact your local police station to find out what equivalent certificate can be obtained.


Criminal Records Bureau

Common questions about CRB checks





Travel Insurance:

We require that all our volunteers take out extensive personal travel insurance BEFORE they leave.

You will be travelling to South Africa/ Rwanda at your own risk and we will ask you to sign a disclaimer form confirming this.



We recommend you speak to your health care professional about any relevant inoculations you might need.

South Africa does not require any specific immunisation plan, although if you intend to travel to areas around the Kruger National Park, malaria prevention is recommended.


Further information on immunisation in South Africa.


In Rwanda the following immunisations are recommended:

(we recommend that all volunteers going to Rwanda visit their travel heath clinic 4-8 weeks before departure) Malaria: Prophylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas.

Immunisation in South Africa.

*Please take sensible precautions at all times. Have fun, be safe!

Contact Us

For general enquiries, contact:



England and Wales Charity Number: 1119443

England and Wales Company Number: 06051122


South Africa Non-Profit Company Number: 2017/212994/08

USA 501(c)(3) Foundation Number: 82-1037862


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Dramatic Need is a registered charity and company in England and Wales, numbers 1119443 and 06051122 respectively; a registered non-profit company in South Africa, number 2017/212994/08; and a registered 501(c)(3) foundation in the USA, number 82-1037862 


Official Patron: Her Excellency, Dr. Lindiwe Mabuza, former South African High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.


Board of Trustees UK and South Africa: Ms. Vanessa Garwood, Mr. Phil Drew, Mr. Simon Oakes, Ms. Amanda Lambert, 

Mr Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Mr James Mullighan and Ms Helia Ebrahimi. 

Board of Trustees USA: Ms. Aubrey Henderson Siegel, Ms. Amanda Lambert, Ms Holly Noland Dunlap.