Volunteering with Dramatic Need.

Volunteering with Dramatic Need is a life changing experience.

We send professional actors, artists, musicians, dancers,

film-makers, photographers, (anyone in the creative arts) from all over the world to South Africa or Rwanda to conduct workshops in rural schools and community centre.

Volunteers can go for a period of between three weeks and three months*, either individually or in companies. Workshops are based around the particular expertise of the volunteer, be it drama, visual arts, music or dance etc.

Volunteers are billeted within the local community or on site at community centres and will usually workshop at two to three different primary schools during their stay. We encourage volunteers to stay as long as their work/study schedule permits, so both students and volunteers can get as much out of the programme as possible.If this all sounds like just your thing, then you can read more details about the programme, request a digital volunteer pack (without any obligation, of course) or hear stories from volunteers and students.

Hear from previous Dramatic Need volunteers.

* If you have reached this page via your mobile and would like further information about what Dramatic Need does and/or volunteering with us, please go to our website on your desktop computer.

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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.