2/ What will I be doing

You will be travelling to South Africa or Rwanda to live and teach in a rural or township community. You will be encouraging young people to create and express, paint, play, move, tell stories, act, emote and learn. You will get to know new communities and new cultures.


As a volunteer you will conduct workshops in two to four schools in the same area, based primarily around your own professional expertise, such as drama, dance or music. Volunteers are in charge of designing their own teaching syllabus, with the support of Dramatic Need. Input from teachers and learners themselves is strongly encouraged. 


Dramatic Need provides a model syllabus with suggested lesson plans approved by professional music, art and drama therapists, as well as teaching packs with suggestions and helpful facts. A syllabus can include a broad spectrum of musical and dramatic methods, from something as simple as encouraging kids to act out the movements of their favourite animal, to planning a concert or play around issues that affect the children’s lives to be performed in front of the local community at the end of your stay. Anything goes that encourages kids to be inspired and get involve!

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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.