Dramatic Need asks volunteers to contribute to their personal expenses, including international flights, in-country transport, and food. We aim to keep these costs at absolute minimum and the programme as affordable as possible for all volunteers. Generally, accommodation is provided for volunteers based at our art centres in the Free State, South Africa. 



Dramatic Need seeks to support and encourage our volunteers as much as possible. Up until December 31, 2010, the charity covered the costs of a volunteer’s accommodation, car hire and in some cases, meals.


However, in the last two years Dramatic Need has received more volunteer applications than it could sustainably fund, and rather than turn highly-qualified volunteers away by setting a cap on the programme, we are keen to continue doing what we do best, helping those in need. 


The deadlines for the scholarships will be the same as the ordinary applications. You will need to tick the ‘scholarship application'*box on the application form and explain why you are uniquely qualified in the ‘relevant experience’ section.

Helping those who need it most

Although we aim to support volunteers as much as possible and understand that the donation of time and skills is already an enormous commitment on behalf of our volunteers, ultimately it is the people in the communities of Rwanda and South Africa that we are there to help. With volunteers fundraising for their basic costs, this frees up resources to be used to establish permanent infrastructure in the regions in which we work, including community arts centres, teacher training programmes, local staffing and a significant supply of equipment to local schools.




It has unfortunately been a common experience for the Dramatic Need team, that volunteers, without having to contribute to costs other than an air-ticket, or in the case of local volunteers, no costs at all, would sign up to the Dramatic Need programme, be matched with a host family, assigned a time table at schools and have a hire care booked, only to drop out at the last moment. This is disruptive to school timetables, host-families and costs the charity in cancellation fees. Volunteers who have fund-raised for their programme tend to be more committed and have the added benefit of having a wide circle of family and friends aware of the great work they are doing.


Not-for-profit and scholarships

Dramatic Need will not be making a profit what we charge volunteers. Every penny goes towards the volunteer’s actual costs for accommodation, administration and transport. To find out how much it is to volunteer with us, please see our Fundraising and Costs page.


From January 1st, 2011, to ensure that highly qualified volunteers who are genuinely unable to raise the necessary funds, are not excluded from the Dramatic Need programme, we will be offering 4 yearly scholarships for exceptionally qualified volunteers. This means that although volunteers will still pay for their flights, Dramatic Need will cover all the volunteers in country costs relating to the volunteer programme for one month. This includes food, accommodation, and transport.


The deadlines for the scholarships will be the same as the ordinary applications. You will need to tick the ‘scholarship application*’ box on the application form and explain why you are uniquely qualified in the ‘relevant experience’ section.



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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.