Musha Care Foundation

Creative and Performing Art Assistant

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This program welcomes anybody with an interest in arts & crafts and provides volunteers with an interesting and worthwhile way to learn more about the local culture.

Volunteers with a passion for creative and performing arts can get involved with teaching art, dance, drama, and music. Whether you are on a gap year, volunteer vacation, or career break, you will have an important role to play in the lives of local people.

The majority of your time as a volunteer will be spent working alongside local artists in the workshop in Mutare or Harare

They will teach you local pottery practices and show you how to make earrings, bracelets, and other jewelry using materials such as shells and beads. You will also learn how to make african attire and how to make dress or shirt, a traditional decorative fabric.

Volunteers then put the skills they have gained in the workshop to good use visiting local orphanages. By encouraging the young artists and nurturing their talents, you can help them build a future for themselves through their artwork and the confidence they gain.

This project is not a fulltime project so we recommend combining it with a few more hours of work per week. For those interested in learning about African dance and drumming, you can take lessons to gain greater insight into local culture. 

These lessons are perfect for enthusiastic and creative volunteers who have a musical flair. 

Music is at the heart of the local culture, so those with a passion for music will find this placement both enjoyable and rewarding.

Volunteers with relevant occupations or skill sets, such as dancers, musicians, theatre performers, graphic designers, social media managers, website developers, photographers and videographers can all make a valuable contribution to this project through sharing their skills with the local people.

When volunteering on the program, you may have the opportunity to teach small classes based on your skills, including singing, dancing and gymnastics. 

Depending on where your talents and interests lie, as a volunteer you can get involved and focus on one or all of the below areas.

Art – teaching the children and teenagers art including painting, drawing, and working with recycled materials.

Large murals – painting educational murals in classrooms in the schools and on outside walls of the town.

Dance – teaching the children and teenagers in the local community different dance techniques.

Music – teaching children and teenagers how to play different musical instruments, from the guitar to the piano, as well as singing lessons.

Acting – developing the acting abilities of the local community. This is a fantastic way to encourage them to speak English through role playing. You may also help to write scripts and direct short plays and sketches.

In order to assist with the teaching of the above activities, you need to have skills in the specific areas. You will be working alongside staff during these sessions.

Depending on what areas you choose to get involved in, you will have the opportunity to prepare the teenagers to perform and showcase their talents in front of the community.

Please note that the specific tasks involved in this project can vary depending on the cultural and artistic activities going on within the community at the time of your program. This means you should come prepared to provide assistance wherever your support is most needed.

Typical day

First Day: On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local field manager and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.

Weekdays: You will have a morning or afternoon shift, which will last around 2 to 5 hours. A typical morning schedule would be as follows:

7.30 AM Breakfast with the host family.

8.00 AM Volunteers leave home and walk to their placements.

8.30 AM The volunteer joins the local staff. You will be given instructions for the day’s work.

2.00 PM Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel home, prepare for the next day or do some shopping and sightseeing.

2.30 PM Lunch (main meal of the day)

7.30 PM Dinner out with the your host family.

Please note this schedule will vary depending on the needs of your particular project.

Details on Arrival

The program orientation begins on the first and third Monday of each month and volunteers need to arrive in Harare on the Sunday before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at the Harare International Airport.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Harare or Mutare.


Free-time activities

During the weekends, volunteers have free time to relax or take the opportunity to explore wider in Zimbabwe.Long weekends can be taken to travel further afield , or to embark on a safari. Sunday is a religious day of rest. If you wish, you can accompany your host family to their local church, as a the church service is a unique and special experience for many volunteers.
Concert/Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/Souvenirs
Safari/Zoo
Museum/Opera

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Ability to adapt to new environment
Good communication skill
Flexibility
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 14:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Musha Care Foundation (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Musha Care Foundation
The price of each program includes:

Accommodation
Three meals a day
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our response team
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement.
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Airport Pickup at Harare International Airport
When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation.
Accommodation
Volunteers are accommodated in homestays with local families, who have been​ ​approved by our local ​team in Zimbabwe. 

Volunteers can expect to share a bedroom​ ​​with two to four other volunteers, comprised of single beds and bunk beds with​ ​bedding provided. Living is comfortable and most home-stays have electricity,​ ​running water and western bathrooms. ​I​t is important to note that​ ​there are often power outages and water shortages​, and ​​volunteers need to be prepared to have the occasional bucket shower or​​ ​some time without power.​ 

 It is exciting to​ ​stay with a host family, providing you with a​ ​unique opportunity to learn about the​  way of life, meet local people, try local food, speak the local language and​ ​engage in local customs and traditions​.​​
Guest Family Guesthouse Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are served three meals per day, prepared by an on-site local cook. All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be a mix of western and traditional  food. Breakfast may include fruit, toast, spreads and cereal with tea, coffee and juice. Lunch is usually provided in the volunteer accommodation, although packed lunches of sandwiches and fruit are provided if requested for those who choose to remain at their placement. Dinners will commonly comprise of a combination of meat, starches and vegetables. The local staff are happy to accommodate special dietary requests (vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, gluten free etc).You will be provided with water and drink during your stay.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Harare International Airport (HRE) in Harare. We assist you to find cheap flights to Zimbabwe.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Zimbabwe provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Zimbabwe you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Zimbabwe.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,080.00
5 weeks
$1,350.00
6 weeks
$1,620.00
7 weeks
$1,890.00
8 weeks
$2,160.00
9 weeks
$2,430.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$3,240.00
Average fees
$270.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Mutare/Zimbabwe between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Musha Care Foundation will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Zimbabwe.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with {project.name} during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Africa Eastern Africa Zimbabwe  Mutare, 81 Second Street

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