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Music & Culture Project in Senegal

  • Placement locations: St Louis
  • Role: Working with local musicians
  • Requirements: None
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Length of placement: From 3 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

Music plays a fundamental part in the daily life of the Senegalese. When walking through the streets of St Louis you may see small children banging on buckets with sticks, teenagers dancing and playing drums, posters advertising concerts and performances in local cafes, and many shops selling djembes (local drums).

Volunteering on the Music & Culture Project provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich culture of Senegal in West Africa. You will learn about the history of Senegal and pick up some Wolof, the local language. You’ll also discover the diverse population, the rich food, and the importance of music.

Volunteering on the Music & Culture Project

Projects Abroad volunteer plays the keyboard for a Senegalese band in St Louis.

As a volunteer on this project you will work alongside a local band with talented musicians who will open your eyes to the world of Senegalese music. You may want to learn how to play a new instrument or share your existing knowledge with the others.

You will spend your mornings attending lectures and learning more about different aspects of Senegalese culture, including taking classes in Wolof. By learning more about Senegal and getting to grips with the language you will be able to put your new-found knowledge into practice on a daily basis, interacting with the street vendors, your host family, and the local community.

In the afternoons you will work alongside a group of musicians, learning about traditional instruments, the music itself, the musicians, and their inspirations. You will be invited to attend their evening performances in the local cafes and if you feel confident you will be encouraged to play alongside them with an instrument of your choice.

You can join the Music & Culture project in Senegal for three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the local community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.

Volunteers who choose to participate only in the musical side of this project have the opportunity to combine this with a Care, Teaching, Medicine, or Human Rights project.

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