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England

West End Musical Theatre Training in London

Take classes in acting, singing, dance, stage combat, puppetry, audition techniques, and more in the studios of the iconic Dominion Theatre…the same studios where they

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Italy

Performing Arts Internship in Florence

Spend six weeks or longer living in the center of Florence and interning at a performing arts organization. You will join other PAA interns and students on program excursions...

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Costa Rica

Music Volunteering in Costa Rica

Share your passion for music by volunteering with young people in Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose. We work with music schools, orphanages, day care centers, public schools,...

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Spain

Dance Internship in Barcelona

Spend six weeks or longer interning with a dance studio in the heart of Barcelona for at least 20 hours per week. We arrange your housing in a centrally located apartment...

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Spain

Theater Internship in Barcelona

Spend six weeks or longer interning with a theatre or other theatrical organization in the heart of Barcelona, hand-picked for you based on your application and an interview...

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Costa Rica

Dance Volunteering in Costa Rica

Share your passion for dance by volunteering with young people in Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose. We work with a variety of volunteer placements, including orphanages,

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Ireland

Irish World Academy Summer Music Intensive

Train in Irish music at The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (IWA) this summer! This two-week intensive is built around a central structure of small master classes,...

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Italy

Music Semester in Florence

Study music in Florence, the birthplace of opera and one of Italy’s most important cultural centers as the capital of the region of Tuscany. Musical excellence is part

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England

Performing Arts Internship in London

London’s incredible opportunities for performing arts are recognized throughout the world, and with this experience you will gain hands-on knowledge to boost your resume...

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England

RADA Shakespeare at Large Acting Intensive

Performing Arts Abroad is continuing a longstanding relationship with the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London to offer a unique acting course especially...

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Ecuador

Music Internship in Ecuador

Spend a month or longer interning abroad and teaching music with a foundation in Quito, Ecuador using music and the arts as ways to provide therapy and education to youth...

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South Africa

Music Education in South Africa

As a volunteer, you give a platform for local children, especially from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, to develop an interest in music and the performance arts: an...

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South Africa

Music Development Internship in South Africa

This international music internship is an opportunity to assist an energetic, passionate team help change people’s lives through music while making friends for life with...

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Ecuador

Theatre Education in the Galapagos Islands

Take part in a remarkable experience and gain an understanding of international theatre when you participate in a volunteering project in the Galapagos! You will spend your...

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Performing Arts Abroad Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Volunteering in white river

CMDA – a real benefit for South Africa's youth

As a teacher and musician I'm very concerned the young generation and how to motivate them to find a purpose in their life.
For two weeks I had the opportunity to volunteer at the CMDA in White River, a non-profit Music Academy that helps children and young adults to develop their musical talents in order to be able to perform in shows, earn some money with it and maybe even get a start as professional musicians. But the benefit of the music programs offered is big since it affects the young people's whole environment and their life perspectives. For playing music and being part of a band a lot of skills such as persistency, patience, empathy, team work and reliability are asked for and fostered, all of them essential in order to be successful in life.

Casterbridge Music Development Academy (CMDA)

The CMDA is located in White River where students aged 18 – 30 are enrolled in a full-time music development program. All the courseware is hosted on an e-learning platform called “2enable”. Therefore the students are mostly working independently on computers that are provided by the CMDA in the mornings.
As a volunteer I was able to help students working on the music theory, mentoring them and also mark their portfolio work.
In the afternoons the students are formed in bands where they rehearse songs that are somehow connected to Africa but also work on their own musical ideas and create their own songs.
It's amazing what good musicians these students already! It was a huge pleasure to attend their band rehearsals, bring in my experience as a musician and some ideas how to improve their songs or their performing.
During my stay there were two shows they held and it was just fantastic!

Marimba classes in township communities

The most impressive projects in my opinion are the Marimba classes based in Mashishing, Masoyi and Zwelisha, three townships around White River. Offered as an after-school program kids learn to play the Marimba and play traditional African songs.
Leader and manager of the band is Dan Kusaya who is also bandleader/songwriter and manager of the Minanzi Mbira Band, a cool mix between modern drum'n'bass and traditional African music. Dan is highly respected among the youngsters since for them he is not only a teacher but also a friend and role model they can look up to. He doesn't get paid to work with the kids due to the limited budget of the CMDA. Nevertheless, he does all this work because he believes in the potential of those kids and that music can make a difference in their lives.
Once they are good enough they have the opportunity to play in the Marimba band. These youngsters are playing so well that it is a huge pleasure not only to listen to the band but also to watch them dancing and singing while playing the Marimba.
I was there three times and also had the opportunity to accompany them to a gig which was amazing!

Get the bands playing!

What I’ve learnt out of this is that being part of a band and playing concerts is the essential thing in their hard and difficult lives, giving them not only a meaningful purpose but joy, hope and even a little bit of money. That’s why I’m doing here also some propaganda in their behalf.
Maybe you have connections to South Africa or to people who organize music festivals. Giving the bands opportunities to play their wonderful music can really make a difference.
It's the great small things that help to make our world a better place – so get the bands playing!

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Program: Music Education in South Africa

Overall Rating

6 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    4

  • Program Administration

    5

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Work Environment

    4

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

Private review

PAA is a great program. Everyone was helpful and answered all of my questions. My program was fantastic as I was able to explore the city and learn a bit of Catalan. While the internship was exactly what I wanted, it was an experience.

Program: Film and Animation Internship in Barcelona

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

Perfect experience

Can't believe the experience I have had. My work at Sinamune was completely tailored to me and I got my first taste of what it was like doing what I wanted to do after graduating. Thanks to my internship I landed a job back in the UK which followed on perfectly.

Program: Music Internship in Ecuador

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    6

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Day to Day Life

    8

Music volunteering

I enjoyed living with my host family - they fed me well and took care of me when I fell sic especially!
It was eye opening to help out (in Spanish - I learnt from scratch here in Costa Rica!) in the music school where it was 5 different instruments to 1 teacher at times! I played in a concert, ran a few mini masterclasses and learnt how the music school did their day to day logistics.

Program: Music Volunteering in Costa Rica

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Day to Day Life

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

Immersive Spanish experience!

I am so thankful the opportunity I had and the scholarship I received to do this program through Performing Arts Abroad. The experience stretched me in many ways and teaching music in Spanish presented a whole new challenge for me. Though not everything turned out exactly as I expected (less volunteering than I originally thought), I enjoyed each of my 16 days in Costa Rica and I was given an extra week of Spanish classes at no extra cost! My weekend excursions made me want to come back to this beautiful country to see more of what it has to offer and I already miss my host mother's cooking... Pura Vida!

Program: Music Volunteering in Costa Rica

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