Volunteer opportunity posted by: Music Harvest
Posted on: February 1, 2013
Music Harvest is a non-profit charity created to provide music lessons to children in under-resourced communities of the Middle East. Music Harvest was created in 2010 when a great need for music teachers unmasked itself in Nablus, a city in Palestine. Thanks to the generosity of many Western NGOs, charities and foundations, numerous community centres across the Middle East have been the fortunate recipients of many musical instruments over the years.
Unfortunately, many of these instruments have arrived into areas where very few people are able to play them.
Consequently not only are very few local children being taught any of these instruments, they're rarely being played or enjoyed by any locals at all. This is where Music Harvest hopes that you can make a difference. Our goal is to teach a generation of children how to play these instruments that they have unconsciously attained. We believe that if we can equip one generation of children with the necessary music skills, a seed will be sown amongst the local populace that will reap a harvest for every generation to come. These children will be able to continue on from where Music Harvest volunteers leave off and teach their own friends the basics to understanding, reading and most importantly, playing music together.
Music Harvest currently has vacancies for musicians to teach music to children from around the city of Nablus, Palestine. Primarily, Music Harvest volunteers will teach children aged between 6-15.
A sub-goal of Music Harvest is also to provide an affordable volunteering alternative. Although we do charge a fee, it is still an affordable sum. Volunteers are asked to contribute 500 Shekels (€100) per month to cover the cost of their housing. We also ask each volunteer to make a once off 0 contribution to our materials budget. This money helps us purchase supplies for our volunteers, students and classrooms.
Additionally, all volunteers have to pay a deposit of €250 which is fully refundable once your placement with us finishes. This is to ensure that you honour your commitment to us, and commit to the full duration of the programme. More information about this deposit is provided at a later stage of the application process.
At Music Harvest we believe that every volunteer has as much to learn as their students. Hence all volunteers will receive Arabic language lessons, oud (oriental lute) and debka (traditional dance) lessons. This makes for a more enriching and balanced experience for each volunteer.