No matter your colour or economic status, volunteering is a great way to contribute your gifts, build social capital, and even become frontrunners for prospective jobs. Umbiyozo relies on and celebrates the in-kind contributions made by volunteers!
Got camera skills? Umbiyozo and troupes are doing amazing things all the time that are getting poorly captured, if captured at all. Make the memories marketable by offering up your time and talents with the camera.
Have recording skills, equipment, or studios? We could use them! Troupes’ sounds are very unique and many of the folk songs are undocumented and vulnerable to loss.
Got writing skills? Capture the stories and perspectives of the Umbiyozo community members, be they facilitators, captains, troupe members, Umbiyozo staff, or even other volunteers. (FYI: Our blog is still under construction, but we will post the blog to all our social media)
Got a bakkie or a van? Help transport a troupe to an event that they would otherwise miss due to limitations in Umbiyozo-provided transport, such as festivals, private concerts, or civic engagement opportunities. We will work with you to ensure your journey is perfectly clear and safe.
Over 21 y/o and got some free time? Oversee a troupe’s kids’ activities. Troupes often fail to attend events and hold activities due to their facilitators being occupied with other obligations.
Know both IsiXhosa and English? We have an endless need for translation, as beneficiaries, volunteers and audiences often only speak one of the two languages.
Know another language? International tourists often only speak a home language (esp. German, French, Dutch, Chinese, Spanish) and therefore can’t understand our communications or messaging. Further, within Cape Town many residents only speak Afrikaans and require translation.
Got skills in singing, percussion, or instruments? Troupe members often learn these skills by mere observation and trial and error. While this approach is entirely valid and even advantageous for creating intuitive music, it has limitations in the way of refinement and expansion of skills. Work with a troupe on a one-off or ongoing basis during their after-school practices. We will work with you to make sure your safety and finances are not compromised.
Got a fashion eye? Help improve troupes outfits so that they bolster their energetic performances. Beading and embroidery skills are highly valued.
Know what it takes to create leaders? Bestow your wisdom on effective communication, public speaking, values/virtues, aspirations, perseverance, patience, or any other tool that equips youth to take on leadership positions in their lives. Sessions will often be held with troupes’ captains and/or facilitators.
Got dance skills? Troupe members often learn to dance by mere observation and trial and error. While this approach is entirely valid and even advantageous for creating intuitive rhythm and feel, it has limitations in the way of bodily care and refinement/expansion of skills. Work with a troupe on a one-off or ongoing basis during their after-school practices.
Know about youth development? Bestow your wisdom on sex practices, HIV/AIDS, intergenerational conflict, racism, violence, gansterism, culture, mass media, or any other topic that shapes life outcomes.
Know how to manage organizations? Bestow your wisdom on stakeholder relations, delegation, documentation, bookkeeping, social media, registration/filing, or any other management skill that primes our troupes for organisational growth.