Volunteers – and the energy, passion and optimism that they bring – comprise the most valuable asset that Music Harvest can successfully utilise each year. Through the successful recruitment, management and support of our volunteers, we manage to provide essential services to local communities in need of support. Our programme also offers our volunteers the opportunity to avail of a platform for intercultural dialogue and exchange between themselves and their host community in Nablus.
Music Harvest aims to provide a fulfilling and challenging work placement for all of its volunteers. We see our volunteer programme as an exchange, and as such, we organise a range of activities for our volunteers on a weekly basis in order to facilitate their successful integration into Palestinian society. Find out more about the benefits we provide to our volunteers as part of the volunteer programme here.
During the placement, volunteers can expect to acquire invaluable experience and significantly enhance and add to their existing skill set.
Music Harvest seeks to equip each volunteer it receives with the knowledge and resources they need to maximise their time and energy during the placement. Volunteers can expect to add to their team management, communication, education and performance skills. With the range of concerts and other activities that we run each year, volunteers can also gain first hand experience of successfully planning and staging student and volunteer productions.
In return, we expect a high level of work and commitment from our volunteers, so that we can maintain the standard of the music courses we provide for our students. We hope that your placement with us can add to your knowledge and skills base, and provide you with a deeper perspective of the culture, traditions and people of the Middle East.
To give you further insight into what a volunteer placement looks like with Music Harvest in Nablus, watch a short documentary of our work here.
Our volunteer programme runs all year round. Volunteers are accepted throughout the year. Please note that as Nablus is home to a conservative society that is still recovering from the ill effects of war, volunteers must be of a mature and sound state of mind before they consider volunteering with us.
Those selected must display:
- advanced musical ability
- flexibility, patience and ability to be self-directed
- good teamwork skills
- a high degree of maturity and common sense
- a high level of tolerance and empathy
- the ability to work with programme coordinators and take direction when necessary.
Extensive experience in music education and knowledge of Arabic is valued but by no means essential.
Volunteers teach music for approximately 20 hours each week during their placement with us. Volunteers will be providing music classes and workshops in the Project Hope base as well as other centres around Nablus and the surrounding villages. Our volunteers are always accompanied to class by local volunteers who will help internationals in any capacity that they can, not least translation.
Music Harvest focuses on teaching music to young children, generally 6 – 14. Other short term activities are often planned with older children, however rarely will we start classes with children older than 14.
Volunteers generally work in pairs and while a general syllabus is in place, volunteers are encouraged to organize and adapt classes and activities based on their own experience and preferences. Most of the children will have had limited access to music education, so volunteers must be willing to be flexible and, above all, patient.
When possible, other musical activities are arranged in the city with our students. In the past we have hosted musicals, showcases and storytelling events.
An important aspect of the placement is the organisation of regular outreach concerts, so volunteers must come willing to contribute to these. Before departing for Palestine, volunteers are informed about the instruments played by their fellow volunteers in order to give ample time to find suitable music and start brainstorming ideas for performances. Find out more here.
If you are interested in applying to our programme, proceed to our apply page here.
Our Volunteer Programme runs all year round. However we do close during certain periods of the year. For the Palestinian exam months of January and May, along with the month of Ramadan we suspend our services. In 2016 Ramadan falls during the month of June. Upcoming placement dates are as follows:
Winter 2016: November 29th – February 17th Spring 2017: February 1st – April 1st Summer 2017: July 3rd – September 1st Autumn/Winter 2017: September 2nd – December 1st
Volunteers are accepted on a continuous basis, hence applicants are encouraged to send their applications in as soon as possible as places generally fill up well in advance. Volunteers are expected to commit to the entirety of the placement dates outlined above. However, depending on the quality of your application, candidates may be accepted on to our programme for shorter terms.
If you are interested in applying to our volunteer programme, then proceed to our apply page here.