Reggae Music and Dance Project

  • Location: Jamaica
  • Types of Partners: Musicians, reggae artistes, recording studios, dance studios, community groups
  • Population Served: Children and adults
  • Age Group Served: All
  • Minimum Stay: From 1 week
  • Sustainable Development Goal: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Project Requirements: No specific requirement from partners. Volunteers who want to learn more about reggae music and the development of Jamaican dance are encouraged to apply. Volunteers with studies or experience in music, cultural development, history, literature, dance or any related area are suitable.
  • Work Schedule: 5 hours per day, Monday – Friday
  • Activities: Weekly workshops and cultural events
  • Accommodation Type: Host Family
  • Price: From $1,200USD per person, convert to your currency. Please see Programme and Project Price for Jamaica
  • Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner (adapted to dietary requirements as necessary)
  • What is Included: 24-hour support, accommodation, programme, three meals, transportation to and from the airport, taxi cost from host family to partner agency, please see What is Included for a full list
  • What is Not Included: Airfare, daily lunch, internet, laundry, travel and health insurance, see What is Not Included for a full list
  • Start Dates: Flexible
  • Age of Volunteer: Must be 16+

Jamaican music has evolved into a worldwide brand that has many people singing, dancing and having fun. From mento, ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub music, dancehall, ska, jazz and a mix of styles, Jamaican music is one of the most listened to in the world. While there are many contributors to the development of reggae music, the legend Bob Marley is credited with reggae music being the pulse of what persons move to worldwide. It is said that anywhere you go in the world, even in some very remote areas and you start singing “One Love” persons know the song. In 1999 "One Love" was named the anthem of the millennium and it is one of the most played song in history. Every city, town, village, province, parish, county, state, country with its people rock, dance and create a vibe from the music. The depth of reggae music, social commentary, transformative power and positive vibration is extraordinary. The world has embraced the music and often it is a reference point for mood change, healing and harmony.

With widespread technology we know reggae songs by Bob Marley and other artistes such as Peter Tosh, Gregory Isaacs, Beres Hammond, Jimmy Cliff, Burning Spear, Dennis Brown, Ziggy Marley, Bunny Wailer, Damian Marley, Shaggy, Sean Paul and many others are just a click away. However, a click cannot compare to the real thing of being in Jamaica, getting the history of the music, working alongside artistes and musicians, relating to the people and involvement in the music atmosphere of the country. Without a doubt that cultural immersion will provide firsthand knowledge and experience about reggae music.

Volunteers will get the opportunity to interact with and work alongside Jamaican musicians and artistes and observe how the music is recorded, edited and produced. Volunteers will also participate in workshops with various musicians and learn more about the music and visit different activities that promote reggae music. You will learn more about the different types of dance, visit dance studios and become a part of the dance culture.