Help me get to South Africa to promote music education

Tomoko Hata Start Date: Nov 28, 2017 - End Date: Feb 24, 2018
  • Intern Abroad
  • Leadership/Training Program
  • Professional Development
  • South Africa

My Travel Story

by: Tomoko Hata Start Date: Nov 28, 2017 - End Date: Feb 24, 2018
  • Intern Abroad
  • Leadership/Training Program
  • Professional Development
Music is played everywhere in the world. With its great power and spirit, music can communicate a myriad of messages, including those about gender or politics. The purpose of my unpaid internship in South Africa is to understand the role of music in communities in multicultural South African society and to encourage students' motivation to learn and help develop their musical skills.
I studied at the Kyoto University of Education in Japan (BA in Education), and I recently completed a master's programme (MMus in Ethnomusicology) at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2017. In 2018, I am committed to working on music management (member enrolment and event management, etc.) and teaching music at Casterbridge Music Development Academy in South Africa for six weeks. This academy, where young students learn different kinds of music, is a church funded foundation. Althgouh the students are not very rich, they are passionate about music, and they also fundrise through a live stage performance to tourists.

In addition to enhancing my teaching and work experience, I am excited to communicate and create music with the students in South Africa. I am happy to work for free and help the foundation. This internship will change my life, and I am very much looking forward to telling you about my experience and observation in the field. 

However, I cannot afford to pay the travel expenses, including flights, since I stopped working as a teacher and came to the UK to study music. So, I would sincerely appreciate it if you could donate any small amount, even a few dollars, for my journey.

Please message me via Facebook or email privstrely about your donations so that I can send you the following gifts to show my gratitude:
  • £5: I will send you a short report about my new experience in April.
  • £10: I will provide you with a longer report about my cultural and musical experience in April.
  • £50: This is a huge amount, but very much appreciated. I will send you both reports about my experience, and a letter

Thank you very much!
  • South Africa