Vapaaehtoistöihin namibialaiseen tanssikollektiiviin kesällä 2022?


Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO), namibialainen tanssikollektiivi etsii opettajaa/vapaaehtoistyöntekijää. OYO käyttää erilaisia taiteen muotoja vaikeiden asioiden käsittelemiseen ja antaa paikallisille nuorille ainutlaatuisen mahdollisuuden toteuttaa itseään. Nyt tarjolla on mahdollisuus olla osa tätä tärkeää työtä!

Työskentelyjakso (18.7.-12.8.2022) on maksullinen.

Hannele Hupanen, Suomen suurlähetystö Namibia:


Ombetja Yehinga Organisation

OYO is a Namibia Trust aiming at creating social awareness using the arts. Building on the cultural significance in Namibia of dance, drama and music, the OYO Trust uses arts with young people to tackle social issues and promote behaviour change.

The OYO dance troupe, created in 2009, is the first, and currently only, dance troupe in Namibia employing young dancers as performers. Our troupe comprises 10 dancers and two understudies.

Internship Program

Every year we invite young people from across the world to join us for four weeks. We are seeking a maximum of six outstanding, self-motivated and energetic students or graduates with a desire to experience dance in a development context and work with members of the OYO Dance Troupe to create a piece to reach students and members of the public.

The piece will directly tackle a social issue that is pertinent to the moment and community. We are looking for talented individuals who have the skills to work creatively and to a tight deadline, who are vibrant, reliable performers.

On this dance experience with OYO, there will be three weeks of full-day rehearsals in Windhoek to exchange skills and create the new piece, immediately followed by performances. The show venues may be schools, with indoor or outdoor spaces, and/or community venues. There will be no sprung floors and sometimes surfaces will be concrete and/or dusty. Performances may be followed by facilitated discussions to maximise the opportunity for behaviour change. There could be one or multiple venues in a day, and each day will include unpredictable last-minute changes, so we’re looking for adaptable positive people who are expert at improvising, not just as dancers!

Rehearsals will be led by OYO’s founding Artistic Director, Philippe Talavera. The visiting artists will be invited to facilitate classes and will contribute to the creative process. OYO uses mostly physical theatre techniques, with influences dependent upon the expertise of the visiting artists (i.e. you and the Namibian dancers). Are you interested in a career in performing, choreographing, development, community work, youth work, dance education or dance management? This month in Namibia could enable you to develop your skills, work out your key strengths and gain valuable CV points. Furthermore, you will have an experience with OYO that you will never forget and forge lifelong friendships.

How much does it cost?

• Early bid: on or before 10 March 2022: £1,500 (or Euro 1,780 or US$ 2,000), which includes your accommodation, breakfast and most diner in Windhoek, airport transfer and your in-country travel for OYO including the welcoming braai and weekend at the national park. (NB This rate is possible at the current exchange rate, therefore early applications are encouraged.)
• Late bid: after 10 March 2022: £1,750 (or Euro 2,080 or US$ 2,350) For those of you who want to go a step further, we will ask – if possible – to fundraise with a target of £500 (or Euro 590 or US$ 670), which you are of course welcome to exceed! You could do a sponsored run, singathon, speed-dating or wine-tasting. This is to raise awareness of what you are doing and to provide  OYO with much-needed core funding. This is not a must – but in the past we have found it exciting to see how interns have promoted us in their countries.

• You need to book and pay for your own international flight to Windhoek airport (please agree on dates and times with us before booking) as well as your travel and health insurance.
• You will also want to bring money to cover your day-to-day living cost i.e. transport, meals, socialising. A maximum of £10 (or Euro 11,90 or US$ 13,30) per day should be plenty, though the exchange rate varies. Optional: interns who would be interested in spending the weekend 23-24 July in the coastal town of Swakopmund to see more of Namibia can do so at an extra cost of £350 (or Euro 420 or US$ 470)

We encourage applicants to seek funding through their local dance networks, universities and arts organisations. We are happy to provide you with invitation letters and support your applications if we can.

How do I apply?

Please send us your CV and your statement of interest, explaining why you’d like to spend four weeks with OYO. Include what you think you could offer to the OYO Dance Troupe in terms of your dance skills, experience and interest. Please confirm in your letter that you are able to cover all the costs indicated above, or explain how you will seek to secure the funding.

Email your CV and motivation letter to with a copy to Pre-selected candidates will then be invited to a zoom or whatsapp interview. Successful candidates will be informed within two weeks of the interview.

Applications open on 01 December 2021.

Covid Regulations

We are aware that planning ahead nowadays can be difficult, as COVID19 regulations change regularly. In the event COVID19 regulations DON’T allow for traveling on the dates set aside for the internship, the intern will either be offered alternative dates or reimbursed fully (minus bank charges occurring during international transfers). Interns should be fully vaccinated at the time of the internship. Pending regulations, interns may have to present a negative PCR test upon arrival in Namibia (this is currently not an OYO regulation but a national regulation to enter the country.)