Assistant Music Instructor
Volunteer Types: Arts, Crafts and Photography
Organization types: Arts, International Relief/Development/Peace, Poverty/Social Justice
Long term (6 months to a year)
Application Deadline: June 30, 2023
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Location: Kingston, Jamaica

Start Date: May 2023

Placement Length: 12 Months

Language Requirements: English

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada Only

The Volunteer’s Role
Support our museum partner, the Alpha Institute’s Music Department by training young Jamaican musicians on playing musical instruments.

As a volunteer, you will support at-risk youth and musicians to learn valuable music skills for use in the entertainment and education sectors. Alpha’s mission is the empowerment and personal transformation of young people through education and skills training. Most students reside in inner-city communities where social conditions are very challenging. The training program at Alpha is designed to generate holistic development and career advancement in various relevant employment areas.

Your support will strengthen the Alpha Music Institute in its capacity to provide consistent and quality education to these at-risk youth.

As a volunteer, you will:

Support the development and implementation of the music training program
Contribute to the development of teaching materials and written methods of music instruction

Essential Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in music education, arts, or related social sciences area
Formal training in instrumental music

Essential Background:

Experience teaching students in wind, string or percussion instruments
Excellent interpersonal skills and experience working with teams
Experience teaching music, conducting training and developing resource materials

What’s in it for YOU? A life-changing experience!

About Us, the Project and the Partner
Cuso International

Cuso International is an international cooperation and development organization that works to create economic and social opportunities for marginalized groups. Together with our partners, we are focused on efforts to advance gender equality and social inclusion, improve economic resilience, and deliver progress on climate action. We believe that by sharing skills, we can build better futures. Founded in 1961, Cuso International works in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Canada.

Project – Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE)

Cuso International will deliver the Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE) project, with a contribution from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) over seven years (2020-2027). SHARE aims to improve the economic and/or social well-being of the poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable people, particularly women and girls, in developing countries, with a view to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to increasing engagement of Canadians in international development and key global issues, this project will aim to increase the performance of country partners to deliver more inclusive, innovative and environmentally sustainable development initiatives that advance gender equality, in support of the action areas of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.

Partner – Alpha Institute

The Alpha Institute is a non-profit vocational and general education school for 150 at-risk teen boys and young men from Kingston’s impoverished inner-city communities. Since the early 1890s, the Alpha music program has produced graduates who are respected internationally for their accomplishments in jazz, ska, reggae and pop music. The partnership between Cuso International and The Alpha Institute is to strengthen the industry connections, vocational, educational and social resources provided by the Institute, in order to enable students to acquire the skills needed to sustain themselves and their families. The intent is to encourage music students to learn to read and perform music and work effectively as a member of a team. Students will receive support and be prepared for suitable employment in the music industry.


Terms and Conditions
Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.

Support Package

Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending on country)
Accommodation while in placement
Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication, and health insurance
Pre-departure training, in-country orientation, and reintegration debriefing, including travel and accommodation (more details below)
On the ground support through our Cuso International country program office
Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months

Other Requirements:

Please note that if you are shortlisted for the placement, you will be required to:
Provide two Professional References and one Personal Reference
Complete an oral assessment during your preliminary telephone interview in the language required for your placement
Obtain a Police Check at our request
Complete a full medical exam and be medically cleared by the Cuso International Medical Advisor prior to your departure
Due to the COVID-19 situation, be double vaccinated in accordance with the


We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.

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Volunteer location:
Kingston, Jamaica


Lorraine Monteiro
@Cuso International
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This position would be great for: Adults
Number of Positions Available: 1
Good for people interested in: Arts, Crafts and Photography
You will be helping with: Youth (11-15 years), Youth (16-18 years)

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