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Volunteer with Sandblast

At Sandblast, we rely on volunteers to keep our projects going and to continue advocating for the Saharawis. If you are passionate about human rights, love the arts, and want to share your skills to contribute to meaningful and positive change, then volunteering for Sandblast is perfect for you! We welcome those with different levels of experience and interest, and need volunteers to help with both our internal operations as well as our projects, like Desert Voicebox, in the camps. 
"When a volunteer comes and does something new, the children really focus and enjoy it. Each volunteer leaves their mark on the children."
- Fatimetu Malainin, Desert Voicebox teacher

Why Volunteer?

The benefits for you

By volunteering for Sandblast, you will have the chance to:
  • Improve your professional skills
  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Enhance your CV
  • Meet other people interested in human rights activism, arts, and culture
  • Become part of an international solidarity community
  • Increase your knowledge of the Saharawi cause and the wider region
  • "It's so rewarding to be able to use song and music to communicate. And also encouraging the students' creativity, not only their musical skills."
    - Georgia Lomax Thorpe, music teacher volunteer 2020

    The benefits for the Saharawis

    Volunteering can make a difference to the Saharawis living in the refugee camps by:
  • Providing opportunities for the children and students to practise their language skills with native or fluent English speakers
  • Building international friendships and solidarity networks while providing a chance for cultural exchange and learning
  • Meet other people who are interested in human rights, activism, arts and culture
  • Offering a change from the norm in daily camp life
  • "I would love if more volunteers came throughout the year ... they add so much to the programme. They help us and they help the students."
    - Georgia Lomax Thorpe, music teacher volunteer 2020

    The benefits for Sandblast

    We operate on a shoestring budget, so volunteers are essential to keeping our important work going. Volunteers bring new ideas and personal experience which can positively affect the work we’re doing at Sandblast.

    Alongside this, volunteers can question and identify gaps which we may have missed, and offer tips and suggestions to help us improve our programming. It is also great to work with volunteers to help them achieve in education, professional life, or to just have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.
    Volunteers help us:
  • Increase our capacity to deliver Desert Voicebox classes in the refugee camps
  • Provide training to local Saharawi teachers
  • Lead creative workshops to engage and stimulate the students
  • Spread the word about the Saharawi cause and build international friendship and solidarity
  • "I would love for this programme to be studied in all of the camps. I think learning English, music and art is something that can benefit generations of Saharawis."
    - Anastasia Oleinik, art and music teacher volunteer

    "One hand alone cannot clap"

    – Saharawi proverb
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