Music Teaching Internship in Uganda


Share your talent and love for music with youth in a developing country

This music teaching internship in Uganda is perfect for those who are passionate about music and have the ability to play an instrument (or multiple!).

The Living Music Foundation is a Uganda-based NGO with a goal to spread the joy of music in their area. In the small communities near their home base of Mbarara, the people don’t have access to musical equipment or lessons that are so easily available to those in other places. However, they are hoping to change that, as they’ve noticed the positive impact that music can make on the communities.

They need the help of talented people who are willing to share their musical abilities. This internship will combine your love for music and your passion for inspiring others to create a position where you can have a direct impact in the lives of underprivileged children and adults.


The Living Music Foundation, founded in 2017, is an NGO based in Mbarara, Uganda. Their passion is music, and having seen the transformative impact that the performing arts can have on children in developing countries (and around the world), they have devoted their work to sharing this gift. The founders of the Living Music Foundation believe that exposure to music can provide children with many positive life skills, including commitment and discipline. It also builds character and helps develop self-esteem.

Their main goal is to provide music lessons for children who are economically or socially challenged. By offering music lessons free of charge, they provide an outlet for kids who are lacking family or community support. The lessons take place either in their Mbarara centre as well as in the home communities of the children. Music is meant to be shared, and once the children develop their skills, they are able to share their talent with their communities, creating a happy and uplifting atmosphere for everyone. They also offer their music lessons to youth and adults from more advantaged background; which is how they can support their projects.



Your tasks in this music teaching internship will include:

  • Providing one-on-one music lessons to both youth and adults
  • Leading music lessons in communities, churches and schools
  • Daily lesson planning
  • Sharing the joy of music!

During your internship you will also have the opportunity to visit other youth projects in the area.


  • Ability to play a musical instrument
  • Teaching capabilities
  • English speaking
  • Culturally adaptable and flexible


During your internship you will be provided with the opportunity to stay with a local family. This homestay arrangement is the best way to get to know the community you will be living in for 2-4 months. Plus, you won’t have to miss that family feeling while you are away from home. A homestay allows you to be immersed in the local culture and have guidance and support during your stay. If requested, we can also provide alternative accommodation options at a hostel or apartment; fees will vary.

Safety & Support

Safety & Support

Uganda presents a unique travel experience, and while it is generally safe, it’s important to be aware of certain precautions to ensure your safety during your visit. If you’re out after dark, consider using reputable transportation options like trusted taxis or rideshare services rather than walking.

Uganda, like any other country, has its own unique cultural norms, values, and practices. Engaging respectfully with the local community shows an understanding and appreciation for these cultural differences, which helps to avoid unintentional offense and misunderstanding.



You can opt for international roaming, which requires enabling the service before you depart from your home country. However, if you’re looking for a cost-effective alternative, obtaining a local SIM card is recommended. To acquire a local SIM card and airtime or data bundles, simply visit an MTN or Airtel store, and make sure to have your passport with you for identification purposes.



Your host family will provide you with access to safe drinking water and you will join them for breakfast and dinner (lunch will be had with the staff). Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary requests or restrictions.

Location details

Location details

During your time in Mbarara, you will have the chance to visit other nearby communities, cultural sites and museums, and game parks to spot wild animals! There will be plenty of opportunities to hike, play sports, go swimming, and do many more fun activities. There are also offer local language lessons offered for those who are interested.


Fee Breakdown

This organization has internship opportunities throughout the year, and the start dates are flexible.

What you’ll pay (2024 rates)

2 months USD 2,016

3 months USD 2,216

At Roots, we do everything we can to make your internship experience smooth and hassle-free. We offer an all-inclusive service, which means we will help you find the right internship (we believe we are great matchmakers!), help you with visa arrangements, organize accommodation for you in Uganda, give you all the pre-departure information you need before arriving, pick you up from the airport and check in with you while on your work placement to ensure you feel supported.


  • Careful matchmaking. It takes time to find the right internship for each person, and we take this process very seriously.
  • Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes.
  • An academic internship eligible for university credit. Check with your university to confirm if this internship qualifies for credit or alternatively we can assist you with purchasing transfer credits.
  • Accommodation based on a homestay option – other accommodation options are available and fees will vary
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure from Kampala Airport
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement and other preparations
  • An orientation program with your supervisor
  • Supervision and support during your stay
  • Regular check-ins during your internship with your supervisor
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship
  • A discount on weekend activities, exclusive to Roots Interns


  • Flights to Kampala
  • Visa and medical/travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing)
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities


LOCATION: Mbarara, Uganda
TASK FOCUS: Music, Education, Youth Empowerment
LENGTH: Min. 8 Weeks
COST: From USD 2,016


“I surely enjoyed the landscapes of Uganda, the wonderful nature and wildlife. I loved the company of the children, that make you smile no matter what, and of the local people, who were interested in my country as much as I was keen to learn more about Uganda.I loved discovering the traditions and history of this beautiful country, and I think that the most precious lesson I learnt during my in Africa was that every culture has a lot to teach.”

Simona, ItalySustainable Development Internship, Uganda


  • Use your musical talents to give music lessons to children
  • Contribute to an organization on a mission to sustainably spread music to children in challenging circumstances
  • Gain insight into the daily operations of a nonprofit organization
  • Live with a local family and dive into the Ugandan culture
  • Explore the area by going for hikes, visiting game reserves, or one of the many cultural sites


If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:


Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) which includes sharing your CV to us.



We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.


If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.


If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, getting started with the booking process and all the info you need.


Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.


Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just fill in the contact form below. We’ll be happy to assist!


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