In Namibia, one fifth of the population is living with HIV or AIDS. With a population of approximately only 2 million, the impacts of HIV are present in every community. Ombetja Yehinga Organisation Trust (OYO) aims to reduce the spread of HIV and AIDS in Namibia by promoting discussion and understanding of sexual health and social issues among young people using the creative and performing arts.
To achieve this, they have set up ‘AIDS awareness groups’ both in schools and for out-of-school youths, and they have a permanent Dance Troupe which tours around communities across the country. They also create films, put on exhibitions and have a magazine.
Each summer OYO runs a program where you can volunteer to work with the OYO Dance Troupe, choreographing a dance pieces with the local dancers which are then toured around communities in Namibia.
OYO runs a summer volunteer internship in Windhoek, Namibia, which usually lasts 4-5 weeks.
For more information about volunteering with Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO), visit them online: