Become a volunteer

Do you have a skill that you could bring to the London School of Samba?

The London School of Samba is run by a group of volunteers. Without you we wouldn’t exist!! Most volunteer roles are fun and take up only a short amount of time. Volunteering can be rewarding and fun. It can be an opportunity to make new friends, develop some new skills, or contribute an existing expertise.

For more information please Contact: Ben Wilson –

Volunteer roles are varied and could involve – 


  • Volunteer drivers to transport costumes to our barracao (carnival base).
  • Volunteer make up artists.
  • Volunteers – as many people as possible 1 to 10 hours per month.
  • Stewards for carnival.
  • Film makers to document carnival or elements of carnival.
  • Premises search scouters.

Contact: Ben –


  • A volunteer to support the gigging wardrobe team, helping to sort through costumes, or take a costume to a gig or just making sure the website is updated with upcoming workshops.
  • Volunteer costume makers.
  • An eagle-eyed volunteer who can use their time to source items on Freecycle (ongoing).
  • Film makers or photographers to document workshops.


Outreach and Education

  • A photographer available during the day (CRB checked desirable).
  • Volunteer to help to develop this strand of LSS activities.
  • Volunteer to join outreach booking team (of 4)


Communications and Admin

  • Anyone with WordPress skills willing to share some specific knowledge with a couple of our management team.
  • Film makers and photographers to documents events, gigs and occasionally for classes for purposes of publicity.
  • Fundraisers interested in helping us locate and secure funds for some specific projects on a commission basis.

Contact: Ben –

Events and Gigs

  • Gig finder. Another volunteer to join the Events and Bookings team (of 5) to specifically find gigs. For  new gigs the gig finder can get 10% of the total fee.

Contact: Asia

If you would like to volunteer a skill or expertise but can’t see it listed above, please Contact: Ben – anyway so that we can let you know if we need your skill or expertise in the future.



Learn Brazilian Samba whether just for fun, parading in carnivals or performing in shows


Play the drums just for fun at our classes or parade with us in carnivals and at gigs.


We make all of our costumes. Design and create as part of our team whatever your experience level.


Join us to parade at the Notting Hill Carnival and other celebrations.

London School of Samba offer dance and drumming classes for complete beginners to performer level. We parade every year at the Notting Hill Carnival which is open to all abilities. Our performance group travel the UK and abroad to do shows and are available to hire for private functions>>. 

All our costumes are made by hand and you can learn the techniques used at one of our costume making workshops. You can also hire one of these spectacular outfits for an event. There are also regular Make-Up workshops to learn how to prepare the performers for shows and carnivals. 

We are a friendly charity whose mission is to allow people to experience the feel and emotion of Brazilian arts through samba dancing, samba drumming and carnival preparations. Everyone is welcome at the school and there is a place for everyone.