A world tour, with a viola, to meet El Sistema programs

around the world


20,000 KM (12,500 MILES)
by train

with kids from disadvantaged areas helped by El Sistema, musicians, local people, etc.

The philosophy of the project

From my solo trips, I get the taste to discover the world and its population. The desire to share and interact with others is my guideline for this trip, and the viola is an obvious way to get in touch easily with others. In a world where we sometimes forget that happiness is made of small things, I meet women and men who, through music, help others. In particular, I meet the El Sistema associations that help children, thanks to music. In addition, public transport, and in particular the train, is privileged as much as possible.

© Joshua Green

Concrete actions during the trip

  1. Go into schools, especially from disadvantaged areas, to meet kids helped by El Sistema. Thanks to a partnership with El Sistema France, I can easily meet all those associations.
  2. Discover artists (from the streets, or local artists) and write about them on this blog
  3. Make short videos to presents all the El Sistema associations and artists I meet
  4. Use as much as possible public transports (especially trains and undergrounds) to limit my carbon footprint

Some trains I use


Some of the El Sistema programs on my road

To learn more about El Sistema, you can read the dedicated article.

CountryCity or ProvinceProgram nameWebsite
FranceEl Sistema
AustraliaMelbourneThe Pizzicato
New ZealandWhangareiSistema
New ZealandOtaraSistema
New ZealandWaikatoSistema
New ZealandWellingtonArohanui Strings - Sistema Hutt
PanamaOrquesta Sinfónica Juvenil Istmeñ
VenezuelaEl Sistema Nacional de Orquestas y Coros Juveniles e Infantiles de
ColombiaBogotáIntegración Sistema
ColombiaBogotáFundación Nacional
ColombiaMedellínRed de Escuelas de Música de Medellí
ColombiaCaliEscuela de Música Desepaz
ColombiaCaliFundación Notas de
EcuadorFundación Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil del
EcuadorAzuayFundación Manos
PeruSinfonía por el Perú
PeruArpegio Perú
PeruLimaOrquesta Sinfónica Juvenil del Perú
PeruHuachoOrquesta Sinfónica Infantil de
BoliviaSanta CruzSistema de Coros y
ChileFundación Orquestas Juveniles de
ArgentinaFundación Sistema de Orquestas Infantiles y Juveniles de
ArgentinaLas Tunas
ArgentinaSan JuanFundación Orquesta Escuela San
BrazilCuritibaProjeto Cidadão
BrazilSão PauloProjeto
BrazilSão PauloInstituto
BrazilRio de JaneiroBrazil