Performers Without Borders is is a social circus charity now in its ninth year of tours. PWB takes volunteers from around the world and sends them to places with a high number of disadvantaged children where they teach the children circus and performing arts skills. The children get a brief break from their tough environment to have some fun. They also learn team working skills and confidence, develop empowerment and overcome social barriers through the performing arts.
Below is all the information and links you need to apply for one of Performers Without Borders' 2017 tours.
Overseas Performing Arts Practitioner
Location: India, Nicaragua, Kenya – your choice!
Duration: 10 weeks in Kenya, 3 months in Nicaragua , approx 4 months in India
Dates: Tours start first week of January 2017, exact dates TBC
We are looking for experienced, adventurous and self motivated volunteers who can perform and teach a range of skills to travel to India, Nicaragua or Kenya on a PWB tour. Volunteers will be spending up to a month at a time with various groups of disadvantaged children in one of these countries, teaching the children and performing in the local area for various organisations.
All applications are online via our website - follow this link.
We will be conducting 2 rounds of applications and interviews and filling places on a first come basis. The first round will close on 24th June with interviews the following week. The second round will close on the 12th August with interviews the following week. If we are able to select teams before these deadlines, we may close applications, so you are advised to apply early. We aim to have all teams selected by the start of September.
A PWB Tour
We give volunteers from around the world the opportunity to come together and work with groups of deprived young people in developing countries. We give these young people the chance to learn performance skills, and through this develop their own show to be performed at the end of the month visit.
We aim to build long lasting relationships with the organisations we work with and in the communities we work. We do this through regular visits and on-going work with these groups
A single tour lasts 2 -4 months, but your commitment to PWB begins once you have been selected. We ask volunteers to be actively involved in fundraising and promoting PWB’s work before and after the tour. As a volunteer you will be responsible for fundraising the cost of your tour, putting together a show with the rest of the volunteers and planning a teaching curriculum around your unique skills.
You must complete an application form online which requires you to link to a supporting video. If we think you might have what it takes to tour with PWB we will invite you to a video call interview and contact your personal reference. We will then assess you against the other applicants and may invite you to join a tour.
PWB candidates should demonstrate the following;
• A mid to high level of skill in one or more circus skill or performance art
• Experience teaching to mixed groups of children and young people
• Experience of creating and performing shows
• Self motivated and highly committed
• Experience living/volunteering overseas
• Experience of working in a team/touring
• Experience of coordinating travel logistics
• Experience of creating/editing short videos
• Experience writing blogs/social media
• Mid to high level skills in 3 or more circus / performance arts.
• Experience in working with multiple partner organisations.
We look forward to hearing from you!