Performers Without Borders (PWB) teach performance art and circus skills to disadvantaged children in some of the poorest parts for the world. By doing so they give vulnerable children the opportunity to explore their potential.
PWB believe that through teaching performance skills an individual’s learning, creativity and team working skills are developed.
The shows PWB perform and skills they teach help to build confidence, develop empowerment and overcome social barriers.
For more information about Performers Without Borders and previous tours head over to their website: performerswithoutborders.org.uk/
In 2015 PWB are undertaking three tours; India, Nicaragua and Sierra Leone. They have just appealled for volunteers for all three tours. Here's the information they sent with the appeal:
Call for Volunteers: Overseas Performing Arts Practitioner
Location: India, Nicaragua or Sierra Leone
Duration: 2 - 4.5 months months (India 4.5 months, Nicaragua 3 months, Sierra Leone 2 months)
Dates: All start 3rd January 2015, exact dates TBC
We are looking for experienced and adventurous volunteers who can perform and teach a range of skills to travel to either India, Nicaragua or Sierra Leone 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.
To Apply: All candidates must fill out an online application form for this role.
About The Organisation
Performers Without Borders (PWB) is a volunteer run charity that believes in the transforming power of learning and performing the arts. We have been running tours of India annually since 2007, and ran our first tour of Nicaragua in 2013. For more information about PWB.
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 in these groups
A PWB tour consists of:
• a 1-2 week training camp in country to allow you to get acclimatised, put together a show, and finalise the curriculum you will be teaching.
• 1, 2 or 3 projects (depending on tour) with one of our key partners. These will last approximately one month for each project. These are organisations that work with vulnerable children and young people in the countries we work.
• Regular out-reach projects. These are performances and workshops that last just one or two days.
The tour of Sierra Leone is slightly different as you will be working closely with a group of local performers from our organisation PeWiBo (find our more about PeWiBo).
About The Opportunity
A single tour lasts 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.
As a group you will also have further responsibilities whilst on tour. These include:
• Finding external groups and organising shows/workshops
• Documenting and reporting back on the tour thorough newsletters and videos
• Managing Budgets
• Buying and cooking your own food
• Managing transport logistics
• Supporting the development of your team mates
• Organising 'rest' days and activities
• Ensuring the health and well-being of other team members
• Reviewing your daily / monthly activities
All accommodation on your tour will be organised centrally by PWB. Costs for meals, accommodation and transport will be covered by your initial contribution to PWB, but it will be up to you as a team to manage these budgets whilst on-tour, following the PWB guidelines.
The contribution you will required to make will be:
India 2015: £600
Nicaragua 2015: £800
Sierra Leone 2015: £450
This contribution is non refundable.
You must complete an application form 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. We aim to have the selection process completed by the middle of September.
Tours begin on the 3rd January 2015, and last from early March until the middle of May (depending on 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
• 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.
All candidates must fill out an online application form for this role. Apply here