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Touring

Applications for 2019 tours ARE NOW OPEN until 1st July 2018 –  Call for 2019 Volunteers

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Touring

Applications for tours are usually open in June for a tour starting the next January. For more info on the current or last call out click here

About volunteering for PWB

PWB Tours are mostly run by volunteers. We also have a management committee who works towards fulfilling our vision and makes sure we adhere to our values.

The teams that undertake our tours are volunteers drawn from the talented pool of performers and teachers from around the world. From time to time we send out ‘calls for volunteers’ to find people to undertake tours. If you would like to be the first to hear about volunteering opportunities sign up to our newsletter.

What does it mean to participate in a tour?

If you are successful in applying to go on tour with PWB, it’s a big commitment, but an incredibly rewarding one. It means fundraising, travel, teamwork, learning, teaching, eating exciting food, playing, quite possibly becoming ill at least once, having loads of fun, languages, sunshine, great shows, and, in the words of one past volunteer – ‘one of the best experiences of my life’.

The journey begins when you are accepted into a team, and you have to start planning for the tour. Each tour is slightly different, and each team is unique. There’re funds to be raised, ideas to be shared, and many months of fevered anticipation.

When you make it out on tour, the basic plan is as follows – create a show with your happy and slightly jet-lagged team, travel to some incredible places, teach lots of kids and young people who are invariably extremely excited to see you, perform your show lots and lots of times, and have many incredible experiences along the way. You’ll improve your teaching, organisational and performance skills, and you’ll have stories and memories that will last you a lifetime.

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. We also visit local centres and communities to perform and teach as shorted/less involved outreach projects

 

A PWB tour consists of:

  • a 1-2 week training camp in country to allow you to get to know your team and become acclimatised, put together a show, and finalise the curriculum you will be teaching.
  • 2 or 3 projects (depending on the tour) with one of our key partners.  These will last approximately 3 weeks/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.

About The Opportunity

A single tour lasts weeks to 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

We expect volunteers to be active participants in the tours – there is a tour facilitator but the tours are a team effort!

 

PWB candidates should demonstrate the following;

Essential

  • A mid to high level of skill in one or more circus skill or performing art
  • Experience teaching to mixed groups of children and young people
  • Experience of devising and performing shows
  • Self motivated and highly committed
  • Mature and professional attitude to work and touring life/demands
  • We are very interested to hear from candidates applying to India or Kenya tours who have the following experience:

Highly Desirable – If applying for India or Kenya

  • Experience of travelling/living/working in the country to which you are applying. Especially the following areas: Kenya – Nairobi, India – Varanasi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Darjeeling.
  • Experience of facilitating/living/working in a group situation
  • Experience of working in social circus/community/charity sector
  • Experience of leading group process
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Confident in fostering a positive team experiences

Desirable

  • 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 / performing arts.
  • Experience in working with multiple partner organisations.

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