Call for volunteers

Overseas Performing Arts Practitioner

Location: INDIA   or KENYA   or NICARAGUA   – your choice! 

Duration:   10 weeks in Kenya, 2-3 months in Nicaragua, 3-4 months in India

Dates:  Tours start between 3-10th January 2019, exact dates TBC

PLEASE READ the individual tour info below for more details.

First applications open now – submission deadline 1st July 2018

Second applications – opens from 1st Aug to 14th Aug 2018

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Job Description

We are looking for experienced, adventurous and self motivated volunteers who can perform and teach a range of skills whilst travelling 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.

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 their communities. We do this through regular visits and on-going work with these groups.

Our feedback from our previous volunteers is most often that this is an incredibly life changing positive experience. A challenge that teaches you important life skills and helps develop you as a human being. It’s great to put on your CV too.

To Apply

We are now taking applications for our 2019 tours! There will be 2 rounds of applications. The first round will close on 1st July 2018 with interviews in the following weeks to be arranged individually with the Tour Coordinator and the Tour Leader. The second round will be open from the 1st to the 14th August with interviews in the following two weeks. If we are able to select teams before the 2nd deadline, we may close applications, so you are advised to apply early. This is so that candidates who are selected early can start fundraising as early as possible. We aim to have all teams selected by the 7th of September.

You will have to fill in the online application form linked below and provide a referee who we can contact and also provide links to a 5 minute video showcasing your performance skills. This application will take some time so please leave plenty of time to complete it. You will be able to skip sections but every field marked with a * will need to be completed before submission. You will be able to save your progress and return to cpmplete it at a later time. Applications won’t be accepted without a URL link to a supporting video. Here is the brief for the video.

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The Tours

In general 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 3-4 weeks 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 tours will be facilitated by experienced PWB volunteers who have toured previously with PWB in that country. They will form the Tour Leader Team and a Tour Coordinator will guide the tour from day-to-day in country.

 

More specifically the individual projects will be made up of the following elements:

India: 1x 2 week projects, 2-3 x one month long projects in Varanasi and Darjeeling and maybe Calcutta, broken up by at least 1 x 10 day/2 week break TOTAL= 3.5 to 4.5 months. Rough dates January to end April.

Nicaragua: 2 x month long projects in Leon and San Marcos, 1 x shorter project in Granada/Managua, 1 x 1 week break between the two longer projects. TOTAL= 3 months. Rough dates January to end March.

Kenya: 1-2 weeks working in Nairobi alongside national artists and teachers. 2 x projects each lasting 3 weeks with a small break in the middle. The 2019 Kenya tour is a shorter project, running for 10 weeks. This tour requires volunteers with a higher level of circus experience as we collaborate with the National Circus training school in Nairobi.  We also look for volunteers who have teaching experience with vulnerable young people as we collaborate with at risk young people throughout this project. Currently this is looking to start in January.

Strong volunteers from this year will also have the opportunity to become a Tour Coordinator, or become part of the Tour Leader team for subsequent tours.

 

Fundraising

You will be asked to raise your own funds to go on the tour which is all part of the experience. The approximate contribution you will required to make is listed below plus you will also have to pay for your own flights and travel insurance (see below):

India 2019: approx £750

Nicaragua 2019: approx £900

Kenya 2019: approx £1000

This contribution is non refundable and must be paid in full before 20th December 2018. A £100 non refundable deposit will be required within a week of accepting your place on tour. The money goes towards food, travel, workshop equipment and accommodation whilst on tour.

You will also need additional funds for your own flights, insurance and vaccinations. Please check flights to Goa (India), Managua (Nicaragua) and Nairobi (Kenya) for an idea of this cost. You will also need your own spending money for day-to-day extras and for time off during the tours (approx 2-3 weeks).

PWB projects run on a tight budget and we don’t ask you for any more than we need to be able to run the tours.  We fundraise ourselves to help cover the costs of the tour coordinator who has to work before, during and after the tour. We take minimal admin costs, everything else is run by volunteers.

 

About You:

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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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 and our first in Kenya in 2016.

For more information see About us

 

More 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 Selection Process

You must complete an application form which requires you to link to a supporting video.  You will need to order the tours in order of preference 1st, 2nd and 3rd or state whether you don’t want to be considered for one or two of the tours. 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 7th of September.

If we are able to select a team before the final deadline we will close applications.  You are therefore advised to apply early.

To Apply

You will have to fill in the online application form linked below and provide a referee who we can contact and also provide links to a 5 minute video showcasing your performance skills. The first round of applications will open on the 1st June close on 1st July 2018 with interviews in the following 3 weeks to be arranged individually with the Tour Coordinator and the Tour Leader. The second round will open on the 1st Aug close on 14th August 2018 with interviews in the following two weeks. You must be available for interview during these dates to apply.

Apply here

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