Call for volunteers

Overseas Performing Arts Practitioner

Location: India, Nicaragua, Kenya – your choice!

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

Dates:  Tours start approx 3rd January 2018, exact dates TBC – PLEASE read individual tour info for more details.

Job Description

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.

To Apply

We are taking applications for our 2018 tours!There will be 2 rounds of applications. The first round will close on 14th July with interviews following on the 17th/18th July (Kenya/India) and 24th/25th July (Nicaragua) . The second round will close on the 18th August with interviews the following week on 21st/22nd/23rd August.  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.

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More details:

*The 2018 tour to Nicaragua will be facilitated by a PWB alumni, an experienced teacher and performer who has toured extensively with PWB in Nicaragua.

**The 2018 India tour is currently under discussion as to what form it will take.  In the previous 9 tours we have had a tour co-ordinator leading on logistics, and this year we are looking at handing more of this responsibility over to the collective of the team.  Think community, consensus and fostering communities with clear communication and support. We are looking at more teacher training with our partner organisations in India as it will be our 10th YEAR!  So for this tour we are looking for more experienced teachers and artists.  Rough dates – January – April 2018.

***The 2018 Kenya tour is a shorter project, running for 10 weeks.  Currently this is looking to start EITHER January – March, OR March – May.  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.  

About You:

PWB candidates should demonstrate the following;


  • 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


  • 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

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 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 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 2018: £750

Nicaragua 2018: £900

Kenya 2018: £1000

This contribution is non refundable.

Selection Process

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 beginning 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

All candidates must fill out an online application form for this role.

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