Call for volunteers

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 approx 3rd January 2017, exact dates TBC

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 2017 tours! We are now into our second round of applications which 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.

Apply here

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 2017: £600
  • Nicaragua 2017: £800
  • Kenya 2017: £850

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.

  • The first selection for interviews will happen on the 24th June
  • The second selection will happen on the 12th August

We aim to have all volunteers in place 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.

About You

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.

To Apply

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

Apply here