Lena Wulf, from Berlin, Germany has just completed a year in Erasmus’ European Voluntary Service (EVS), working as a circus trainer at Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde in France. 

Circus was such a passion right away I got in to circus through acro-yoga and through that I went to a training in Cabuwazi. From the first moment it felt so welcoming, the ambiance was amazing. 

I worked at Cabuwazi Tempelhof and was involved in projects with the volunteers and refugees. The EVS coordinator asked me if I could imagine doing a voluntary service in France, and I had already started to love working with children and I had started studying pedagogy. Erasmus and the association that sends you finances your housing, transport and some living costs.

Starting in a Parisian environment is not easy. The atmosphere was quite difficult in the beginning. In the end I found so many great friends and I will miss all these good moments. My French also improved. 

I can recommend it to everybody. It’s has so many positive effects. I really feel like part of the team and feel sad to leave. It’s always like this with EVS, you have problem solving at the start and then you don’t want to leave.

Cabuwazi said they’re looking forward to having me back at the circus with all these new experiences. After my year working at PPCM I am now going to work for Cabuwazi as a circus teacher. My confidence has definitely grown in guiding a class of children. Next I’m going to do Caravan’s Circus Trans Formation training for trainers and I hope I can experience more social circuses in the Caravan network and get some more inspiration. 

The European Voluntary Service has now become the European Solidarity Corps. To find out more about hosting a volunteer at your organisation or being a volunteer yourself click here or get in touch with Caravan for help.