We help to facilitate the exchange of volunteers between our members. Each year more than 20 young people are either hosted or sent by Caravan members. Our volunteers get to experience first-hand life as a circus trainer in an interational circus school.
There are two types of volunteering you could get involved in:
>European-funded programme: European Solidarity Corps
>Volunteer internationally (non-European funded)
Scroll down for more information and opportunities:
Caravan has a network of exchange for volunteers within Europe, to support the mobility of young people in circus.
By getting involved in the real-life activities of our youth and social circus schools, young people are able to boost their competencies, increase their international awareness and have a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
The European Solidarity Corps (formally known as European Voluntary Service) is the new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe.
You have to be 18-30 years old to take part (you can apply when you’re 17)
More information on the European Solidarity Corps for participants here.
Galway Community Circus
Location: Galway, Ireland
The experience will conclude with the organisation and participation of the Wires Crossed festival that will see 400 people of all backgrounds including artists and trainers, crossing the Claddagh River as part of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture!
They’re looking for
-People with experience or interest in social work, education, sport or circus and/or project management and coordination, administration, costumes or graphic design.
-Keen to work and learn in a youth circus
Information and application click here
École de cirque de bruxelles
Location: Brussels, Belgium
For a period of 12 months, they participate in different projects and take part in the school activities. The aim is to build a program with the volunteer, according to their knowledges, experiences and desires can be part of our institution.
The projects of Ecole de Cirque de Bruxelles are constantly evolving, our needs and priorities can change over time. It is why the volunteers need to be able to adapt, to change, to work with a team and be motivated by the project.
• Administration : welcome of the students, has contact with the parents, the administration is the central point of information in the school.
• Communication : assist the follow-up and develop the communication strategy, work with graphic tools, writes promotional texts, media monitoring, follow up, managing the communication plan, digital communication through social media and website, co-organise events of the school
• Logistic : assist in the everyday organisation of the school, following the technical material (concerning security and installation), collaboration with all the sectors. Logistical organisation of the events.
• Others : flexible depending on volunteer skills, expectations, propositions and availabilities.
They’re looking for
The candidates must be able to communicate in french and have either knowledge, experience or strong motivation to apply to one of the sector.
Information and application click here
L’art d’en faire
Location: St Etienne de Boulogne, France
L’Art d’En Faire is a circus school and a non-profit organisation working on youth and social circus, and using circus as a tool for education. It was set up in 2008 in South Ardèche, France. Their projects aim to create social cohesion between inhabitants, in urban districts and rural areas, with circus as a bond.
Contact L’art d’en Faire for more information
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Skala is a youth and social circus with regular circus activities to local people in Ljubljana, many of which are free. They promote the expansion Slovenian circus outside of Slovenia. They activtely take part in intenational projects such as training for trainers and youth exchanges.
Contact Skala: firstname.lastname@example.org
ton sur ton
Location La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
For the past 18 years, the foundation Ton sur Ton, based in La Chaux-de-Fonds, has been teaching the students of the Bern-Jura-Neuchâtel region (Switzerland) in the disciplines of Jazz, Modern Music, Theater, Contemporary Dance and Circus Arts.
In the discipline of Circus Arts, the Ton sur Ton circus school provides weekly lessons to 240 students from 2,5-year-old toddlers to adults.
Information for hosting organisations
In order to participate in the European Solidarity Corps, volunteering, traineeship and job activities, organisations should obtain a Quality Label. Organisations with a valid European Voluntary Service accreditation can participate in volunteering activities without holding a Quality Label.
More information and application to host volunteers here
Zip zap Circus
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Volunteers come to Zip Zap from all over the world to contribute their time and dedication to our organisation while gaining new skills and experience to further their personal and career goals.
Circus Instruction and Performing Arts Education: Teach circus, dance, music, theater, improvisation, teaching techniques, music/video production and editing, human health and wellness, muscle conditioning, etc. to our youth and young adult learners.
Non Profit Management: Marketing assistance, fundraising assistance, data management, administrative skills, financial management, etc
Art and Media: Design graphics, create and record music, photo or video logs of our performances, scenography etc.
Community Building: Tutor and mentor our young students, assist our youth outreach initiatives, integrate our youth shelter into its local community, etc.
They’re looking for: Minimum stay for office volunteers is 6 months
Location: Mardin, Turkey
Business, design & graphics, pedagogy, administration & cultural management as well as in artists, clowns and artistic (a part from of teachers for juggling and acrobatic gym) and administration teachers.