Volunteers RULE! We send groups of highly skilled professional clown/circus/physical theater performers to entertain and to teach in challenging settings within and without our borders!. Learn more about how the process works:
Overseas volunteer conditions: We do not pay our volunteers. CWB covers volunteers’ airfare, food, lodging, and other trip expenses. We will sometimes offer living stipends for our artists if funding allows. We expect participants to help raise money toward their trip expenses. Clowns Without Borders trips are not vacations: you will be performing and teaching a lot, probably in severe conditions. Most of our projects are international and last around two weeks, but we also have ongoing domestic projects. CWB trips can be physically and psychologically rigorous. They are also highly rewarding professionally and emotionally.
How we choose volunteers: Most CWB performers have a high level of professional skill and experience in clowning, physical theatre, and circus. Performers are chosen from our database by the project coordinator and volunteer coordinator based on the needs of the project and the balance of the group. Some projects are principally performing, some are principally teaching, and some are both.
Clowns Without Borders USA is part of an international federation of sister organizations in twelve other countries, which all have separate programs and websites. You do not have to be from the United States to work with CWB-USA.
Clowns Without Borders projects need individuals who:
- are excellent performers who have at least 15 minutes of solo material that can entertain a crowd of 500 without language or cultural reference;
- have professional teaching experience and top teaching skills in aspects of clown and physical theater;
- can collaborate with other physical theater artists to create new material quickly;
- have top skills such as music, circus skills, juggling, magic, etc., that will enhance the show (balloon sculpture is not useful, and only a minority of trips have the possibility of aerial work);
- have the ability to help fundraise for the trip, and the potential to be a regular CWB participant;
- have experience traveling in developing nations, are organized, self-sufficient, and fun to be with, and;
- (also helpful, but not necessary) speak multiple languages.
How do I become a volunteer performer? If you feel you meet most or all of the above criteria, please send an email to email@example.com with a resume, website link, and the self-evaluation form below.
Submitting a self-evaluation form does not guarantee at all that you will be sent on a trip. You may receive communications from us when we are putting together a group for a project. We have an extensive list of talented potential volunteers and only send out a handful of teams on projects every year. On the other hand, that long list of talented potential volunteers tends to get much smaller once we ask who is actually able to drop two weeks of their life for specific dates. If you know an active Clowns Without Borders volunteer or physical theater guru who can be a reference for you, please include that info too.
Can I volunteer if I can’t travel internationally? Yes! You can volunteer at one of our fundraisers, or potentially get involved with a domestic project if we have an appropriate one in your area. If you are interested in volunteering domestically as a performer, you still need to fill out the self-evaluation form and send us a resume and a link to your website.
Can I volunteer if I am not a performer? Yes! Head over here.
Thanks for your interest!
If you’re interested in volunteering with CWB as a performer on our international or domestic projects, fill out this form, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Also, please send your resume and a headshot to firstname.lastname@example.org. We do require that the form is submitted in English.