VOLUNTEERS (Circus Trainers, Circus Artists, Administrative)

• INTERNATIONALS VOLUNTEERS

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERING PROGRAM FOR INTERNATIONAL CIRCUS ARTISTS/ TRAINERS/ADMINSTRATIVE

Since its first days, PCS has worked together with and welcomed many international circus people, individuals and schools. It believes in the strong added value of international and intercultural cooperation and discovery for a whole set of reasons. All former international cooperation has played a major role in the advancement of our artistic, social and pedagogical work. As Palestinians being many times still very isolated from the world through the many travel restrictions, bringing people to Palestine allows Palestinians to meet and interact with new cultures. We also strongly believe in the mutual exchange of ideas and approaches to enrich each other and to offer internationals a taste of the Palestinian culture and its own way of developing social and contemporary circus.

Eligibility to apply for a volunteering position at the PCS:

• Be minimum 18 years old (Above 18 years old)

• Be a circus artist or a circus teacher

• Have experience or a strong interest in working in social circus with vulnerable children/youth

• Be ready to listen and learn about the conditions in which children and youth grow up in Palestine and the role social circus plays here

• Be very receptive to the cultural traditions in the country and be ready to adapt to them where needed and asked by the PCS. PCS developed a child protection policy which all volunteers should abide by. Upon applying we will send you our cultural guidelines.

• Abide by all policies of the Palestinian Circus School. PCS follows the BDS movement

• Be open to share and work with all students from all different backgrounds

• Have a specific circus technical skill or artistic experience to offer

• Give a minimum of 16 hours of training per week.

•Fill out the application form

• Be ready to have your experiences shared on our website and Facebook page (stories, pictures)

• Any former experience with volunteering or working in a social circus is a strong asset

Period

The volunteering program should last minimum 3 months and maximum 1 year. 

For people who stay a full year, PCS will make a contract to allow application for a 1-year visa and cover the costs for it.  


Expenses

During the volunteer program PCS covers:

• Travel costs (transportation from airport to the circus and vice versa)

• Accommodation in the PCS guest studio – possibly sharing the studio. It’s a room with a small kitchenette and a small bathroom with shower.

• All local transportation to the work related (training / performing) venues

• A monthly per diem of 1000 NIS (= average 286 USD) to cover food

• You are covered by a third-party insurance for anything that would happen at the PCS premises.

The volunteers are requested to cover:

• Visa extension costs (for people staying more than 3 months but less than 1 year. (Every 3 months a trip abroad is needed to renew the visa). PCS cannot give guarantees on being allowed in and back into the country)

• A health insurance

We very much stimulate people to apply for EVS support (link) and find a local sending organization through which you can apply for the EVS. But we are of course not restricted to people from Europe and people between 18 and 30 years old. People who do not fit for an EVS, don’t hesitate to apply  

 Decisions on being approved to come volunteer with us will be based on:

•Period of volunteering

• The needs of the PCS

• The availability of funding

• The availability of the guest studio

How to apply?

• Please fill out the online application form

• For any additional questions about our work before applying, you can mail us at info@palcircus.ps

You can expect an answer from us on your application within 3 weeks.

We look forward reading your applications and welcoming you at the circus!!!!

Contact Information
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Period you want to volunteer at PCS
CODE OF CONDUCT:
1. All volunteers must be open, honest, and commit to work actively as part of a team in all activities. They are required to promote an atmosphere of cooperation and support at all times.
2. All volunteers must respect and adhere to all organizational policies and procedures during their time with the organization.
3. All volunteers are to abide by the Child Protection Policy of the Palestinian Circus School. (attach)
4. All volunteers are to abide by the BDS movement.
5. All volunteers must recognize and respect local culture. They must adapt to them where needed and asked by the PCS. To orient you a bit more in the local culture, we have made a cultural orientation guideline (attach) which we ask you to read carefully.