The doors are always open for volunteers who want to join the CWB-CH family!!!
CWB-CH offers two volunteer categories: Cast Member (performer) and Crew Member (non-performer). Scroll down for more information about both and how to get involved.
About Volunteering as a Performing Cast Member with CWB-CH
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 expect participants to help raise money toward their trip expenses.
Clowns Without Borders trips are not vacations: you will be performing and maybe teaching a lot as well, probably in severe conditions. 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 administrative counsel, 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 Switzerland is part of an international federation of sister organizations in fourteen other countries, which all have separate programs and websites. You do not have to be from Switzerland to work with CWB-CH.
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 all 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 (please know that 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with a resume, website link, and a motivation letter explaining us why you want to join CWB-CH.
Submitting the material above 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 are currently collecting an extensive list of talented potential volunteers and our intention is to 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 some 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 in a GRÜEZI project if we have an appropriate one in your area.
CWB-CH feels it’s important to point out that our work need not only cross international borders. CWB-CH is currently putting together a program for working with refugee centers in Switzerland: an opportunity to think globally and act locally.
If you are interested in volunteering domestically as a performer, you still need to send us a resume, a link to your website and your motivation letter.
Thanks for your interest!
About Volunteering as Crew Member with CWB-CH
Want to support us in other ways, like fundraising or publicizing?
How about organizers, fundraisers, writers? We welcome our crew to organize events and fundraisers, arranging talks in schools, hosting a report back to your community, or throwing awareness-raising extravaganzas. Let us know how you want to help and if you have experience in these areas by writting an email to email@example.com
What about photographers and videographers? We embrace the opportunities to work with photographers and videographers in the field. You can take photos and videos for us during local events and fundraisers. Let us know how you want to help and if you have experience in these areas by writting us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
What about journalists, free-lance writers, and biographers? For journalists, free-lance writers, and biographers interested in accompanying the clowns on a project, we ask that you contact the Communications Officer for more information. Typically, you will need to provide your own funding, but sometimes these supportive roles are funded by grants. If you feel this call is for you then please contact us via email@example.com