Volunteering in a German Circus


  • Organisation: Aktions- und Zirkusbüro Otto-Dullenkopf-Park
  • Location: Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Deadline for application: 15th of February
  • Project dates: 01.05.2020 – 30.04.2021 (12 months)
  • Number of volunteers: 1


The “Aktions- und Zirkusbüro” develops and creates circus pedagogical offers, participation projects, events as well as actions on the big areal in the Otto-Dullenkopf-Park which is situated at the southeastern part of the city Karlsruhe. The “Aktions- und Zirkusbüro” is part of the “Stadtjugendausschuss e.V.” which is an umbrella association for children and youth organizations in
On the areal of the “Aktions- and Zirkusbüro” innovative possibilities are offered. Children and youngsters with or without special needs as well as educated athletes, musicians or artists are invited to try themselves out within the topics sports, arts or culture. Big and small circus tents, different site caravans and small frame houses are part of the circus areal. An area for parcours, dirtbiketrails and a beach volley court, a fireplace, patches, a clay oven, a play yard – all these are parts of the terrain. The infrastructure offers many possibilities for projects and events for various age bands.

Children and youth can bring in their own ideas, follow their interests and have the possibility to co- determine what happens in the park. The concept is changeable and can be adapted to the current necessities. The ideas and the knowledge of the children and youth is an essential part of the planning for the future, they are involved in all steps.
A big and important part of the work of the “Aktions- und Zirkusbüro” is the circus “Maccaroni”. It’s a circus created by children and youngsters from Karlsruhe. Fixed training groups for children, youngsters and young grown-ups are besides pending offers for everybody, workshops, projects with schools and social organizations, holiday programs, performances, festivals and conventions. Within the trainings all circus disciplines are offered: Juggling, aerial art, acrobatics, balance, fire juggling, Chinese mast and clownery.
A European Volunteer will have the possibility to get to know all fields of activities of the “Aktions- und Zirkusbüro”. He*she will support the circus pedagogically offers for children and youth and can depending to his*her interests and experiences develop and realize own projects. The volunteer will work 30 hours per week.


The Kreisjugendwerk (KJW) of the AWO Karlsruhe-Stadt is the Coordinating Organization for this EVS project and responsible for the administrative tasks connected to the project.
www.jugendwerk-awo.de | http://europa.eu/youth/volunteering/organisation/936962868_en


The volunteer will be living in a shared flat with others. You will have your own room but you’ll have to share kitchen and bathroom with the other flat mates. You’ll get a bike or a ticket for the local transport for your way to work and to move around in the city. During your EVS you’ll receive monthly pocket money and food allowances.


The EVS volunteer will participate in an On-Arrival and Midterm-Seminar. He*She has the opportunity to participate in a 4-week German language course.


  • At least 18 years old
  • Interest in pedagogical work, especially circus pedagogics
  • Experiences in circus disciplines or circus pedagogics or any other pedagogical art (theatre, …)
  • Interest and some experiences in working with children and youngsters
  • Good knowledge of English, basic skills in German would be helpful but aren’t obligatory
  • You have an accredited sending organization (PIC number, accreditation number, name and contacts on sending organization)
  • You’re open to get to know Germany, the German language and the German culture and you’re interested to live in another country for a year.


Apply by sending us your CV and Motivation letter (with the subject of your email as “Circus in Karlsruhe”) by 15th of February on advit_team@yahoo.com