Circus Arts (Dance) in Costa Rica

Share your dance abilities with at-risk youth in this unique volunteering program with a circus arts organization. You’ll contribute to the community as well as learn techniques that will make you grow as a performer.


Share your dance, theater, and/or circus expertise by volunteering with a circus arts group that helps empower a community in Costa Rica’s Southern Zone. Specializing in areas such as acrobatics, mime, dance, juggling, and balancing, this group works with at-risk teenagers and foreign volunteers, mostly from Europe. As you contribute your own skills, you will give the group a great resource and a new energy. You will also develop your craft under their expert guidance and gain an exceptional understanding of Costa Rican performing arts and culture.

Volunteer placement requires at least ten hours a week for a minimum of one week. For more specific information about a typical day on this program, please see the “Host Group” tab.


-Age: Participants must be 18 or over the day they begin the program.

-GPA/Student Status: There is no GPA requirement for this program, students and non-students are welcome to apply.

-Language: There is no Spanish language requirement for this program. One week of intensive Spanish language instruction is included, with the option of extending further weeks for $175 per week. Although it is not required, a basic understanding of Spanish before beginning your program will improve your experience and the impact you are able to have at your placement.

-Experience: We give preference to applicants with at least one year of performing arts experience. An audition video showing your current skill level is helpful, but not required.

-Motivation: We are looking for open-minded, flexible applicants who can clearly convey their passion for dance and an acute interest in international travel and exposure to new ideas.


-Application Deadline: Please see Cost and Dates tab. Start and end dates are flexible, and we ask to receive applications at least two months in advance. If it is less than two months before your anticipated start date, please contact us right away to see if we can expedite your application process.

-Application Process: to apply, click the blue “Apply Now” button on this page. You will fill out a simple initial application online and pay a $200 deposit that is refundable if you are not accepted, and will be applied toward your overall program cost if you are accepted (NOT an additional fee). At this point, we will ask you to send us the following materials:

-Your resume/CV
-A questionnaire about your goals and interests
-An audition video (optional)
-Your availability in U.S. Eastern Time for a 20-30 minute Skype interview

We will notify you of our acceptance decision within one week of your Skype interview.



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• Become fully immersed in the Spanish language by living with a host family

• Give local at-risk teens a productive way to express their opinions, ideas, and creativity

• Live in the zone of Costa Rica with the most area devoted to national parks and most biodiversity


"As an Arts Educator, the Circus Arts program in Costa Rica provided me with a great professional development opportunity. I was given the once-in-a-lifetime chance to infuse my art with teaching and learning experiences in a beautiful new setting, at once exciting and challenging. My understanding of arts education has been broadened by my amazing experiences in Costa Rica, and will undoubtedly inform my future arts projects and teaching practice in many ways." -Tiana Prince