Join Us - Children Group
Join BRAVE KIDS We are looking for groups of young artists, which want to take part in Brave Kids in June/July 2017 in Poland, Georgia and Slovakia together with kids from all over the world. We are looking for talented kids who regularly gather in their local environment to practice their traditions and any kind of performing arts and are open to share their skills with the peers from different part of the world during three-week workshops.
Brave Kids 2017 Call for Groups
(PDF available here)
We are now welcoming applications from groups of young artists interested in participating in Brave Kids 2017 in June/July 2017. You can find the application form here.
On the photo: The Butterfly Children's Centre group with their leader from Laos. Phot. Bryan Watt.
Groups What does it mean to be a Brave Kids Group?
Brave Kids Groups are made up of 4-6 young artists accompanied by one adult leader. As a rule, children should be between 8 and 14 years old. Exceptionally, we welcome teenagers. However, they cannot be the majority of the group (maximum 2 kids between 14 and 16 years of age). Leaders must be at least 18 years of age, have strong English language proficiency, and know the children in the group well. They can be a teacher or supervisor at the children’s local organization or a person that used to participate in the children’s group.
By becoming a Brave Kids Group you commit to:
Sharing your skills and culture.
We welcome groups of children who regularly gather in their local environment to practice any kind of performing arts and are open to share their skills with peers from different parts of the world. During 3 and ½ weeks artistic groups from different countries will meet in a European city in order to exchange their skills and cultures. The program consists mainly of artistic workshops based on our "kids teach kids" method. With the help of professional artistic instructors who serve as facilitators, all groups teach one another the skills they have developed in lessons, workshops or classes in their home countries. As a result, all children need to be skilled in their art forms and be ready to teach their skills to other Brave Kids participants. These skills can be diverse: traditional music and dance, break dance, circus arts, classical music, acrobatics, among others.
The LeadersLeaders must be at least 18 years of age, have strong English language proficiency, and know the children in the group well. They can be a teacher or supervisor at the children’s local organization or a person that used to participate in the children’s group. During the stay in Poland the leader will share the knowledge about methodology he/she uses in working with children as well as knowledge about situation of children in the home country, stories about the group and particular child participants. Working language is English.
Hosting in PolandBeing hosted by local families
All participants (children and their leaders) stay in pairs with local families who volunteer to host Brave Kids. The host families provide accommodation and food and organize activities such as sightseeing and other excursions during free time. The host families are an important part of the project and extend our mission of intercultural dialogue and learning.
Before becoming hosts for Brave Kids, these families go through a selection process which includes: a general meeting with the host families coordinator, single meeting with the coordinator to assess conditions for hosting, a first aid course, and workshops on intercultural communication, conflict resolution, and English language, among others.
The children are hosted in the families in pairs. Therefore, we guarantee that they are never left alone with people they do not know. Sometimes the leader of the group is hosted with one of the pairs of children, but such cases depend on the conditions the host families can offer.
If you would like to learn more about Host Families, you can watch a short documentary created after Brave Kids 2013.
CostsBrave Kids covers the cost of food, accommodation, and local travel during the project. For groups from developing countries, Brave Kids also covers the costs of international travel and the Schengen visa. However, we are not able to pay for issuing passports. Our ability to cover costs is determined for each group on a case by case basis. In addition, we always encourage our groups to have an active role in the search of sponsors for their international travel.
If you are interested in sharing your artistic skills and traditions and learning from others, please apply here.
For more details, please contact:
Kathy Lawson - Brave Kids Artist Liaison
pl|+48 71 418 878