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May was another month full of action. There are new participants in the morning classes (boys from the  Tikipaya Wasi youth home), as part of our work with Cirque du Monde, Adaly was able to travel to Argentina for Social Circus Training, John went to Chile for new circus materials, and Marye had an interview with a Dutch radio station about the contest to win over 12,000 Euro in which we still participate.  There was a fantastic circus performance put on by the kids, PL youth received computer classes from our volunteer Henry, and participated in cinematography workshops (soon to result in a short film!) directed by volunteer Nayra. Youth took part in sexual education classes led by the organization IDH and last but not least we have some wonderful new volunteers who joined us this month! Mariam, Clara and Aaron have recently arrived and thanks to volunteer Manon, we now have a new format for our newsletter AND a new website!
Our new volunteers
My name is Mariam, I am from England and am going to study Economic History. I am really looking forward to using the skills I have to contribute as much as possible to help the kids and families which we work with. I plan on starting weekly percussion and music classes with the children in Quillacollo and doing home visits to families participating in the bracelet program to monitor how they are managing their investments. I am very interested in micro-finance and I am curious to see how it can be used as an opportunity for families to become more self-sufficient, expanding their financial horizons and hence working as a tool for economic development. The Performing Life team has provided me with a wonderful and warm welcome and I am really excited to be able to work with them for the next few months.

My name is Clara Bernet, I am from Spain, and I recently graduated with my bachelors in Biochemistry. Even though I studied biochemistry at university, I have practiced circus since 2011. Juggling, Aerial Trapeze, Silks and Acrobatics are a part of my life and that is why I am working with PL. I think I can help with Circus and at the same time I am learning so much from the kids. Planning excersizes or tricks for each week is interesting and worthwhile. You can see a clear development in the oyuth´s abilities during the week. Juggling is useful, not only to learn new tricks but also to develop concentration which helps the kids in school. Aerial skills (trapeze, silks, lyra, etc) and individual and group acrobatics are very important for kid´s development because while they are learning acrobatics, they learn to trust in other people as well as in themselves. Last month has being really amazing for me, I have had a really great experience working with PL so far. I´m looking forward to working for another month with this awesome team, trying to teach the kids all I know about the Circus World and enjoy my stay in Quillacollo.
Job Opening Avaliable! Apply now to become our new Circus Arts Director!
Do you enjoy working with youth teaching them amazing abilities while improving their lives and having loads of fun all at the same time! Are you a Circus Professional or do you have friends who are? Check out this amazing opportunity (and share with others) to work with Performing Life as our new Circus Arts Director in 2016!  Apply now by clicking on the following link:
Social Circus Training in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hand in hand with Cirque du Monde and Cirque du Soleil, the Buenos Aires Polo Circus returned to organize a series of Social Circus training workshops in Buenos Aires, with a selection of professionals who use Circus as a way of improving the lives of disadvantaged youth in situations of social risk. For the second year running, they invited Performing Life to participate! Our very own Adalid Coca traveled to Argentina to represent the organization and bring back to Bolivia the knowledge imparted on him through the workshops! The training days were very interesting, Adalid learned many things about Social Circus and he had the opportunity to exchange his knowledge with other professionals from all over South America and the world. In the coming period, he will use what he learned to improve our Social Circus Programs.
Thanks for supporting us!
We would like to extend a very special Thank You to everyone who supported our IndieGogo Fundraiser this year! While we did not meet our funding goal we raised enough money to continue to expand our Social Circus Workshops. We are extremely grateful to all of you who supported the Campaign! Thank you!

We would also like to thank all the people in the Denver area who purchased tickets to see Cirque Du Soleil´s KURIOS show on July 2nd and 23rd! So far we have sold 47 tickets raising over $3000 for our Social Circus programs! There are still a few tickets left for July 23rd so get them while they last and go to the circus for a good cause!

We appreciate your support and invite you to continue creating better futures through the arts with Bolivian youth and their families.  Tax-exempt contributions may be made through our web site,  Even small donations make a big impact.  For current news and photos, please visit our Facebook page, Performing Life, Inc. or contact us at

John Connell Marye Dijkstra

Performing Life International, Inc. is a United States 501(c)3 federally tax-exempt organization.

Fundación enseñARTE is a registered nongovernmental organization (NGO) in Bolivia.  

Tax-exempt donations may also be made through Hope for the Children Foundation, Inc. in the US and A Little Charitable Trust, registered in New Zealand and the UK.

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Performing Life
Calle 2 - #27, Urbanizacion Carlos Peña
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