In October, the Vancouver Circus School travelled to Thailand to set up Thailand’s first circus and acrobatic school for at-risk-youth, orphans and homeless teens. The program was a huge success, and we intend to return to the school each year to help develop the program and check in with the students.
The trip also featured performances at the first annual Chang Mai circus fest, with VCS coaches amazing the locals with aerial, acrobatic and juggling performances. The festival had thousands of spectators and VCS shared the stage with artists from Indonesia, Thailand and Germany. The winner of the 2012 “Thailand’s got Talent’ also presenting his winning silk routine.
“We met some really nice people and had many interesting moments. We are grateful for the staff and students who helped make it possible.
The highlights for me were seeing the potential for social circus activities, and seeing the students develop confidence from overcoming the challenges of circus training. Eating bugs was fun too. (for video of Jonathan and Nigel’s bug eating experience, click below)”
“I was amazed by the amount of jovial, cheerful people that we met. The expression “a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met’ is mostly true, aside from a few pushy street vendors.
Despite the cultural differences, there are many similarities with the students here in Vancouver. The kids want to have fun and want to learn but they need support and guidance, attention and positive reinforcement.”
For more info about our Thailand project, visit this link