HOPE Performance with a Difference 2014

11 – 19 September 2014 

Are you passionate about drama, dance and the performing arts and would like to use your skills to help street children in Kolkata?

Now’s your chance with The Hope Foundation’s Performance with a Difference Programme! This week long visit to Kolkata promises participants the experience of a life time and an opportunity to enhance the lives of the children which we work with through the use of drama, dance, music and song.

Participants on Performance with a Difference will visit 6 of HOPE’s Protection Homes and work with children of all ages ranging from 4– 18 years of age.Participants will facilitate and assist one another during workshops and will worktogether as a group to create a programme suitable for the children and teenagers which they will work with throughout the week.The aim of the programme is to encourage self development, build confidence and self esteem, teach new skills, enhance creativity and above all have lots of fun!

Who should get involved?

This programme is open to everyone. You do not necessarily have to have a qualification in drama or the performing arts to take part as long as you are willing to join in the fun and assist the children during the workshops. Participants on last year’s programme had a variety of skills and talents, all of which were incredibly useful and beneficial to the children.

Performance with a Difference 2014 may be particularly useful for:

  • Drama Facilitators/Teachers
  • Music/Dance Teachers
  • Special Needs Assistants
  • Actors
  • Students
  • Childcare Practitioners
  • Primary School/Secondary School Teachers
  • Anyone with an interest in having lots of fun and making a difference to the lives of  street children in Kolkata.

For more information contact Jayann on 01-8716930 or email Jayann@hopefoundation.ie

Download an Information Pack & Registration Form here


“My adventure on the Performance with a Difference Project was one I’ll never forget.  From day one the support from Jayann and Niamh was immense, with them giving fundraising ideas, publicising my fundraisers, helping with flight bookings, providing highly detailed information on what to expect when travelling to India for the first time… the list goes on.  Not once did I ever feel doubtful about going on the trip, as I had all relevant information and support in good time to prepare me for the experience.

As a performing arts teacher, this trip I feel has improved my teaching skills immensely.  Not only did I network and share ideas with some fantastically creative people, I learned an awful lot about myself and how I could facilitate classes more effectively back in Ireland.

All of the children that we worked with over the week were wonderful.  They were so enthusiastic and eager to learn, that very soon the language barrier was no problem at all! Of course the older kids had very good English, so we could throw them a few more complicated exercises, but even working with the smaller children, who had some English, was just as rewarding.  Smiles were shared all round, and also some tears when we had to say goodbye.

I would recommend this trip to anyone who enjoys bringing a smile to a child’s face, as there are so many faces that will smile at you!  I look forward to going to India again with Hope in the future.”

Sarah-Jane O’Neill, Epic Performing Arts School


“Before heading out to Kolkata I did lots of reading, research, watched videos and spoke to volunteers who had been out before.

However, on arrival the prolific adverse poverty was overwhelming. Nothing can prepare you for the widespread deprivation which is on a scale beyond words.

That said, once I met the children in the Hope Protection Homes and witnessed the wonderful work that is being done, I was completely absorbed and found the experience extremely rewarding humbling and quite honestly life changing. I  bonded instantly  with the children,  and saying goodbye to them at the end of the placement was extremely tough.

Volunteering abroad is one of the most formative and rewarding things you can possibly do, and I would encourage anyone who is thinking about it, to do it. I started fundraising again the week after I returned & can’t wait to make a return journey!”

 Pamela Hughes, Take 2 Performing Arts School