Volunteer Opportunity in HAITI for Filmmakers
Projecta Istwa, a nonprofit organization that conducts youth development programs in Haiti, is offering three volunteer opportunities for students in Haiti. All of them take place from January 3-15 and are unpaid. Deadline for applications: November 1.
Volunteers can apply to serve on any of these three positions: documentary filmmaker, facilitator and program assistant:
About the positions:
The documentary filmmaker volunteer will accompany the January 2018 Istwa team to the town of Jacmel and work closely with our workshop Director and facilitators to create a promotional video for Project Istwa. The team will also spend time at Project Istwa’s base in Port-au-Prince.
Facilitator OR Program Assistant: Ideal applicants are those who have a strong interest in development and/or global health and are looking for a cross-cultural opportunity to work in a rural setting. Istwa is looking for individuals who are passionate and have experience in public health, humanitarian assistance, youth development or international development. Once accepted, the facilitator or program assistant is required to fundraise a minimum of $1,000 USD for Project Istwa, in addition to a refundable security deposit of $500 USD.
About Project Istwa:
Founded in 2011, Project Istwa is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization that conducts a series of seven-day photography workshops and youth development programs for youth (11-14) throughout Haiti. While the global media coverage of Haiti is significant, particularly after the January 2010 earthquake, opportunities for Haitians to portray their views and direct perspectives of their country are limited. The purpose of Project Istwa is to allow participants to use photography to communicate what is important to them and how they see their world. The roots of Project Istwa lie in the original photovoice approach that uses photography and narrative as both a tool of self- expression and advocacy within marginalized communities. Through the world of photography they have the opportunity to tell their story, their way, through their own eyes. Project Istwa also incorporates youth and community development components.
While the media coverage of Haiti is significant, particularly after the 2010 earthquake, the opportunities for Haitians themselves to portray their views and perspectives directly are limited. The purpose of Project Istwa is to allow participants to use photography to communicate what is important to them and how they see their world. We have several goals for the project; first and foremost, the hope is that the children simply have fun and that they find the project fulfilling. While that is the main priority, Project Istwa is also designed both as a community building activity as the children will be participating in a group, but also as an empowering exercise that will hopefully leave them with a feeling that their voices and perspectives matter.
After the initial workshop, which took place in the Cité Soleil neighborhood of Port-au-Prince with 11 participants, we hope to replicate this project in different areas of Haiti and in the bateyes (impoverished areas where Haitian migrant workers reside). Thus far we have completed 13 workshops in the departments of Ouest, Sud, Sud Est, Nippes, Grand’Anse, Nord, Nord Est, Nord Ouest, Artibonite, Centre, and two bateyes. The Project Istwa staff also hopes to develop initiatives to connect the children who participate in the different projects so that they can see how others their age live in and view their lives in Haiti.