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  • Locations: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Mekong Delta, Vietnam; Saigon, Vietnam; Trang Bang, Vietnam
  • Program Dates: Summer
Fact Sheet:
Payment Amount - Final Payment: $1450.00 Payment Amount - Deposit: $800.00
Program Description:
Program: Digital Storytelling Teacher Training - Vietnam
Trip Leader: Michael Hernandez
Dates: July 7, 2019- July 17, 2019
Price: $3,250* (+ International Airfare)

Join nationally award-winning cinema and journalism teacher Michael Hernandez on an exciting digital storytelling adventure to Vietnam. Teachers are guided through the process of teaching students to produce multimedia stories both in their own communities and abroad. Training includes practical use of hand-held media to create compelling content, securing subject interviews with empathy, and capture the experience of people and cultures first-hand. By making your own project, you will learn the technical and storytelling elements needed to create powerful narratives that resonate with audiences. Michael offers insight on how to effectively apply processes in your classroom, communities and as a teacher leading student groups abroad.

 Skills Taught 
-Journalism Fundamentals: Story identification and development
-Ethics of Digital Reporting: Truth and cultural sensitivity
-Techniques to Hook and Hold an Audience
-Easy Script Writing Formula
-Video Production Techniques
-Editing Tips/Tricks
-Distribution Strategies: Creating a YouTube Channel/Building a Blog

Program Summary

Explore Vietnam on a regional exploration of Southern Vietnam. Our adventure begins in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Here, students understand key aspects of the “American War,” including a visit to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels—an expansive underground network that housed 10,000 Vietnamese during the conflict. Along the way we stop in Trang Bang to meet the family of Kim Phuc, Life Magazine’s 1972 “Napalm Girl” whose tragic accident and image helped put an end to the Vietnam War. We transition to the Mekong River for an unforgettable Homestay with gracious locals. Here, we enjoy an immersive experience in river living where students learn to shop local markets and cook native gourmet cuisine from the resident matriarch. Kayaking and easy bike rides allow the group to explore the fertile island network in laid-back style. Students understand Vietnam’s national and military history, from an exclusive visit with a former Vietcong general. Our youth exchange project connects our students with those of Can Tho College, where pen palling and in-person interactions form the basis of mutual understanding.

Educational Summary
Combining cultural awareness, adventure travel, insider’s access to living historians and analytical reflection, this one-of-a-kind educational trip empowers students to understand the causes and consequences of America’s most controversial war. Students learn of Cold-War era dynamics, geopolitical concerns, policies and personalities which shaped the Indochina conflict.
Through a comprehensive itinerary balancing active learning with quiet reflection, students are encouraged to perceive the Vietnam War through a lens of compassion.  The Digital Storytelling instruction empowers students skillfully transmit global truths. Participants learn key aspects of topic research, news gathering, story reporting, production and the distribution process. Ultimately, the synthesis of historical curriculum, conscious tourism, contact with living historians and daily media instruction provide a framework for effective articulation of our learning upon the geopolitical conflicts of today.

*Price is based on double occupancy rooms, travelers that require single rooms may be subject to an addition fee.