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Storytelling Abroard Application

Friday, May 22nd to Monday, August 3rd, 2020 (ET)


RegistrationOpens Dec 2, 2019 9:00am
Registration ClosesFeb 5, 2020 12:00pm or when space runs out.

Opportunity Description:

Do you like to travel? Do you have a knack for discovering and telling stories, through writing, video, and/or photography? Want to be part of an international team of students writing a book about service-learning? 

As a collaboration with the Office of Service-Learning at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and the Swearer Center at Brown University (Brown), the Storytelling Abroad Program offers students an outlet to explore their passion for storytelling while spotlighting their community service programs across the world. PolyU has a strong tradition of service-learning, in Hong Kong, South-East Asia, Central Asia, mainland China, and Africa. Every year, a team of student storytellers from PolyU and Brown accompany the PolyU service teams on their international projects with the goal of telling the stories of the students, teachers, local NGOs, and local communities. 

We are accepting applications for the 2020 program. We are looking for student writers, photographers, and videographers.  Through photos, videos, and/or interviews, you will document the process and impact that the PolyU service projects have on the communities being served and the teams of students serving these communities.  The goal is to design, collect and collate stories into a series of articles that will eventually be bound into a published book for PolyU’s Office of Service-Learning. Your team may choose to complement the written articles with films, photo albums, or some other form to tell the stories you encounter. You have the creative freedom to choose how to craft these stories and in whatever medium you like in addition to the published book.  

During the course of the internship, you will have opportunities to travel along with our student teams as they serve in countries such as Rwanda, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia and/or Vietnam. Therefore, this job involves traveling to overseas sites in developing countries. Some of these sites will be in rural areas. Projects that our students will be working on (and will be expected to be covered in the documentation) include engineering/renewable energy, health care, eye care, nutrition, hotel, and hospitality training. You can expect that you will spend approximately 3-4 weeks traveling with the service teams.

Program Duration:

The program will be from May 27-August 2, 2019. Students must arrive in Hong Kong on or before May 26.


Interested students are expected to be able to express themselves well, either through writing, or digital media (photography and/or videography). Experience in creative writing or digital storytelling is a plus, as is prior experience in traveling abroad, especially to developing countries. Students must have a valid passport that is not barred from traveling to the following countries: Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Rwanda, Indonesia and be physically and medically fit for such services. Students who have a track record in community service are preferred.


A salary of HK$10,140/month (pro-rated for the duration of the program) will be provided. In addition, accommodations in Hong Kong will be covered, as will basic expenses (e.g. visa, travel, room, and board) on-site at the service locations. 

Please Note: 

  • Students are responsible to pay for their own travel to and from Hong Kong. 
  • Students are responsible for any vaccinations deemed necessary by their physicians.  
  • Storytelling Abroad Program does not qualify for Summer Earnings Waivers (SEWs).

The deadline to apply for 2020 is February 5th at 12:00 P.M. (noon).