Global Storytellers Application

Thursday, November 15th, 2018 from 12:00am to Saturday, January 19th, 2019 12:00am (ET)
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Storytelling Abroad Program

Do you like to travel? Are you interested in people? Do you have a knack for discovering and telling stories, through writing or video or photography? Do you care about social justice?

The Storytelling Abroad Program is a collaboration between the Office of Service-Learning at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and the Swearer Center at Brown University (Brown). 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 service teams on their international projects, to help to tell the stories of the students, teachers, local NGOs and the local communities.

We are accepting applications for our 2019 program. We are looking for student writers, photographers and videographers. Your job will be to document, through photos, videos and/or interviews, the work performed through the service projects and the impact on the community. With this documentation, you will either then collate it into a series of articles that will eventually be bound into a published book, edit your videos into a documentary, or some other form to tell the story.

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). An 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.

Students are responsible for arranging travel to Hong Kong and any vaccinations deemed necessary by their physician. 

How to Apply: Applications are available here on BrownEngage.