In Vietnam, we teamed up with My Day, a participatory photography project to facilitate an audiovisual storytelling workshop engaged 70 fourth and fifth graders from a Hàm Tiến local school in Mui Ne.
Children spent one week understanding photography basics and how to share their own story from their daily lives with the world. Mui Ne is a fishing village while developing as a top tourist destination in Vietnam. Students used their newly honed creative audiovisual skills to share aspects of their community from behind the lens. Together with 10 volunteers (from Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Mui Ne, and California), children "toured" their Mui Ne community - from the local market to the seaside resorts, temples festivals, and sites frequented by tourist. Kids took photos and then, put their own stories to these places. The experience appeared to bring the community closer together - the older generations watching the children document their culture, parents seeing their sons and daughters explore their home with a curiosity unique to picture-taking, and even tourists joining in on the photo shoots, seemingly excited to get their photographs taken by local students. At the end of the week, we held a photography exhibition of the children's work at the local school, inviting their parents and the Mui Ne community to celebrate the students' work.