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Multimedia Storytelling Workshop

Are you finding your stories of your volunteer work falling on deaf ears?Our workshop will teach you the 7 things you need to know about storytelling that will help you engage the audience and increase the engagement of the audience. We will help you by giving you a subject to work with during the week. Each day you will work with the subject and get to know their story and each day you will capture that story and then have it evaluated by seasoned pros. They will help you see the missing parts and misdirections so that the next day you can go work with the subject again and refine that story.

We are teaching you to be a producer, photographer/cinematographer, & video editor.

Location and Subjects:  Rancho el Paraiso/Olancho, Honduras (Primary site in the Agalta Valley) – located in northern Honduras; dormitories situated on a fully operational 1,400 acre Ranch; HOI has spent over 25 years working in this area; work projects vary/primarily focused on a range of community development and economic development projects including, but not limited to: building latrines, mudding homes, mixing and pouring concrete floors, building eco-stoves and eco-ovens.


  • Travel accident and liability insurance coverage.
  • Transportation from the Tegucigalpa airport to and from Rancho el Paraíso.
  • Leadership by a bilingual HOI staff member who meets each team at the airport and stays with the group until its return to the U.S.
  • Overnight accommodations for the week, including two hotel stays and five nights at the ranch.
  • Snack at the Mennonite bakery en route to the ranch.
  • All meals while in-country.
  • Beverages with meals.Purified and bottled water while at the ranch.
  • Tips to the porters at the airport upon arrival and departure.


  • Airfare: Each team or individual is responsible for purchasing their flights to and from Tegucigalpa.
  • Tips ($1 per bag) at the hotel if the volunteer chooses to have a porter help carry luggage.
  • Lunch at Tegucigalpa airport upon arrival.
  • Souvenirs and snacks en route and at the ranch (other than the snack at the Mennonite bakery).
  • Any charges incurred at the hotel in Tegucigalpa, including items used from the mini-bar and telephone calls.
  • Additional travel insurance (strongly recommended).
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
  • Snacks
  • Phone calls, radio calls, or messages
  • Other items of personal nature​
  • Extra expenses originated in itinerary changes or other circumstances beyond the workshop's control 

ITINERARY  Subject to changes

DAY ONE [Saturday]
Lunch at Tegucigalpa Airport 
Drive to community
Go to guest housing

DAY TWO [Sunday]

Eat lunch
First class
Instructor Introductions
Setting up project folder on computer
Teaching interviewing skills both the technical and storyline
Practicing our skills with the class
5 minute slide shows of each of the students to share about themselves and work

DAY THREE [Monday]
Two camera and/or additional audio recording tips
Understanding Audio microphones
Deep dive into the storyline for storytelling
Create your outline for your story
Time with your subject
Informal time where you will be gathering information which will help you prepare for the formal interview
Do your first on camera with audio recording interview
This will most likely involve a translator
Class Time
Ingesting your files into your computer
reviewing your interview with an instructor
Critique for technical and storyline
Get your marching orders for Day Four
Updating your Story Outline
Return to guest housing

DAY FOUR [Tuesday]
More Interview techniques to go deeper into your story
Time with your subject
Second Interview
Shooting B-Roll
Class Time
Reviewing your work with an instructor
Marching orders for Day Five

DAY FIVE [Wednesday]
Overview of using Adobe Premiere Pro – This will give you all the basic information needed to help you know how to put together your interviews, syncing your audio and laying your interview onto your timeline
Shooting/Editing – At this point in the week you may need to still gather some more b-roll but also you need to have laid into your timeline your interview. You need to take most of the afternoon being sure you have a basic timeline done.
Using your outline you will arrange your interview(s) onto your timeline
Class Time
Time again with your instructors to review your project
Marching orders for Day Six
Update your outline
Back to guest housing

DAY SIX [Thursday]
Sight Seeing Trip related to our stories
Drive back to our base camp
Free Time
Class Time
Time again with your instructors to review your project
Marching orders for Day Seven
Update your outline
Back to Guest Housing

DAY SEVEN [Friday] 
PREMIER Event – The community is invited to see our final projects
Drive to hotel near airport

Leave for the Airport

It is strongly advised that you purchase Trip Cancellation, Baggage, Emergency Medical Evacuation, and/or Accident and Sickness Insurance Protection. Camera equipment, computers, and baggage are carried entirely at the owner’s risk. Stanley Leary shall have no responsibility for any lost, damaged, or delayed property, or for an individual student’s medical needs, accidents, injuries or illnesses.

Responsibility & Photography

To ensure a safe photographic experience, you are required to obey local customs and be considerate when photographing people or sensitive locations.  The faculty member for your workshop has the right to expel any person from the workshop for behavior that is in violation of the law; that is disruptive; or that compromises the group’s safety or enjoyment.  No refunds will be made to any person expelled from a workshop. Stanley Leary shall have no obligation to pay any costs incurred by a person as a result of that person being expelled from a workshop. 

Passports and Visas
A valid passport is required for all travel. You are required to notify Stanley Leary as to the nationality under which your passport is registered. Mexico does not require a Visa for US Citizens.  Non-U.S. citizens are required to contact the appropriate consular office for entry requirements for their workshop. Participants are responsible for obtaining their passports and visas. To participate in the workshop, you must have a passport that is valid until at least six months after the date on which your trip is scheduled to be completed.