Compathos Foundation is hosting a Media Competition for students and young media professionals with winners traveling to Brazil for an exciting 14 day media expedition with partner Global Citizens Network (GCN). The expedition will engage participants (ages 17-25) in media literacy, global citizenry, cultural awareness, and social action as a diverse team of young creatives - a photographer, journalist, and filmmaker, will have the opportunity to travel to Pernambuco, Brazil for an exciting 14 day culturally immersive media expedition.

GCN has been recommended by National Geographic, Budget Travel, The New York Times, NEED Magazine, and Oprah Magazine as one of the "Best Volunteer Vacations." Check out what students who have traveled with GCN have to say.

You will learn about the preservation of indigenous cultures, traditions and ecologies when traveling abroad while focusing on technical, artistic and storytelling skills, thus gaining effective communication tools that can be cultivated throughout your lifetime. Travelers develop a keen sense of value for people and place becoming life time advocates for social issues and destinations.

Students will travel with a group of 7-10 peers, a professional media instructor, and a Global Citizens Network Team Leader. Team members will live and work alongside the Xukuru people in the hills of Serra do Ororuba in the state of Pernambuco, located in Northeastern, Brazil.

Trip participants will have the opportunity to live in home stays with members of the community, learn about traditional farming practices, visit community schools and participate in the daily life of the community. Opportunities for cultural engagement involve helping with projects determined by the community as well as becoming familiarized with the history, challenges and transitions facing the Xukuru nation. Students will work with community leaders to help craft their story and media strategy, with regular time devoted to individual journaling and hands on collective video and digital storytelling.

The group will determine the best digital platforms to showcase their individual and combined creative works and determine how to best benefit the community through intercultural dialog, especially through the use of the arts, digital storytelling and action. Students will learn to effectively produce personal journals, collective story, and socially driven narrative through new media projects and engage in social media outreach encouraging others to become involved in future programs.

Media Instructor - EYTAN ELTERMAN

Eytan is co-founder of iseeitravel a media company dedicated to promoting conscious travel. As a video producer and media director, Eytan found his passion for telling stories by creating documentary shorts that connect the viewer to socially relevant themes. Eytan produced his first documentary in 2005 while on a 3 month backpacking trip through Eastern Europe. In 2008, the L.A. Press Club nominated a TV package Elterman co-produced about foster youth for best “TV News Feature of the Year.” Since then he has worked on documentary shorts focused on alternative fuel, international development, the foster care system, food justice, sport diving, and U.S./Israel relations for clients in the U.S. and abroad.

About Compathos

Compathos 501(c)3 is a media production, education and research organization harnessing the power of the art and media to inspire transformation, global citizenry and social action. We engage people through the arts and education a well as through film screenings workshops and media rich on-line content. Feel free to browse the main website at your leisure, there’s tons of great efforts, video’s and stories to be shared and explored.


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