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Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 5:30pm
HW Go! Guatemala: A Digital Storytelling Adventure (August 1-19, 2016) Trip Info Session
Ahmanson Lecture Hall, Upper School
On May 18, 5:30 pm, HW Go! Guatemala will host an information session for parents and students about their summer trip.
Since 2013, HW Go! Digital Storytelling Adventures has been taking students to countries recovering from conflict, resulting in award-winning films and photographs. Join us this summer on a meaningful discovery of Guatemala – a hidden gem of the Americas. Our project-based inquiry of the Maya culture and social entrepreneurship lens focuses on three dynamic NGOs. We will explore the education of young Guatemalan women, a coffee farmers’ co-op, and non-traditional architecture made from trash. This one-of-a-kind experience combines cultural awareness, adventure travel, insiders’ access to social enterprise, natural landscapes and analytical reflection. Pre- and post-trip instruction empowers students with the skills necessary to create their own digital story. The teaching team includes HW Visual Arts Dept. Head Cheri Gaulke, Emmy Award-winning journalist Jeff MacIntyre, HW photography teacher Joe Medina, and history teacher and founder of Peace Works Travel Alethea Paradis. Full program dates are Aug. 1-19 and include pre- and post-trip work sessions. Completed projects will be showcased to the public on Aug. 19. To participate, request an application from Cheri Gaulke at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit hw.com/summerprograms/film. Meet the trip leaders at a parent and student info session, Wed., May 18, 5:30 pm, Ahmanson Lecture (Munger 100), Upper School campus.
HW Go! Vietnam: A Digital Storytelling Adventure
Student Film and Photography Showcase
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 7:00pm (6:30pm reception)
Ahmanson Lecture Hall, Upper School campus
Open to the public
This past January, 16 Harvard-Westlake students traveled to Vietnam on a Digital Storytelling Adventure.Students selected topics about which to create digital stories in film and photography. While on the trip students bear witness to history, interview living historians, focus their lens on strikingly visual settings, and then transform their experience into digital stories that are heartfelt, powerful messages to the world.
On May 18th, they will showcase their work for the HW community and public. Short documentaries will be screened on a variety of subjects including the lasting impact of the Vietnam War, censorship in Vietnam today, race and skin color, food and religion, and a very personal daughter’s journey to her mother’s homeland. Extraordinary photography will also be on display.
Since 2013, HW Go! Digital Storytelling Adventures has been taking students to countries recovering from conflict, resulting in award-winning films and photographs. The teaching team includes HW Visual Arts Dept. Head Cheri Gaulke, Emmy Award-winning journalist Jeff MacIntyre, HW photography teacher Joe Medina, and history teacher and founder of Peace Works Travel Alethea Paradis.
To learn more about HW Go! Digital Storytelling Adventures and their summer trip to Guatemala, contact Cheri Gaulke at email@example.com or visit hw.com/summerprograms/film. There will be a parent-student info session at 5:30 preceding the Vietnam Showcase. All are welcome to the Showcase reception at 6:30 followed by the screening at 7 pm in Ahmanson Lecture Hall (Munger 100), Harvard Westlake Upper School campus.
Kim Phuc, the Vietnam War’s most famous child victim, shares her story to students and teachers throughout our network of affiliate schools. Captured in Nick Ut’s 1972 Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph, Kim’s terrible napalm strike forever defined public sentiment of the Vietnam War. Though President Nixon believed it to be a fake, the image became credited with helping to end the War. After repeated surgeries and a long road of healing, Kim now speaks of forgiveness, how letting go of hatred and anger has allowed her to be a voice of peace, rather than merely a symbol of war. She is a UNESCO goodwill ambassador who raises awareness about the plight of children caught in the indiscriminate cruelty of war today. All proceeds from her talks go to support the Kim Foundation International, a non-profit organization which funds projects for children healing from the trauma of war, worldwide.
“Grace incarnate” “Moving” and “Inspirational” are among the reviews she generates from her talks.
If you’re interested in hosting Kim Phuc at your school, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 805-685-8687
Kim’s schedule in California, October 21 – 24, 2014
We are so impressed with the student travelers of Peace Works Travel. They came to Southeast Asia seeking to understand and help with the challenges of land-mined-Cambodia and the UXO-littered country of Laos. It’s incredible how they have already developed an awareness of war and an intellectual curiosity and exercised the act of social responsibility at such a young age.
Bill Morse, Director Cambodian Landmine Museum, Siem Reap
My Peace Works Travel tour taught me about my uncle’s military service of Vietnam. I appreciate his sacrifice for our country so much more now than before the trip.
Briggs Boss, Sophomore, Thacher School
This is truly the trip of a lifetime. Every day gets better and our guides make us feel like family.
Stacy Serrette, Teacher and Dean of Student Life, Emma Willard School
Peace Works Travel students are doing what we should all strive for everyday: learn from history and engage with dialogues of conflict resolution. That's the only way to prevent the next genocide from happening.
Paul Rusesabagina, Real-life Hotel Rwanda hero who saved over 1200 people during the Rwandan genocide.
You opened our eyes to the tragedy created from a war long ago. As a family, we have had many discussions inspired by the trip. There is nothing better than sitting around and having your kids interact in intellectual conversations. Many thanks for adding new food for thought to our kitchen table.
Shirley Hahn, Beverly Hills, California
History teacher-turned social entrepreneur makes an impact on educational travel scene.
The Santa Barbara Independent
After visiting the Killing Fields, we restored our hope with a volunteer project teaching English to kids. I understood how humans can heal from tragedy: We must all invest in the hopes of a new generation.
Alex Greer, Junior, Laguna Blanca School
The Vietnamese veterans shared stories about the War, ideas about a bright future for the next generation and how it feels to connect with those they fought. It was fascinating to hear their insights. The students were awestruck.
Kelly Bennett, history teacher, Santa Barbara Middle School
Vietnam was a name I had grown up hearing: a place my father had tried to avoid, a war my mom protested against, the battlefield where my uncle lost his sight to a landmine. When my school announced the spring trip, I knew I had to go. It was the best experience of my entire life.
Alexandra Kall, Francis Parker School
Volunteering at the Peace Works Travel Village was life-changing for my students. After learning about chemical warfare they discovered we can actually "do something" for the children living with the legacy of Agent Orange. I am forever grateful for this experience.
Spencer Barr, English Teacher, Santa Barbara High School, California
I had never led a group outside the country before. Your organization and planning and daily programing is so excellent. I will definitely do this again. Thanks so much.
Stacy Serrette, Director of Student Life, Emma Willard School
Another great day yesterday. We saw the body of Ho Chi Minh and learned more about his philosophy of bringing the government close to the ordinary people, how he lived in such simple quarters to make that point, and how the country evolved from independence from the French. Our students asked such great questions that integrated their thinking on policies and personalities. It’s clear they are connecting the various stories of Vietnam together in a more comprehensive picture of the war.
Eric Taylor, Francis Parker School, San Diego, California
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