Socially Responsible Travel and New Media Expedition to Costa Rica: Join Me (July 2012)

Want to travel to Costa Rica and do so in a way that contributes to cultural and environmental sustainability? AND learn new media skills? Join me this summer for the MONTEVERDE NEW MEDIA EXPEDITION. Together, we will work to create a multimedia project that digitally documents the Monteverde Cloud forest region in Costa Rica!

Who is this trip for? Is this for me?
Well that is for you to decide, but if your interest is perked, read below…many FAQ answered!  This trip is suited for both those with media skills who’d like to refine or put their craft into practice of social good, or for those who’d like to learn media skills. It is for everyone who wants to travel to Costa Rica!

Socially Responsible Travel: Costa Rica

FAQ answered…

Is this a vacation or work or what is this?
You know how some people travel to help build houses for communities they visit? And others travel to take yoga workshops and refine their practice? Same concept…you get to travel, explore a new place in the world, learn and refine skills and also contribute to a project that helps the community you visit. And make new friends in the process. Yeah for Socially Responsible travel!

Who is leading this? 
The core team organizing this is a group of media educators and artists who are committed to using our skills for social benefit, and sharing this process with others also interested in this way of life.

What is New Media and How/Why will this contribute to cultural and environmental sustainability? 
New Media is defined broadly as digital documentation in video, animation, oral audio storytelling reports, photography, blogs and also how this translates into the impact and action in the social media space

Costa Rica’s Monteverde Cloud forest is one of the most biologically diverse places on our planet. But like wild places around the world, its fragile ecosystem are under enormous stress. Being part of this NEW MEDIA EXPEDITION team, you will contribute to a multimedia project for local conservation and community groups working on the “Bellbird Biological Corridor – a project to reforest and re-connect a patchwork of forest, farms and communities from the MoneteVerde cloud forest down to the Pacific Ocean.

Great, but how would our new media documentation efforts help do this?
The goal of the expedition is to digitally illustrate the ecosystems and communities in the corridor — through short documentary filmmaking, digital animation & mapping, photos, audio and educational resources –  and make these tools accessible locally and to homes and classrooms worldwide.  By creating networks of learning and support, we will join forces with local communities to protect ecosystems and endangered species, and ultimately, the health of our planet.

Do I need to know media skills or be an expert of some sort to come on the trip?
Come as you are! You will work with trained filmmakers, journalists, multimedia producers and artists, and they will teach you skills from the ground up or work with you where you are. It’s like having a mentor who adapts to where you are at, and helps you source from your passions and strengths while equipping you with the how-to technical skills of how to express all of this as new media.

Do I need equipment?
We will have professional cameras on hand for the trip. But, if you have your own camera, we suggest you bring it. Why? So you can learn and get more experience on your own cameras and continue to use it when you get back home. Our trained media mentors will work with you using your own equipment, or if you don’t have a camera, no worries, we will have some on hand.

Costs and Dates
Travel dates are July 8-15 or July 14-21 (1 week) for $2000 or July 8-21 (2 weeks) for $3000.

This fee includes:

  • lodging (double occupancy)
  • all breakfasts, lunches and most dinners (Sunday off)
  • instructor & workshop fees
  • entrance fees to reserves, museums, waterfalls, and wild places while on assignments
  • Internet service and classroom/work space
  • in-country travel for all Expedition trips/activities
  • experienced guides and Spanish language translation
  • donation for tree planting to help offset CO2 from air travel (Air travel NOT included in the price)

Discounts – when applying note referral code: CINEMAGICAL

  • Groups of 3-4 people are eligible for a 5% discount.  Groups of five or more are eligible for a 10% discount.
  • Students and teachers are eligible to request an additional 5% discount.
  • Those who sign up before May 18th will receive an additional 5% discount…on top of other discounts.

Ready to apply?
Apply here:
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Can’t make it this time, but want to help?
Thanks! You can help by spreading the word and sharing with friends and networks how may be interested.  You can share this post by using the social share buttons below:  email post,  share post on facebook, g+, pinterest, twitter, tumblr, email or old fashion style, printing the flier or  word of mouth! Remember use referral code CINEMAGICAL and ask for a discount if you are a student, teacher or apply before May 18!



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