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Documentary Outreach

Hint: All the details of our 2017 Documentary Outreach can be found in our Online EbookClick through to learn more.

Actuality Media offers global experiential education opportunities for any University student or life-long learner who is interested in telling stories that matter. While studying the art and practice of documentary storytelling our crews highlight the work of changemakers around the world.


Also known as social entrepreneurs, changemakers are individuals and organizations that are finding solutions and making a sustainable impact on chronic social or environmental problems.


In each of our programs students travel to a foreign country and live in a developing community for the duration of production. On location our documentary instructors conduct regular briefings with students to acclimate them to the local culture and guide them in their production process. Throughout research, writing, shooting and editing, we emphasis visual character-driven storytelling.

The crews are taught to have clearly defined characters, conflict, stakes, arc and resolution which they discover and develop through ample research and planning time. Students learn to tell their story cinematically, relying more on visuals than talking heads. Once the films are completed they are premiered on location, final fixes are made and then the films are shared with the world through a multifaceted distribution campaign.

Ready to travel? You can begin the application here.

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Our Documentary Outreach Ebook includes all the trip details and frequently asked questions. Enter your info below to be automatically redirected to the Ebook PDF.


The 2017 "Changemaker In Your Community" Documentary Competition is currently accepting entries. The winner will receive a 100% scholarship for an upcoming program.

2017 Locations


When: June 3rd - July 2nd, 2017
Where: Cusco, Peru
Cost: $3,350.00 USD

When: June 10th - July 9th, 2017
Where: Kathmandu, Nepal
Cost: $3,100.00 USD

When: July 8th - August 6th, 2017
Where: Estelí, Nicaragua
Cost: $3,100.00 USD

When: July 15th - August 13th, 2017
Where: Marrakech, Morocco
Cost: $3,075.00 USD

Application Process and Timeline

Step 1: Submit Application

To begin the application process you can submit your online application here. There is no cost to apply and it takes about 15 minutes. For the 2017 travel season, applications are open until March 27th.

Step 2: Video Interview

Once we receive your application you will be contacted by email to set up your interview. Interviews are ongoing during the application period. You will have a video chat with an Actuality Media team member to answer any questions you have and determine if the documentary outreach program is right for you. 

Step 3: Receive Invitation

If you are accepted onto a 2017 crew you will receive your invitation to travel within two weeks of your interview. If you choose to accept your invitation, you will need to return the crew member agreement paperwork as well as a program fee deposit to secure your place on a program location.

Step 4: Confirm Travel

Once you are ready to confirm your intent to travel by submitting the balance of the program fee you will select your preferred crew position from the remaining openings. If you have a particular crew position you wish to have, we recommend you complete the application process as soon as possible.