Pedro Branco - 2014 Program Participant
One of my students putting in practise her newly acquired skills.
Why did you decide to travel abroad?
I wanted to expand my worldview, get some hand-on experience in the field and travel abroad to live outside my comfort zone for a while.
Why did you choose to volunteer with Filmmakers Without Borders specifically?
When I first learnt about the initiative, it just sounded AWESOME. There was no way I could not be a part of that. Also, everything looked perfectly crafted.
What was your favorite part about volunteering in Honduras?
Honduras is BEAUTIFUL! Amazing location and the people there is just lovely!
What makes your program special?
It was very intensive and really allowed me to grow with it. Not only it gave me the chance to do meaningful work, but also to expand my skillset and express myself in different ways.
How did the Filmmakers Without Borders Staff support you throughout your program experience?
I was in close contact with NYC-based staff, which helped me in every step of the programme. I was just an email away from an open dialogue, positive feedback, and general support.
Central America is widely multicultural, and it is beautiful to see how different countries come together in the day-to-day of the Honduran people.
What is one thing you wish you would have brought with you?
I would have taken more equipment for my personal projects. Even though the equipment package is so complete, I would have benefited from more equipment. It just gets to your head, you suddenly get extremely ambitious when you see your films shaping up!
Describe a day in the life of your program.
You wake up thinking about a filmmaking project. You teach amazing kids in the morning and eat bealeadas for lunch (or you can be healthy, but that's completely up to you). In the afternoon you have more classes, and when you're done teaching, you walk back home taking the trail by the beach. You see something awesome and take a picture. One, two, three, twenty pictures. You film a little as well, and start wondering how that footage will ultimately become something bigger and meaningful. You talk to your neighbours, passers in the streets, kids, adults, elders. As the night falls and you prepare to go to bed, your filmmaking project is cooking in your brain. And tomorrow it'll be better.
What did you enjoy most outside the normal day-to-day activities of your program?
Visiting different places, like islands and nearby cities. Just an amazing country to travel by.
Where did you live in Honduras? What did you like about your accommodation?
I lived in a volunteer house, and the best about it was the fact that there were so many different people from so many different nationalities there that even hanging out in the porch with someone would teach me something new.
How has your time abroad changed your life?
It completely changed me. Now my life is an open map. I am excited to see what adventure will come next and I definitely don't want to settle down.