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Our Global Village: Multimedia Photo Essays by and for Global Youth

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Written and photos by Cyrus Konstantinakos, assistant director of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program at Boston University

In order to promote the development of a healthy global community, we need to present children with an early view of it. The Humphrey Fellowship Program at Boston University has partnered with the Community College Initiative (CCI) to initiate a project that can empower young people throughout the world to share their cultures with their global peers through the production of multimedia photo essays.

The essays will be 10-16 pages long, with each page presenting a visual image as well as concise text (usually no more than 50 words) in the national language, the local language (if it differs from the national one), and English. Audio and video clips will supplement the text and visual images.  Each essay will introduce a single topic and its connections to the author’s life and culture, as well as to any other cultures where it is found; for example, an Indian author introducing the sari garment would explain that sari are worn throughout South Asia as well. The essays will be presented online as interactive e-books. 

This project seeks to diversify and personalize global education throughout the world, and help young people to realize that a single voice—even one as young as their own—can resonate and make a difference.

We’re looking for partners!  If you are interested in learning more about how you can get involved in this project, please contact Cyrus Konstantinakos at

The Humphrey Program is a Fulbright exchange activity. Its primary funding is provided by the U.S. Congress through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Co-sponsors include other governmental agencies, multinational organizations, and private donors. The Institute of International Education (IIE) assists the U.S. Department of State in administering the Humphrey Fellowship Program.


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