IRI Digital Story Telling Camp

Capacity Development Opportunity

Information of the organizer

Name of Organization
Village Focus International (VFI) and the International Republican Institute (IRI)
Type of Organization
Contact Person
Emily Hussey
Email Address

Information about the capacity development opportunity

Topic of CD to provide (Organizational Development)
Train the trainer
IRI Digital Story Telling Camp
Type of CD Opportunity
September 23, 2019 to September 27, 2019
Luang Prabang
at Souphanouvong University, Luangprabang, Laos
Course detail

What is Digital Story Telling?

Digital stories are short stories created by combining a recorded narrative with still and moving images, as well as with music or other sounds. The story is usually two to three minutes in length and told about a person, event or issue the narrator feels strongly about. Through digital storytelling, viewers are invited to see events, places and people from a new perspective and experience them in a new way.


The cost of the camp is covered in full by IRI. This includes transportation, accommodations (if needed) and meals.

Campers will be equipped with a tablet that is pre-loaded with a digital story telling application, as well as a solar power charging station. The camper does not need to bring any additional software or equipment.

IRI will invite one exemplary camper to attend the 2020 Generation Democracy Global Summit in Washington, D.C. IRI’s Generation Democracy initiative is a global network of more than 400 youth organizations representing 70 countries around the world. At the Summit, the camper will share digital story, as well as access skills-building trainings and professional development opportunities.

Lao and Enlish
Cost (if any)
Criteria of Participants (target groups)


Lao youth (ages 18 to 30) who are active in community development and have the potential to advance greater inclusion of LGBTIQ, ethnic minorities, women and disabled communities in civic engagement activities. IRI will not require participants to speak English. No background in computers or art is required.


Please take this short assessment to help us gauge your interests and level of commitment to participate in the Digital Story Telling Camp. Please email your application to by August 30, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

Expected outcome

Through the Digital Story Telling Camp, participants will learn how to use digital story telling as an advocacy tool. Campers’ stories will focus on illuminating the experience of different communities in Laos, highlighting the ways individuals have overcome barriers to inclusion. During the five-day camp, participants will:

  • Discuss how they view their role and their community’s role in Laos;
  • Take photographs of their experiences working with different Lao communities, including in remote villages, to use as the visual content for digital stories;
  • Learn about effective and concise methods for organizing and telling a story; and
  • Record a personal narrative and use image-editing software.

participants will be expected to independently work on their digital stories by adding additional content from their own community. Campers will then participate in a post-Camp gallery (date to be determined). The gallery will feature campers’ still photographs, as well as digital stories.