STORYTELLING EXPEDITION TO

OAXACA, MEXICO

September 10th - September 18th, 2022

EXPERIENCE

Join the Storytelling Expedition to Oaxaca and experience Mexico as a citizen storyteller. On this trip, we explore the ideas of microfinance, rural entrepreneurship and responsible tourism by meeting local changemakers and helping to document their work.

As a small cohort of traveling storytellers, we base out of the Oaxaca city central – with gorgeous architecture, bustling streets and amazing restaurants. We also venture out into the surrounding villages as we learn about the work of Fundación En Via. Every day offers a new opportunity to explore, learn and document important stories. 

Led by an Actuality producer on location, you can expect to learn best practices for collaborative and ethical story sharing. Wherever you are in your media-making skills, your Actuality producer provides individual coaching, guidance and logistical support to help you make progress in your storytelling craft.

DETAILS

TELL ME MORE

The best way to learn about our Storytelling Expedition to Oaxaca, Mexico, is by signing up for the email series. You can expect more information on why we travel, how it works, and what to expect on location.

ITINERARY

Saturday, September 10th

Arrival to Oaxaca, Mexico. You are met at Oaxaca International Airport and transported to our guesthouse. The remaining day is spent settling in or exploring the neighborhood. Our crew of storytellers gathers for the first time at a welcome dinner, hosted by your Actuality producer. 

  • Arrival 
  • Transport to Oaxaca Centro
  • Welcome Dinner

Sunday, September 11th

After traditional breakfast served at the guesthouse, our crew takes a walking tour of historic Oaxaca to learn about its history and culture. In the afternoon, we have a briefing on ethical, collaborative storytelling exploring what it means to share someone else’s story. In the evening, a group dinner is organized with leaders from En Via. 

  • Breakfast
  • Historic Walking Tour
  • Ethical Storytelling Briefing
  • Dinner with En Via

Monday, September 12th

Our crew visits the headquarters of Fundación En Via and learns about the mission from its leadership. Together we determine what kind of stories would best support their work, and make a plan of action for the rest of the week.

  • Breakfast
  • Visit En Via HQ
  • Planning Meeting

Tuesday, September 13th

Our crew travels out to Teotilán, a town famous for its weavings. We get a tour of the community and participate in an artisan workshop. As we meet the entrepreneurs and artisans who work with En Via and hear their stories, we document our encounters with video and photo recordings.

Lunch will be provided in the community.  

We return to Oaxaca Centro in the afternoon and the remainder of the day is yours to use as you wish. 

  • Breakfast
  • Visit Teotitlán 
  • Workshop Demonstration
  • Personal Interviews 
  • Photo Portraits
  • Lunch

Wednesday, September 14th

Our crew travels out to San Sebastián Abasolo, an agricultural town that produces beans, garlic, chiles and cheese. We tour several farms and get a taste of the foods produced here. As we follow the farmers who work with En Via and hear their stories, we document the encounters with video and photo recordings. Lunch will be provided in the community.  

We return to Oaxaca Centro in the afternoon and the remainder of the day is yours to use as you wish. 

  • Breakfast
  • Visit San Sebastián Abasolo
  • Farm Tours
  • Personal Interviews 
  • Photo Portraits
  • Lunch

Thursday, September 15th

Our crew travels out to San Marcos Tlapazola, an agricultural town increasingly known for its red clay pottery. We get a tour of the community and meet with the entrepreneurs who who work with En Via. As we hear their stories and get a glimpse of their life, we document our experiences with video and photo recordings. Lunch will be provided in the community.  

We return to Oaxaca Centro in the afternoon and the remainder of the day is yours to use as you wish. 

  • Breakfast
  • Visit San Marcos Tlapazola
  • Community Tour
  • Personal Interviews 
  • Photo Portraits
  • Lunch

Friday, September 16th

Our crew travels out to Santa Ana del Valle, the first town in Oaxaca to open a community museum. Community members are quite proud that important archaeological finds from the region can remain in the community instead of being extracted to other cities or countries. We get a tour of the community and meet with the artisans and entrepreneurs who work with En Via. As we hear their stories and get a glimpse of their life, we document our experiences with video and photo recordings. Lunch will be provided in the community.  

We return to Oaxaca Centro in the afternoon and the remainder of the day is yours to use as you wish. 

  • Breakfast
  • Visit Santa Ana del Valle
  • Community Tour
  • Personal Interviews 
  • Photo Portraits
  • Lunch

Saturday, September 17th

The final full day in Oaxaca is for free time; you can choose-your-own-excursion and experience one on the many popular attractions in the area. Our Actuality producer will spend the day editing some of the video content that was recorded over the week into a micro-documentary. In the evening our crew and new-found community will gather for a farewell dinner and a screening of some of the content that was created during the storytelling expedition. 

  • Breakfast
  • Screening
  • Farewell Dinner

Sunday, September 18th

Time to part ways. You will be transported from the guesthouse to the Oaxaca International Airport in time for your flight home. 

  • Breakfast
  • Transport to Airport
  • Departure

COST

$ 1560 USD 9 days / 8 nights
  • 8 nights semi-private lodging
  • daily breakfast
  • walking tour of Oaxaca Centro
  • Teotitlán del Valle community experience + lunch
  • San Sebastián Abasolo community experience + lunch
  • San Marcos Tlapazola community experience + lunch
  • Santa Ana del Valle community experience + lunch
  • dedicated Actuality producer for guidance, mentorship and support
  • practical training in ethical, collaborative storytelling
  • media editing services
  • translation services
  • welcome dinner
  • networking dinner
  • farewell dinner
  • community screening
  • airport transfers on arrival and departure
WE ARE A BAND OF CITIZEN STORYTELLERS
OUT TO REVEAL THE GOOD IN OUR WORLD

Frequently Asked Questions

The Storytelling Expedition is designed for experienced media-makers who seek a purposeful travel experience. If you have an interest in photography, videography, blogging, podcasting, or any other kind of digital storytelling, you’d be a great fit. Professional storytellers are welcome, but you do not have to be a professional to be able to contribute. 

Yes. The itinerary is designed so that most afternoons are unscheduled so travelers have time for personal exploration or relaxation. The last full day of the trip is also entirely unscheduled prior to our farewell dinner so you can sign up for an individual excursion if you wish. 

No. A translator will be available anytime we are working with people who don’t share a language with all crew members. 

Each storyteller should bring a digital camera they are comfortable using, for photography, videography or both. Any kind of digital camera can be suitable, even most smart phone cameras. The most important thing is that you already know how it use it. If you have additional gear you would like to bring and use, you are welcome to. 

Actuality Abroad will provide a variety of accessories, including sound recording equipment, to elevate the quality of your own equipment.

You can also bring a laptop computer if you want to be involved in editing content on location, but Actuality Abroad will have laptops for downloading, duplicating and processing on site. 

We highly recommend purchasing personal property travel insurance to cover loss or damage.

All the content produced on the Expedition that features the work of En Via or its people will be licensed under Creative Commons (with attribution) so that every stakeholder can benefit from sharing it. Additionally, this content will need to be approved by all stakeholders (especially the individuals depicted in imagery) prior to any kind of distribution, including sharing on social media. We practice radical informed consent. 

Actuality Abroad retains the official copyright in order to ensure that the above standards are implemented and and maintained. Additionally, our program participants often come from around the world but with Actuality Abroad holding the rights, we can assure that our media makers are protected by the Fair Use doctrine of the United States.

For every approved piece of content, each storyteller is encouraged to share/submit freely. Using the content for any value-aligned commercial or money-making purpose could be considered, but will have to be discussed and approved by all stakeholders in advance.

If you create any media outside of En Via’s scope of work while on a storytelling expedition, you retain all rights to that content. 

Yes. Each traveler is required to purchase a travel insurance policy for the duration of the Expedition that includes medical coverage. We highly recommend that you also purchase trip cancellation and personal property protection as well. Our preferred insurance provider is World Nomads.

Each traveler will need to meet Mexico’s COVID testing and/or vaccination requirements for entry into the country at the time of the trip. As of now, there are no testing or vaccination requirements for US citizens. 

Additionally, travelers will be required to follow any mandatory COVID-19 protocol that exist during their time in-country. 

These rules and requirements will likely evolve between now and our departure date. We will update our travelers as we know more.

Yes. You are welcome to arrive early or stay on in Mexico after the Storytelling Expedition. We will make special arrangements for your arrival/departure and can offer recommendations on accommodations and activities. 

Yes. If your company offers volunteer time off (VTO), your experience on a storytelling expedition can count towards those hours.

TELL ME MORE

The best way to learn about our Storytelling Expedition to Oaxaca, Mexico, is by signing up for the email series. You can expect more information on why we travel, how it works, and what to expect on location.

APPLICATION TO TRAVEL

STORYTELLING EXPEDITION TO

OAXACA, MEXICO

September 10th - September 18th 2022

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