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Sense the World Photo Project

Sense the World is working on a project in both Peru and the United States that allows children to document their lives. For the next 12 weeks students in Colorado and Raqchi Peru will be taking photos and writing journal entries about their day to day lives. Through this project Sense the World hopes to show the similarities and differences in how children live their lives in various regions of the world.

We are looking to expand this project in more countries and have future projects planned in Africa!

 If you, your children, or your students are interested in participating please contact greg@sensetheworld.org



Students in Peru with their cameras!



 Project Outline 

Objective: To create a mini film documentary about American and Peruvian schoolchildren’s lives.

 

Supplies: Each child will need a disposable or digital camera to take pictures will over approximately a 12-week period. It is fine if you have a digital camera the kids can use, but we would like the kids to have “ownership” of the camera during the project so that they can take pictures when they want. Please make sure they know how to use the flash, etc.

 

Details: Each week the child should take approximately two photos and write one 15-minute journal entry. It is important that the pictures are spread out during the project. The pictures can be of anything (friends, school, family, nature, pets, what a typical day is like, etc.). Journal entry (or story, poem, or song) can be about anything the child likes. We have listed topics below that parents can use to give the child ideas, but they can write about anything they like. Please let them expand on any idea; the goal is to dig a little deeper and not just answer a questionnaire. It is not necessary that the journal entry and the photo connect to each other. Journal entries and photos can all be provided to us at the end of the project; however, we would appreciate if you could send us a current digital photo of your child with their name, age, grade, your name and contact info as soon as possible to our intern, Chloe (chloe@sensetheworld.org) or Greg (greg@sensetheworld.org).

 

Topic ideas (please try to do at least one from each heading):


Family
Tell me about your family
Would you like more brothers or sisters?
Do you live with your family?
How many people live in your house?
School
Do you like to go to school?
How many hours do you go to school per day?
What is your favorite and least favorite subject?
What do you like about your school?
What would you like to change about your school?
Are your classmates nice?
Beliefs
What do you like about living in the United States?
What does it mean to be an American?
If you could visit any other country in the world, where would you go?
What do you know about Peru?
Do you believe in a religion?
Daily life
What do you do in a typical day?
What sports do you like to play?
What are your hobbies? (play outside, listen to music, watch tv, read)
Do you help around the house?
How often do you get to use a computer?
Dreams
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Who are your role models?
What makes you happy?  What makes you sad?
What are you afraid of?
Likes and Dislikes
What is your favorite food?
What foods do you have to eat that you dislike?
Who makes your food?
What music do you like?
Who is your favorite musician?
Do you play a musical instrument?
What is one thing you really want?
What is your favorite season?
What is your favorite animal?
Do you have any pets?
Is there an animal you are afraid of?
What is your favorite toy?
Who is your best friend?
Poems and Songs
Write a poem or song about anything you like.

 

Also attached is a checklist calendar that you can print out to keep track of the project, if you wish. Please return digital photos or disposable cameras and journals to us by June 1st.  The goal is to also get some short video footage of the children speaking.  It could be from them reading their journals or from a parent or Sense the World (Greg or Kirsten) asking them a few questions.  We will contact you at the beginning of April about possible ways to get video.  We can designate a time to meet quickly or parents can provide their own footage. We will collect photos, journals, and video from the Peruvian children in mid-June and complete the video by the end of the summer. If the project becomes bigger than just our website, we will contact you about photo releases.

 

Although we would like the children to be as independent as possible on photo selection and journal entries, you can be as much a part of the project as you like. We don’t want this to be frustrating, especially for small children, so if it is easier for them to dictate to you, that is fine as well. We would like their ideas, not necessarily their handwriting.

 

Thank you so much for opening up your families to this project.  We are very exited and already have future locations in mind (Guatemala and Madagascar)! This idea came from a conversation with documentarian friends Greg met in a bar in Cusco, Peru. We hope this will be educational for everyone. I think the more we travel, the more we see how children around the world are much more the same, than different.



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