Empowering Young Women in Asia

Throughout much of the developing world, girls and women are often subject to unequal treatment and have limited access to education compared to boys and men; the disparity increases significantly at higher levels of education (i.e. worse at secondary, but worst at tertiary). Women from rural and poor populations are particularly disadvantaged in their educational opportunities. FWB has partnered with the Asian University for Women to teach digital storytelling and media literacy to women across the region.

Country Information

Program Overview

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS places experienced filmmakers and arts educators in the city of Chittagong. Participants teach filmmaking, media literacy, and technology directly to young women from across South and SE Asia in partnership with the Asian University for Women. Filmmakers are provided equipment, curriculum, airfare, housing, food, and regional medical insurance for 1 full year.
FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS teaches filmmaking and media literacy directly to students at the Asian University for Women. Additionally, participants work closely with AUW staff to provide opportunities for student empowerment and creativity as a means of further developing AUW students’ ability to tell their own stories and inspire a brighter future for themselves and their communities.  

Volunteers in the Bangladesh program must:

  • Be a native or native-level English speaker
  • Have a minimum of a Masters degree in a related field
  • Have a documented interest in working with female empowerment
  • Have at least 2 years of film-related and/or teaching experience
  • Be highly flexible, mature, and have a genuine interest in teaching

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS has a rolling admissions process for all of our programs. However, we strongly encourage you to apply as early as possible to strengthen your chances of acceptance into your chosen program. All application materials including your personal statement, resume, references, transcripts and interviews must be submitted by the application deadline.

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Host Organizations

The Asian University for Women seeks to graduate women who will be skilled and innovative professionals, service-oriented leaders in the businesses and communities in which they will work and live, and promoters of intercultural understanding and sustainable human and economic development in Asia and throughout the world. 

Travel & Housing

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS and its partners cover the cost of flights and housing for one full year. Participants will be provided with round-trip airfare to their destination city. Participants will live on campus in staff accommodation.

Living & Teaching in Bangladesh

FWB participants teach AUW students in collaboration as part of the the university’s Fine Arts minor.

Dates & Deadlines

  • Program Dates: Aug. 2017 – July 2018
  • Priority Application Deadline: April 15th, 2017
  • Final Application Deadline: May 15th, 2017
  • Additional Timetables

Health & Safety

Our number one priority is the health and safety of participating filmmakers. In-country orientation includes discussion of health and safety issues and practical information to enable participants to stay safe and well. Throughout the year, the AUW coordinator and your host community will serve as a support system for you as you navigate a new country. Although most of the countries where FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS works do not have medical facilities comparable to those in the United States, we avoid placing volunteers at sites that do not have access to adequate medical care. All volunteers are provided regional medical evacuation insurance. 

Financial Details

The Bangladesh Program is fully funded. FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS and its partner organizations cover the total cost of flights, housing, food (monthly stipend), and regional medical insurance.  However, participants are required to submit a fully-refundable $1000 deposit that will be returned to them upon completion of their 1 year contract.

Ready to utilize the filmmaking process to empower Southeast Asian youth ?  Apply Now!