Teach Filmmaking in India

Indian cinema is as vibrant and colorful as the food, smells, and sounds that make up its cultural landscape. From the heart of Bollywood to its underserved communities, India is a nation operating at the intersection of religion, technology, and education. FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS sends participants to teach filmmaking and media literacy in an effort to empower the next generation of Indian storytellers. Amidst the nation’s globalizing worldview, participating filmmakers provide a creative outlet through which Indian students can investigate their role in their society.

Country Information

Program Overview

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS places experienced filmmakers and art educators in public schools across the city of Palampur.  Participants teach filmmaking, media literacy, and technology directly to Indian students in an effort to empower individuals from India’s most underserved groups. All participants are provided airfare, housing, food, and equipment for 1 full year.

Participating filmmakers teach middle and high school students across Palampur and are instrumental in its approach to holistic learning. Additionally, participants work closely with school staff by integrating technology into other teachers’ traditional curriculum. Participating filmmakers also conduct after-school filmmaking activities and teach workshops throughout the community. 

Volunteers in the India program must:

  • Be a native or native-level English speaker
  • Have a bachelor’s degree
  • 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, and transcripts must be submitted by the application deadline.

Apply Now


Host Organization

The FutureSense Foundation is a charity fundraising organisation, which provides financial support for community development projects overseas. With an emphasis on meaningful and responsible volunteering abroad, the FutureSense Foundation supports marginalised individuals and communities by:

  • Improving education
  • Relieving poverty
  • Helping create sustainable and secure livelihoods
  • Improving the transfer of vocational and entrepreneurial skills
  • Addressing issues related to health and HIV/AIDS
  • Promoting child welfare
  • Empowering people living with disabilities
  • Enabling voluntary participation and cultural exchange

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. All volunteers will live together in apartments or houses near various local school sites.

Living & Teaching in India

FWB Fellows teach local students from the Palampur region.

Dates & Deadlines

  • Program Dates: May 2017 – April 2018
  • Priority Application Deadline: December 15th, 2016
  • Final Application Deadline: January 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, FSF staff 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 required to secure independent emergency medical evacuation insurance.

Financial Details

The India Program is fully funded. FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS and its partner organizations cover the total cost of flights, housing, food, and equipment.  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 teach filmmaking to students in South Asia?  Apply Now!