Digital Storytelling in Nepal

Nepal’s incredibly beautiful landscapes, historical monuments, and ancient temples make this kingdom a thrilling location for digital storytellers. While such films as Little Buddha, Golden Child and the Academy award-nominated Caravan were filmed throughout different regions of the country, FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS places participants within local communities in order to empower local Nepali youth to create their own on-screen reflections of Himalayan culture.


Program Overview

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS places experienced filmmakers and arts educators in the Jitpurphedi area of Katmandu. Participants teach filmmaking, media literacy, and technology directly to Nepali youth and throughout Volunteer Initiative Nepal’s various program initiatives (Child Development, Public Health, Environmental Conservation, Female & Youth Empowerment, Journalism). FWB Fellows are provided airfare, housing, and food for 1 full year. 

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS works closely with Volunteer Initiative Nepal (VIN) and teaches filmmaking, digital storytelling, and media literacy to students of various ages. Participants conduct dedicated filmmaking classes and also work closely with other VIN educators (public health, conservation, etc.) to integrate filmmaking into their curriculum.  

Volunteers in the Nepal 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, transcripts and interviews must be submitted by the application deadline.

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Host Organizations

Volunteer Initiative Nepal is a non profit charitable volunteer organization founded in 2005 whose mission is to empower marginalized communities through enhanced education, health, income generation, and basic infrastructure programs – with special focus on women and children. By conducting training and research through mobilizing local and international volunteers to promote equality, economic well-being and basic human rights.

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 together in apartments or houses.

Living & Teaching in Nepal

FWB participants teach Nepali students in collaboration with VIN’s community and youth development projects.


Dates & Deadlines

  • Program Dates: August 2017 – May 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 Field Director 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 Nepal Program is fully funded. FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS and its partner organizations cover the total cost of flights, housing, food (or monthly stipend), 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 digital storytelling to Nepali youth?  Apply Now!