Become a volunteer
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Congratulations! It’s not just our volunteer-made videos that are picking up awards, our volunteers are too. Well done to: Lauren Minto-Simpson, David Lyston & Jermiah Johnson for your richly deserved Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement awards for your work with WORLDbytes.
WORLDbytes welcomes people interested in making Citizen TV and provides volunteer-learner training packages for 16-25 year olds to make this possible. This is part-time ‘on the job’ training involving some weekend days and evenings which does result in high impact programmes being broadcast online across the web. The package we provide combines learning practical film making skills with tackling challenging issues. No previous experience is required but a keen interest in social issues is a must as our programmes prioritise content over style. We refer to individuals who learn with us, as volunteers, as we recognise would be Citizen TV makers want to make an impact with the programmes they make and do more than improve their own CV.
Our next training package with spaces available is an ‘Easter holiday special’ dedicated to advancing the major documentary we are making on the life, work and impact of Trinidad born revolutionary CLR James. We’d be delighted to have you involved but read on first to consider if our approach suits you.
We do not want you to send us CVs, we do need to know you understand that this is Citizen TV and the content is what matters. We welcome newcomers to the UK, you don’t need any film skills at all and we won’t judge you on your English. You do need to convince us you are passionate about ideas and want to make challenging alternative programmes and documentaries. We cover a huge range of issues but as an education charity committed to international understanding and global equality we do have some basic principles that we promote on our news channel WORLDbytes and through the documentaries we make. We believe in:
- Open Borders and celebrating more people on the planet
- Economic growth & serious development for all globally
- Challenging all forms of prejudice, anti-democratic and anti-human trends
- Freedom of speech and advancing civil liberties
- Challenging distrust, fear and intervention in everyday life
- Supporting our peers globally managing their own affairs without foreign intervention
- Advancing new knowledge, ideas and critical thinking
To help you get to know WORLDbytes and for us to get to know you, we ask that you attend an introductory session. This is an informal occasion to introduce you to our Citizen TV channel and our documentary project, to explain what we can offer and what this involves. We also recommend you have a good look at the programmes on WORLDbytes and comment on at least the three below. This will give you an idea of how we approach issues and help you consider whether you would like to help promote or create similar programmes.
Click here to watch a short introduction to WORLDbytes.
If you are interested in the Easter holiday package, you will need to complete the application form below and tick the box to let us know if you can attend the introductory session taking place at our centre in Hackney, London E5. Places fill up very fast, sometimes months ahead, so don’t delay! This package includes free camera training.
Please complete the simple application form below in full. Application forms with no comments on the videos indicated, will not be accepted. Once you have submitted your form we will be in touch to confirm a place at the next available introductory evening and provide you with directions on how to find us.