Become a volunteer
View birthday messages of support for our 2013 Awards here
View feedback from volunteer-learners here
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 a four to six week volunteer-learner package for 16-25 year olds to make this possible. This is a part-time ‘on the job’ training package involving some weekend days and evenings which does result in high impact programmes being broadcast online across the web. We recognise that considerable learning is required for anyone to operate effectively as a Citizen TV maker and make challenging broadcast quality programmes. The package we provide combines learning practical film making skills while tackling challenging issues. No previous experience is required but a keen interest in social issues is a must as our Citizen TV 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.
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 news programmes and reports. 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. These principles inform our programme making and the reports 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 a volunteer-learner introductory evening. This is an informal occasion to: introduce you to our Citizen TV channel; 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 our volunteer-learner packages, you will need to complete the application form below and tick the box to let us know if you can attend the next introductory evening 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.