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  • judysellner 3:20 am on August 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Back from Trinidad! 

    I had a productive and enjoyable visit to Trinidad and Tobago.

    I interviewed a recipient of the OAS scholarship (my main reason for the visit), a professor of communications at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT). I also did some interviewed for another OAS video from a different department. These interviewees were teachers who are a part of the Interamerican Teacher Educator Network, an OAS initiative to connect teachers across the Americas and the Caribbean.

    One of the teachers that I interviewed actually offered to show me some sites around that area of the country and get some local food. I got to see a lot more of the country than I thought I would be able in my short visit.

    I sampled coconut water (which you drink from a straw straight out of a young coconut). I also tried the national beer, “Carib.”

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  • judysellner 6:41 pm on August 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Off to Trinidad! 

    I’m leaving tonight for Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. I am working on the Organization of American States on a video to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the OAS scholarship program. The video will mostly consist of interviews with former recipients of the scholarship.

    My main assignment is will be interviewing the Director of the University of Trinidad and Tobago, a former recipient of the OAS scholarship. Since most of my filming will take place only in one day, the OAS asked if I’d like to stay in Trinidad for a couple of extra days (paying for my own food and hotel after Day 2 in Trinidad) since they are arranging the flights for me. I took them up on it since I’ve never been to Trinidad before, so I will be there for a week.

     
  • judysellner 3:22 pm on July 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    New opportunity! 

    Great news!  I was referred by the Pan American Development Foundation to work on a video for their affiliate, the Organization of American States (OAS or “OEA” in Spanish) in the Department of Human Development, Education and Culture.

    The project is a video to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the OAS scholarship program, which funds a student from an OAS member state to pursue higher education in another OAS member state.  The video will mostly consist of interview testimonials from former scholarship recipients.  Some OAS scholarship recipients are now directors of hospitals, universities, professors, and ambassadors all over the hemisphere.

    Since most of the interviewees are in Latin America and the Caribbean, my supervisors have been working to get local student film crews to conduct the interviews on location remotely (at limited to no cost to the OAS!).  Since many of the interviewees have connections with local universities, this was fairly easy to do.  Though as the producer, I will personally film at least two of the interviews myself.  One will be in Washington (the interviewee works at the World Bank, right across the street from the OAS building), and the other will require travel.

    I’m so grateful that PADF recommended me to work on such an exciting project!

     
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