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Videographer Topic List

August 03, 2017

As a MOJO Videographer, you’ll submit 5 sets of clips (totaling 15-30 minutes of footage per set) covering a chosen topic below and 3 edited, shorter videos (under 10 minutes) in total throughout your semester abroad (your videos will be turned into a blog post with a small written component). Due dates vary depending on your program, you can find your personal timeline in your tracking sheet on Google Drive. The most important thing to remember when you’re creating your content: Have fun with it!

Topic List A (Edited Videos)

Take your favorite clips from those compiled throughout the semester and create a short video that displays your videography skills and tells a story. These topics can also be covered in Topic list B.

Tell your story

THIS TOPIC IS REQUIRED: How has your personal outlook changed now that you are abroad and have experienced the world? Visually tell the story of your study abroad or internship abroad journey. What you loved, what you learned, what you would recommend, would you do it again?

Diversity Abroad

Are you an underrepresented student (Students of Color, LGBTQIA+ Students, Student Athletes, Students with Disabilities, High Financial Need Students (Pell Eligible), Men, First Gen. College Students)? Diversity is a term that can have many different meanings depending on context – race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, etc. How does your study abroad or internship look with your different background, sets of experiences, cultural context, and world views? Start a discussion about your experiences as a diverse student in your host city.

Slice of Life

Follow multiple people or someone around your city. Tell the story of their day. What are they doing? What do they see? What are they trying, tasting, seeing, feeling? Make sure you catch some action, like walking. The challenge: you cannot take a video of their face, only behind or beside them.


What were the first things you saw or stood out to you when landing in your new home and settling in your dorm/apartment/homestay? How did you feel? Did you have any “international trip/embarking on a new journey jitters?” Show us your transition into [insert host country] culture?

Favorite Places in [your city]

Show and describe your favorite local places, restaurants, parks, cafes, etc. in your host city that you’d recommend to future students. Have fun with it, think Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown or Samantha Brown's Passport to Europe.

Create Your Own Walking Tour

Create your own walking tour of your host city. What does it look like, feel like, how have you become a local in your new home? Including places to stop and see, like museums to tour, unknown corners of your host city, etc., along the way

Learning from the Locals

Craft a video about the most interesting, influential, or memorable cultural moments or locals you have met that visually tells the story of your host culture. Show locals in their natural element and what makes them quintessentially [host culture].


As your time abroad comes to a close, reflect on your experiences. What did you learn? Did you change? What new skills or ideas will you take home? How will study abroad impact your future? What do you wish you knew before going abroad? SUGGESTED: "__#__ Things To Know About Studying Abroad in [CITY]"

Music Abroad

Describe the local music scene abroad. How is it similar to the U.S.? How is it different? What types of music are popular? Does your destination abroad have an interesting music scene?

Have a different idea?

Let me know beforehand and I’ll consider it for approval.

Topic List B(-Roll)

B-roll: Have your phone or camera out and record your surroundings when you find something interesting (and try to remember landscape -- horizontal -- recordings on your phone!). Please get B-Roll shots (and sounds) of the following Topics (can cover topic list A too)

CEA Cultural Engagement Activities

Is your CEA group learning how to make pasta together? Or maybe your CEA staff is leading a walking tour of your city’s best street art. Whatever the CEA activity is, share what it was like to participate in local activities! What are you doing? Where are you going? What did you like most? What impacted you most?

Volunteer Experiences

Are you planning on volunteering while abroad or are others in your program? Show us! Give us a firsthand glimpse into volunteer opportunities onsite. Review the guiding questions below for you to answer or for your in person interview with a CEA student or onsite staff member:

  • How did you find your volunteering experience?
  • What type of activities will you be doing?
  • How do you think your volunteer experience will impact your experience abroad (or how has it impacted your experience abroad)?
Share Your Connection to Your Study Abroad City

Show us why you selected your particular city. Maybe it was the architecture, the people, the dancing, the music, the people.

CEA Center & School

Show us around your CEA Center or offices and your school, classroom. Give us a tour, show future students what it’s like to go to your school and what they might see if they sign up for the same program. Your CEA on-site team may suggest locations they need help covering.

360 Video

Do you have 360 video capabilities? Go for it! Show us around your home, they streets of your host city, your classroom, etc.

Helpful Suggestions to include in these topics
  • Art abroad: Museums, street art, graffiti, etc.
  • Tips for traveling abroad
  • Navigating public transportation (or your host city in general)
  • Fashion Forward: what is the fashion scene in your host city
  • Tips to stay physically and mentally healthy abroad
  • Have a creative idea that isn’t listed? Please submit to your CEA contact via e-mail for approval

Topic List C

Please interview CEA Staff & Students about the topics below. If you need help coming up with questions to ask, please let me know! No editing required for these clips

Being a [Your Major] Major in [Your Location]

THIS TOPIC IS REQUIRED: How does study abroad help enhance your area of study? How has it enhanced your view of your area of study? Why did you choose to study that major? Have you learned anything new? What’s the classroom environment like and how is it different than school at home? How will this enhance your personal and professional life?

Interning Abroad


Are you participating in an internship while you’re abroad or are others onsite at CEA? Share the internship experience (what it looks like, how it’s impacted the student, what their responsibilities are, etc.). If you decide to do this topic in a blog format take photos of CEA interns at their desks, outside of their buildings, after requesting permission. If you decide to do this topic as one of your edited video, after requesting permission, film footage of CEA Interns at their internship placement. If possible when you visit their placement take footage of them at their desks or walking to their desks, and then the outside of their building (street view).

Showcase this opportunity for future students by asking the following questions. Please do not mention the specific name of the internship placement, just say "My placement".

Introduction & CEA background

  • Name, year, major, school in States, CEA program
  • Why did you choose CEA?
  • What do you like most about CEA?
  • What is your housing like?

Internship related questions (choose 4-6 questions). Provide the questions to interviewee in advance, if you wish.

  • Why did you want to do an internship abroad?
  • How did you decide on the location you applied for?
  • What was the placement process like?
  • What would you tell students who are waiting to hear about their placement?
  • What were your thoughts when you heard about your internship placement?
  • What was your first day on the job like?
  • Describe how you developed your work plan with your supervisor?
  • Were there aspects of the internship that you had doubts about? How did you deal with that?
  • What were things you did that helped you establish yourself in the office?
  • Is there anyone at CEA you’d like to give a shout out to for their help and support
  • What’s the best part so far of your internship?
  • Did you get to do things as an intern that you would not have gotten to do as a student?
  • Did the internship change how you think about your future career pursuits? In what ways?
  • What advice would you give to other students within your major about interning abroad?
  • What was the most challenging project you took on?
  • What was a major project you completed, and how did it help the company?
  • What was the biggest surprise about your internship abroad?


  • What has the seminar been like? How has it helped you process what goes on at your internship?
  • What have you learned about any of the NACE competencies?
CEA Staff Interview

Interview CEA staff about why they do what they do. How they chose to become a part of international education. Why did they choose CEA? What do they do? What does a typical day look like? What is their favorite part of their city? This helps introduce on-site staff to potential students.

CEA Housing

What’s it like to live in a homestay? An Apartment? A Dorm? This one can be fun. Have a CEA student (or yourself) give the camera a tour of their living arrangements.

Helpful Suggestions to include in these topics
  • Making friends with international students
  • Student life in your host city
  • Life in a homestay
  • Making CEA housing feel like home
  • Small victories: Accomplishments in your new life abroad
  • Have a creative idea that isn’t listed? Please submit to your CEA contact via e-mail for approval

Questions/Concerns? Email the MOJO Program Coordinator!

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