CVTL Volunteers Enhance Skills in Storytelling and Photography at Covalima Workshop

Covalima, June 25-27, 2024 – Over a span of three days, volunteers from the CVTL branches in Bobonaro, Covalima, Dili, and Lautem, along with the CVTL Communication team, gathered in Suai, Municipality of Covalima, for a comprehensive workshop on storytelling, writing press releases, and basic photography.

The workshop aimed to equip participants with the skills needed to capture compelling moments, craft engaging stories, and share inspiring narratives. This hands-on learning experience provided a fantastic opportunity for attendees to refine their abilities and explore new techniques in storytelling and visual documentation.

Facilitated by the experienced Guy Needham from New Zealand and Binsar from On Shoot Timor-Leste, the sessions were filled with insightful teachings and practical exercises. Both facilitators brought a wealth of knowledge and expertise, enriching the workshop with their professional backgrounds in communication and photography.

Matias da Cruz, CVTL Communication and Dissemination Manager, expressed his gratitude, stating, “We express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to making this event unforgettable! Together, we created a space for learning and creativity, fostering a deeper connection among our volunteers.”

The workshop saw active participation from 14 dedicated individuals, including six women and eight men from various regions. Their enthusiasm and commitment were evident throughout the event, contributing to its overall success and creating a supportive environment for skill development and creative expression.

This impactful event was made possible through the generous funding from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Australian Red Cross (ARC). Their support underscores the importance of fostering communication skills and enhancing the capabilities of volunteers in delivering effective humanitarian assistance.

The CVTL workshop in Suai stands as a testament to the power of collaboration and the enduring spirit of volunteerism. As participants return to their respective regions, they carry with them not only new skills but also a renewed passion for storytelling and photography, ready to inspire and inform their communities.

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