Host Country Heroes: Who do you wish Americans knew from your Peace Corps country?
Peace Corps Volunteers gain deep perspective, cultural insight, and community connections during their service. Share that perspective by competing in the Peace Corps Week 2015 Video Challenge – “Host Country Heroes: Who do you wish Americans knew from your Peace Corps country?”
Submit your video and share the people and culture of your Peace Corps country with Americans through your own hero’s story.
Visit Peace Corps’ #PCWeek2014 YouTube playlist to see the videos submitted during last year’s challenge.
- While anyone in the Peace Corps community can take part in this challenge, only videos from current and returned Peace Corps Volunteers will be eligible for prizes.
- Videos must be posted on YouTube by 12:00 a.m. EST on February 19, 2015.
- Video must be tagged with #PCWeek2015. (See below for instructions to submit your video.)
Videos must be accompanied by a brief description and the following paragraph which explains the video challenge:
- "This video was submitted for consideration in the 2015 Peace Corps Week Video Contest, ‘Host Country Heroes.’ This contest encourages currently serving and returned Peace Corps Volunteers to help Americans better understand the people in their host countries through engaging videos.” This video does not reflect the official views of the Peace Corps or U.S. Government."
- Videos must not use the Peace Corps logo.
- Participants must submit their video and contact information through this form.
- Participants can submit multiple videos.
- Videos must not exceed 2 minutes.
- Videos containing copyrighted material such as music or graphics will not be considered.
- Videos must not include any personal identifying information such as village names, street addresses, email addresses, Social Security numbers, or phone numbers.
- Videos or user’s YouTube channels containing explicit or inappropriate content will not be considered.
- By posting videos for consideration in this competition, participants affirm that all video subjects approve of their likeness being shared publicly.
- All participants selected as finalists will be asked to sign a Material Submission Authorization and Agreement form in order to be considered for prizes.
The top-viewed videos that meet all submission guidelines will make it to the final round of the challenge. Share your video on social media using the #PCWeek2015 hashtag to increase your views!
Videos will be evaluated by Peace Corps staff during the week of February 20-27, 2015 using the following criteria:
- Cultural understanding through a personal story: 40%
- Compelling, creative, and inspirational story: 30%
- Quality of video production: 30%
Winners will be announced during Peace Corps Week 2015.
The Peace Corps Video Challenge winner will receive an iPad. Runners up will receive accolades and recognition through promotion of their video on Peace Corps social media channels.
How to Upload Your Video
- Log into YouTube or create a new account if you don’t already have one. (Note: Google owns YouTube so if you already have a Google account, the same log-in information can be used on YouTube.)
- Click "Upload" on the top banner and then select "Dashboard."" If you haven’t already created a YouTube Channel, you’ll be asked to make one before you’ll be able to upload your video.
- Click "Upload a Video."
- Click "Select Files to Upload" to select the file you’d like to upload from your personal files.
- The video will begin uploading immediately upon selecting the file to upload. Upload time will vary depending on file size and your Internet connection. (Mp4 and .mov video file types are recommended.)
- As the video uploads, fill in the information about your video such as Title, Description, Tags, Privacy Settings, etc. In doing this, make sure the privacy setting is set to "Public." Also, be sure to tag your video with #PCWeek2015. Feel free to add other tags as you deem appropriate (e.g. your country of service, Peace Corps, or Third Goal).
Write a brief description of your video and include the following paragraph which explains the competition:
- "This video was submitted for consideration in the Peace Corps Week 2015 (#PCWeek2015) Video Challenge, “Host Country Heroes: Who do you wish Americans knew from your Peace Corps country?” This contest encourages currently serving and returned Peace Corps Volunteers to help Americans better understand their country of service through engaging videos. This video does not reflect the official views of the Peace Corps or U.S. government."
- Concept: Decide how you are going to translate your concept on film so you will know how to prepare for the video. Different types of video storytelling include interviews, demonstrations, and staged performances.
- Characters: Decide who you want to be in your video and make sure you have their permission to feature them.
- Setting: Choose the setting of your video so that it has interesting visual components.
- Sound: Be aware of ambient noise like wind and cars when filming.
- Lighting: Make sure the sun is behind the camera when filming.
- Camera Shots: Choose from a variety of shots to enhance the video’s visual appeal.
- Music: If you decide to incorporate music, make sure you’re not using any copyrighted material.
- For more tips and resources for finding copyright free music, check out this video guidance document.
All videos must be submitted via this form.
Last updated Dec 19 2014