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Movie Night in the Village!

Posted by on February 2nd, 2011

I decided to initiate a movie night in the village for a variety of reasons. First, it is a fun way to start teaching the people in the area (particularly the kids) English, as all of our movies will be English-language films. Second, it creates a great venue for broadcasting some of the public health messages that Panigram wants to disseminate to the community. And finally, it provides us with an opportunity to better connect with the people in the neighborhood.

I assigned our Social Program Coordinator, Josie, the task of making movie night happen. It wasn’t an easy assignment because there is no power in our area and I had no idea how to set up, much less create, a large, outdoor movie theater. I still don’t know how she did it, but Josie managed to acquire and test all of the equipment that we needed, including a small generator!

Because improving the public health is one of Panigram’s prime social initiatives, we decided to show a small film on the importance of hand washing at the beginning of the movie. Josie wrote, produced, filmed, and edited the clip. She also created a small clip with some vocabulary from the movie in English and Bangla.

As our first movie night came, many people in the community came to watch us set up in the school yard we arranged to use as our outdoor movie theater. Having never seen the projector in action, I was a bit nervous during the setup process, but Bipul and Josie seemed to know what they were doing as they hooked up the appropriate devices and cables.

Josie Vertz sets up the projector for Panigram's first movie night.

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Looking for a Media Intern

Posted by on May 9th, 2010

I am looking for a summer intern who can help us create a “reality TV show” about building Panigram Resort. Interns will use a high definition video camera and film editing software to create short 10 minute episodes about the intern experience and developing Panigram Resort that we can post each week on our blog and on YouTube.

If you or anyone you know is interested, please apply! The internship will run from June 1, 2010 to July 31, 2010.

Here are the details:

The summer intern will be responsible for writing two blog entries per week documenting the progress of the construction of Panigram Resort and the summer intern experience in Bangladesh. The intern will also be responsible for creating a ten minute “reality TV show” each week about the challenges (and rewards) of creating a resort in Bangladesh. Each show will be posted on both YouTube and on the Panigram Resort blog as a way of getting people exciting about the project. The intern will film the show with a digital video camera (which will be provided) and edit the raw footage into an interesting 10 minute episode.

I am looking for intrepid students who thrive in challenging environments, are looking for an adventure, and work well with all different types of people. The student must be fluent in English, have fantastic writing skills and experience with film editing/ videography. (Knowledge of Bengali is also a plus.) The candidate must be in excellent health and must not have any chronic medical conditions as access to medical facilities will be limited. The environment will be challenging — both culturally and physically — but our past interns have found the experience to be extremely rewarding. All students will be required to learn some basic Bengali when they arrive so that they will be able to communicate with the villagers.

Students will be responsible for their own transportation to and from Bangladesh, but once in country we will provide interns with housing, meals, transportation within Bangladesh, and a Bangladeshi salary/ living stipend of 10,000 Tk/ month. Please submit a resume, writing sample, and cover letter explaining your qualifications and why you are interested in the position to Kristin Boekhoff at

2009 summer interns take a rest break after a hard day of mud construction.

2009 summer interns take a rest break after a hard day of mud construction.