We’re pleased to announce one of the 2011 GoAbroad Innovation Awards finalists in the category of Innovative Student Video. We received many wonderful nominations and the selection committee has chosen the finalists. Each day this week, we will be featuring one of the Student Video finalists.
UPDATE: The finalists have been chosen — and now it’s YOUR turn to help choose the winner of the 2011 GoAbroad Innovation Award for Most Innovative Student Video! This is the ONLY GoAbroad Innovation Award that is chosen by a public vote. The voting period is now open and the poll will close (and will no longer be visible) at a pre-selected time on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 — so get your votes in NOW and encourage others to vote! Submit your vote in the column to the right!
FINALIST: AL in Bangladesh by students of University of Alabama on the Grameen Bank Basic Training Program in Bangladesh
Alabama in Bangladesh – Grameen Bank Basic Training’s video captures the essence of the program very, very well. The song is by Habib, a very popular Bangladeshi singer and the refrain is “Cholo shobai” which translates into “Let’s go everyone!” The song is even popular amongst those who have no knowledge of Bengali. The middle of the video features a clip from a rural schoolhouse in Bangladesh. This demonstrates the variety and “texture” of the Bangladesh experience. The video is long enough to give the viewer a general idea of the highlights of the program. Highlights of the video include shots with Nobel Laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus, photos from various excursions and images of village borrowers. Applications for the program increased after this video was released, hence demonstrating its effectiveness at promoting the program and its innovativeness.
Congratulations to each of the finalists! Public voting for best video will commence shortly after all the finalists have been announced. Be sure to vote for your favorite video!
The winner of this category will be announced at the GoAbroad invitation-only reception during the upcoming NAFSA: Association of International Educators Annual Conference and will be posted to the GoAbroad blog.