As a natural resource management volunteer in Ghana from 2011-13, Austin C. Pruett helped a local school raise money through sustainable agricultural projects such as beekeeping, and he coordinated a collective of farmers to pool resources so members could produce and sell more cashews. Yet, it was in his secondary projects that the Chicago native was able to find his true calling. As a philosophy and digital cinema graduate from DePaul University, Pruett helped launch PCV Media, a committee of Peace Corps Ghana volunteers who created training videos and cultural documentaries to educate Ghanaians, volunteers and other Americans. Below, he describes his projects and how this work propelled his career. Do these videos inspire you to become a volunteer? Peace Corps is now accepting applications for health and community service assignments in Ghana: http://1.usa.gov/1KASsK8
How did video play a part of your service? What were you intentions/messages about Ghana as a whole and what were you were trying to portray with your videos?
I came to Ghana with the intention of making films, although when I was accepted into Peace Corps, I had very little experience making films on a professional level. I knew that coming to Africa would present a lot of opportunity for filmmaking and storytelling.
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