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Article: World Vision Vloggers


[ Article By: Liam Walters ]

[Originally posted: 31/08/2010]

So this Article, as you have probably guessed from the title, is about the ‘World Vision Vloggers‘. Some of you may not be aware of what this actually is, so allow me to shed some light.

World Vision is a charity who’s aim it is to help 3rd World countries grow and develop through the means of helping the society. They do this in many ways, which I wont go into right not, but if you are interested, then this site should answer any questions you have:

http://www.worldvision.org/

So your probably thinking, alright, so where does the ‘Vloggers‘ come into it. If you know what a vlogger is, your probably just thinking that it will just be a bunch of mission workers talking to the camera… And you would be wrong.

Now most charity’s try to use the emotional appeal, showing certain images which appeal to the empathic side of people, making them want to help the cause. Personally, I don’t like this method, because I don’t think it really works to well, but I wont go into with this.

What World Vision decided to do was choose 3 popular Youtube vloggers, one from Britain, one from Canada and one from Australia, and send them off to Zambia, letting the vloggers to vlog about their own personal experience.

I believe this is a fantastic idea. The main problem I have with charity appeals is that you always feel so distant from what you see. They go too far and it almost seems unreal, and you lose that emotional connection. And then they release more and more adverts until you just become desensitized to the imagery.

The way this works though, is that they’re just getting three ordinary people. Not celebrities. Not household names. Just three people who have quite a large internet fan base, and sending them to share their own personal experience. Seeing how it really is through the eyes of someone you relate to allows it to seem much more real, and you start to see that connection again.

Instead of focusing of what they don’t have, they instead focus on how much the society has developed, and what they do have, due to the donations and the charity help. That’s what we need to see. We need to see that our money is actually going into something, and building a better life for people, instead of constantly being made to feel bad because we have it better than some people.

The Vloggers

Tom McLean – [ http://youtube.com/frezned ]

Shawna Howson – [ http://youtube.com/nanalew ]

Alex Day – [ http://www.youtube.com/nerimon ]

Alex Day is the only one of the three vloggers that I knew prior to the Zambia trip. I have been following him for about 8 or so months before, just enjoying his normal videos, and its through those videos I found out about his trip to Zambia through World Vision.

Now I’ll only be commenting on Alex Day’s videos because he was the only one who I knew about prior to the trip, so its easier for me to have the connection with him rather than seeing two people who I don’t really know talk about their own experience. I have though checked out their videos, and recommend you do the same.

Throughout Alex’s videos, we seem him come to realise that the culture and society isn’t actually that different to the one he knows at home. Throughout his trip he sees stuff that reminds him of home, such as internet cafés, a Subway restaurant, blockbusters, and even a Superspar. He goes to visit schools, and is astonished to see how close the schools there are to the schools here in England.

He does though realise that these people are still at a big disadvantage in life, and even started to sponsor a child after seeing how much of a difference it actually makes.

His final video for the trip has been uploaded now, so you are able to watch the entire experience all at once now.

Just use the link above to to get onto his Youtube page, and go from ‘How To Pack Light’, to ‘Reason For Leaving Zambia’.

This is it for this special. I think I’ve talked as much as I can for now, but once again, I urge you to check out all their videos, and the World Vision Vloggers Website:

http://worldvision.com.au/vloggers

Thank you for reading. Any comments will be appriciated.

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