So you want to do a program for Outsider Corps?
What kinds of trip reports are we looking for?
- Your trip report could include a volunteer project but it does NOT have to be about a volunteer project. (Sometimes we are just celebrating and who knows, your trip report might inspire someone else to volunteer.)
- It should have an element of exploring, adventure, nature, travel, learning, volunteering, something a little unique. In the US or out. Cultural events, while not our primary focus, may help round out a trip report if unique.
- Great images are a huge help. That fuzzy thing you took with the phone will look a lot worse on a big screen and give everyone squint wrinkles. But if it was a really amazing trip from 1962, or your images are fuzzy because you were trying to outrun a bull elephant, we will deal with fuzzy images.
- Length can vary from 5 minutes to an hour. But you must tell us in advance so we can combine various reports, or not, as needed.
- No one is reviewing these trip reports in advance, so please respect the guidelines below in the next section.
What kind of trip reports will not get you a repeat showing?
We don't mean to be rude, just focused. Presentations based on the following will probably get low rating from your audience:
- Cruises, unless it is a scientific expedition in which you were an active participant, or you fell off the big ship and spent days in the water kicking away sharks.
- Theme parks.
- Organized tours, unless organized by headhunters, reindeer herders or similar.
- Guides? Well it depends. Some places in the world cannot be visited without guides so that's OK. Other guided trips...use your judgement. If there is no element of exploring or adventure and all you are doing is following the guide, fuggidabout.
- Stories primarily about museums, food, children's activities, urban areas, nudity, anything political or religious.
- Plan in advance. Give yourself time to pull together the best photos and organize them along with your narrative.
- All presentations must be in Powerpoint. If you don’t have this software, you may be able to obtain a trial version (Google it). Sorry, we cannot provide technical assistance on the set up of Powerpoint.
- Your Powerpoint "slides" should be sized to be 16:9 ratio if possible. This needs to be done when you first start building a presentation.
- There are many websites that have tips on how to give great presentations. Use that Google thing to find 'em. Here are a few of the real basics.
- Lots of photos are always good – remember that they will be much larger on the screen so if the photo resolution is low, it may be blurry.
- Keep the info/story moving.
- It’s fine to use text to remind yourself of the points you want to hit, but don’t read the text off the screen.
- You can take questions from the audience along the way but sometime the audience will ask about material you plan to cover later - so then what happens when you get to that material? Alternatively, ask them to wait until the end. Decide what works for you and let the audience know in advance.
- Practice your trip report. You'll be more comfortable. Your audience will love you.