Project Puerto Rico 2023
A Nonprofit Storytelling Workshop
After Jamie Rose returned from leading this workshop in 2018, she was quoted as saying, “This was one of the most profoundly moving workshop experiences we have had in ten years of Momenta.” The nonprofit staff and Momenta photographers worked side-by-side to illustrate the dedication and passion of the people of Puerto Rico as they recovered from a series of environmental, political, and financial hardships.
Momenta stands with its fellow citizens.
As the people of the island continue on their path to healing from two devastating hurricanes in 2017 and 2022, the earthquakes of 2019-2020, and the after effects of COVID-19, Momenta will be there to document the island’s resilience and take part in the recovery. The nonprofits benefit from your brilliant photos by using them to tell their story to the world and you will learn the real-world skills of documenting humanitarian issues.
You can be a force of change in Puerto Rico.
On this inspirational workshop, you will be matched with a local nonprofit to create a powerful photo essay about their staff and all their efforts to fulfill their mission. We will have lectures, hands-on instruction, as well as daily one-on-one editing sessions. We will end our week together with a celebratory slideshow of the amazing nonprofits from your projects for the public! Scroll down this page to learn about your instructors, the FAQs, and trip details.
Please note: The last workshop here before the pandemic was one of our most popular workshops and filled to capacity. We recommend placing a deposit for your attendance as soon as possible to avoid the wait list.
Scroll down this page to learn about your instructors, the details, and the program description.
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Dates: March 19-25, 2023
15 attendees maximum
Tuition: $2900 per person
Call or email for pricing for college students, disabled, veterans, & nonprofit staff discounted tuition
San Juan is one of the oldest European settlements in the Americas and the capital city of Puerto Rico, an island oft-overlooked but amazingly welcoming for tropical visitors. While Puerto Rico is still recovering from the devastating impacts of 2017’s Hurricane Maria, the earthquakes of 2019, the pandemic, and the most recent Hurricane Fiona, officials and experts agree tourism and nonprofit engagement remains vital to support the local economy. Even after all the island has endured, San Juan’s harbor, beaches, and neighborhoods are bursting with color, lush with vegetation, and brimming with welcoming residents.
At Momenta, we believe in the power of photography as a force of change, and the residents of Puerto Rico need that supportive change right now. More than a million residents of the island remain without access to constant electricity, while other services and infrastructure remain in need. Even still, the people and nonprofits on the island work tirelessly to rebuild their homes in the face of adversity and neglect.
Join Momenta on this unique workshop to participate in the reconstruction efforts and show your support in their time of need. Volunteer your time and skills to document the tremendous hard work and resilience of Puerto Ricans on their journey of hope and resiliency. You will be a part of the effort to supporting our citizens overcome these challenges and move to a successful future. You, in turn, will walk away with a successful photo package to use in your portfolio to market yourself to other nonprofit clients and collaborators.
If you’ve never been on a workshop with us before, we recommend you visit the blog series, 5 Questions With…, to read interviews with our alumni here. You will come to learn about the #MomentaFamily and the amazing experiences of those who came before you.
We will focus our work with local NGOs and nonprofits of varying specialization and scale. From health organizations to community outreach and rebuilding efforts, workshop attendees will be given the task of creating compelling visual or multimedia narrative packages in collaboration with their assigned nonprofit. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Our faculty have always practiced the highest health and safety protocols during our small group programs. We take great care with our programs and next year will be no exception. Please review any CDC Guidelines for travel and consult your doctor if you are seeking medical advice for your journeys.
Orientation Day. This is a jam-packed lecture and learning day. We will begin your workshop at 10 a.m. and conclude at 7 p.m. Please have your computer and your cameras with you. There will be a break for a lunch and we will go to a special group dinner that evening. This dinner is the only sponsored meal of the workshop so please plan accordingly.
The final day to shoot & edit! On this final full day of the workshop, Friday’s editing sessions happen all morning and afternoon as everyone is putting the finishing touches on their images for the slideshow. You can still use this day to document your nonprofit or spend extra time editing your work. This process involves discussion of pacing and sequencing images as well as a review of your growth and progress during the week.
Documenting Your Nonprofits. Each day you’ll work with your individual nonprofit assignments to develop a shooting schedule. When you get a break, you’ll return to headquarters for your one-on-one editing sessions with a coach. Each person can sign up for a 1-hour editing session with a coach per day. Sign-ups happen the day before and this process will be covered extensively during orientation. On day 2-5, group meetings will happen around 7 p.m. every night and are usually followed up by a trip to a local pub for more reviews and photo discussions.
Let’s celebrate! The slideshow party happens from 7:30-9 p.m. on this Friday and is open to all nonprofits, members of the public, and our workshop team. This is a very special (and emotional) experience to share with the nonprofits and a wonderful way to celebrate all your hard work of the workshop as a group! After the slideshow concludes, we will travel to a local spot to keep the party going for the night owls.
*The workshop ends on Saturday after breakfast with check out for those staying the group hotel at noon.
Terms, Conditions, & FAQs
Workshop Fees Include: pre-workshop coordination including nonprofit research and assignments, recorded educational videos, one-on-one private editing sessions with our instructors daily, personalized portfolio reviews (optional), handouts and workshop learning materials, slideshows and lectures, software and equipment support from our knowledgable staff, opening day dinner, daily refreshments at headquarters, and the final night celebration party and slideshow.
Workshop Fees Do Not Include: airfare, accommodations, visa fees (if applicable), travel and medivac insurance, medical or vaccination costs, meals not indicated above, items such as cars, personal excursions, phone calls, laundry, etc.
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