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Voluntourism program “Journeys for Good: Cambodia” Wins Multiple Emmy Awards

Journeys for Good: Cambodia

Steve and Joanie Wynn took home 3 Emmy awards for Journeys for Good: Cambodia


Voluntourism documentary “Journeys for Good: Cambodia” wins 3 regional Emmy Awards for San Francisco Video Production Company Bayside Entertainment.

Journeys for Good: Cambodia follows husband and wife production team (and Bayside Entertainment owners) Steve and Joanie Wynn on a family volunteer trip to Cambodia.  Traveling with non-profit Globe Aware, the volunteer group built wheelchairs for local disabled people and participated in a number of other short term projects.  The program aired on KQED-TV, San Francisco along with several other San Francisco Bay Area public television channels.

Steve Wynn won an Emmy for editing.  Steve and Joanie Wynn shared producing awards for the program in the historical/cultural program category.  The awards ceremony was held at the San Francisco Hilton on June 14th.

The Wynns are developing Journeys for Good as a series for public television.  For more information and to view the program, please visit the Journeys for Good website.


 Journeys for Good celebrates volunteer travel with original content for broadcast and the web.Created by Emmy award-winning husband and wife production team, Steve and Joanie Wynn, Journeys for Good is an original series of half-hour programs which will be distributed nationally by American Public Television to 350+ public television stations across the US and Canada.  Recently, their pilot episode, Journeys for Good: Cambodia won three Emmy awards for producing and editing.  The success of this single program promises even greater success with a 13-part series.

Journeys for Goodwill be a KQED-TV Presentation.  KQED is one of the preeminent public television stations in the country and will support the program with a stations relations campaign to maximize national and international distribution throughout the American Public Television network. Additionally, the series may enjoy second run exposure on APT sister network, CreateTV, which features the best travel content from across public television offerings.

KQED quote about the series:

“We expect Journeys for Good to be both exciting and touching. Voluntourism is naturally fraught with conflict and yet buoyed by the human spirit and the exotic locales provide a fascinating backdrop for a compelling cast of heroes and underdogs”.


Bayside Entertainment is and Emmy and Telly award-winning, full-service video production company based in Marin County, California.  Bayside Entertainment offers the full range of production services for marketing and sales video; concept creation, scripting, pre-production, field production (including aerial & underwater) and post-production (editing, graphics, animation, music, narration, audio mixing and mastering).

Their corporate clients include Lucasfilm, EA Games and Boy Scouts of America.  They also work with non-profits, startups and small business clients and develop original content for broadcast and the web.

Voluntourism TV Program Journeys for Good Receives 3 Emmy Nominations

Exciting news!  We just received three regional Emmy nominations for our program, Journeys for Good: Cambodia.  The categories in which we were nominated include: Best historic/cultural program or special, best camera and best editing.  We’ll find out if we won at the awards gala on June 15th. In the meantime, you can catch the program if you live in the SF Bay Area on KQED LIFE (Comcast ch. 189), May 14 at 10:30 pm.

We’ve been so fortunate to receive these honors and are encouraged that the quality of the program is being recognized in the professional realm.  We have already received rewards beyond measure in the personal realm from these enriching experiences.

As most of you know, this is a very meaningful passion project for Steve and me.  It all started back in 2009, after a transformative trip to Tanzania to cover an amazing volunteer trip (which also combined climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro — but that’s another story).  Anyway, that trip was the spark that started it all.  As much production travel as we’d done, Steve and I knew that these stories of transformative travel were really something special –stories that needed to be shared.  Now, we are thrilled to share these amazing experiences with our son and have so many other family volunteer trips we want to share with him…and the world.


Here’s more information from our production company’s press release:

San Francisco Bay Area video production company, Bayside Entertainment, received three Emmy nominations when the 43rd Annual Northern California Area EMMY Awards nominations were announced Wednesday, May 7.    The nominations were received for their original public television program, Journeys for Good: Cambodia.

The half-hour program follows Emmy-winning production team Steve and Joanie Wynn as they travel with their 9 year old son to Cambodia to participate in a series of volunteer projects with non-profit partner Globe Aware.  Working alongside other volunteers, they build wheelchairs for landmine victims and complete several construction projects for disabled families in and around Siem Reap.

The Wynns started Journeys for Good in 2009 after they traveled to Africa to produce a documentary on a volunteer project in Tanzania with Roadmonkey Adventure Philanthropy.  Their program, “A Journey for Good: Tanzania” aired on public television stations nationally and received four Emmy nominations and two Telly Awards.  Journeys for Good is currently in development as a series for public television.


Journeys for Good: Cambodia airs on KQED-TV, San Francisco

December was a busy month here at Journeys for Good as we completed our half-hour program on the Cambodia trip we took with Globe Aware last year. Hope you enjoy the program and please let us know what you think.

Cambodia volunteer project with Globe Aware

Here’s the latest video in our series from Cambodia with non-profit partner, Globe Aware.  

In this segment, our group digs into a construction project for a local disabled man, Mean Nok.  We are building a ground floor bathroom for him. Before now, Mean has had to crawl into the jungle on his hands to use the bathroom.  In the rainy season, this is especially difficult.

As an interesting side note, cameraman Steve Wynn goes next door to investigate some mysterious chanting sounds and discovers a fascinating Cambodia ceremony.

By working within local communities, volunteer projects like this one afford an immersive cultural experience well beyond the tourist track.

Coming soon….Part 2 of the project.


Reading Village: Upcoming volunteer travel opportunity in Guatemala

Reading Village is a non-profit organization whose mission is to eradicate illiteracy in impoverished communities and empower youth to lead their communities out of poverty. Each year, volunteer travelers have an opportunity to take a Learning Journey into rural Guatemala and to participate hands-on in this transformational work. We are pleased to share this guest post submitted by Kassia Binkowski, the Director of Development and Communications of Reading Village.


In this day and age, there is no shortage of opportunities to do good. Buy these shoes and we’ll send a pair abroad, purchase fair trade goods and the world will be better, donate to this or that charity and we promise you’ll make a difference. Drill a well, read a book, donate food, build a clinic, save a life. The opportunities are as good as they are endless.

But how often do you get to share a tortilla with the woman whose life you’ve changed? To read a book with the scholar in whose education you’ve invested?

Reading Village - Bringing Literacy to Rural Guatemala

For the past six years, Reading Village has been working to refine an effective model of development that positions communities to thrive under their own resources and creativity. Through education and leadership development, the organization empowers youth to eradicate illiteracy and interrupt the cycle of poverty in their indigenous communities. Time and time again, education is considered to be one of the most effective ways to improve the quality of life in developing countries, and Reading Village’s work is no exception. Where fewer than 10% of students finish high school, our scholars are graduating. Where lack of access to books is the first barrier to literacy, these teens are building libraries that will long outlast our presence.

As the Director of Development and Communications for this small non-profit organization, I was hired to translate these results into donor dollars. The vast majority of my time is spent creating electronic and print materials that convey the impact of our programs to prospective funders who have never left the security of this comfortable life. But the bottom line is: you have to see it to believe it.

That’s why Reading Village leads semi-annual Learning Journeys into rural Guatemala. Bringing together international philanthropists, local staff, and student scholars, the organization has developed a thought provoking experience for international travelers. From exploring colonial towns and Mayan ruins, to contemplating the impact of urbanization and education on rural indigenous communities, the trip has been designed to actively engage current and prospective funders in a conversation about equity, opportunity, and development.

Reading Village - Celebrating Our Learning Journey

For five days our travelers dive full-tilt, whole-heart into our literacy work. With eyes wide open they ride buses, share meals, read stories, meet scholars, greet families, and express gratitude. For five days we ask them to think, feel, act, create, inspire, and be inspired, only to start again at the beginning and think some more. The days are full, the sights hard, the experience thought provoking, and the travel impassioned.

Cultivating donors, engaging action, and inspiring compassion, the Learning Journeys have been designed to be an intense and productive experience. Your heart is thrown wide open, your mind is challenged to understand all we see, and your body endures all the squatting and walking and standing and waiting that is life in Guatemala. In this way, Reading Village aims to close the gap between the have’s and have-nots, between us and them, you and me. When you break open a book and look into the eyes of these kids, I think you’ll agree with me that we’re not so different after all.

Reading Village - Our Scholars

It’s not every day that you get to meet the person whose life you’ve changed; now’s your chance. Join us November 2-9, 2013 for the trip of a lifetime. Registration is open now and spots are first come first serve. Visit our website or email us at to learn more. Are you ready for the adventure?