Beyond Borders Storytelling
in the Bay Area
Founded by 3 returned Peace Corps Volunteers, Beyond Borders Storytelling (BBS) is dedicated to promoting understanding between peoples and cultures of the world through the art of storytelling. They have been running International Story Jams in San Francisco every other month now for over 3 years, and the organization is looking for Peace Corps Volunteers living in the Bay Area to share 5-10 minute stories of their overseas experiences at their next Story Jam on April 12 at Piano Fight, 144 Taylor Street in San Francisco.
Most storytellers have never told a story on stage so BSS provides free workshops, practices and coaching to prepare them for live Story Jams. To prepare people for the upcoming event BBS is having a storytelling workshop on March 15, 6:30pm–8:00pm at the Hostelling International USA offices located at 1212 Market St, Third Floor, in San Francisco.
This workshop will cover: hooking audiences, adding sugar and spice, editing, and finishing big. They also talk about what it’s like to perform before live audiences and overcoming stage fright. No worries if you’ve never told a story on stage, don’t think your experiences are interesting enough, don’t think you’re funny enough or fear you’ll forget your lines — they deal with newbies all the time and it’s not as daunting an experience as many think. It is an awesomely unique feeling when you tell your story and sense the connection building with the audience.
The shows are extremely popular and frequently sell out, and because BBS is partnered with Hostelling International USA, storytellers earn volunteer hour credit that counts toward free memberships and free night stays at hostels around the world.
Even though many of the storytellers are former Peace Corps Volunteers, BBS welcomes anyone to be a storyteller if they have a story with an international flair or of crossing cultures.
To find out more about Beyond Borders Storytellers, share your story and watch videos from past performances, visit their site at Beyondbordersstorytelling.org.
For questions and to RSVP contact: Will Spargur (Swaziland 1992–95) at firstname.lastname@example.org