Faces2hearts is a vlogging project powered by the European Union, which takes young people to some of the most remote places on earth to report on EU development projects that are changing people’s lives for the better.

In 2018, the first Faces2hearts experience took four young bloggers on a 5-month journey across 29 countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. The second edition starts in 2019 and will take 20 vloggers to Argentina, Bhutan, Cape Verde, Jamaica, Myanmar, Namibia, Zambia, Paraguay, Sierra Leone and The Gambia.
Faces2Hearts is organised by the European Commission Department for International Cooperation and Development. Its main mission is to help end poverty and to create a safer, fairer and more prosperous world for all.

What is this year's competition about?


Faces2Hearts is a life-changing experience, which will take 20 enthusiastic vloggers to unusual destinations across the world to report on how the European Union is changing people’s lives for the better.
How does it work? Faces2Hearts will pair a local vlogger and a European vlogger to discover communities beyond faces and reveal compelling stories to the world. Inspired by transformative EU actions, they will foster cultural exchanges and human connection.

Each pair will travel for a month in one of the countries selected
Argentina, Bhutan, Cape Verde, Jamaica, Myanmar, Namibia,
Zambia, Paraguay, Sierra Leone and The Gambia
looking for stories of positive change that are often unreported.

Who can take part?

20-35 years old

Those of you living (have residence) in one of the 28 EU Member States

Those of you living (have residence) in one of the following countries: Argentina, Bhutan, Cape Verde, Jamaica, Myanmar, Namibia, Zambia, Paraguay, Sierra Leone or The Gambia.

How does it work?


Submit your application. The competition is open from 15 April 2019 to 27 May 2019.


Once you have submitted your application you will be in contention for the final shortlist. 40 applications will be pre-selected and announced at end of May 2019.


Should you make it onto the shortlist, you will be a part of the public competition. During the public competition, you will need to share your entry video and gather as many votes from the public as possible. The number of public votes will be one of the criteria for final selection.


An international jury composed by a European Commission official, previous Faces2Hearts bloggers, video expert and campaign partners will take the final decision. The 20 winners will be announced at the beginning of June 2019.


The lucky winners will have the chance to report live with stories from the European Development Days on 18 and 19 June 2019, in Brussels and receive a training beforehand.


On the road! Travel will start in July 2019 and continue until May 2020 – 1 country at a time, 1 month per country, 1001 stories, a life-changing experience.


The travellers will be back in Brussels to exhibit their work and share their experiences at the European Development Days in 2020.

For any questions on the competition application process, please contact info@faces2hearts.eu

What are the evaluation criteria?

The applications will be assessed in three stages: eligibility, pre-selection and final selection. The evaluation will be a mix of video originality, technical quality, personal drive, language skills and previous experience. Read more in our Terms and Conditions

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