Vlog International: collaboration across borders

Video Blog International LogoVlog International is a project bringing together Spanish speaking vloggers: people submit their ideas, one is chosen and everyone records their piece, someone edits them together and they are published on their site. They began in 2006, when a group of friends got together to do a video homage for a vlogger friend [es]: it was through his website that everyone had met, and they wanted to recognize that fact publicly. The next project happened organically: the friend who had organized the first collaborative video was going through a rough spot in his life, and everyone else decided to record a birthday wish on video: they recorded themselves singing happy birthday, playing the song on instruments, dancing and sitting in front of cakes with candles, and that video can be found by following this link[es].

They began calling these experiences “Sancocho de Video“: sancocho is a name that refers to many different soups from all around Latin America. The latest video by the Vlog International group is about a walk around the block. Vloggers in Colombia, Israel, Canada, Germany and the USA all shared their surroundings. You can see it by clicking here or by pressing play on the following video.

Vlog International already has 31 collaborative videos up on their blip.tv page and they are always hoping to add more video bloggers to their site. All that is needed is for the person interested to make a 1 minute video: 30 seconds explaining where they are and who they are, and 30 seconds recording the following “mission” video, then uploading the video and emailing them the link. Instructions in Spanish can be found here.

These videos have all been released under a Creative Commons license, and you can share in on the process by reading their wiki. Browsing through their different episodes is a great way to get a global perspective on the same issue. On the following video[es], the Vloggers take us on a tour away from the supermarkets and into the different traditional marketplaces of France, England, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, the USA, Chile, Spain and Colombia.


  • first of all I would like to say thanks to Juliana for talk about Vlog internacional.

    As part of the project it’s nice to me to see that what start with a simple congrats video is now -one and a half year later -one great vlog where friends whole around the world can show us their stories and of course their point of view of several topics and besides a great group of friends no matter that someones only have talk trough the PC.

    We extend our invitation to everyone in every country that wants to share stories to join us.

  • As Alejandro said it before, I want to thank Juliana for her post.

    We have had too much fun as members of vlog internacional.

    Everything spins around a common axle, WE DO THIS as a hobby, and we try to enjoy it as much as we can.

    We help each other out with ideas, tricks about editing, software to convert videos, and lots of stuff that comes up when some us are PC users and some others are MAC users.

    We have learned about each others life, and what I consider most important we have seen the diversity of the world through these videos.

    We hope to continue brainstorming new ideas and turning them into new “sancochos of videos”.

  • “Vlog International is a project bringing together Spanish speaking vloggers: people submit their ideas, one is chosen and everyone records their piece, someone edits them together and they are published on their site.”
    This is the best Vlog-Internacional definition I´ve seen.
    It´s very nice to be one among this great friends group!

  • Thanks Juliana, as my colleagues said this is a hobby, we do this for fun, and of course is nice to know how things look in other parts of the world, but the most amazing thing about VI, is the friendship that we had developed. When we begun we didn’t knew each other, now some of us had travel to other cities/countries and we met with other members, that first moment is like meeting with someone that you know all your life, we had created a very nice relationship. We maintain a private chat in Facebook where we talk about “nothing” (is a lot of fun,around 25 messages daily), also for the vlog we created a Wiki where every member can find a very organized schedule of the next videos, the votes for editors, themes, changes, etc.. we are like a big family!! and of course we are always looking for new members, we will be glad to help others to create their own videos!!!

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