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Madagascar N.G.O. Media & Journalism Internship

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Madagascar's dramatic forest landscape is home to a fascinating diversity of life, with aloe trees, lemurs, chameleons and a whole host of other species that are found nowhere else on earth! Its fantastically beautiful coastline boasts coral reefs rich in marine species, perfect for diving and snorkeling, and silky sanded beaches ideal for soaking up the bountiful sunshine. Madagascar's culture is vibrant and diverse; you will find bustling markets full of multicoloured produce and hospitable locals shouting their wares.

Your journalism placement will give you the opportunity to work as a field journalist, integrating yourself with day to day activities and reporting or documenting the work and social activities of volunteers at the location.

You may undertake this placement from a variety of perspectives depending on your skills and experience.  These include:

  • Article production (written and online journalism)
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Blogging or vlogging

You will gain experience of reporting and content production in a remote location and this placement is a perfect entry into the world of travel journalism.

Acceptance on this placement is dependent on submission of an up to date CV/resume detailing relevant experience and/or qualifications.

      

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  •   Immerse yourself in true Malagasy culture
  •   Live on the idyllic beach camp
  •   Gain valuable professional travel journalism experience and a reference
  •   Make lifelong friends

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • CV required
  • Relevant academic qualifications required
  • Proof of work experience
  • Minimum 2 month placement
  • Laptop and/or camera/video camera that you are able to take to the project
Airport Pickup Beach Community Emergency Meals Research Teaching Terrestrial CV Wildlife Rainforest Marine Coastal Snorkelling Free Time Beach Breakfast
FAST FACTS
Location Madagascar
Activities Journalism
Photography
Graphic design
Web design
Transport Airport pickup weekly on a Monday. Alternative start dates possible, additional £35 applies for pickup, please speak to an adviser
 
Accommodation Volunteer house & communal beach camp

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
UK residential briefing weekend including food, accommodation and training (extra cost applies)
In-country

Airport pickup weekly on a Monday. Alternative start date possible, additional US$60 applies for pickup, please speak to an adviser
Internal ground transfers & in-transit accommodation weekly on a Monday. Alternative start dates possible
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
Food and Accommodation
24-hour international HQ back-up

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Online Journalism

Report on the activities of volunteers and staff on the project.  Think outside the box to offer a unique and informative outlook on this fascinating project using your writing skills. You will produce a number of written articles each week and liaise with volunteers and staff to create content such as interviews and activity logs.

Photography

Use your photography skills to showcase this amazing project to the world.  Create regular photo galleries and work with the volunteers and staff to document their activities on camp and in the local community.

Videography

Film and produce videos documenting the work and social life on your project.  Liaise with volunteers and staff to create video interviews and showcase the most interesting aspects of life on the project.

Blogging/Vlogging

If blogging or vlogging is your thing, you will be tasked with creating regular updates on work and life on the project, helping connect people to the project worldwide.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Depending on your skills, you will be given specific targets and suggestions for content production and will liaise with volunteers and field staff as well as journalism and marketing staff at our HQ to create amazing content.  This content will be used to showcase the great work being done on the projects, as well as your skill and commitment as a journalist.

You will be given support from field and HQ staff but will also be encouraged to use your imagination and ingenuity to suggest new and interesting ways to document your time as a field journalist.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Volunteers arriving weekly on a Monday will be welcomed by a Frontier representative at Nosy Be airport. From here it's a short taxi or minibus ride from the airport to the centre of the vibrant town of Hellville. If you arrive before noon, you will transfer to your project site and be introduced to the Frontier-Madagascar programme on the same day. If you arrive later in the day, you will stay overnight at the Frontier volunteer house in town and transfer to your project site the following day.

On arrival at camp, you will meet the staff, receive some initial briefings, including an introduction to the science programme and techniques used, as well as health and safety lectures, so make sure your medical kit is complete and start reading your safety and medical briefs. The transfer from Nosy Be to the Frontier camp is by small, wooden boats and depending on the weather both you and your kit will get wet so make sure you have sufficient dry bags to waterproof all your belongings and something to waterproof yourself!
 

You will be transferred back to the town of Nosy Be at the end of your project from where you can reach the airport or start your onward independent travel. 

Independent travellers arriving on dates other than weekly on a Monday can arrange a separate airport collection at an extra cost of US$60 by contacting the camp staff.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

During the project you'll live in the beach camp in the village of Ambalahonko on the island of Nosy Be alongside other Frontier volunteers and staff. We aim to provide you with a unique and memorable living experience. The Frontier camp was constructed by Frontier volunteers working with local craftsmen, using traditional building techniques and locally sourced environment-friendly, building materials. The camp, which is situated in a clearing on the beach, has been designed to blend harmoniously with the surrounding landscape. Camp life is very simple, unsophisticated and fun.

You will be staying in simple communal local style dwellings, known as "bandas", your "shower" will be a jug or a bucket of water and you cook over an open campfire, so prepare for the basic, virtually footprint less, unencumbered lifestyle! When you are trekking away from the base camp you may stay on a "satellite camp" which may consist of a mosquito net pitched in a remote clearing. You will also help run camp from day-to-day, taking turns to collect firewood, purify water, and undertake other essential camp maintenance duties.
 

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Food on camp is simple and nutritious and consists largely of locally sourced fresh vegetables and fruit, rice, beans and noodles, all of which are purchased from nearby communities, thereby helping to support the local economy. Luxuries such as chocolate, peanut butter and drinking chocolate are only available in the main town, so make sure you stock up before heading to your field camp.

Part of your role on camp will be to help with the cooking. Creating spectacular meals over an open campfire or baking bread in the campfire oven will become second nature, so get your cookbooks out now and start thinking up recipes! The local villagers sell homemade delicacies every day just outside camp, including banana macari, fresh bread, meat and veggie sambos. You may also be invited to local feasts and festivals – a great way to meet locals and enjoy local culture. On certain days the village women prepare local style meals which are offered to Frontier volunteers for a small extra cost.
 

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

The Frontier-Madagascar camp is great fun and in your spare time you'll have opportunities to swim in waterfalls and play football and beach / river volleyball against the mostly unbeatable local teams.  You can socialise, sit around the campfire, enjoy a traditional Saturday night themed camp party, play chess, poker, scrabble or backgammon or join in a camp quiz night. After a long hard day of working in the field you may wish to relax with a drink and sway in the camp hammock, chatting to your new friends under a tropical sky lit by a million twinkling stars, before drifting off to sleep to the exotic calls that fill a tropical night.

A range of adventure and cultural activities like visits to remote villages, dive trips, and river rafting are available. Talk to our local staff teams to fix these with local providers and tour operators.

Scuba diving courses may be available (subject to availability of space and time constraints).

dive courses run monthly commencing on the first monday of the month

  • Single Day snorkelling off the boats US$17
  • Single Day Dive US$51
  • Double Dive US$85
  • 4-dive package US$170
  • 10-dive package US$340

COURSES*

  • Discover Scuba Diving US$110
  • Open Water Dive Course US$595
  • Advanced Open Water US$561
  • Emergency First Responder US$170
  • Rescue Diver US$510
  • Dive Master US$1,020

*Medical certificate is mandatory for participation in dive courses

Modern conveniences

Hellville - 1 hour boat journey at own cost

  • Attractions e.g. Lemurland, Donia Festival
  • Banks / ATMs; Bank of Africa, BFV-Société Générale, BNI-CL
  • Bars / cafes
  • Boats to the mainland & Boat Hire
  • Hostels and hotels
  • Internet cafe
  • Medical clinic
  • Nightclub
  • Pharmacy
  • Post office
  • Street food
  • Supermarket
  • Taxis to the rest of the island
  • Telecom office
  • Traditional markets
  • Western style restaurants
  • Western Union

COSTS

2 months US$ 2,595

DEPARTURE DATES

Every Monday throughout the year

Ideally flights to Madagascar and connections to Nosy Be (Fascene) should be arranged for this arrival date.

DURATION

You can join this project for a minimum of 2 months

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt
  • UK residential briefing weekend including food, accommodation and training (extra cost applies)

In-country

  • Airport pickup weekly on a Monday. Alternative start date possible, additional US$60 applies for pickup, please speak to an adviser
  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Internal ground transfers & in-transit accommodation weekly on a Monday. Alternative start dates possible
  • Local orientation & training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Nossi-Be (NOS)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this project, or to register your interest, just click on the orange "Apply Now!" button at the top of the menu. Fill out and submit a short application form and then one of our advisers will give you a call back to answer any questions and to progress your application if you wish to continue.

There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.