Volunteer in Journalism Abroad

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Join International Volunteer HQ and volunteer in Vietnam, bringing your skills of providing care to others while gaining a new appreciation for another culture. Volunteer project opportunities in Vietnam range from teaching English language skills, working in an orphanage and caring for disabled children, healthcare work, and volunteering in a soup kitchen. Join the world's most trusted and aff...

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Love Volunteers has been trusted by thousands of volunteers to travel abroad and immerse themselves in new cultures, whilst providing help where it is really needed. Join us on an affordable, safe and responsible Journalism voluntary service project for a truly memorable experience! Check out our exciting program options!

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Volunteers will engage in daily morning surveys to record nesting activity and protect turtle nests against inundation by sea water and predation by mammals. Volunteers will also help provide conservation information to the local community and overseas visitors. Lakonikos Bay, situated in the Peloponnese, is an important nesting area for loggerhead sea turtles in the Mediterranean. How this...

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Mexico is a beautiful country, and a great place to spend time on a volunteer program or internship. Mexico is a real meeting-place of cultures: a modern, industrialized and well-educated country that's full of history. American, Spanish and Indian influences all come together to make it a fascinating place that mixes developed and developing worlds. Mexico is a stimulating mixture of wealth an...

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Contribute to this sustainable tourism project and get the chance to support local communities by helping locals improve their business and marketing skills. Several international organisations provide tourism services that benefit the local economy, but fall short of providing local people with the skills and knowledge to optimize their ability to directly benefit from the efforts. Volunte...

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Volunteer in a lion breeding and rehabilitation project in Antelope Park, Zimbabwe, with Kaya Responsible Travel. The project, supported by some of the world's leading ecologists, has three stages: pre-release, release, and post-release. First, lions are taught survival and instinctive skills they need in the wild. Next, lions are released into a semi-wild environment to hone their hunting skil...

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Whether you're looking for a hands-on, career related internship that will set you apart from the crowd or a chance to use your skills with meaningful volunteer project, Connect-123 provides customized programs that are tailor-made for you. We run programs in five exciting international destinations: Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Shanghai, Dublin and Barcelona! Our year-round, the ground team in...

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Volunteering Solutions provides volunteering opportunities in 20 different countries across Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin/Central America. Our main aim is to provide affordable and meaningful volunteer abroad opportunities across all countries. Our programs include both short-term (two weeks) and long-term (up to six months) placements in every country, as well as our programs are open through...

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CrossContinental offers affordable intern abroad, volunteer abroad, culture/language immersion programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Gain hands-on experience, improve your resume, enhance cultural understanding, and build global network. Stay with a host family for culture and language immersion.

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Like any third world country, the Philippines suffers from diseases due to poor hygiene and sanitation brought about by poor awareness programs. This is one of the major issues the country needs to face, and come up with solutions to. A lot of people in rural areas cannot afford to pay for medicines and regular medical check-ups. Volunteer for the Visayans is reaching out to those in need of...

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With more than 400 projects worldwide and with 25 years experience of providing ethical travel placements, Frontier can find you the perfect adventure whatever you want to achieve. We offer placements in more than 50 countries including Costa Rica, Madagascar, Fiji and loads more. Here are just some of the options available: Marine Conservation and Diving Travel to beach paradises, scuba...

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ISA Service-Learning provides opportunities to serve in local NGOs, schools, clinics, and businesses through structured service-learning programs year-round. Through service at a local organization and guided reflection activities, our goal is to help you gain a better understanding of the local language, culture and community. Throughout your program, you will create a portfolio, which consi...

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VFP offers over 3000 affordable, short-term voluntary service projects in 100+ countries, including 30 in Serbia each summer. These international voluntary service projects are an opportunity to participate in meaningful community service while living and interacting in an intercultural environment. Volunteer projects vary greatly since they arise wherever there is a need in a given community. ...

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UBELONG offers 1 week to 6 month volunteering opportunities in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. In Costa Rica, volunteer with UBELONG in caregiving, construction and infrastructure, education and environment - explore UBELONG and join the thousands of people who have already become UBELONG Volunteers!

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The Intern Group provides you with top internships in London! Partnering with a range of great companies and NGOs, our London internship program will fulfill your career potential. We are regularly featured in mainstream international media like CNN International. Apply now to intern in the greatest city in the world and propel your career development! Our internship programs take place thro...

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Volunteering Abroad in Journalism

Journalism is an industry that requires an unmatched level of initiative and drive. Volunteering in journalism is a great way to show potential employers you have passion for the field, and the tenacity to dive into it without a focus on monetary compensation. Additionally, volunteer work abroad shows employers and graduate schools you have an adventurous side, a worldly curiosity, and a yearning for a better picture of the world, all invaluable characteristics in the field of journalism.

Why Volunteer Abroad in Journalism

There are abundant opportunities to volunteer abroad in journalism. In newsrooms, for example, producers, reporters, and editors are always in need of additional staff to assist them with their daily task flow. Volunteering in a foreign newsroom will give you remarkably unique work experience and the chance to make connections you may never have the opportunity to make otherwise. Therefore, becoming a volunteer abroad in journalism will also give you a big boost in the job market, or it could pave the way for your acceptance into graduate school.

Many countries throughout Africa, Asia, and South America are experiencing increasing access to fair media coverage, but there are still many communities that live without it. By volunteering in journalism abroad, you will contribute to news access abroad. Additionally, you can help promote fair, unbiased, honest news reporting. Due to censorship issues, many people are provided with inaccurate accounts of events, because of this organizations have developed, such as Al Jazeera, that seek to provide free discussion and information consumption for all, regardless of nationality. Conducting volunteer work with this type of media organization will no doubt be a learning experience and a chance to learn and share invaluable skills.

Locations

Journalism changes dramatically with each region of the world, and learning from these differences will only make you a better journalist. The majority of volunteer work in journalism is located throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

In Asia, news outlets want to expand their reach into the English speaking world. Therefore, news agencies in Cambodia often look for volunteers to help with increasing English speaking circulation and visibility in print publications and web outlets. In Mongolia, native English speakers are needed to help further flourishing newspapers and other types of media outlets.

Many African nations have high demand for journalism volunteers who want to help raise awareness and help increase access to news across the region. Similar to Cambodia and Mongolia, Morocco often welcomes English speakers to proofread scripts and web copy for reporters and contributors so that news agencies can build their reputation and increase the quality of their reports. In Ghana, news agencies are making a particular push to raise awareness for sanitation and stopping the spread of disease. Volunteers will need to use their creativity to come up with new and effective ways to get the word out and help motivate the public to take action through their journalism work.

European news agencies tend to compete in stark contrast to the appeal-based way U.S. American news competes. You will see much more long-form journalism, panel discussions, and correspondent reporting in the European press. Volunteering in journalism in Europe offers individuals a window into war reporting and how respondents living in different countries and cultures, and speaking different languages, can collaborate to generate reports that can not only inform but promote change. You will likely find that journalism volunteer work in Europe is most often located in England or France.

Volunteering in Journalism

Journalism volunteer placements can range in length, and some may be dependent on local events, but typically only minimal experience in the field is required to participate.

Brand Awareness. Many agencies in developing countries are looking for qualified volunteers to help them improve access to free information that is as uncensored as possible. Other unique opportunities, such as placements with agencies like Journalists for Human Rights, allow volunteers to work to improve access to quality journalism and reporting on human rights issues in developing countries.

Production & Web Assistant. Those who volunteer abroad in journalism in a newsroom setting will help with a variety of tasks, which may require a range of skills or experience. Volunteers can expect to review or write copy written in English in order to help agencies expand coverage in English available on the web. Proofreading scripts is also frequently needed for reporters who are not native English speakers. Additionally, volunteers will likely be tasked with going into the field on assignments, from summits to political protests. Volunteers with camera experience may be able to help with shooting stories, while others may be responsible for handling equipment, talking to sources, and much more.

Digital Production. Media agencies today, especially new ones trying to break into a new audience, are transitioning to more web-focused content production. Volunteers with knowledge of social media, interactive presentations, computer programs and editing software, and how to engage and market to users on the web will be very useful in a newsroom or other type of media agency. Many large newsrooms and media agencies that has staff and journalists who have been in the industry for years rely heavily on volunteers to provide web expertise, since it is such a new portion of the field. Volunteers may help make news reports more social, more interactive, and brainstorm ideas to help boost web presence.

Benefits

  • Pay Your Dues. Volunteering is almost an unofficial prerequisite to any job in journalism. At some point, you’ll have to do a little of it to earn the respect and experience employers want. Volunteering in journalism abroad, as opposed to at home, is exponentially more beneficial, as it will open your eyes to other ways of thinking about journalism and what it means to inform the public.

  • Language Skills. Having language skills outside of the English language will be highly valuable in the field of journalism. By volunteering in journalism abroad, you will inevitably develop your foreign language skills, or improve on your current skills, which will help you become more marketable and valuable to future employers.

  • Connections. You will meet more people than you can count and build relationships you will work hard to keep strong. Volunteering in journalism abroad will improve your cultural sensitivity and no doubt, make you a better journalist, as you’ll learn to think about an issue from the perspective of many types of people. Agencies are known to offer their favorite volunteers jobs at the end of their volunteer tenure, so standing out is always good.

  • Contribute Skills. Media agencies trying to break out in societies hampered by corrupt governments often find it hardest to use the internet. Your creative problem solving is needed, regardless. When you become a journalism volunteer abroad, organizations will often want to hear your reflections about the company’s news and current affairs coverage, and your ideas to improve it. This is your chance to start a real, sustainable change.

Wherever you go, be sure to take the time to experience the people and the place. Volunteering in journalism is about more than just the work itself. Finally, regardless of where you go or who you work for, volunteering in journalism abroad is an invaluable experience that will bring you further insight into the world of international news, improve your cultural and religious awareness, and make you a better journalist.

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