Journalism and Media Internship Experience

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High­lights

You can work at newspapers, radio stations, and TV networks- you may even get the chance to be on TV in Ghana!
Aspiring reporters and media professionals can contribute to Ghana's media industry in this exciting project!
Editing, copywriting, reporting, interviewing, and researching are all potential roles that you can take on.
Teach local teenagers on various roles in the industry and inspire them for future careers
Help local school children with their school newsletter, and encourage youths to take up roles in the media industry
This is an exciting opportunity to gain valuable journalism and media experience, through work experience at newspapers, TV centres, and radio stations in Ghana. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 16+
Singles
Couples
50+
Good literary and communication skills will be needed for this project. Editing, copywriting, reporting, interviewing, and researching are all potential roles that you can take on, as you work alongside some of Ghana’s leading journalists and reporters, who will offer you advice and guide you throughout your program.

This media program is aimed for volunteers who are currently pursuing or already have some experience in the industry. Aspiring reporters and media professionals are both warmly received. During the placement, you will have the opportunity to work in a number of newspapers, radio stations, and TV networks according to your level of interest and skills. Positions vary from researchers at local paper companies, to being the halftime analyst for football matches on TV! Our broad connections will allow you to gain experience in a number of different fields.

You are also encouraged to get involved with school and sports academies to teach classes on media, creative writing and the fundamentals of journalism. You may have the opportunity to oversee the production of a newspaper created by the children. This is a great way to become involved in the community and to engage the local youths. Otherwise, you may want to use your placement as a steppingstone to collect information for your own journalistic projects. If you are an aspiring or professional photojournalist or travel writer, our widespread connections and in-country staff can provide valuable material for your work.

*Please be advised that you will be responsible for your daily transportation costs to and from your program. This could range from 2.50 to 4.40 USD each day.

Location
Ghana’s largest and capital city is Accra and has a population of over two million. Accra is situated on Ghana’s coast in the South of the country. Your accommodation is located in Teshie, a coastal and suburban town on the Eastern outskirts of Accra. It’s a fast-developing town and growing every day. There is a train station close in the town for convenience.  

Typical day

Volunteering is 4-6 hours each day.

Monday
Breakfast
Introduction
Lunch
Introduction
Dinner

Tuesday to Friday
Breakfast
Working at/with one of the media stations
Lunch
Working at/with one of the media stations
Dinner

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Free-time activities

Kakum National Park
Kakum National Park is a coastal rainforest covering an area of 357 kilometres. There are 40 species of monkey, 200 bird species and over 500 species of butterflies. The park is one of the most visited attractions in Ghana, with spectacular scenery and canopy walk for visitors.

Lake Volta
Lake Volta is a picturesque man-made lake, just North from Accra. The building of the Akosombo Dam resulted in lake Volta being formed. You can take a boat tour across the lake or even try kayaking over it.

Elmina Castle
Elmina Castle is situated in the Cape Coast region of Ghana and it has a dark past. During the height of the slave trade around 33,00 slaves were held here, before being shipped off and out of Ghana. Slaves were kept captive and tortured at Elmina Castle, which was built by the Portuguese. You can visit here with a guided tour, that will give you a better understanding of Ghana’s past history.

Manhyia Palace
Built by the British in 1925, Manhyia Palace was made to welcome back the ruler of the Asante state, after many years of banishment from the country. Rooms are still set up as they would have looked at the time, and you can book guided tours and watch a video presentation, explaining the palaces history. The small museum holds displays showing old royal objects, clothing, furniture and photographs.

Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
This is the site of the grave of Ghana’s first President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. Situated in the downtown area of Accra, this impressive sculpture is made entirely from Italian marble. Inside, you can see items and photos from the president and information about his life story. The monument is surrounded by water and looks particularly picturesque at sunset.  

National Museum of Ghana
The National Museum has been open since 1957 and has three main display areas; art, archaeology and ethnography. The museum is located in Accra and has some interesting exhibits displaying Ghanaian culture and history.

Accra Mall
This is where you can go for all your shopping and clothing needs. Accra mall is a large shopping centre that has clothes shops, a supermarket, restaurants and a cinema.

Bojo Beach
A great day trip from the city is Bojo beach, a large scenic beach, just 5 kilometres from Accra. Getting to the beach requires hopping on to a small boat over a small patch of water. Once here, you can relax and dine at one of the beach cafes. You can also try water sports such as jet skiing!

Aburi Botanical Gardens
Set amongst 160 acres, the beautiful Aburi Botanical Gardens are defiantly worth a visit, particularly for nature lovers. Situated around a 45 minute drive out of Accra, the gardens have a cooler climate and provide a peaceful escape from the city.
Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Involvement Volunteers IVI
Accommodation
3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
1 day orientation
In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
Fundraising support
University course credits (where applicable)
Certificate of Completion
Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport
Airport
ACC (Kotaka International Airport)

Pickup Window
You will be met upon landing on Saturday or Sunday between 06:00 - 24:00. Saturday arrivals need to book one extra night at our accommodation.

Other Times
Discouraged, but can possibly be arranged. Please contact us in advance.
Accommodation
Your accommodation in Ghana is situated at our volunteer centre in Accra. The accommodation is located within a gated community. Rooms are generally dorm rooms, with separate bedrooms for male and female. Volunteer projects are situated around 20 to 40 minutes away and you will be responsible for your own transportation costs to and from the project. Staff will be on site at the accommodation 7 days a week to assist with anything you need.

Your accommodation is close by any amenities you need, the closest shops are within a 15-20-minute walk. ATM machine is 15 minutes away by taxi. Restaurants and bars are a 20-minute taxi ride away.
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Your meals will be Ghanaian dishes mixed with Western style food, served at your accommodation. Typical Ghanaian food include rice dishes, beans, fruits, vegetables, chicken, beef and fish. They are typically stews and soups.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Kotoka International Airport (ACC) in Accra. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ghana.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Ghana provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Ghana you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ghana.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Program starts every Monday. Arrivals on Sat/ Sun. If arriving on Sat, an extra night is charged.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 20 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,170
8 weeks
$2,055
12 weeks
$2,930
20 weeks (max. stay)
$4,300
Average fees
$254 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Involvement Volunteers IVI will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Involvement Volunteers IVI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Journalism and Media Internship Experience

This is an exciting opportunity to gain valuable journalism and media experience, through work experience at newspapers, TV centres, and radio stations in Ghana.

$254/week

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