Ghana | Journalism Internship

4 Week Volunteer Adventure | From $1495 USD

Overview

Discover a land loaded with thought-provoking stories & remarkable photographic opportunities as you work for a daily newspaper, television station or radio station based in Ghana, West Africa.

 

Kumasi, based just outside the capital of Ghana is the perfect place for budding journalists to gain experience in print & broadcast journalism. A key democratic state of West Africa, Ghana has established itself as a powerhouse of politics & has proven that there is always something worth writing about in this lively city.

 

Our Journalism internships provide an insider’s view on how print publications are run and provide you with the opportunity to create an impressive portfolio to take back home. Furthermore, our Radio & Television journalism placements offer you the chance to gain invaluable broadcasting or production experience designed to enhance your CV and increase your prospects within the highly competitive journalism industry.

 

All interns will be representing a professional organization under the supervision of experienced journalists. Just as in any journalism environment workloads can be very demanding but also highly rewarding.

The Project

Improve your skills in editing, copywriting, reporting, interviewing, researching, communication and more! Work alongside some of Ghana’s leading journalists and reporters who are there to offer you guidance throughout your placement. 

 

As an intern on one of our Print Journalism placements, you will get an insider’s view of how publications are run, and you will also have the chance to put together an impressive portfolio. Alternatively, a Radio or Television Journalism placement offers you the chance to gain useful broadcasting or production experience.

 

You also have the opportunity to get involved with schools and sports academies to teach classes in media, creative writing and the rudiments of journalism. Give something back to the community and inspire Ghana’s children!

 

If you are already a working journalist or a student, this is a chance to broaden your horizon and enhance your resume with work experience in a different culture and society, or maybe a different medium.

 

Role of the Volunteer

  • Writing news stories and feature articles
  • Proofreading colleagues’ work for publication
  • Researching stories & conducting interviews in the field
  • Reading news on the air
  • Producing segments & writing copy for broadcast
  • Attending press conferences.
  • Covering news conferences and human interest stories
  • Editing stories & attending news events 

 

Typical Day

On a typical production day you will normally start work about 8.30am and finish between 5.00pm to 7.00pm, but there are no strict hours.

Need to Know

Age & Required Experience

  • At least 18 years of age
  • No formal qualifications or previous journalism experience is needed, we just require our interns to be flexible, open-minded, and willing to work hard as internships are can be demanding. However we do ask to receive your Resume in order to corroborate a placement at the program.
  • English is the main language used in the Ghanaian media, and although non-native English speakers are welcome on this project, volunteers should be fluent in spoken and written English.

 

Minimum Length

Due to the nature of this project a minimum commitment of 4 weeks is required. However, we can tailor all our programs to suit your ideal adventure. If you wish to volunteer for longer than 4 weeks please contact us & we will put together a package to suit your desired length of stay.

 

Accommodation

All accommodation with a Ghana homestay family is included. Rooms are private and have all the basic furnishings you could expect, including running water, electricity & clean bathrooms. Our homestay families have been specially chosen by our Project Ghana Partners & have hosted many volunteers over the course of several years. Our homestay families form some of the most memorable parts of Volunteer Adventures & provide amazing insight into traditional Ghana life, as well as creating friendships that last a lifetime.

 

Meals

Three meals a day are provided by the home-stay families & consist mainly of traditional Ghanaian meals with some flexibility for home comforts when available. If you have special eating needs, you can indicate that while applying. Even though special eating needs are not something we can guarantee, we will do our best to meet your needs.

 

Free Time

During weekends Volunteers have the opportunity to visit all that Ghana has to offer. Weekend trips available include visits to Mole National Park in the Northern Region of Ghana. This National Park offers a great Safari-like experience and is one of the biggest Elephant Sanctuaries in Africa with the chance to spot Lions, Leopards & Antelopes in their natural habitat. 
Volunteers can also take a trip to Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana to relax in the beautiful beaches and see the famous Cape Coast castle, the Kakum Canopy walkway and Elmina castle, where slave trade begun.

 

Language & Cultural Engagement Program

In order to get the most out of your internship position in Ghana, MyGapYear requires you to complete a 2-week language and culture engagement program. This program will provide you with an essential, comprehensive start in investigating the everyday matters of Ghana & ensure language difficulties do not obstruct your work & the learning process. This is included in the final price of your Volunteer Adventure & is compulsory.

 

Orientation & Support

MyGapYear offers unlimited support prior to departure. Upon receipt of your deposit you will receive your MGY Handbook, which includes comprehensive information on Ghanaian customs, culture, what to wear, traditional Ghanaian meals and important words in the Nepali language.

 

You will have 24/7 in country support on the ground in Ghana. An orientation session will be conducted on arrival, in addition to a meeting with representatives from the hospital or clinic to determine how to best utilise your skills and experience during the internship. There will always be an English-speaking staff member available at the hospital or clinic to direct and assist you with anything you may need and help you get settled into your role.

 

MyGapYear has partnerships with other like-minded organisations across the globe. This particular Adventure is operated in partnership with OGVO. We guarantee that all of our partners offer the best value, exciting & safe Adventures you have come to expect from MyGapYear. For more information on who our partners are and how we handle your trip please contact us at info@mygapyear.com.au.

About Accra

Accra, on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea, is one part big-city hectic and another part African laid-back. The city is an example of true African spirit, young, wild & full of soul. During the day, the streets are full of market stalls and vendors where you can browse and buy mouthwatering foods, colourful Kente cloth, beads, or baskets. Don’t forget to practice your haggling. During the night the city comes alive with the traditional Ghanaian ‘spot’ bars and the sound of live drumming music in the warm night air. It also has some great beaches!

Highlights

WORK alongside some of Ghana’s leading journalists & reporters.

HANDS-ON experience in the fields of print, radio or television.

FREE time to spot rare wildlife while on safari in Ghana’s most impressive national park.

LEARN about the development challenges that face the impoverished regions of Ghana.

Adventure Details

LENGTH: 4+ Weeks

START DATES: Select dates apply

PRICE: $1495 USD

MEALS: Some included

FLIGHTS: Not included

Included

All accommodation (home stay & hotel)

3 meals a day at home stay

Induction tour & transfer to placement

Airport meet & greet

24/7 in-country support

Unlimited pre-departure support

Pre-departure pack

MyGapYear placement t-shirt

Legitimate, sustainable & safe Journalism Internship placement in Accra, Ghana

Not Included

Airfares

Visa requirements

Vaccinations

Travel insurance

Spending money

Meals unless otherwise indicated

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