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Tanzania N.G.O. Media & Journalism Internship

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Tanzania N.G.O. Media & Journalism Internship

Develop your journalism skills whilst spending time on beautiful Mafia Island.

Prices from US$2,895

Your Frontier media and journalism project begins with a thrilling journey high above the turquoise Indian Ocean as you fly to Mafia Island – the most beautiful of Tanzania's Spice Islands, where tranquil white sand beaches, friendly villagers, and world class scuba diving sites combine to make this a true tropical paradise.

Your journalism placement will give you the opportunity to work as a field journalist integrating yourself with the 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 for this placement is dependent on submission of an up to date CV/resume detailing relevant experience and/or qualifications.




  • Immerse yourself in true Tanzanian culture
  • Live in the idyllic beach camp on beautiful Mafia Island
  • Gain valuable professional travel journalism experience and references
  • Make lifelong friends


  • CV required
  • Minimum 2 month placement
  • Relevant journalism or media experience and qualifications
  • Laptop and/or camera/video camera that you are able to take to the project


Location Mafia Island, Tanzania
Activities Article production

Airport pick and first night hostel accommodation in Dar es Salaam can be arranged at extra cost (£40/$60) (optional) 
Airport pick up from Mafia Island Airport.
Transfer to camp from Mafia Island Airport (£4/$6)

Accommodation Communal camp near to the beach


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)


Camp accommodation near the beach
3 meals per day provided on project sites, 6 days per week. 2 meals provided on Sunday

Airport pickup in Dar es Salaam and transfer to hostel (extra cost US$22/$20)

First night hostel accommodation in Dar es Salaam (extra cost US$22/$20)

Transfer to airport for connecting flight to the island (extra cost US$22/$20)

Airport pick up from Mafia Island Airport and transfer to camp (extra cost applies US$7/$6)
Local orientation
In-country emergency support
24 hour international HQ back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


We can arrange an airport pick up for you at Dar es Salaam Airport and a local private driver will escort you to a local hostel where you can spend your first night relaxing and recovering from your journey. These costs are extra and you can pay US$68/$60 in country. The following day you will be returned to the airport in time for your internal flight on the eight seater light aircraft to Mafia Island. Please ensure that you book your flight well in advance. Once on Mafia Island you will be met by Frontier staff at the airport and transferred by vehicle to the project camp site at Utende. You will then have an introductory period which will allow you to settle into life on Mafia Island, meet with the staff and your fellow volunteers and get stuck into camp life.

If you are travelling independently you may wish to make your own internal arrangements and if so we will provide you with detailed instructions on how to reach the Mafia Island camp. If you do plan to make your own way to camp please ensure you inform the project staff of your intended journey and arrival time at least 1 week prior to arrival.

It is possible to reach Mafia by ferry but sailing times can be very unpredictable, the journey might be rough and it can be tricky with no knowledge of Swahili. If you choose to travel by road and ferry you need to transfer to the port town of Nyamasati, 90 km south of Dar from where you can catch the ferry, approximately a 6-hour trip, to the town of Kilindoni on the western side of Mafia Island. If you inform staff of your arrival plans beforehand, once on the island you will be met by Frontier field staff, either at the small harbour town of Kilondoni or at the airport on Mafia and transferred by boat or vehicle to the project camp site.


Check out our Camp Tour video! 

During the project you'll live on a basic camp alongside the project volunteers at Utende within Mafia Island Marine Park. We aim to provide you with a unique and memorable living experience. The Frontier camp was constructed by local craftsmen and Frontier field staff using traditional building techniques from locally sourced, environmentally friendly, building supplies. You may even have a chance to try out some of these construction techniques for yourself while living on camp.

The camp, which is situated in a clearing in a coconut plantation, was designed to blend in with the surroundings. Camp life is very simple, unsophisticated and fun. You will be staying in communal bandas, huts made from makuti (woven palm leaves), poles and mud, sleeping on beds constructed from wooden poles, washing from a bucket, using a long drop toilet and cooking over a charcoal stove. So prepare for the basic, unencumbered lifestyle!


Camp food is simple and nutritious and consists largely of rice, beans and vegetables all of which are purchased locally in order to help support the local economy. Luxuries such as chocolate, biscuits, peanut butter and drinking chocolate are available in Kilindoni but tend to be expensive as they are imported from the mainland, so make sure you stock up before heading to the field! Part of your role on camp will be to help with the cooking, so get your cookbooks out now and start practicing!

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The Frontier-Tanzania camp is fun and in your spare time you'll have opportunities to swim and snorkel, play football against the unbeatable local side or try out beach volleyball. Alternatively you may enjoy a traditional Saturday night themed camp party, play poker, chess or backgammon or join in a camp quiz night. After a long hard day of being out in the field working you may prefer to relax with a drink and sway in the camp hammock or sit and chat to your new friends under a sky lit up by millions of stars.

Tanzania offers a massive range of adventure and cultural activities for you to enjoy after your Frontier project. Visit game reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and forest reserves. Experience a traditional African safari and game drive, visit the exotic island of Zanzibar, climb Kilimanjaro, snorkel or learn to scuba dive by taking a PADI dive course.

Dive courses run monthly commencing on the first Monday of the month (subject to availability)

  • Single Day Snorkelling US$17
  • Single Day Dive US$42
  • Double Dive US$85
  • 4-dive package US$170
  • 10-dive package US$340


  • Discover Scuba Diving US$110
  • Open Water Dive Course US$782
  • Advanced Open Water US$620
  • Emergency First Responder US$221
  • Rescue Diver US$595
  • Dive Master US$1,275 (PADI professional membership fees not included)

*Medical certificate is mandatory for participation in dive courses

Rental equipment (prices per day)

  • Jacket/BCD US$8
  • Regs US$8
  • Wetsuit US$8
  • Mask/Snorkel US$5
  • Fins US$5


Mafia Island

  • Boat rental
  • Fishing
  • Hostels / hotels
  • Internet available at local bars
  • Post office
  • Souvenir shops
  • Traditional markets
  • Western style restaurants
  • kilindoni - 20-30 minute tuk tuk ride away at own cost
  • Grocery Stores
  • Medical clinic
  • Phone shops
  • Traditional markets

Dar es Salaam - 45 minute flight at own cost

  • 24 hour supermarkets
  • Banks / ATMs; National Microfinance Bank, Standard Chartered, Barclays, National Bank of Commerce, Stanbic
  • Bars / clubs
  • Bureau de Change
  • Cinema
  • Dentist
  • Department store
  • Hairdresser
  • Hospital
  • Hostels / hotels
  • International Embassies and Consulates
  • Internet cafes
  • Local style restaurants
  • Mobile phone shops
  • Pay phones
  • Pharmacy
  • Traditional markets
  • Western style restaurants
  • Western Union


8 weeks US$2,895

12 weeks US$4,045

20 weeks US$5,995

extra week US$345


Every Monday throughout the year.


You can join this project for a minimum of 2 months

This project is available throughout the Christmas period


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)


  • Camp accommodation near the beach
  • 3 meals a day Monday - Saturday, 2 meals on Sundays
  • Airport pickup in Dar es Salaam and transfer to hostel (extra cost US$22/$20)
  • First night hostel accommodation in Dar es Salaam (extra cost US$22/$20)
  • Transfer to airport for connecting flight to the island (extra cost US$22/$20)
  • Airport pick up from Mafia Island airport
  • Transfer to Frontier camp (extra cost US$7/$6)
  • Accommodation upgrades available in local lodge (extra cost applies)
  • Local orientation
  • 24-hour in-country & international HQ emergency support & back-up


Nearest airport(s): Mafia Island (MFA)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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