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Nepal Journalism & Photography Internship in Kathmandu

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The landscapes of Nepal are some of the most spectacular in the world. The world's highest mountain ranges plunge into lush, green valleys teeming with exotic wildlife and throughout, remote monasteries and villages adorn the landscape. Here, you'll meet some of the friendliest and most generous people.

With its mix of Hindu and Buddhist cultures, Nepal thrives on ancient traditions and practices. Discover the clothing, handicrafts, and customs that bring colour and history to everyday life. You won’t be short of a story in Nepal, it will provide the perfect backdrop for your journalism experience; a dynamic and changeable environment will challenge you and equip you with the skills to progress your media career.

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Create unforgettable memories
  • Experience the joys & adventures of being a journalist
  • Make lifelong friends

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • University degree in journalism or similar field
  • Relevant related work experience
  • Volunteers need to bring their own camera for photographic assignments
  • Intermediate level of English
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FAST FACTS
Location Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara, Nepal
Activities Gathering local news
Researching
Reporting
Shadowing experienced staff
Writing articles
Photography assignments
Gathering topic specific news
Transport Airport pickup 
Accommodation Volunteer house / Homestay

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go

Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt

 

In-country 2 meals a day
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Project orientation & training
In-country emergency support
24 hour international HQ back-up

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Volunteers will be given the opportunity to work within print media as an exchange journalist in Nepal. You will be writing for a local tourist newspaper, which has a focus on promoting tourism within the country. You will be involved in the general administration of the newspaper as well as the opportunity to contribute to destination reports around Nepal. This is a chance to immerse yourself in a new and different community. Rather than just being a detached tourist, you are subscribing to an ethos that is beneficial to the culture that you are spending time in. 

Volunteers will be provided with some basic journalism and photography training by an experienced member of staff, so that you leave Nepal not only having had the experience of a lifetime but with new skills, improved employment prospects, as well as becoming a more well-rounded individual.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Depending upon your previous experience and skills you will be placed either with a Nepali- or English-language newspaper based in Kathmandu. You may be involved in a range of activities, from attending press conferences, writing news articles and taking photos to destination reporting, attending interaction programmes about contemporary journalism in Nepal, writing for a blog and more. Your involvement will depend upon your own skills and interests as well as what is needed at the time of your placement. 

You will be encouraged to bring your own creativity, perspective and skills to the articles you contribute to, whilst also constantly learning from professionals working alongside you. If you are interested in a particular element of working on the paper do let us know and we will endeavour to ensure you are involved in this area at some point during your internship. All this, whilst you discover more about this magical destination and its people through your work and research on the project. 

All volunteers are required to submit an up-to-date CV as all placements are dependant upon the acceptance of the newspaper/magazine.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be collected upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport on the Sunday by a friendly local staff member and transported to your accommodation. Once you have had time to rest the local staff will introduce you to your project and the local area. Your in-country coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise and you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly, vibrant country.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

During this project there may be a number of different accommodation options, either in a volunteer guesthouse or a clean and welcoming homestay with a carefully chosen host.  Wherever you stay you'll be a member of the family, and your hosts will work hard to make you feel as such.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with 2 meals a day whilst staying at the Volunteer house in Kathmandu. For lunch volunteers usually eat out, with colleagues or at the projects themselves as they are away from the volunteer house. There are a wide variety of cusines available in Kathmandu, both Western and Nepalese. The most prevalent Nepali dish is daal, bhaat and tarkaari (lentils, rice and vegetable curry). This is the main course served in most Nepalese houses for both lunch and dinner. Nepali food is much less spicy than Indian food, and many dishes are Tibetan in origin. It seems that Indian influence is only confined to south-western part of Nepal. The rest of Nepal has more of Tibetan and Chinese influence in their cuisines.

Two of the most exclusive and authentic Nepalese delicacies include momos, a meat or vegetable filled dumpling and Tibetan bread and honey – a puffy fried bread with heavy raw honey. Both of these items are good for a light breakfast but are insufficient for a full meal. The Newars of Nepal are considered to be great connoisseurs, so watch out for Newari restaurants for a special Nepalese gastronomic experience!

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your free time you can explore the amazing city of Kathmandu and visit the many spiritual temples and palaces. Perhaps you could visit the many markets and shops or even try some of the local delicacies sold throughout the city.

As well as traditional Nepalese foods, the city also offers modern bakeries and upmarket restaurants. You may also wish to visit some of the picturesque villages on the outskirts of the city if you fancy a break from the hustle and bustle!

Why not take a fun ride on the local bus to go white water rafting. After your project you may wish to spend a couple of weeks trekking in the Himalayas or Annapurna Ranges or wildlife spotting in Chitwan National Park.

COSTS

4 weeks £ 995

extra week £ 195

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly, please aim to arrive on the Sunday

DURATION

4 weeks minimum

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up 
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Kathmandu (KTM)

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.

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.

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