Article by Robin Van Auken on Volunteer Forever

If you’re a creative person looking for a career opportunity in communications, then you know it’s difficult to get hired without a solid portfolio. But how do you go about developing that portfolio if you don’t have a job? Great news! You can jumpstart your career as a professional journalist or photographer with an internship abroad.

There are news agencies in Morocco and Ghana, radio stations in Argentina, and magazines in Thailand that would love to have you work with them. Here’s a chance to hone your reporting, social media marketing, and photography skills, and learn new ones as part of a team that makes a difference.

As an intern abroad, you can work with NGOs promoting social initiatives, companies with an established circulation, or new startups forging their social identity. Work alongside seasoned reporters and editors and learn the ropes quickly.

How do you know if a journalism volunteer placement is right for you? Ask yourself if you feel called to safeguard the truth. The purpose of journalism is to provide people with the information they need to be free and self-governing, and to achieve this, you’ll need to have:

  1. An obligation to the truth
  2. Loyalty to citizens
  3. The discipline to verify information
  4. A sense of independence from sources
  5. Be able to monitor those in power with detachment

A journalist serves the community, and what they provide is truth and understanding. The internet and the great amount of information that funnels through it makes the need greater, not less, that the people supplying the news have integrity and the ability to verify the truth.

If you have a camera and a laptop and feel the call to be a watchdog, looking out for people who are often voiceless, then consider one of the programs listed below. These programs put you in-country, on the ground, being a part of a trusted news team.


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