Volunteer: Environmental + Travel Journalism Placement in South Africa

Global Nomadic

Location: South Africa

Duration: 1-2 months

Cost: $2,750 USD per month

Fee Includes: all food, accommodation, pre-departure + in-country support, orientation and all project related activities

Does not Include: flights, airport pickup, travel insurance, personal spending, visas and vaccinations

Please note: This opportunity is designed to give you the contacts and experience to help further your career. You are not replacing any member of staff, but helping alongside them, whilst learning new skills.


  • Gain hands-on experience working with an environmental and media company in South Africa
  • Ideal for interns with an interest in developing their travel writing and environmental career
  • Keywords: environmental journalism, travel writing, interview techniques, travel expeditions

The project you will be working with is an environmental and media company who focus on bringing attention to environmental issues specific to Africa, always looking for unique and authentic perspectives in their work. They work with many different clients, ranging from broadcasters, corporations, non-governmental organizations, print media and online news outlets. Their work is not restricted to land-based work as part of their program deal with underwater work too. One of the owners is a shark biologist and the other an underwater photographer and so if your interest lies beneath the waves , there s room for you here too.

On this placement, you will learn how to research and produce written content, and how to then establish a successful career in the fields of environmental journalism and travel writing. To be a successful environmental journalist you must have an understanding of current environmental concerns; be up to date with environmental policy decisions and organisations; understand scientific studies; have knowledge of historical environmental events, and above all else, possess an enquiring and curious mind. To make it in travel writing you must know how to market yourself properly and how to move beyond your location ; to create compelling stories from your travels. Travel writing is a hugely competitive field and it is hard to break into this market.

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If you are looking to develop your career in travel journalism and gain invaluable new skills and contacts to help you further your journey in this field, then we can help. Learn how to become a successful and popular writer, enabling you to pursue an incredible career involving travel and adventure. You ll have the career that everyone else dreams of!

Your placement is split into separate sections which are then split into different weeks. You can find details of what you be doing each week below;

Daily Life

Week 1

  • Orientation to Mossel Bay and the program
  • Intro to journalism and journalistic writing styles
  • Narrative writing workshop and assessment
  • Guided edits and personalised learning system creation
  • Intro to ethics, standards and practices
  • This week involves an expedition to the archaeologically significant Point area of Mossel Bay- called the origins of humankind

Week 2

  • Tutorial: Rewriting and Editing
  • Guided and self-guided edits of previous submissions
  • Tutorial: Interviewing techniques what are they?
  • Research conduct research on two individuals and prep for mock interview.
  • Practical Writing and submission of Interview 1 + 2

Week 3

  • Tutorial: Travel Writing
  • Research conduct research on specific upcoming expeditions
  • Expeditions- This week involves a number of different expeditions and a lot of travel writing and blogging
  • Practical Writing, submission and editing of articles 1 7

Week 4

  • Tutorial: Environmental Journalism
  • Research and prep for final piece
  • Self led interviews and source finding
  • Practical Writing, submission and editing of EVJ piece


Specific Regions That May Be Investigated For Stories Include

The garden route region of South Africa is widely renowned for its diversity of reserves, sanctuaries tourism attractions and research institutes. Expeditions will travel to different venues to allow you to visit the organisations upon which your stories are based.

  • Plettenberg Bay,
  • Knysna,
  • Oudtshoorn,
  • George,
  • Mossel Bay,
  • Port Elizabeth,
  • Albertinia,
  • Sedgefield,
  • Wilderness.
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The program runs on weekdays only, during the weekends you will be able to take part in activities +amp; tours or simply relax!

Please note: all information above is subject to change. Please check the most up to date information on the Global Nomadic website when applying.

  • Seniority level

    Entry level

  • Employment type


  • Job function

    Training, Writing/Editing, and Other

  • Industries

    Photography, Marketing and Advertising, and Online Media


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