FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
You don’t need any experience or academic qualifications in journalism. A basic understanding on how to use a computer and the internet is preferable. The course is best suited to those that have an interest in further exploring the careers such as environmental journalism or travel/ features writer. However, anyone who wants to improve their writing skills whilst travelling around the Garden Route will enjoy the course.
- For how long?
One or two months
Your home for the duration of the course will be the beautiful town of Mossel Bay nestled below the majestic Outeniqua Mountains, located 400 kilometres east of Cape Town, and 400 km south-west of Port Elizabeth along South Africa’s southern coast> Mossel bay has been dubbed as having the 2nd best climate in the world ( temperate ) and it is bordered by the Indian Ocean.
Travel arrangements must be made from your home town to George Airport, Western Cape , South Africa
- Arrival dates and arrangements:
Pick ups and drop offs from George Airport will be organised for the 1st of the month. Interns arriving or leaving outside this time will be required to arrange transport from the airport to the Africa Media at their own cost. Domestic flights within South Africa can be arranged with one of the following companies (www.kulula.com, www.1time.aero, www.flysaa.com).
Living costs are set on an annual basis. Air travel to and from Mossel Bay is not included in the costs. The equivalent of USD 2,300 per month is requested from all the applicants. In addition, applicants will be responsible to cover any additional bank charges or transfer commissions to third parties (e.g. paypal) associated with payments.
- Cost includes:
which will cover the following:
- Your transfer from the airport to the Campus when you arrive (please refer to information on “Arrival dates and arrangements”)
- Your transfer from the Campus to the airport when you leave (please refer to information on “Arrival dates and arrangements”)
- Food for your entire stay
- Lodging (the rooms will be shared with up to three other students of the same sex)
- All practical and theoretical training
- Internet for your projects
- All project transport to location sites
- The use of all equipment, including the following, if required:
- Prosumer type stills camera
- voice recorders
Computers: Please bring your own laptop if you have one.
Other services that are available at additional costs (please enquire if you are interested in any of these activities):
- Short courses at the Oceans Campus
- Laundry service
- Tourism excursions
- Extra food and beverages
- Recreational internet
Depending on your habits and lifestyle, we usually suggest adding to your monthly budget between 4,000 and 6,000 South African Rand for souvenirs, excursions, entertainment and other personal daily needs. If you want to do a SCUBA course you should add a further R4000.
- Can I cancel or change the dates of the internship?
Due to the number of applications received and limited places, we unfortunately do not accept all applying interns. Therefore, we do not welcome cancellations or date changes after the final confirmation and deposit has been sent to us. Please, make sure that the dates you indicate in your application form suit your own schedule/budget before applying.
We request that a non-refundable R6,000 deposit is paid within a month of being accepted into the program as confirmation (foreign and local bank fees are for your own account). The remaining fee must be paid in full 14 days prior to your arrival in South Africa. Please send proof of payment to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would, however, appreciate it if you could let us know of any changes or cancellations as soon as you are aware of these, so that we are able to give another applicant a place.
- More about the bank charges
You can either do a bank transfer after we have sent you an invoice OR you can use PayPal. Both of these methods attract a small fee and the bank method is more hassle but slightly cheaper. Fees vary but you can count on about US$ 60 for the bank transfer and about $US95 for the Paypal method. Interns must cover these administration costs. As the fees vary it is impossible for us to bill you when you pay for the program. After we have received the admin costs from PayPal or the bank we will advise you of the exact amount and ask that you bring it to your program. Your field specialist will arrange this with you and you will be asked to make the payment when in South Africa or Moz. Please ensure that you bring cash to make this payment as we don’t want admin costs to spiral into a never ending loop!
- What should I bring
Toiletries (or you can buy in Mossel Bay), warm and rugged clothing, definitely bring your laptop (if you have one). We will send you an entire packing list once you have confirmed your place on the program
- Do I need a VISA?
Should you be in South Africa for 90 days or less you will be issued with a tourist visa when entering the country. Should your stay (total time in South Africa) be longer than that you will have to apply for a volunteer visa from your home country. However, we strongly recommend that you contact the South African Embassy closest to you to confirm this as soon as possible after being accepted into the program.
- Do I need insurance?
We recommend that you purchase travel and medical insurance before partaking in this course.
- Do I need any specific vaccination or medication before coming to southern Africa?
No, we are far from malaria areas, and there are no strange African diseases which you could pick up (that is if you respect the same safety rules as anywhere else in the world).
- Do we have weekends off?
Yes, the program runs for weekdays only, in the weekends you will be able to take part in activities organised by our partner Oceans Discovery (www.oceans-discovery.org) or relax.
- How can I get more information?
Further information about our company and work is available on the Africa Media website, you can download the programs brochure here, or alternatively send a email to course director – Fiona Ayerst at email@example.com