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Frequently Asked Questions

RECRUITER INFORMATION

How to get a prospects?

Prospects, or leads, are prospective interns who may join Africa Media on a program. The way that you generate potential prospects is via marketing, and then ensuring that your marketing efforts lead back to you. To generate prospects you have to put in the footwork. Some of the best methods that we recommend is using social media to post to your personal network and to students that are potentially interested in our programs (using hashtags, posting on groups etc.). We have a dedicated section on the recruiter page that suggests good marketing methods. To ensure that the prospects are driven back to you, make sure your personal contact details are placed where appropriate. 

How does the commissions work?

Its pretty simply, you get 200USD per intern that you recruit (also for each month – e.g. 400USD for two month participation). You are eligible to received this payment once the intern has paid the program deposit, and you have been identified as the recruiter. Once you have successful recruited you can apply for payout in either May or November by submitting a claims form and sending a PayPal invoice to us at – info@africa-media.org

When and how do I get paid?

We work exclusively with PayPal to disperse payments to our recruiters. So please go ahead and open a PayPal account (paypal.com) and link it to you personal bank account. Payments will be made bi-annually on the last day of May or November. To receive payment, firstly submit a claims form (so we can ensure that we are on the same page with what is owed), then when we confirm the amount owed, submit a PayPal invoice to ‘info@africa-media.org’. We will them disperse the owed commissions to you. 

How do I know I am getting credited for my recruited interns

A. Enter your prospects details directly into the Africa Media system and identify yourself as the recruiter. This will ensure that you always get credited with the intern as soon as they book onto a program. Upload you prospects here 

B. When interns book they are asked how they heard about us. At this stage they can say an Alumni recruiter and enter your name.

C. If you have information about an intern that you think has booked, please enquire with us and we will tell you if the intern has booked on or not.

Does Africa Media help with funding for marketing?

Typically we do not assist with marketing funding, however, in a few circumstances we will assist. If you want to set up a stall at a university career / society day, then we are happy to provide a printing and entry budget. If you have a marketing idea that does require significant additional funding, you are free to propose your idea to us.

What does my duties as a recruiter entail?

Our recruiters are responsible for generating their own prospects (marketing) and nurturing (recruiting) them through the stage of submitting a provisional booking. At the stage that they would like to book, you should direct the prospective intern to submit a booking form via our Africa Media website. Our team is available to assist you in answering queries, but you should be the primary contact for the prospective intern throughout.

What support does Africa Media offer?

Recruiters are welcome to upload new prospects onto the Africa Media site, and thus prospective intern will receive automated information about our programs. Alternatively, we can assist with guiding you in answering questions for prospects – just drop a note to Fiona with the query you require answering. Further support is offered in a series of FAQ’s geared towards typical questions that prospective interns ask.

ANSWERS FOR PROSPECTS

What do the fees include and exclude?

What does the course fee include? 

Please view the various programs FAQ pages for this information.

Wildlife & Travel Journalism FAQ

Wildlife Film making FAQ

Underwater Photography FAQ

Underwater Videography FAQ

What does the course fee exclude?

Additional short courses, laundry service, tourism excursions, extra food and beverages, international and domestic flights, game ranger tip, 4% paypal commission, bank fees. If you choose to arrive early (before the 1st) or depart late (after the 28th) then we will ask R400/day to cover additional food and accommodation. 

Are they eligible?

No special requirements or qualifications are required for any of our programs. However, if a student is under 18 (i.e. 16 or 17) then we need you to talk directly to the parents and they must understand that the environment is safe, but that the interns do drink during the program, and that they are happy with their child been in this environment. 

If the prospect is interested in underwater photography they need to be a qualified SCUBA diver by the time the program begins. Alternatively, they can come to the program a week or two early and get qualified at an additional cost of 1000USD for the one week option or 1600USD for the two week option(recommended). 

For how long is the course?

The course is for 1 month in total. The course begins on the 1st (arrival day) and ends on the 28th (departure day) of each operational month. If you would like to arrive early or depart late, then you will be charged R400/day to cover you food and accommodation and R500 per transfer outside of arrival/departure days. 

What months is the course?

At present we run seven months each year, starting from 1st of May with the last program finishing at the end of November. **Subject to change, so please confirm with us**

  • 1 – 28 May
  • 1 – 28 June
  • 1 – 28 July
  • 1 – 28 August
  • 1 – 28 September
  • 1 – 28 October
  • 1 – 28 November

Who owns the media I collect

All media (video and audio) collected by participants will belong to them. However, the following licencing conditions on collected materials is required:

  • Africa Media retains total right to use the media for any non-exclusive purpose whatsoever free of charge and without requiring permission or paying compensation to the student (this includes the sale of footage). This further means that the student may only license any collected footage for non-exclusive rights to a third party.
  • Africa Media will be recognised as the ‘executive producer’ on your finished documentary.

Do I need to bring my own video equipment or gear?

All video/photo equipment is supplied as part of the course, except for the Photojournalism program. If participants want to bring your own equipment, particularly if you are interested on shooting with DSLR cameras, they are more than welcome.

Participants should bring their your own laptop to edit on.

Specific requirements can be found under the FAQ pages for the various programs.

Wildlife & Travel Journalism FAQ

Wildlife Film making FAQ

Underwater Photography FAQ

Underwater Videography FAQ

What equipment do students have access to?

Film Program: 

  • 8 x Panasonic HVX-200P series P2
  • 2 x NEX100 Sony cameras
  • 10 x GoPro cameras (effects camera)
  • 2 x Phantom 4 drone

Audio Equipment available:

  • 8 x RODE shotgun mics (camera or boom mounted)
  • 2 x Sennheiser and sony lavallière radio mic systems
  • 1 x Tascam digital audio recorder
  • 1 x Rode DSLR mounted shotgun mic
  • 1 x Soundproof audio recording suite

Accessories available:

  • 8 x video camera tripods
  • 8 x video ‘throw bags’
  • 1 x video camera crane
  • 3 x reflectors
  • 1 x radio control ‘cub cam’ filming vehicle
  • 1 x camera slider (tracking shots)

Computers: Please bring your own laptop. It must be pre-loaded with Adobe Premiere Pro CC2018  or CS6 as we use this extensively on the course.

Underwater Photo: 

  • 7 x Underwater DSLR photographic kits with strobes
  • 2 x Prosumer type cameras with housings and a strobe
  • Go Pros
  • 1 x Panasonic HVX200 video camera & housing
  • Full scuba kits including a full range of wetsuit sizes.
  • Rubber Duck RIB or dive boat

Camera’s – we use both Canon and Nikon cameras but you are welcome to bring your own gear.

Computers: Please bring your own laptop. It must be pre-loaded with Adobe Lightroom 6  or CC as we use this extensively on course. Please bring Adobe Premiere Pro OR if you don’t want to buy that then any other video editing software that you usually use and know.

Underwater Video:

  • 6 x Underwater video kits consisting of:
  • 1 x Panasonic HVX200 with gates housing
  • 2 x Nikon D70 with Ikilite housings
  • 1 x Canon 5D mk 2 with Sea & Sea housing
  • 1 x Sony RX100 with Gates housing
  • 1 x Sony HDR-CX190 with Marlin Marine housing
  • 6 x sets of underwater torches – orca torch 3000 – 5000 Lum
  • Full scuba kits including a full range of standard wetsuit sizes

Computers: Please bring your own laptop with a minimum of 4gb RAM. It must be pre-loaded with Adobe Premiere Pro OR, if you don’t want to buy that, then any other video professional level editing software that you usually use and know.

Can I cancel or change the dates once accepted onto a program?

Due to the number of applications received and limited places, we unfortunately do not accept all applying students. Therefore, we do not welcome cancellations or date changes after the final confirmation 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 USD 750 deposit is paid within a 14 days of being accepted into the program as confirmation. The remaining fee must be paid in full 30 days prior to arrival in South Africa.

Do I require a VISA?

No. You will not be employed by Africa Media nor paid. On this course you are entitled to enter on a temporary visitors permit (e.g. tourism permit). Tourist visiting visas are usually issued for three months/90 days upon entry in South Africa (not applicable to all countries). However, we do recommend that you contact the South African Embassy or Consulate in your country and confirm the details.  If your application period is for a period longer than three months, or if you plan to travel in South Africa prior or after the course for a period extending 90 days, you will have to apply for a extended VISA application through your home embassy.

Where do I stay?

For the land based programs your home will be the beautiful town of Mossel Bay, with 8 nights on a private game reserve for the film program and 4 nights for the photojournalism program.

For the underwater programs, depending on which month you join, your home will be the sunny coastal town of Scottburgh or alternatively land of coconuts Mozambique.

Where must students fly to?

Depending on which program you join, travel arrangements must be made from your home town to George Airport, King Shaka Airport in Durban or Inhambane Airport in Mozambique. We will pick you up and drop you off from these Airports.

What are the arrival dates and pickup arrangements?

Pickups and drop offs from the local Airports will be organised by Africa Media for you on the 1st day and the 28th day of the month . Students arriving or leaving outside these times will be required to pay an R500 one way transfer fee.

Do students need insurance?

Yes. When you are accepted into this program, you agree to our liability, copyright documents, as well an agreement that you are knowingly partaking in potentially dangerous activities. You will not be covered for accidents or illnesses, so please do organize your own medical and health insurances. You may apply for a normal travel insurance policy. Chances that you will be injured by a predator are very slim if you follow the safety guidelines, and do not try anything foolish of which we would not approve. However, you will be wildlife which can result in accidents. So it is important to be covered in case of an emergency or accident. Be sure to have an insurance cover for your entire stay in southern Africa.

What clothing do I need to bring?

For the field work on the reserves, some tough jeans or khaki pants, tough and warm tops (neutral colors)  and outdoor shoes/boots are required. Good waterproof clothing; factor 30+ sun block and a wide brim hat; sunglasses. You may bring toiletries, or buy them when you get here.

Please research the weather for your chosen month and chosen program to insure you pack accordingly. 

How much extra money should I bring or have available for extra’s and weekend excursions?

Our partner Discovery Tours runs day trips and weekend trips for participants. We recommend you have around USD100 – USD500 extra per weekend (depending on which activity you choose) if you wish to go on these. Please note you do not have to go on ANY of these extra trips. This is simply for your information should you wish to do so.

Do I need malaria, or other, medication?

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).

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