How to a get 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.
When do I qualify for the commission?
You qualify for your commission as soon as a prospective intern pays their deposit to Africa Media and it reflects in the account. We will cc you into the communications with them, so that you are aware of us receiving the payment. We will also email you separately congratulating you on the successful recruit.
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. We have four periods throughout the year we we disperse payments (February, May, August, 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 ‘firstname.lastname@example.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 query us and we will tell you if the intern has booked on our not.
What do the fee include and exclude?
What does the course fee include?
Accommodation, 3 meals per day, expert tuition, 10 days filming and living on Schotia Game Reserve, use of broadcast quality HD video cameras (Panasonic P2), use of professional audio gear, use of professional drone, filming expeditions to Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Harry Getty park, travel to/from George Airport, internet (medium speed).
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 30th) then we will ask R400/day to cover additional food and accommodation.
ANSWERS FOR PROSPECTS
Am 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 early and get qualified at an additional cost of around 500USD.
What is the daily work?
The course is divided into three components, namely: Pre-production (6 days), Production (10 days) and Post production (5 days).
- During Pre-production, students will learn the concepts of making wildlife documentaries and also the basics in camera use and filming techniques.
- During production, students will stay on Schotia reserve and spend the days collecting footage for your documentary.
- During post production, students will edit your footage into a 5 minute documentary and learn about pitching and selling yourself and films.
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 30th (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.
What months is the course?
At present we run six programs each year, starting from 1st of May with the last program finishing at the end of October.
- 1 – 31 May
- 1 – 30 June
- 1 – 30 July
- 1 – 31 August
- 1 – 30 September
- 1 – 31 October
Who owns the media I collect
All media (video and audio) collected by you will belong to you. 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 equipment is supplied as part of the course. If you want to bring your own equipment, particularly if you are interested on shooting with DSLR cameras, you are more than welcome.
In terms of post production – we prefer you bring your own laptop to edit on. This should have at least 4gb RAM and be pre-loaded with a version of Adobe premier. We do have a limited (three) number of editing computers available if you do not have your own personal editing computer.
What equipment do students have access to?
Video Cameras available:
- 6 x Panasonic HVX-200P series P2
- 7 x GoPro cameras (effects camera)
- 1 x Phantom 4 drone
Audio Equipment available:
- 6 x RODE shotgun mics (camera or boom mounted)
- 3 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
- 6 x video camera tripods
- 6 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 if you have one. It must be pre-loaded with Adobe Premiere Pro CC2015 or CS6 as we use this extensively on the course. We do have three computers to use if it is impossible for you to bring your own computer.
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. However, we do recommend that you contact the South African Embassy or Consulate in your country and confirm this fact. 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 Volunteer VISA application through your home embassy.
Where do I stay?
Your home for 20 days of the course will be in the beautiful town of Mossel Bay, South Africa. For 10 days you will be staying on the Schotia Game Park living in the wilderness and collecting content for your production.
Where must students fly to?
Travel arrangements must be made from your home town to George Airport, South Africa. We will pick you up and drop you off from George Airport.
What are the arrival dates and pickup arrangements?
Pickups and drop offs from George Airport will be organised by Africa Media for you on the 1st day of the month. Students arriving or leaving outside this time will be required to arrange transport between the airport at their own cost.
Do students need insurance?
Yes. When you are accepted into this program, you will have to sign 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 filming on a wildlife reserve 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 in the reserve, 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.
How much extra money should I bring or have available for extra’s and weekend excursions?
Our partner Blue Wilderness Tours runs weekend trips for students and interns. We recommend you have around USD300 extra per weekend trip 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 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).