Journalism Volunteer Projects in Costa Rica
- Placement location: Heredia
- Placement Types:Print and Audio-visual
- Requirements:Volunteers should have at least one year of relevant journalism experience and advanced Spanish
- Role: To work alongside local journalists at the National University's Communications Office
- Accommodation: Host family
- Price: From
- What's included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What's not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 12 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Volunteers joining the Journalism project in Costa Rica will work alongside local journalists at the National University's Communications Office in the city of Heredia. Here you will get, not only an insider's view of how a communications office is run, but also the chance to get involved in a wide variety of work. Your CV will be greatly enhanced by the practical skills that you gain during your Journalism placement and your experience of living and working in a different country will act as proof of your courage and adaptability.
Journalism in Costa Rica
This project will take place at the Communications Office at Costa Rica’s National University in the lively city of Heredia. The office is staffed by professional, trained journalists, and is focused on two main areas: a free newspaper, of which five thousand copies are distributed to university campuses all over Costa Rica every month; and an audio-visual and multimedia department which produces a weekly television programme for a local television channel, regular online news bulletins and a radio programme. The journalists cover local and national news as well as university news stories, arts, sports, and education. The Communications Office also generates promotional material and informative literature for the university.
As a Journalism volunteer, you will gain a broad range of experience in the day to day running of a communications office. You will have the opportunity to get involved in both the newspaper and the audio-visual department, depending on your skills and areas of interest. As an apprentice to the senior journalists, you will shadow and assist them both in the office and in the field, as they cover local news and university stories for the newspaper and the university’s television channel, Campus TV. You could also assist during the production of their weekly radio programme if requested.
Regular tasks on the Journalism project are likely to include:
- Accompanying the journalists to press conferences
- Helping cover stories at the university
- Transcribing and editing texts
- Assisting the film crew
- Assisting the television and radio editor and producer
- Learning about the recording, editing and production process
- Taking photographs for the newspaper and website
If you have a special interest in print journalism or audio-visual production and would like to focus particularly on one of these areas, please let us know on your application.
Volunteers doing this professional project should have at least one year’s journalism experience or training and an advanced level of Spanish. We will ask you to submit your CV when you apply and will also get in touch to check your Spanish skills before you are accepted. It is important that you demonstrate commitment and take your work seriously on this placement. Please note that this Journalism placement is unavailable during the main university holidays from mid-December until the beginning of February, as well as during Easter week and for approximately the first 2 weeks of July.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
All volunteers taking part on any project in Costa Rica now have the opportunity to add a 1 Week Conservation Add-On to the end of their main placement.