Journalism Volunteer Projects in Mexico
- Placement location: Guadalajara, Guzman
- Placement Types:Print, Radio
- Role: To aid the work of a local newspaper, magazine or radio station in addressing various topical issues
- 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 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
What better way to improve both your Spanish and your journalistic skills than to work with a newspaper or radio station in Mexico?
Our Journalism placements are open to volunteers of all ages and levels of experience, no matter whether you are on a gap year, summer volunteer project or a career break.
On our Journalism placements in Mexico you will get not only an insider's view of how a print publication or radio station is run, but also the chance to put together an impressive portfolio 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.
Print journalism placements are offered in both Guadalajara and Ciudad Guzman. The radio journalism option is based in Ciudad Guzman. For the print and radio placements in Ciudad Guzman a good level of Spanish is needed.
Print Journalism Placements in Mexico with Projects Abroad
In Ciudad Guzman we work with a local newspaper. To work at this placement you need a good level of Spanish, however, no specific journalistic experience is required.
As a Journalism volunteer in Ciudad Guzman you will have the chance to research and write articles on topics that interest you. If you like football you may get to spend an evening watching the Chivas football team play in Guadalajara, or you may like to cover local cultural events. Let our local staff and your editor know what interests you and we will try to accommodate this on your placement.
In Guadalajara we work with an NGO dedicated to promoting cycling in the city. As a journalism volunteer here you will be writing articles and taking photos for their magazine. Volunteers also help write online content for the website and can help to make videos to promote their campaigns. Volunteers at this placement who don’t speak or write good Spanish can work on the English version of the online magazine and website.
Both print journalism placements offer volunteers a real opportunity to get involved, whether it be interviewing the locals about their opinions on a topical issue or writing about the latest sports event. By the end of your internship, you should have a number of published articles.
Radio Journalism Placements in Mexico with Projects Abroad
Volunteers can also join a Journalism placement at a radio station in the town of Ciudad Guzman. The station belongs to the journalism department of a local university, and is one of the few neutral radio stations, free from strong commercial and political influences. It is also a very popular station, and locals listeners enjoy hearing foreigners presenting on the radio.
Working at the radio station will give you the chance to observe, and then get involved in, radio production and all the behind the scenes work. You may end up presenting an hour-long radio show three days a week, researching topics along with a local journalist or journalism student, or conducting interviews, accompanied by local staff. This gives you the perfect opportunity to mix with the local community.
If you can demonstrate enthusiasm and creativity, you will be offered plenty of opportunities to get involved in different stories and projects. Local staff members are very welcoming and enthusiastic about volunteers. Previous volunteers have co-presented live current affairs programmes, conducted interviews live on the radio, and reported on news and sports. Volunteers will, however, need an intermediate level of Spanish in order to present shows and participate in interviews.
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 Mexico now have the opportunity to add a 1 Week Conservation Add-On to the end of their main placement.