What will I do at my Journalism placement in South Africa?
You’ll work at the Cape Chameleon, an online publication funded and run by Projects Abroad and an experienced journalist.
You’ll get involved in a range of daily tasks that will offer up great insight into the inner workings of a contemporary publication. These include:
- Research, interview, and write content for online publication.
- Explore various styles of writing for your online portfolio.
- Go to events and tours in and around Cape Town.
- Conduct relevant picture research to support your stories.
- Create photo or video stories.
Your work will focus on the following areas:
A blog post on a topic you are passionate about
Brainstorm ideas, conduct research and find the story that you wish to tell. Bounce off ideas with your editor and your peers and bring that idea to life.
An article about an organisation
Find an organisation that you truly care about and tell their story. Interview members and discover their challenges and ambitions. Choose a topic related to that organisation and share it with the world if you like. This is your platform to engage with your audience and get them involved in making a difference.
A review of a place or event
Cape Town boasts an eclectic mix of events and tours that will inspire you and leave you with a unique knowledge of South African culture, art and history. Your editor will arrange tours and events that you’ll have to cover. Step out of the office and spark that creativity.
An essay dissecting a controversial topic
Controversial in our editorial sense means an essay that explores a topic that stirs conversation. Topics such as; Rugby and the female form – tackling equality, body positivity and the modern woman, the issue of pad privilege, the ethics of pedigree breeding or modern masculinity.
A profile on an interesting person or place
There are many inspirational people and places in Cape Town. Discover new places, be curious, meet new people and learn what it takes to become a great journalist.
Imagery will be an essential part to the stories you publish. You will either take photographs yourself, to accompany your work. Or you can research, find, and license pictures yourself through an image library.
Photo or video reporting
If you’re a budding photographer, the placement will give you the chance to explore your photographic skills. You will get to take photos to accompany your stories, or for a standalone photo spread.
Video enthusiasts will also get to film, edit, and publish their own video content, if they want to.
Where in South Africa will I be working?
You will work in Cape Town - voted the best city in the world for the seventh year in a row.
Your internship will be with the Cape Chameleon online magazine, which provides positive, solution-driven reporting to the community via the internet. They believe that changing the headlines can change the world.
However, it’s not all business in the city. Capetonians enjoy cutting edge art and a vibrant music scene alongside true culinary gems. And while you’re here, you’ll have the opportunity to experience everything the city has to offer.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Known as the Rainbow Nation, South Africa has a diverse mix of cultures. Our projects are based in Cape Town, a region filled with an exciting variety of activities to do during your free time.
You can catch a wave at Muizenberg beach or just relax in a seaside restaurant. There’s plenty of local cuisine to try, including delicately spiced Cape Malay curries and the creamy milk tart dessert.
South Africa has a difficult past, which you can learn more about at the District 6 Museum and Robben Island.
For an awe-inspiring experience, you can spend the day getting lost in the towering silos that make up the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Arts Africa. Finally, no trip to Cape Town would be complete without a cable car ride up iconic Table Mountain.
We run many different projects in South Africa, so there’s sure to be other volunteers in the country with you. So if you want to travel with a group, you’re sure to find like-minded people who’ll join you on your adventures.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
Meet the team in South Africa
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