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The EXPEDITION Project

The EXPEDITION Project

The EXPEDITION Project

The EXPEDITION Project connects inspiring, sustainable projects with each other and with the resources they need, and it shares their stories with the world.

Volunteer

Location:
Nationwide, South Africa

Posted:
7 Oct 2013

Deadline:
Opportunity has expired

Employer tags:
Industry:
Education
Media
Journalism
Social Enterprise
Film & TV
Development
Health
Renewables & Environment
Esc Factor:
Exotic
Entrepreneurial
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Media Volunteers South Africa 2014

2014 is a huge year for South Africa, why not make it a huge year for you too!

Nationwide, South Africa

Applicants are required to hold the relevant Visas/Work Permits

Job Type:
Contract / Short-term
Level:
Entry Level
Escape Factors:
Entrepreneurial
Exotic
Social Impact
Function:
Digital Media
Programme Management
Project Management
Research
Writing/Editing
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THE OPPORTUNITY

You’re Invited!

Join The EXPEDITION Project on a rare chance to capture an important moment in history. In 2014, South Africa will celebrate its 20th year of democracy and hold its fifth democratic presidential election – we want you to help us capture this and more.

We need young, adventurous volunteers with an interest and training in all forms of media to assist documenting what is predicted to be a fascinating year for South Africa. Besides capturing the expedition with video, photography and stories, we also need our volunteers to help with surveys and interviews in the communities, as well as assist with our static community projects we will be visiting.

Are you qualified or trained in:

  • Film-making and photography
  • Journalism and anthropology

With an interest in:

  • Conservation and the environment
  • Sustainable development and renewable energy
  • Education, human rights and social issues
  • Health services

What to Expect

The aim of the trip for 2014 is to film the nation’s perception of the last 20 years and their visions for the next generation. All daily experiences will need to be filmed, photographed and documented in order to produce a documentary, photographic journal and solution orientated written material for publication.

You will be travelling by road with team leaders and other volunteers. We have tried to keep the daily drive time to under two hours on average, but even on exceptional cases we will aim not be on the road for more than four hours on any given day. The courses that we have plotted are mostly off the beaten track, but there is no serious bush-whacking involved. The areas we travel through are safe and malaria-free.

Some of our research activities will include conservation, education and health related surveys. We will also be visiting community projects that we identified on our 2012 and 2013 expeditions, so you can look forward to encountering many different cultures. Of course, we will also take time out to enjoy nature and explore attractions like prehistoric rock paintings and animal sanctuaries. Our mission is a serious one, but we believe that fun makes work worthwhile.

We have a clear creative concept for the media we’d like to produce, but it is flexible enough for individual expression and your own fresh ideas.

THE DETAILS

What it will Cost

We appeal to the very nature of volunteerism and therefore our volunteer posts are free*, provided you can offer your expertise and services to the project. Comfortable shared accommodation (B&B’s, guest houses, hotels, lodge, tented camps and camping), certain some meals, project transport, airport transfers and project co-ordination will be provided**. Certain activities and reserve entrances will also be covered.

*In return for a place on our team all material created will become property of The EXPEDITION Project.

**Insurance cover and air travel as well as certain accommodation and meals are not included.

Travel

Our expeditions will run for varying lengths. All trips start and finish in Cape Town, and it is up to you to decide how many days you would like to join us for.  Airport pick up and drop off points are conveniently located along the way

Space is limited, so we can only accommodate one 15kg bag per volunteer. Please bring laptops and cameras to use as part of the project.

Note: No malaria tablets are needed!

Food and Accommodation

Through our project network team-members will be fortunate enough to stay at some of the countries best B&B’ guest houses, hotels and lodges, not to mention world-renown game and nature reserves. The rest of the time you will just have to put up with ‘good accommodation’ and some camping. In the same way food along the way will be a diverse range of local and specialty dishes some included as part of the project.

THE EXPEDITION PROJECT

What is The EXPEDITION Project?

The EXPEDITION Project aims to identify significant social and environmental challenges in South Africa in order to find the best solutions to overcome those challenges. Practically, this means determining the root causes of the issues through hands-on assessments and face-to-face interviews. It also involves noting the successes that communities have achieved, which may be replicated elsewhere or used to inspire and encourage other groups. The EXPEDITION Project connects community projects and enterprises with each other and promotes them through its own media channels. All of these goals are achieved through a series of sustainable annual journeys that are publicized in the media and supported by government and private enterprise.

In its foundation year (2012), The EXPEDITION Project’s main aim was to identify the most pressing issues and the areas of greatest need. It also served as a road test of the project itself, bringing to light the practical and logistical challenges it would need to overcome in order to be effective and sustainable. The 2012 journey ran along the periphery of South Africa – staying off the beaten track allowed it to visit remote communities that are easily neglected and cut off from the resources available in bigger centres. In 2013 we re-visited certain areas from our 2012 trip as well as forging new paths and making new contacts.

While it will mostly stay off the beaten track in 2014, The EXPEDITION Project will expand its scope by including a few more well known areas and towns in order to gather a varied annual assessment. It will also increase its effectiveness by implementing the lessons learnt in 2012 and 2013. For example, a bigger team will allow The EXPEDITION Project to drill down into the practical needs it encounters, make an inventory of the resources required and engage suppliers or sponsors to meet those needs.

More details: www.theexpeditionproject.com

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