Journalism and Media Work

Accra - Ghana

Only 360€ per week!

Gain valuable journalism and media insight into through work experience at newspapers, TV centres, and radio stations in Ghana.

This journalism and media internship takes you inside the industry, while helping to support underfunded  and understaffed newspapers, TV networks and radio stations. Work alongside local journalists who will give you a genuine feel for the environment and provide you with an opportunity to cover a number of eye-opening issues unique to communities in Ghana.

Culture
Learning
Leisure
Community Engagement
Physical Demand







Program Description

Good literary and communication skills will make you a worthwhile member on any team. Editing, copywriting, reporting, interviewing, and researching are all possible roles that you might take on, as you work alongside some of Ghana's leading journalists and reporters, who are there to offer you guidance throughout your placement.

This media placement is intended for participants who are currently seeking or already have some experience in the industry. Both aspiring reporters and media professionals are warmly welcomed. During the placement, you will have the chance to work in a number of newspapers, radio stations, and TV networks according to your level of interest. Positions range from researchers at a local paper to being the half-time analyst for football matches on TV! Our extensive links will allow you to experiment in a number of different spheres.

We also encourage you to get involved with schools and sports academies to teach classes in media, creative writing and the rudiments of journalism. You may also have the chance to oversee the production of a newspaper created by the children. This will be an excellent chance for you to engage more fully with the community and to mix with Ghana's ambitious youngsters. Alternatively, you may want to use your placement as an opportunity to collect information for your own journalistic projects. If you are an aspiring or professional photojournalist or travel writer, our extensive connections and in-country staff will provide a wealth of material for your work.

Aims & Objectives

  • Provide you with new and valuable experience for your future career
  • Support the media industry in Ghana
  • Develop your teamwork and skills through hands on activity
  • Engage with the community on different levels and share what you know

Schedule

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Introduction
  • Lunch
  • Introduction
  • Dinner

Tuesday to Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Working at/with one of the media stations
  • Lunch
  • Working at/with one of the media stations
  • Dinner

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:

Maximum age:

Minimum English level: Basic

CRB required: No

Passport copy required: No

Resume copy required: No

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

It is a requirement that you MUST have a yellow fever vaccination and must obtain a certificate as proof. You may be asked to produce this certificate at the point of entry into Ghana and can be refused entry if you don’t have one. There may be other vaccine recommendations listed that you may want/need to get before starting.

Additional Equipment

No specific equipment required for this program.

Location

Accra is the capital and largest city in Ghana, with a population of over two million. Accra stretches along the Ghanaian Atlantic coast and extends north. Our accommodation is located in Teshie, a coastal suburban town on the east side of Accra. It is a quickly growing suburb that’s getting bigger and bigger every day. Teshie is rich in it’s diversity and has it’s own train station for easy transport.

About the Accommodation

During your stay here in Ghana you will be accommodated at our center here in Accra. The accommodation is not far away from the beach, it’s just a 10 minutes drive to get there. It’s also centrally located to the most of our programs.

Food Arrangements

Typical Ghanaian dishes mixed with western food will be served at the accommodation. Typical ghanaian food includes rice dishes, beans, fruits, vegetables, chicken, beef and fish.

Facilities

It is close to all amenities with the closest shops just around the corner.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

There are heaps of activities for you to enjoy during your free time. Relax on the beach, take an amazing river tour, visit the central business district or go deeper into the rainforest over the weekend.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name: Republic of Ghana

Population: 27 million

Capital: Accra

Language: English

Currency: Ghana cedi (GH₵)

Time zone: GMT (UTC +0)

Country Information

This multicultural nation is in the western region of Africa, south of the Sahara. Bordered by the Togo in the east, Burkina Faso in the north, Ivory Coast in the west and the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean in the south. Ghana's President is both head of state and head of the government. They now have one of Africa's strongest economies, which together with their democratic political system have made them to a regional power in West Africa.

This country has succeeded in keeping its culture alive for centuries making it an amazing place to visit. Its diverse geography and ecology ranges from coastal savannahs to tropical jungles. Once known as the gold coast, Ghana is the second largest producer of gold in Africa and today Ghana is also the second largest producer of cocoa beans in the world.

Climate

Geographically speaking, Ghana is located only a few degrees north of the Equator, giving it a warm climate that is relatively mild for its latitude. There are two main seasons, but to be on the safe side, expect everyday to be hot and the humidity to be high. During rainy days it usually just rains for a short while, but occasionally it can rain for the entire day. Temperatures tend to hover around 22-30°C.

Wet season

The north experiences its rainy season from April to November. The south experiences two rainy seasons each year. The heaviest rain there is from April until June, and a lighter rain is possible during September and October. Rainfall ranges from 80 to 215 cm a year. You can still expect to experience hot days, in both the north and the south.

Dry season

Hot winds from the Sahara desert blow into the northern part of Ghana in late December and continues until mid-February, this is called Harmattan. Some years this can be pleasant, as it dims the sun and decreases the humidity. Other years a bad Harmattan day will look like a big London fog, except it’s dust. The Harmattan is more intense in the north and this is a perfect time for wildlife viewing as animals congregate at the water holes during this period. Since the coast is in the south, you will likely find even more humid weather than in the north.

Culture

There are over 100 ethnic groups living in Ghana. The largest are Akan (45%), Moshi-Dagbani (17%) and Ewe (14%). The Ashanti tribe of Akan are the largest tribe and one of the few societies in West Africa where lineage is traced through the mother and maternal ancestors. They were once famous for their luxury and wealth rules, but today are more known for their craft-work.

The bond of family is very strong in Ghana and it is the primary source of identity, loyalty and responsibility. Family obligations take precedence over pretty much everything else in life. The entire family shares loss of honour, or the pride of success, which makes the culture a collective one. People are respected because of their age, experience, wealth and position. Therefore, you can always see preferential treatment for the eldest member in the group.

Gastronomy

The centuries old culture of Ghana has even managed to be reflected gastronomically! Most Ghanaian dishes are often served as thick stews or sauces with meat. It is common that dishes include home grown ingredients or local crops, even soups will contain some of the local groundnut or palm nut. Some stews and soups are tomato-based as tomato is another popular ingredient in the country. Most meals also include a starchy component such as boiled yams, rice or cassava as well.

Transportation

There are quite a few ways to travel in Ghana, although not all drivers are licensed. Insurance and registration stickers are displayed in the front windshield of all vehicles, so use your judgement on the condition and appearance of the vehicle and the driver. Keep in mind that most of the road accidents in Ghana are caused by tires that are in bad condition, so choose wisely!

Buses are recommended for long distance journeys. They provide the best balance between safety, price, speed and comfort. Be prepared to pay a bit extra for luggage. Tickets for the buses can be sold out, sometimes days in advance, so book your ticket ahead of time whenever possible. All taxis in Ghana have orange corners for easy recognition. Always ask for the price before jumping into the car, then offer him the half of that. After that, you can work together through negotiation to find a happy medium.

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