Wildlife Videography & Photography

What can I expect?

This internship will provide you with a perfect introduction to wildlife filmmaking and photography in Africa.  Where else can you expect to see and film some of the world’s most iconic wildlife - often up close and very personal?  Encountering lions, elephants, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest - not to mention numerous species of antelope - on a daily basis will give any up-and-coming videographer a chance to capture some unforgettable images - and memories.  Through your work on this internship, you will also grow to learn and understand more about these fascinating animals and their habits in the wild.


What will I be doing?

Working in our video production unit, you will be involved in capturing wildlife on film and in photographs.  Your duties may vary depending on your location, but usually the majority of your day will be spent in the African bush as you film guests and volunteers on lion walks, elephant rides, horse safaris, games drives, etc.  You will also have the opportunity to assist with editing and final production to produce a personalised DVD of their adventure.  You may also be involved in our various community projects, as we endeavour to tell the fascinating stories of the people we encounter.  The content you produce will be used as promotional material to advertise the work of ALERT and its partners via various social media platforms and marketing strategies, as well as to raise revenues to help fund our programs.  You will be able to experience both videography and photography, but may choose to specialise depending on your experience and the skills you are looking to hone.

All equipment will be provided, but if you would prefer to use your own, it will be securely stored in the DVD studio when not in use.

ALERT retains all copyright of film and any photographs taken during this program for use in marketing.  Profits raised from video sales go towards funding the various conservation and community projects operating at our locations.


What are we looking for?

As a Wildlife Videography and Photography intern, you will ideally have, or be working towards, a relevant qualification and will naturally be confident with both stills and video cameras.  We are looking for people with sufficient technical skill, but even more importantly, a creative eye and the ability to see artistic possibilities that others may overlook.  While it’s hard to make our animals and our environment look anything other than stunning, it is possible to capture something very special; the ‘money shot’ that will take your breath away.

On a personal level, enthusiasm and initiative are a must!  You will also need to have good communication skills to deal with clients.  As the person who will be helping them to create memories, your role is to be professional, yet friendly and approachable without being intrusive.


Click on these links for more information on the locations currently available:

Gweru (Antelope Park), Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe


PROGRAM FEES & MINIMUM STAYS

Program fees for arrivals before 31st December 2015 are GB£ 1695 / US$ 2970 per four weeks with a minimum stay of eight weeks.  

Your fee includes collection from the nearest airport to the project site, shared accommodation, three meals per day and memories to last a lifetime!.  Invoice amount is charged on a per day basis.

If you wish to intern with ALERT you will need to obtain a Police Check.  As an intern, you may be working closely with children or vulnerable adults to some extent during your stay; therefore it is our responsibility to ensure that these people are adequately safeguarded.  For applicants from the UK and USA we will arrange these checks for you, the cost for such being added to your invoice and payable along with your deposit.  The cost is £20.00 for UK applicants and $30.00 for those from the USA.  For applicants from all other countries we will provide you information to assist you in obtaining a police report.  All interns on all programs are required to undertake a police check before the internship commences.

NEED HELP TO COVER THE COSTS OF INTERNING?  
 
If the only thing stopping you from realising your dream of interning in Africa is the financial cost involved, why not join 1000s of other travellers around the world who fundraise to pay for their trip.  Volunteer Forever is an online fundraising resource that allows you to appeal for donations towards your costs while keeping family, friends and other potential donors up-to-date with your progress.  We also encourage you to download our fundraising guide here with lots of helpful ideas on how you can make your appeal effective.

HOW TO APPLY

To assess your suitability for this program, please read the What Are We Looking For? section of your chosen internship before submitting your application.  The minimum age for this program is 21 years.

Your application should be sent to intern@lionalert.org and accompanied by:

  • A cover letter detailing your motivation for applying and the skills and experience you hope to bring to bear whilst with us;
  • A copy of your curriculum vitae;
  • A letter of reference from an appropriate academic or business source that confirms your experience
  • First choice of project location.

Your application will be reviewed within one week of receipt.   Only candidates with skills appropriate to their chosen internship will be considered.  Successful candidates will be offered a placement at a location most appropriate for their skills and experience to ensure that both the intern and the project gain the maximum from the program.  Additional references may be requested.  We regret that not all applications will be accepted and no appeals will be considered. 

You may consider yourself ineligible for this program but still want to become involved in the work that we do.  Our volunteer programs give a wide range of opportunities, whatever your background. Click here for more details.
 
Please ensure you have read our Terms & Conditions before making your application
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