Mentorship Program to the Dominican Republic
April 16 - April 23AUD2450
The NGO Photographers Alliance have partnered with the Batey Rehab Project in the Dominican Republic to launch a Mentorship program supporting the initiatives of the organisation. The BRP offers internships over a cross-section of different disciplines that allow participants to practice a range of different skills whilst working with the BRP. Through a joint Mentorship program with the NGO Photographers Alliance, participants with an interest in photography are now able to embark on a program with an eye to learning about different photography techniques whilst engaging in discussions regarding ethics and responsibility as it pertains to the NGO working environment.
Traditionally speaking, bateyes were communities in the Dominican Republic that were born from the sugar milling industry comprised of workers who tolled in the sugar plantations as well as in the sugar factories. Today, these bateyes still exist, home to large numbers of Dominicans and Haitians many of whom still live in abject poverty, reliant on the sugar industry that ultimately plays an immense role in contributing to their continued impoverishment. Many of the houses in these bateyes are built by hand and are in deplorable condition, constructed with poor material that are inevitably destroyed when natural disasters – such as hurricanes – strike. It is therefore why organisations such as the BRP are so important in the work that they do to support these communities.
The NGO Photographers Alliance is thus excited to hold a Mentorship program in conjunction with the Batey Rehab Project. Scheduled for the 16 – 23 April, 2018, this Mentorship program is an intensive 8 day program combining photography workshops, private 1 on 1 mentor feedback sessions as well as participation in NGO-related activities in conjunction with the BRP. Participants embarking on this Mentorship Program will travel to Barohona, located in the far west of the Dominican Republic and home to stunning landscapes, beautiful secluded beaches and forests full of biodiversity. The highlight of this trip will be an excursion to the surreal landscapes of Laguna Enriquillo, the largest saltwater lake in the Dominican Republic and home to one of the world’s largest population of American crocodiles.
At the completion of the Mentorship program, participants should have sufficient material to begin putting together a portfolio of NGO-related photography. In addition, participants may be invited to feature their work in the pages of our affiliated travel publication The Travellist magazine.