Mentorship Program to Bolivia (Bolivia Digna)

The NGO Photographers Alliance is excited to be holding a Mentorship program with partner organisation Bolvia Digna, a NGO that operates in Cochabamba, Bolivia, known as the “City of Eternal Spring” due to its spring-like weather year round. Established in 2006, the organisation’s objective is to promote and defend the rights of infants, children, adolescents, senior citizens and other vulnerable social groups living in exclusion and poverty.

This Mentorship program is an intensive 8 day program and is suited for beginner to intermediate level photographers. It combines photography workshops, private 1 on 1 mentor feedback sessions as well as participation in NGO-related activities in conjunction with Bolivia Digna. Participants embarking on this Mentorship program will visit the offices of Bolivia Digna and participate in community activities across their various project sites. Participants will also have the opportunity to stay in the ancient town of Toro Toro and visit nearby Torotoro National Park during their time on the program, an isolated national park containing over 2,500 dinosaur footprints dating back millions of years as well as fossils, ancient cave paintings, canyons and hidden caves. Tororo National Park is also home to the rare and endangered red-fronted macaw.

The mentor leading this program is Daniele Romeo who has previously worked with UNICEF, Save The Children, Transparency International [DE], The Open University [UK], Photos4Food Foundation [US], in addition to Condé Nast Traveller, Let’s Travel Somewhere, Vanity Fair amongst many other publications and organisations.

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.

Description

LOCATION

Cochabamba, Bolivia

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

5 - 8 persons

MENTOR

Daniele Romeo

Bolivia Digna NGO Photographers Alliance
FOCUS AREAS

Community Development, Education, Health & Hygiene, Poverty Alleviation, Youth Empowerment

DATE

2 - 9 October, 2017

COST PER PARTICIPANT

AUD 2,499

(≈ USD 1,870)

Mentorship Program to Bolivia

The NGO Photographers Alliance will be holding a Mentorship program with partner organisation Bolivia Digna, a NGO that operates in the outskirts of Cochabamba, Bolivia. Established in 2006, the organisation’s objective is to promote and defend the rights of infants, children, adolescents, senior citizens and other vulnerable social groups living in exclusion and poverty. Since 2007, Bolivia Digna have been developing programs aimed at social development; the prevention of violence; the protection and defense of children who are victims of violence; education in human rights and responsibilities; responsible leadership, and the promotion of Christian values.
Bolivia Digna staff and volunteers work in centres provided by the local community and implement a number of initiatives encompassing sports, music, theater, health and nutrition as well as community projects aimed at promoting better living conditions, creating more opportunities for advancement, and ensuring people have the opportunity to fully exercise their individual rights.

 

WHAT DOES THE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM ENTAIL?

This Mentorship program is an intensive 8 day program combining photography workshops, private 1 on 1 mentor feedback sessions, participation in NGO-related activities in conjunction with Bolivia Digna as well as a 2-day trip to Torotoro National Park. Each program has the purpose of introducing participants to new photography techniques and encourages each individual to pursue photography as it aligns with their own interests, skills and humanitarian focus. Each program only caters to a small number of participants, thus enabling participants to engage more closely with the mentor as well as members of the NGO and the local community. Participants embarking on this Mentorship Program will visit the offices of Bolivia Digna and work alongside their team in the various community locations where projects are carried out. At the conclusion of the program, participants have the opportunity to continue travelling in Toro Toro or to other destinations in Bolivia.

FUNDING FROM EACH MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

How we support our interconnected programs
Sponsorship Program
15% of the funds raised from each Mentorship program goes towards our Sponsorship program, which supports our core objective of combating preventable blindness worldwide.
One Camera for Every Child
10% of the funds raised from each Mentorship program goes into our "One Camera for Every Child" initiative which aims to provide secondhand cameras for our partner NGOs to use in their youth programming.
Mentorship Program
40% of the funds raised from each Mentorship program goes towards sourcing Mentorship requirements (mentor, accommodation, logistics, travel, insurance.)
Administration
35% of the funding raised from each Mentorship program goes towards administration and supporting NGO Photographers Alliance members.

What does the cost include?

The cost for the Mentorship program includes a complete itinerary consisting of a combination of photography workshops, private 1 on 1 feedback sessions with your mentor, activities carried out in conjunction with the NGO as well as the support and guidance of an experienced photography mentor who will be on hand for the full length of the program. During the days in which participants are involved in NGO activities, participants will be hosted by Bolivia Digna in basic shared accommodation. Breakfast and lunch is included during the weekdays and is personally prepared by an on-site chef at the organisation. Dinner can be purchased from the abundance of quality restaurants and food outlets in the city. Alternatively, participants have access to an on-site kitchen if they prefer to cook their own meals and these facilities are open in the evenings.

Transport between various project sites are also included in the price as well as entry fees and transport to the national park.

The cost of the Mentorship program do not include costs for airfare,  visas (if required), transport between the airport and NGO site/accommodation, travel and health insurance, personal expenses and spending money, police certificate, tips for the mentor or guides, and/or any other non-itinerary related item. Meals are included as indicated above. 

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. 

When travelling in a South American country, it is important to keep an open mind and allow yourself to enjoy the experience and not become frustrated simply because things may be done in a way that is different to what you are used to. Amenities that you may be used to back home may not necessarily be available. Respect the local way of life. Go with an open and understanding attitude. And above all, be patient.

Bolivia Digna NGO Photographers Alliance

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY

This Mentorship program is scheduled to run from the 2 - 9 October, 2016. Please note that this may be subject to changes as required by the needs and criteria of the partner NGO and thus should only be used as a guide. In addition, please note a police certificate is recommended when working with NGOs; a police certificate can be obtained from your local police agency and is worthwhile in obtaining should you plan on working in the NGO field.

Monday 2 October, 2017

Participants arrive at Jórge Wilstermann International Airport where they will be greeted by a member of the Bolivia Digna team who will take them directly to the NGO-provided accommodation.

Mentor will be present upon arrival at the accommodation.

A group dinner in the evening for participants to introduce themselves and get to know one another.

Briefing to be given by the Mentor.

Tuesday 3 October, 2017

Morning (8:00 - 12:00)

Participants will visit the main office building of Bolivia Digna with the Mentor for an orientation meeting and a meet and greet with the staff there.

Introductory photography session with the participants.

Afternoon (13:00 - 17:00)

Travel to project site to meet local youth and engage in a sports day involving a range of activities and lessons.

Evening

Individual 1-on-1 portfolio session with the mentor discussing participant’s current body of work as well as participant’s expectations and goals.

Wednesday 4 October, 2017

Morning (10:00 - 11:30)

Photography workshop for the participants with the Mentor.

Afternoon (13:30 - 17:00)

Participation in activities with local youth through educational classes and games.

Evening

Editing time. Participants may use this session to prepare their photography for the second feedback session with the program mentor.

Thursday 5 October, 2017

Morning (10:00 - 11:30)

Photography workshop for the participants with the Mentor.

Afternoon (13:30 - 17:00)

Meeting with local photographer's club Colectivo Tragaluz in Cochabamba. This is a joint activity with Tragaluz and is an opportunity for the participants to meet local photographers and exchange ideas and techniques, as well as participate in a photography tour of the city which will last roughly 2.5 hours. The walking tour will visit the main square (Plaza 14 de Septiembre), as well as Plaza Colon, El Prado, and La Recoleta.

Evening

Second 1-on-1 feedback session. The program mentor will sit down with each participant to review the photography taken so far and discuss ideas on colour grading and photography editing. 

Friday 6 October, 2017

Morning (10:00 - 11:30)

Photography workshop for the participants with the Mentor.

Afternoon (13:00 - 17:00)

Community activity with a combined videography project interviewing staff, community and affiliated members.

Evening

Last evening in Cochabamba with the Bolivia Digna team.

Saturday 7 October, 2017

Morning / Afternoon

Participants will leave Cochabamba with the Mentor and travel to Torotoro National Park, about 4 hours drive from Cochabamba. 

Upon arrival at Toro Toro, check into accommodation.

Torotoro National Park is an isolated national park located in the eastern ranges of the South American Andes while the nearby town of Toro Toro itself dates back to 250 years ago to the colonial period, when the site was founded by the Quechua people. A relatively small national park, it is however impressive for its landscapes of canyons, rivers, waterfalls and deep caves. Most importantly, it is also home to thousands of ancient dinosaur footprints created by biped and quadruped dinosaurs from the Cretaceous Period around 120 million years ago. Ancient sea fossils and cave paintings over 1,000 years old can also be found in the national park as well as one of Bolivia's deepest and longest caves - Uma Jalanta cave - home to an underground lagoon as well as centuries-old stalagmites and stalactites made from white calcerous rock. In addition, Torotoro National Park is also home to the endemic Red-Fronted Macaw which can only be found in Bolivia and is considered extremely endangered.

Evening

Overnight stay in Toro Toro, enabling participants to experience true endemic Bolivian culture and local life.

Sunday 8 October, 2017

Morning / Afternoon

Full day excursion for participants to explore Torotoro National Park with a tour guide. There is a wide range of activities and tours that can be undertaken that include hiking and swimming in waterfalls. Participants will have the opportunity to visit Uma Jalanta cave as well as embark on a round-trip hike to the Vergel waterfall, a spectacular natural wonder located in a canyon. This last hike will allow participants to pass by dinosaur footprints, visit a viewing platform with a panorama over the whole canyon and finish off with a swim in one of the many natural swimming pools in the canyon.

Evening

Overnight stay in the town of Toro Toro. 

Final group dinner together.

Debriefing by the Mentor. 

Monday 9 October, 2017

Morning 

Final individual one-on-one feedback session with the Mentor covering the work carried out over the course of the program.

Afternoon

Participants will travel back to Cochabamba with the Mentor.

End of program.

Please note: Participants have the option to remain in Toro Toro and continue independent travelling from there, if they wish to spend more days exploring in the national park. However, transportation back to Cochabamba will also be provided for those wishing to continue independent travelling to other destinations in Bolivia.

Additional Information

All participants to the Mentorship program must read and agree to the Mentorship Terms & Conditions before participating in the program. 

Please note that all costs are in AUD (Australian Dollars) unless stated otherwise. Our recommended payment method is via Transferwise as this enables you to pay in your own currency using the mid-market rate, which is the real exchange rate and is significantly higher than those used by banks and/or by your credit and debit card providers. Please proceed to the Shopping Cart page for more information about this payment method (found under direct bank transfer option.)

A deposit equal to 20% of the program cost is required to secure your place on the Mentorship program. The full costs must be paid prior to 3 weeks before the commencement of the program; failure to do so will result in the forfeiture of your deposit. Should a program be unable to progress for any reason, you will be notified at the earliest possible date and your deposit (or full payment) will be returned to you in full.

If you have any questions in regards to the Mentorship program, we welcome your inquiries. Please use the contact form below to reach us and we will endeavour to return your inquiry as soon as possible.









Bolivia Digna

Ecuador Nº 508 esq.Tarapaca
Cochabamba, Bolivia


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