Mentorship Program to Malawi (DIN Malawi)

$1,995.00

The NGO Photographers Alliance is excited to be holding a Mentorship program with partner organisation Development Initiative Network (DIN) Malawi, a NGO that operates in the Lower Shire southern region of Malawi. Established in 2012 as a response to the needs and challenges affecting vulnerable communities in Chikwawa and Nsanje, DIN Malawi works to empower a network of community groups and organisations to ensure that they have adequate resources and training in order to tackle poverty.

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 DIN Malawi. Participants embarking on this Mentorship Program will visit the offices of DIN Malawi in Chikwawa as well as Domasi and Maseya where the NGO youth clubs are located. Participants will also have the opportunity to embark on a 2 day safari to Majete National Park with accommodation provided in a family chateau. 

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.

To reserve a place on the program, a deposit of 25% of the program cost is required. Please access the deposit page here.

Description

LOCATION

Chikwawa, Malawi

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

5 - 8 participants

MENTOR

To Be Announced

DIN Malawi NGO Photographers Alliance
FOCUS AREAS

Agricultural Development, Community Development, Education, Governance & Democracy, Health & Hygiene, Poverty Alleviation

DATE

Open to Expressions of Interest

COST PER PARTICIPANT

AUD 1,995

(≈ USD 1,486)

Mentorship Program to Malawi

The NGO Photographers Alliance will be holding a Mentorship program with partner organisation DIN Malawi, a NGO that currently operates in the Lower Shire southern region of Malawi. Established in 2012 as a response to the needs and challenges affecting vulnerable communities in Chikwawa and Nsanje, DIN Malawi works to empower a network of community groups and organisations to ensure that they have adequate resources and training in order to tackle poverty. In order for change to be effective and sustainable development to materialise, communities need to be the drivers of the process and thus DIN Malawi are involved in various grassroots initiatives that promote direct community involvement in these programs. These initiatives range from sustainable farming practices and disaster risk management, to addressing societal challenges such as child marriage, gender inequality and gender based violence. Partnering with local, international and government organisations, the full complement of DIN Malawi's programs helps place the focus on improving water, sanitation and healthcare, whilst providing access to good quality education and addressing food insecurities through rural agricultural development and tackling climate change..

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 DIN Malawi as well as a 2 day safari in Majete National Park. 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 DIN Malawi in Chikwawa as well as Domasi and Maseya where the NGO youth clubs are located. At the conclusion of the program, participants have the opportunity to continue travelling in Malawi or other regions of southern Africa.

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 accommodation for the length of the program as well as a complete itinerary comprising 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 in a private lodge in Chikwawa that comes with a flush toilet and a shower. Meals are not included and can be purchased from the on-site restaurant. The entry fee as well as the cost of the safari in Majete National Park is also included, which incorporates a community visit as part of the stay in a family chateau (or similar lodging.)

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

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 an African 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.

DIN Malawi NGO Photographers Alliance
DIN Malawi NGO Photographers Alliance

SAMPLE ITINERARY

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. A visa to Malawi is required by citizens from a majority of countries - please apply for a visa well in advance before commencement of the Mentorship program.

Monday Day 1

Participants arrive in Chileka Airport and make their own way to the hotel accommodation in Blantyre, the second largest city in Malawi located 16km from the airport.

Mentor will be present at the hotel to greet them.

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 Day 2

Morning (8:00 - 10:30)

Participants will travel with the Mentor to the offices of DIN Malawi for an orientation meeting and a meet & greet with the staff there. 

Afternoon (14:30 - 16:00)

Travel to Maseya for a visit to the youth club and afternoon programming of activities.

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 Day 3

Morning (9:00 - 12:00)

Photography workshop for the participants with the Mentor.

Afternoon (14:00 - 16:30)

Travel to Domasi for a visit to the youth club and afternoon programming of activities.

Evening

Free time. Participants may choose to explore around Chikwawa.

Thursday Day 4

Morning (10:00 - 12:00)

Photography workshop for the participants with the Mentor.

Afternoon (14:00 - 16:30)

Travel out to Domasi to visit people living with HIV/AIDS and participate in health talks.

Evening

Free time. Participants may choose to work on their portfolio or visit the surrounding area.

Friday Day 5

Morning (10:00 - 12:00)

Photography workshop for the participants with the Mentor.

Afternoon (13:30 - 17:30)

Documentary workshop. This includes videography activities where participants will be conducting interviews and interacting local community members. 

Evening

Free time. Participants must be ready to depart next morning for Majete National Park.

Saturday Day 6

Morning

Depart for Majete National Park.

Majete National Park, located in the Lower Shire Valley, is about two hours drive from Blantyre. This wildlife park made up of lowlands and savannah is a rare triumph story in the ongoing conservation fight in Africa against poaching especially in the face of rising demand from China and other Asian countries for poached illegal animal goods. Up until 2002, Majete was an animal sanctuary only in name as decades of rampant poaching all but wiped out almost all animal species in the park. It was finally through the actions of the non profit group African Parks Network did things finally turn around in 2003. Entering an agreement with the Malawian government, management of Majete National Park was taken over by APN who were given the task to restore, develop and protect the resources of the wildlife sanctuary before the park and all its assets were to be returned to the Malawian government after 25 years. The efforts of AFN over the subsequent decade has been nothing short of phenomenal - more than 100 miles of fencing has been erected; patrolling now takes place around the clock; and tourism numbers have soared from 315 visitors in 2006 to over 4,500 visitors in 2011. However, the real crowning achievement has been the successful introduction of the "Big Five" game animals - the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and rhinoceros - back into the park, an astounding achievement for a sanctuary that at its direst point had only a few duikers left roaming the grounds.

Afternoon

Safari on foot and nature photography activities (TBC depending on participants' requests)

Evening

Overnight stay in family chalet or other similar lodging.

Sunday Day 7

Morning / Afternoon

Sightseeing game drive safari and Mkulumadzi river cruise ((TBC depending on participants' requests).

Evening

Overnight stay in family chalet or other similar lodging.

Monday Day 8

Morning / Afternoon

Travel back to Blantyre.

Check into hotel.

Afternoon

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

Evening

Final group dinner together. Debriefing by the Mentor. 

Participants to fly out or continue independent travelling in Malawi or southern Africa the following day.

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 25% 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.

To reserve your place on the program, please access the deposit page here.

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.









DIN Malawi 

P.O. Box 198

Chikwawa, Malawi



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