Mentorship Program to Lesotho
The NGO Photographers Alliance will be visiting the African country of Lesotho, known as the "Switzerland of Africa", and assisting our partner NGOs who work in the support of disabled persons in the local communities. Participants on this program will have the opportunity to interact with a number of organisations at the forefront of disability advocacy in Lesotho, in particular the Lesotho National Federation of Organisations of the Disabled (LNFOD) which serves as an umbrella body of organisations dealing with disability in Lesotho. The LNFOD supports the rights of disabled persons and their families, and advocates on issues concerning the disabled community on a national, international as well as at the grassroot level. The LNFOD seeks to make the education system accessible to disabled children, improve the competence of health services in dealing with disability, and promote inclusion for disabled people in the social and labour sectors. In addition, participants will also visit the Lesotho National League of the Visually Impaired Persons (LNLVIP) as well as the St Angela Cheshire Home for the Disabled Persons to view firsthand the practical ways in which these organisations support their communities.
Photography by Justice Kalebe on behalf of the NGO Photographers Alliance
WHAT DOES THE YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS MENTORSHIP PROGRAM ENTAIL?
This Mentorship program is an intensive 8 day program combining photography workshops, individual 1-on-1 portfolio feedback sessions with the program mentor, as well as participation in NGO-related activities in conjunction with the Lesotho National Federation of Organisations of the Disabled and organisations under its patronage. 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 will visit each of the partner organisations as well as interact with the community members whom they assist, documenting the humanitarian efforts that are undertaken by local NGOs to advocate, protect and promote the rights of disabled person and their families in Lesotho. As part of the cultural aspect of this itinerary, participants on this Mentorship group will finish the program with a 2-day ski trip to the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho, one of only two places in southern Africa where skiing is possible. This is an opportunity to savour some of the incredible mountain scenery in Lesotho as well as an opportunity for participants to experience winter activities in a different part of the world. Change your perspective of Africa!
FUNDING FROM EACH MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
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What does the cost include?
The cost for the Mentorship program includes accommodation and local transportation for the length of the program as well as a complete itinerary comprising of a combination of photography workshops, individual 1-on-1 portfolio feedback sessions with your mentor, activities carried out in conjunction with the partner NGOs as well as the support and guidance of an experienced photography mentor who will be on hand for the full length of the program. As part of the program, a 2 day skiing excursion is also included in the costs which comprises of entry fees, accommodation and equipment hire.
The cost of the Mentorship program does not include costs for airfare, visas (if required), transport between the airport and hotel, travel and health insurance, personal expenses and spending money, tips for the mentor or guides, and/or any other non-itinerary related items.
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 humanitarian publication The Travellist magazine.
When travelling abroad, 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.
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, while not mandatory, 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 Lesotho 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 Maseru, the capital city of Lesotho, and make their own way to the hotel where the Mentorship group will meet. Your program mentor will be there to greet you as well as local Mosotho photographer Justice Kalebe, who will accompany and assist the group during the course of the program. In the evening, a group dinner will be held where participants will get the opportunity to learn more about each other.
Your program mentor will give a briefing that will cover the activities to be undertaken over the course of the week.
Tuesday, Day 2
Participants will explore the town of Maseru on a small walking tour that will give participants a feel of the local life and help them orientate themselves in a new country. Justice will discuss the challenges facing Lesotho and the humanitarian initiatives that both local and foreign NGOs are carrying out in the country to help alleviate and address these challenges. Having an understanding of these local issues will give you a better understanding of the local context.
Visit the offices of the Lesotho National Federation of Organisations of the Disabled for a meet and greet with the staff members there. An introduction to the work of the NGO which serves as an umbrella organisation that supports the rights of disabled persons and their families and advocates on issues concerning the disabled community on a national, international as well as grassroot level. The LNFOD seeks to make the education system accessible to disabled children, improve the competence of health services in dealing with disability, and promote inclusion in the social and labour sectors.
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
Photography workshop (I) for the participants with the Mentor.
Visit the offices of the Lesotho National League of the Visually Impaired Persons for a meet and greet with the staff there. The LNLVIP advocates for the rights of visually impaired individuals, promoting their inclusion in the wider society and protecting their rights to education and employment. The LNLVIP also facilitates in the running of a vocational training center, which has the capacity to support 40 visually-impaired students in candle making, Braille Literacy, sewing, knitting, home economics, orientation and mobility, and computer skills. It is the only center of its kind that is currently operating in Lesotho.
Free time. Participants may choose to edit their photography portfolio or explore the city of Maseru in their own time.
Thursday, Day 4
Photography workshop (II) for the participants with the Mentor.
Visit St Angela Cheshire Home for Disabled Children, a center that provides children living with mental or physical disabilities support and advice and imparting on them technical and practical skills to help them lead a full and engaging life as much as possible. The services offered by the home includes rehabilitation services as well as counselling, training and education for disabled children. In addition, St Angela Cheshire Home is a leading advocate for the rights of disabled persons, supporting their basic human rights and equal access to the same resources as any other fully able-bodied individuals. Participants will meet the staff at the St Angela Cheshire Home and meet with some of the children whom they support.
Free time. Participants may choose to work on their portfolio and edit their photography.
Friday, Day 5
Photography workshop (III) for the participants with the Mentor.
Visit local families and hear their stories. These are members of the communities who benefit from the support of the partner NGOs on this Mentorship program who support, educate and empower disabled persons to lead accomplished and self-reliant lives. The specific visits for this afternoon will be finalised closer to the dates of the program as they will be dependent on the availability of families who are interested in participating, as well as the programs that the partner NGOs are running during this time.
Free time. Participants must be ready to depart for Afriski Mountain Resort the following morning.
Saturday, Day 6
Depart for Afriski Mountain Resort in the Maluti Mountains, near the southern border of Lesotho and South Africa.
This is one of only two places in southern Africa where skiing is possible during the winter months of June to August. Participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at skiing - a snow pass providing all day access to the slopes, equipment hire and accommodation are included during this 2 day excursion. (Please note that for those interested in snowboarding, this will incur an additional cost.)
Overnight stay at Afriski Mountain Resort.
Sunday, Day 7
Second day at Afriski Mountain Resort. Journey to the top of the Afriski slopes for breath taking views of the surrounding mountains and a bird's eye view of the resort.
Overnight stay at Afriski.
Monday, Day 8
Morning / Afternoon
Travel back to Maseru.
Check into hotel.
Final individual 1-on-1 feedback session with the program Mentor covering the work carried out over the course of the program. Your visual series can be reviewed at this stage which should reflect on a humanitarian aspect or initiative of the organisations whom you interacted with over the course of the week.
Final group dinner together. Debriefing by the Mentor.
Participants to fly out or continue independent travelling in Maseru or southern Africa the following day.
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 50% of the program cost is required to secure your place on the Mentorship program, due to the ski trip which requires advanced arrangement. The full costs must be paid prior to 4 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.
Lesotho National Federation of Organisations of the Disabled