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Safari Program to Malawi

$2,899.00

The NGO Photographers Alliance is excited to be holding a specialised photography Safari Program with partner organisation Sustainable Rural Community Development (SURCOD) Malawi, a NGO that operates in the Nsanje District in the southern region of Malawi. Established in 2006 as a response to the needs and challenges affecting vulnerable communities in Chikwawa and Nsanje, SURCOD Malawi works to improve the livelihoods of rural communities by generating economic opportunities and to ensure that all men, women, and children have adequate resources and training in order to tackle poverty, gender inequality, and access to healthcare.

This Safari 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 SURCOD Malawi. Participants embarking on this Safari Program will visit the offices of SURCOD Malawi in Nsanje as well as other districts in southern Malawi where the NGO operates their programs. 

At the completion of the Safari 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.

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

Nsanje, Malawi

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

5 - 8 participants

MENTOR

To Be Announced

NGO Photographers Alliance SURCOD Malawi
FOCUS AREAS

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

DATE

All Mentorship Programs are run on a by-demand basis. Please use the form below to contact us with your preferred dates of travel.

The recommended months to attend the Mentorship Program to Malawi are between May to October, during the winter months when the weather is drier and cooler.

COST PER PARTICIPANT

AUD 2,899

(≈ USD 2,052)

Safari Program to Malawi

The NGO Photographers Alliance will be holding a Safari Program with partner organisation SURCOD Malawi, a NGO that currently operates in the Nsanje District in the southern region of Malawi. Established in 2006 as a response to the needs and challenges affecting vulnerable communities in Chikwawa and Nsanje, SURCOD Malawi works to empower rural communities to ensure that they have adequate resources and training in order to tackle poverty, gender inequality and lack of access to healthcare. In order for change to be effective and sustainable development to materialise, communities need to be the drivers of the process and thus SURCOD Malawi are involved in various grassroots initiatives that promote direct community involvement in these programs. These initiatives range from agricultural and environmental 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 SURCOD 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 SAFARI PROGRAM ENTAIL?

This Safari 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 SURCOD 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 Safari Program will visit the offices of SURCOD Malawi in Nsanje as well as neighbouring districts where the NGO operate and maintain their projects. At the conclusion of the Mentorship Program, participants have the opportunity to continue travelling in Malawi or other countries in 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 this Safari 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 conjuncton 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 Nsanje. 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 Safari 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 Safari 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 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

Tuesday Day 2

Morning 

Participants will travel with the Mentor to the town of Nsanje where the offices of SURCOD Malawi are located, a journey that will take approximately 3 hours. 

Afternoon 

Visit the offices of SURCOD Malawi for a meet and greet with the staff. A walking tour of the surrounding area will also take place for participants to orientate themselves.

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 

Photography workshop for the participants with the Mentor.

Afternoon 

Participation in NGO activities with SURCOD Malawi, activities to be confirmed closer to the dates of the program. SURCOD Malawi initiates various campaigns throughout the year including awareness campaigns that aim to educate the local populace on various issues, including the transmission of HIV/AIDS and the associated health risks, as well as the spread of malaria. Participants may have the opportunity to take part in one of these campaigns during their time on the program. 

Evening

Free time. Participants may choose to begin work on their visual series depicting an aspect of NGO work taking place in Nsanje. 

Thursday Day 4

Morning 

Photography workshop for the participants with the Mentor.

Afternoon 

Participation in NGO activities with SURCOD Malawi, activities to be confirmed closer to the dates of the program. SURCOD Malawi also facilitates initiatives with the aim of improving the health and safety of local communities; one such program is called WASH which is aimed at providing safe and potable for the local communities as well as training the community in various water, sanitation and hygiene issues. This includes reducing the prevalence of various water-born diseases such as diarrhea and cholera whilst sensitizing communities to the need for constructing toilets and rubbish pits around homes. 

Evening

Free time. Participants may choose to continue working on their visual series in preparation for the final individual 1-on-1 feedback session at the end of the week.

Friday Day 5

Morning

Photography workshop for the participants with the Mentor.

Afternoon

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

Farewell with the staff of SURCOD Malawi.

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 the following day.

Additional Information

All participants to the Mentorship program must read and agree to the Mentorship/Safari 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 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.










DIN Malawi 

P.O. Box 198

Chikwawa, Malawi



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