I just wanted to share how impressed I was with the organization of this trip. The trip flowed seamlessly from work to play, and I was able to learn so much with so much hands on experience. 

Jeannette G. – Temple University

About Photojournalism Teams

ISL’s photojournalism teams not only gain evidentiary insight on challenges faced by the developing world, they are able to provide families with priceless mementos: Photographs of their children. Photojournalism volunteers will also have the opportunity to teach a creativity workshop and to expand their worldview by exploring and documenting the landscapes, language, art, history, cuisine, and customs of another culture.

Who is Right for Photojournalism Teams?

ISL’s photojournalism teams are a great fit for photography lovers and creative folks of all ages and backgrounds who love to travel, meet new people, and express themselves both in writing and photography.

What to Expect

Upon arrival in country, you will be met at the airport by ISL staff. Your team’s first day will be busy with orientation and becoming familiar with your surroundings and fellow volunteers before the community work begins. Your team will eat most dinners out in order to relax and experience the local culture and cuisine. You will learn a few traditional dances and explore some important historical/cultural sites.

Recreational opportunities vary by location, but you will have the opportunities to shop for local crafts and explore geographic treasures such as beaches, volcanoes, rainforests, or caves and explore ruins, city centers, or coffee plantations, and have time for activities such as ziplining, snorkeling, or safari!

Volunteer Involvement

As a photojournalism volunteer, you will visit communities, conduct interviews, photograph children/families, and facilitate creativity workshops for kids. Your group will be accompanied by professional, bilingual ISL staff at all times.

Activities may include:

  • Providing photography instruction in local schools for students with no or little access to such an opportunity
  • Providing school photos in schools with no such programs
  • Providing family photos to those who have none
  • Providing appropriate contexts for photojournalists, professional or aspiring, to help us document need areas in service communities

Safety and Respect

For the sake of security, ISL volunteers remain together as a team from arrival to departure. Patient rights must be respected at all times; Patients have the right to refuse treatment.

ISL prohibits discrimination on the basis of color, national origin, disability, sex, gender identity, religion or any other factor.

What To Bring

Volunteers will need funds sufficient to cover one meal per day, premium recreation, personal spending, and departure tax. Donations of cameras, drawing and construction paper, colored pens, pencils, and markers, glue, and child-safe scissors are welcomed.

What ISL Provides

ISL Provides 24-hour accompaniment by professional, bilingual staff, airport pickup/drop off, all ground transportation, all lodging, two meals per day, safe drinking water, professional project guidance, instruction, and supplies, cultural tours, dance class, and basic recreation.

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