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Volunteering on a Journalism Internship Placement overseas in Costa Rica

Journalism - The control room

What better way to improve both your Spanish and your journalistic skills than to work with a television station in Costa Rica?

Our journalism placements are open to volunteers of all ages and levels of experience, no matter whether you are on a gap year or a career break. All we ask is that you are able to write and speak Spanish to a good standard. Many volunteers who don't feel confident enough in their language skills start off doing a month or two on another project practising their conversation skills before joining the journalism project.

On our Journalism placements in Costa Rica you will get not only an insider's view of how a television station is run, but also the chance to put together an impressive portfolio of work. Your CV will be greatly enhanced by the practical skills that you gain during your journalism placement and your experience of living and working in a different country will act as proof of your courage and adaptability.

All journalism internship volunteers live and work in Liberia, our main Projects Abroad base in Costa Rica.

Broadcast Journalism Placements in Costa Rica with Projects Abroad

Journalism - The news desk

Our journalism placements are based at Canal 36 Community Television station in Liberia. You will be given a real opportunity to get involved, but the more enthusiasm and effort you put into the project the more you will get out of it. You will start off shadowing local journalists who will show you how things work while passing on their knowledge, expertise and contacts.

The station was established in 1996 with the aim to spread and support cultural and moral values in the community and specifically to focus on the culture of Guanacaste, the local region. The station adopted a Christian viewpoint in its programmes in 2001, however, volunteers of all faiths are welcome, and the station respects all beliefs. The objectives of the station are to educate, inform, entertain and reinforce the culture of Guanacaste. Programmes broadcast include movies, music, sports, culture and news.

Your Role on a Broadcast Journalism Placement in Costa Rica

Volunteers will regularly help to compile the daily lunchtime and evening news bulletins. This may involve translating and writing news items taken from international cable news channels, helping with scripts, editing and even presenting.

If you can demonstrate enthusiasm and creativity, you will also be offered plenty of opportunities to get involved in different programmes and projects, including sports, culture and music shows. Please let the local staff know if you have any specific areas of interest or experience.

You may also be in demand to help local staff improve their English and if you are happy to devote a little time each week to some informal lessons it will be much appreciated.

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