NGO Photography Program – Zambia

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If you’re a keen photographer with a passion for making an impact, we’d love to have you join this NGO Photography Program in Africa! It’s a great opportunity to sharpen your skills, learn about the role photography can play to nonprofits, and document the work by inspiring social and environmental impact work.

It’s also a chance to explore an amazing destination, you’ll be based in Livingstone, Zambia. 

Images are a powerful tool in telling the right stories, and if they reach potential donors, this can have a great impact. We work with charities focused on education, sports coaching, eco-education, female empowerment, animal welfare, urban greening, food security, coaching, and much more. 

You’ll sharpen your skills, learn how to approach NGO photography, and document projects in the field. You can then donate a selection of images to the non-profit initiatives you’ve documented, so that they can be used to raise awareness and funds.

You can join this non-profit photography course for two, three or four weeks. During the first week, you’ll enjoy a workshop by a professional photographer specialized in documenting the work of non-profit causes. This will help you hone your skills and gain insights into the best ways to approach NGO photography. From the second week, you’ll embark on your own photography assignments.

Project Highlights

  • Sharpen your photography skills through professional tutoring
  • Learn how to successfully document NGO projects in the field
  • Support important humanitarian work with your camera
  • Guided by a professional photographer Anna Lusty

Quick Facts

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Specific Start Dates

2-4 weeks

Impact: NGO & Charity

Destination

Livingstone is a beautiful, rural town in southern Zambia just a stone’s throw away from the mighty Zambezi river and the border of Zimbabwe. It is a hub for visitors looking to experience one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – Victoria Falls, locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, ‘the Smoke that Thunders’. Livingstone is the ultimate playground for adventure-seekers, wildlife enthusiasts, and lovers of the great outdoors. Whether you’d like to bungee jump, swim in the ‘Devil’s Pool’, white water raft down the Zambezi, join a river safari or enjoy an African sunset, every experience in Livingstone is unique. The town itself is relaxed and friendly with an intriguing culture and history. Here, you’ll find arts and craft producers, museums, colonial architecture, traditional village life, as well as delicious local food and laidback African lifestyle. 

You’ll be staying in the heart of Livingstone at a private volunteer house within the popular and vibrant Victoria Falls Backpackers Zambia. This comfortable backpackers’ is 15 minutes from Victoria Falls and is a 5 minute walk from Livingstone’s town centre which has many stores and a great selection of cafes and restaurants for you to explore at weekends.

You will have access to a swimming pool, lounge, bar, fire pit area and even a climbing wall! These communal areas offer the perfect space to get to know each other and relax at the end of the day. Bedrooms are dormitory style with bunk beds and shared bathroom facilities, as well as daily housekeeping. The staff can share knowledge about the area and are happy to help organize river cruises, canoe safaris, and trips to Chobe National Park. You won’t want to leave your “new home” as the staff will become your new family!

You will receive three fresh and delicious meals a day cooked by local chefs during the week. Vegetarian options are available and we can cater to most dietary requirements. At weekends you will have access to the kitchen to make your own food, though most volunteers choose to visit local cafes and restaurants.

To keep in touch with family and friends back home, we provide complimentary WiFi for you to use during your stay. You can also purchase a SIM card with data bundles if you wish.

The climate in Livingstone is tropical or sub-tropical depending on altitude, with a hot, humid, and rainy season from mid-November to March and a dry season from April to mid-November. October is typically the hottest month of the year.

Cape Town has a Mediterranean-style climate with cool, wet winters (June-August) and hot, dry summers (November – February). It is considered a year-round destination and is generally pleasant all year round.

Project Impact Areas

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Ngo Photography Workshop

Your first week will be spent on a workshop taught by humanitarian photographer Anna Lusty. This workshop will be partly theoretical, and partly practical, with non-profit projects in the field. Throughout the week, Anna will give you a good understanding of how to document the work of charities in a culturally sensitive way, and in a way that will best convey the mission and impact of a non-profit.

Non-Profit Photography Assignments

From the second week, you’ll enjoy individual non-profit photography assignments – either by yourself, or with one or two other photographers. You’ll spend Monday to Friday with your organization, getting to know its vision and mission, and photographing its projects. At the end of each week, there will be an opportunity to spend time on post production, discuss the week with Anna, and create a selection of images that you’ll donate to your organization. The non-profit can then use your photographs for their digital marketing and fundraising campaigns.

You’ll have plenty of time to observe the projects, learn about the organisation’s mission and vision, and document the work at your own pace. You’ll have a contact point at the organisation who will assist you, and we’ll be checking in regularly to ensure things are going well.

Each weekend is time off, so that you have plenty of time to rest or explore your area.

After each week, you’ll have a session with Anna to assess your project, review your images, and – if you’re staying longer – discuss the next project. This will most likely happen online.

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This is the place to select your preferred duration(s). The African Impact team recommend at least 4 weeks for a truly memorable experience!

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Project Fee Includes:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Airport transfers
  • All transport during your stay
  • Photography workshops by Anna Lusty
  • All activities and entrance fees as per the workshop itinerary
  • Placements with nonprofit organisations

Project Fee Excludes:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts, and souvenirs
  • Mandatory contribution of US$25 that is donated to the African Impact Sustainability Fund

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Frequently Asked Questions

To become a non profit photography participant, you’ll need to have a DSLR or mirrorless camera, a good understanding of technical camera use, basic post-production skills, and some experience photographing. You don’t need to be a seasoned pro, but you do need to know your way around a photographic opportunity. And, needless to say, you need to be excited by the idea of photographing non profit projects.

We work with a range of social impact, environmental, and animal welfare causes. We’ll try to match you with organisations you feel mostly passionate about.

A lot! Anna will help you sharpen your technical photography and post production skills. But mostly, and quite uniquely, you’ll learn the role photography plays in the non profit sector, and how to effectively document the work of an NGO. You’ll learn in theory and in practice, and you can expect to leave with an inspiring portfolio of images.

To apply for this photography course, we’ll ask you for your motivation, the level of your photography experience, and a portfolio of images. Just get in touch, and we’ll send you a form to fill out. We look forward to hearing from you!