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Duration: 3 Months - 6 Months
From £1495 for 3 Months + £200 per Month
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Take proactive steps towards your dream career in journalism whilst exploring and immersing yourself in the colourful and engaging South of India. Gain a unique insight into the workings of a functioning and successful newspaper as you take on an important role in researching stories, conducting interviews, discussing your ideas in editorial meetings and even publishing your own work!

Journalism in India
India is a country of immense cultural diversity, packed to the brim with interesting people, colourful traditions and tantalising cuisine. It’s easy to see why this intriguing country has become a ‘must visit’ destination for overseas travel as it’s dynamic cities are buzzing with arts, music and markets, whilst it’s countryside remains breathtaking, untouched and serene. India is a feast for the senses and undoubtedly one of the most stimulating and inspiring places in the world, and what better place to get your creative juices flowing and detective skills working as you take part in a journalism internship here? Immerse yourself in the community, get your teeth into India’s mesmerizing culture and experience firsthand the world of news and journalism in one the worlds most exciting countries.

Your Journalism Internship Placement
If you are embarking on a career in journalism and not sure what step to take next then this placement could just be for you! You will be based in a popular and well circulated newspaper close to Chennai which is printed across five Southern states of India. Working alongside friendly and accommodating colleagues this placement will see you working in the lifestyle magazine section which deals with anything from food to fashion and is the perfect opportunity for you to brush up on your knowledge of Indian culture. Whilst working for the newspaper you will be a trusted and valued member of the team and expected to take on plenty of responsibility by the editor in charge, which all amounts to fantastic and invaluable experience.

This challenging placement will equip you with all the transferable skills you need to impress future employers and set yourself apart from others in the field of journalism. Through dedicating your time and commitment you will demonstrate the potential to adapt to any situation whilst showing initiative and motivation. Furthermore this is a unique chance to build up your portfolio of work, demonstrating your flair for creative writing and passion for a good story, as well as creating useful contacts and gaining all important references. 

Your Journalism Internship Role
This is a hands on and demanding placement in which you will have the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of running the paper including editing pages, contributing to editorial meetings to discuss story ideas, working to deadlines, corresponding with fellow reporters and photographers and shadowing reporters. You will play an active and significant role in the production on the newspaper and be expected to contribute your creative ideas and take initiative on your own assignments.

This is the perfect opportunity to discover India’s intriguing culture as you explore it’s streets, soaking up the the sights, sounds and smells of the bustling cities and translating this into a publishable article. Past interns have had the chance to cover a range of stories including fashion shows, club nights, shopping festivals, plays, films and restaurant reviews so you will certainly have a broad range of activities to get involved in.

Gap Year and Career Break Journalism Internship in India
Further your journalistic skills and expand your understanding of the world as you take part in this once in a lifetime Journalism Internship in Southern India. Gain invaluable experience in the workplace, dramatically enhance your CV and kick start you career in journalism whilst discovering this beautiful country. 

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Quick Facts

Trip Name
Journalism Internship
Trip Code
INIMJ1
Continent
Asia
Country
India
Airport
Chennai International Airport (Code MAA)
Minimum Duration
3 Months
Maximum Duration
6 Months
Minimum Age
18
Trip Type
Internships & Work Experience
Activity
Media & Journalism, Photography & Film
Cost
From £1495 for 3 Months + £200 per Month
Deposit
£ 195.00
Preferred Duration
You should try and come for as long as possible, this allows better project management and you to get the most from the internship
Pre-requisites
No prior media training or qualifications are required, although an interest in journalism, reporting and media relations is expected. We will need to send off samples of your recent work in order to pass on to the in country coordinator.
Ideal for
Media and Journalism Placements and Internships in India; Activity Breaks in India; Media and Journalism Gap Years and Career Breaks in India; Press Experience Abroad; Media Internships; Journalism Internships.
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Arrival Dates

Start dates are on the first and third Sunday of each month. You must arrive on the Sunday to receive a free airport pick-up and transfer. Early or late arrivals will incur an additional charge.

Note: The first week is centred around Udaipur and the surrounding area for a comprehensive orientation and induction week with the sports project starting on the proceeding Monday. Therefore if you want to do at least 2 weeks coaching you should come for a 3 week trip.

Visa
British Nationals will not require a visa to enter India. For a stay up to 30 days you can get an evisa, for longer stays you are required to get a tourist visa. To read more about visa requirements you can click here.  
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Included

Accommodation
Basic but comfortable accommodation 10 minutes bus ride from the placement with all amenities needed; toilets, shower, air conditioning and kitchen.
Training
Full project induction and local orientation including round the city trip with knowledgeable tour guide.
Support
Pre-departure help and advice; Local in-country team; 24 hour emergency support.
Airport Pick Up
You will be met at the airport by a friendly Changing Worlds representative
Equipment and Medical Discounts
Changing Worlds customers will receive 10% off Travel Equipment, Medical Supplies and Vaccinations from Nomad Travel Store.
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Not Included

Flights; Travel Insurance; Visas; Vaccinations; Food; Spending money; In country travel; Payment for transport to/from placement; Laundry service; Soft drinks and alcohol; Extra activities not on itinerary.
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Social Life in India
Although you are expected to work hard on your placement, we also want you to have lots of fun in your free time and for this to be the experience of a lifetime. You will be staying in shared accommodation so there will be the opportunity to meet people that you are staying with and socialise in your free time. The Alwarpet/ Teynampet area is a great place to socialise in your free time as it has plenty of art galleries and restaurants and may provide a fantastic place for inspiration and content for stories. Past interns have enjoyed visiting plays, interviews and events here with fellow reporters and found this a great way to experience Chennai at it’s best.

Travel and Adventure in India
India has so much to offer the keen traveller and adventurer and our in country team will be on hand to provide you with advice on the most fascinating areas to visit and activities to get involved in. In your free time why not take a trip to Kerala the neighbouring state and check out Alleppey with it’s tranquil black water and beautiful house boats, where you can rent out a boat and travel along the mesmerising river throughout the night. Or take a walk on the wild side and visit Wayanad in Kerala, a national park in the Northern tip of Kerala where you can spot wild elephants and experience rural India at it’s very best. If you have more time on your hands make sure to arrange a once in a lifetime trek through the breathtaking scenery of the Himalayas, admire the cultural heritage of the Taj Mahal in Agra, or visit one the worlds largest camel markets in Pushkar, there so much to keep you in awe of this astonishing country!

Accommodation
The accommodation is based in a basic but comfortable flat in the heart of Chennai, approximately a 10 minute bus journey from your internship workplace. All the amenities that you would need are within close proximity to the accommodation, including supermarkets, internet cafes, coffee shops and even a bakers! The flat offers fully air conditioned rooms with attached toilet, a kitchen with cooking facilities and basic utensils. Cooking gas is available at an additional cost of Rs 500 per cylinder which should last approximately 2 - 3 months. 

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India is a land of overwhelming richness, both in its landscapes, among its people and its captivating culture which is truly unique. Snow-capped mountains line the northern border while palm-fringed beaches line the southern coastlines. Tribal villages co-exist with cosmopolitan cities.

Modern India has also become an epicentre for business in Asia with its political and commercial influence steadily on the rise. However, while business thrives in India’s cities, over 250 million people still live below the poverty line. This is why India needs its tourism and voluntourism sector to bring added income and support to the many people living in disadvantaged communities across the country.


Quick Facts
Name
Republic of India
Location
Southern Asia
Bordering Countries
Bangladesh, Bhuta, Burma, China, Nepal and Pakistan
Capital City
New Delhi
Government
Federal Republic
Population
1.2 billion approx.
Language
14 official languages; English, Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Urdu, Punjabi and more
Currency
Rupees (INR)
Name
Republic of India
Poverty
25% of population below the poverty line
Main Exports
Petroleum products, Textiles, Gems, Chemicals, Leather
Climate
Varies from tropical monsoon in the south to temperate in the north
Time Zone
GMT +5:30
Flag
India Flag

Fun Facts
• India is the largest tea producer in the world
• India has more post offices than any other country
• Bollywood is the largest film industry in the world
• India has a Bill of Rights for Cows!

Travel Highlights
• Trek through the foothills of the Himalayas
• Whizz through bustling Indian streets on a rickshaw
• Sample the flavours of a real autentic Indian curry
• Discover the history and architecture behind the Taj Mahal
• Ride an elephant and gain a new view of the world

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Where is India?
The Republic of India is located in Southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and Pakistan. India’s bordering countries are Bangladesh, Bhuta, Burma, China, Nepal and Pakistan.
 
History of India
The first great Indian empire was carved out by the Indus Valley Civilisation, commonly referred to as the Harrapans. They constructed cities, established trade routes and introduced religious deities that have now evolved into the modern day Hindu gods of Kali and Shiva. The Aryans followed the Harrapans. They established the caste system and wrote the sacred teachings of Buddhism and Hinduism, known as the Vedas.
 
In 326BC, Alexander the Great invaded India. The attack was short lived and the Mauryan Empire soon became the ruling force over much of the Indian Empire. Political and religious stability was achieved and the caste system grew steadily during this period. Ambassadors for the Buddhist faith were dispatched to ‘spread the word’ in Sri Lanka and Nepal. However, the unified India became divided throughout the next 1000 years, with the Vijayanagar Empire seizing control over the south and the Guptas ruling in central India. These pockets of power were later amalgamated by, perhaps, the most famous Empire in Indian history – the Islamic empire of the Mughals. The Mughal Empire brought architectural grandeur and gigantic leaps in art. Many of these symbols still exist today, including Agra’s Red Fort, Hamuyan’s Tomb in Delhi and Shah Jahan’s Taj Mahal.
 
The Mughal Empire ruled from the 16th century until European expansionism saw the rise of the British East India Company in Asia. The British become the dominant colonial power in India, their influence spreading from Kashmir in the north down to Tamil Nadu in the south. The British Raj ruled for over 150 years, exploiting India’s natural resources and imprinting their culture on the country. The British were soon resented throughout the empire and uprisings became commonplace. Such unrest eventually led to the independence from the British in 1947. Much of this victory was thanks to one of India’s most famous and well loved figures – Mahatma Ghandi. However, this break from British rule led to the Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims fighting to assert their place on the Asian continent. Sadly, this has been the cause of much bloodshed, particularly between Pakistan and India where Kashmir has been a hotspot for fighting and civil unrest.
 
India’s history is certainly a turbulent one, but political and economic stability in recent years has seen the country emerge as a leading international figure, particularly in politics, business and e-commerce. Nevertheless, India is still home to vast regions of deprivation and millions continue to live in poverty.
 
Climate in India
India is a vast country which means the climate various significantly between regions. While the northern areas of Jammu and Kashmir are doused in snow, the central plains receive baking sunshine. Temperatures increase to around 45°C from February to May before the monsoon season starts. Although it doesn’t rain all day in the monsoon season, there are heavy downpours every day. The monsoons end in October time and a period of pleasant sunny weather lasts to February time for the majority of India. In the north, October brings a much colder climate. The Himalayan region of Kashmir, Ladakh and parts of Himachal Pradesh are covered in snow and many mountain passes are closed for the winter.

Language in India
Hindi is the most widely spoken language in India and the primary tongue of over 40% of the population. There are over 14 official languages, but English is widely spoken and seen as the most important language for political, social and commercial communication.
 
Food in India
There is no simple definition of an Indian meal. The food is as diverse as the country’s landscape. And not all Indian food is hot and spicy, as many assume. There is a wide variety of mild dishes, flat breads and sweet deserts that make up India’s cuisine. Each region has its own specialities, so you will discover new dishes and flavours as you explore the country. Indian food is often eaten with the hands but you should always use your right hand and never let food pass the first joint of your fingers. Your fingers should also never touch your mouth directly.

Travelling in India
Air: India is huge country which makes travelling by plane a very attractive option. The local airlines are reliable and there are plenty of departures between the key cities and tourist destinations. Prices are reasonable, but booking tickets can sometimes be tricky.
 
Rail: travelling by rail is one of the most popular options in India, not only because of the reliability and affordable tickets, but because you will get see some of the most spectacular landscapes rolling past your window. You will also get to mingle with locals from all sorts of class backgrounds. However, be prepared for long travel times. The journey from Delhi in the north to Chennai in the south is around 30hours! Nevertheless, rail travel in India is an adventure in itself. There are six seat classes to choose from: First class with air conditioning (1A), Second Tier with air conditioning (2A), Third Tier with air conditioning (3A), Chair Car (CC), Sleeper Class (SL) and Second Class (II). On hot days, air conditioning is highly recommended and for longer journeys, Sleeper Class is the most popular choice. Finally, make sure you leave enough time to book your ticket at the station before departure – at least half a day is recommended.
 
Bus: India’s bus network is fantastic for short journeys, particularly between towns and cities. However, for longer trips, buses can be an uncomfortable option due to their basic seating and India’s unkempt roads. Buses tickets are also very affordable.
 
Rickshaws, Tuk-Tuks and Taxis: rickshaws and tuk-tuks are very cheap and the authentic means of Indian travel. Make sure you agree prices before you set off and do feel free to haggle your driver down – it’s expected. Rickshaws are bicycle powered, so expect them to be slower than tuk-tuks which are the motorised version. Taxis are slightly more expensive and you should make sure the meter is working before you start your journey. Also ensure that your taxi has an official rate card. You can then compare your final meter reading with the rate card – many of the meters are very old and have the tendency to be inaccurate. Finally, be prepared for your driver to take you to various shops and restaurants as they are on commission for doing so. If you really don’t want to visit these sites, politely and firmly refuse.
 
Sport in India
India is renowned for sporting excellence, especially in cricket and hockey. Professional cricketers are treated like celebrities and thousands of children dream of being India’s next test cricketer. Sport in India is like religion for many. India is therefore the perfect destination to coach sport or play sport. Sport in India is sadly limited to the few who can afford it which means sport is nonexistent in many schools. Furthermore, while cricket and hockey receive a lot of focus, children are passionate about other sports, including football, athletics, netball and basketball.

Gap Years and Career Breaks in India
Embrace the rich culture and heritage of India, and become one with the charming communities that will take you in and treat you like one of their own. The lively marketplaces that give you a real feast for the senses, the beautiful scenery that takes you to another world, and the enchanting architecture and historical artifacts, will all combine to make this a gap year or career break to be envied.

When you chose to further your career and give your CV that added boost by taking on a paid work, internship or work experience placement overseas, the costs incurred go towards setting up the placement, and giving you a great environment to live in for the duration of your time overseas. Your money goes on many benefits around your placement, to make sure you have the best experience possible.
 
Placement Assessment
Before you see a placement on our website, a lot of background work has gone on. We have met with local organisations, vetted in-country staff, conducted rigorous safety assessments and thoroughly evaluated the benefits of the placement, both for you and the organisation and community. Only then do you get to see the placement on our website and book or apply for your place, safe in the knowledge that it is well-structured and beneficial to your career development.
 
Help Choosing Your Placement
If you are not sure which placement or country to choose, our hugely informative Travel Advisors are here to help. They are a friendly bunch, have all travelled extensively and can offer lots of advice on choosing the right placement for you. This makes the task of deciding to work in a foreign country much less intimidating, and far more exciting.
 
Pre-departure Advice
Once you have booked your placement, you will be assigned a dedicated Travel Advisor to offer essential pre-departure advice on vaccinations, visas, kit lists and more. They will also be on call to answer those important last minute questions like “how many pairs of socks do I need?” and “can I take my mobile phone with me?”
 
Help with Flights and Insurance
We do not include flights and travel insurance in our placement fee. This avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. It also gives you flexibility to plan any further travel before or after your placement. We do, however, offer lots of help on this through our leading flights and insurance partners, providing you with an easy booking facility and the best prices around.
 
Airport Pick-Up
Landing in a foreign country for the first time can be daunting. This is why we ensure our in-country staff are there to meet you on arrival in your chosen destination and help you settle in. And once we have given you a warm welcome, the in-country staff will take you back to your accommodation.
 
Arrival Orientation
We will take you through a local orientation and placement induction on arrival. This will introduce you to any useful amenities and local customs, and it will also show you how to stay safe while working abroad. Our team also have lots of handy travel tips and advice if you are thinking of exploring the country in your spare time.
 
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation is included in all of our placements. Our volunteer houses, family home-stays and shared residences are comfortable and very sociable places to live while overseas. In some destinations, you may be able to upgrade to alternative accommodation. Just contact us for details. We endeavour to supply food on all of our placements, however in some cases this is not always possible. Please see the Project Summary tab for further details.  
 
In-Country Staff
Your safety and enjoyment is extremely important to us. That’s why we have dedicated in-country teams to look after you throughout your placement. Our in-country staff members live nearby, can be reached 24-hours a day and will check-in with you throughout your placement to ensure everything is running smoothly, and you are happy in your new working environment.
 
24-Hour Emergency Support
In addition to our in-country staff, you will benefit from our international support network. You will be given emergency contact details before you leave which you can call in the event of a crisis. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Recruitment of More Workers
In order to provide a reliable flow of workers to our placements overseas, we have to spend a chunk of money on recruiting people like you. It costs to maintain a website, an office, phone lines and a team of dedicated Travel Advisors to answer all your questions!
Speak To Us
If you have any questions or would like some more information, simply contact one of our friendly Travel Advisors. You can give us a call, request a call back or drop us an email and they will be able to answer any questions you might have.

Book Your Place
Once you have decided to travel with us, you can secure your place by paying a small deposit. You will then be able to pay the rest of your placement fee in easy-to-manage instalments.

Welcome Pack
Once we have received your deposit, we will send you a welcome email confirming your booking. This will contain your personal login details for your Travel Centre – an online account full of useful information about your destination, you chosen project and all the things you need to do before you depart.

Personal Information
We will ask you to provide some key information to help us create the best overseas experience for you, such as medical and dietary requirements, any previous language lessons you have done, and what you’re hoping to get out of your time abroad. We may also ask you to complete a police background check.

Flights and Insurance
You will need to book your flights and travel insurance before you leave, and then provide us with these details. We do not include flights and insurance in the project fee (to avoid passing on extra admin costs to you) but our partners will help you find the best options around.

Visas 
Next you will need to get your visa for your trip. British citizens do not require visas unless they are planning to work before or after the course, in which case a Working Holiday Visa will be required. We will also provide you with lots of information to make obtaining your visa very straightforward.
 
Final Payment
We will ask you for your final payment 90 days before your scheduled departure date. Once paid, you will be ready to pack your bags, grab your passport and get on the plane!
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