Photography Internship in South Africa or Costa Rica


Join transformative volunteer expeditions and document powerful stories through photography and film

Hone your craft with a camera and document in photograph and film life-changing expeditions to teach young people to become global citizens and leaders. You’ll earn career skills as a photographer, build a powerful portfolio, and gain insight into the role of photography working for a meaningful cause as you help inspire young volunteers.

This program places you with an organization that arranges service-orientated expeditions that inspire and empower young people to make change, both on their projects and within themselves. These expeditions involve sustainability-focused and community development projects as part of a developmental program designed to equip volunteers with skills, knowledge, and confidence.

As an intern, our role will be capturing powerful narratives through photography and film, showcasing the impact of projects for both volunteers and the causes they serve. You’ll spend each day engaging with rural communities, volunteers, and partners to authentically portray their stories.

Learning Objectives

  • Build career-skills in photography techniques and visual storytelling
  • Develop insight into the role of photography working for a meaningful cause
  • Gain experience in project coordination and logistics by organizing photography outings
  • Broaden your understanding of marketing and visual content creation theory
  • Build a varied portfolio of impactful content


This organization is a global powerhouse in the world of volunteer work. Active since 1978, the mission of this organization has always been to support young people to make change, both on their projects and within themselves. They arrange service-focused expeditions that provide their volunteers with opportunities for transformative personal growth. These expeditions equip volunteers with vital life skills, broaden their perspectives, and give them the confidence to become global citizens and leaders.

A crucial part of these expeditions is ensuring that all volunteer activities are done in an ethical, responsible, and sustainable way. The organization collaborates closely with local sustainable development initiatives to find sustainable solutions to issues of poverty, low education levels, food insecurity, and unemployment that volunteers can contribute towards.


Your day-to-day will be split between joining volunteers on projects, excursions, and training sessions with venture managers to gather content and time spent in the office editing the images you capture. A significant element of this role lies in your responsibilities as a leader for volunteers too. So, you will be responsible for identifying and fostering young talent among volunteers too.


  • Capture content in a range of formats, such as mobile video footage, written articles, case studies, and photography to document the impact of our projects.
  • Work side-by-side with young people to generate exciting, high-quality content in communication with the UK-based communications team
  • Inspire the other volunteers and effectively edit the contributions they make
  • Work closely with the support team to collaboratively run the Expedition field base
  • Gather case studies by visiting our project sites and interviewing community members and volunteers directly


  • Experience in using photography to communicate powerful stories
  • Photo editing and cataloging skills
  • Willingness to train others in photography and storytelling skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work with limited resources
  • Able to work in a cross-cultural team
  • Commitment to the aims, ethos, and culture of Raleigh International
  • You will be required to complete first-aid training as part of the application process
  • Minimum age 21 years


During this internship, you’ll be joining volunteers on their expeditions. You will choose whether you travel to South Africa or Costa Rica where you’ll spend the majority of your time at the organization’s field base. These field bases are compounds with housing and a workspace for office-based members of the team that also serve as the start and end point of expeditions.

Situated either just outside of Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa or within view of Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica, you’ll stay in shared rooms or dormitories with shared communal areas. You’re sure to make close friends with the other members of your expedition team!

Safety & Support

Safety & Support

This organization has established support systems for all their expeditions, so interns can feel safe and secure. Interns will also be part of this safety and support system. As part of your internship, you will be first-aid trained and will take responsibility for the health and well-being of your volunteer group.



The field base in either country has Wifi available, although their remote locations mean connection can be limited.



All meals will be provided for you throughout your internship and cooked by yourself and volunteers on rotation. In Costa Rica, expect to eat many rice and bean dishes, while in South Africa you’ll have plenty of maize meal and chakalaka. You and your team of Venture Managers will also be given a small food budget for extra fruits and snacks.

Location details

Location details

You’ll choose between two of the most exciting internship destinations in the world: Costa Rica or South Africa.

Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, with untamed natural landscapes featuring rainforests, volcanoes, and stunning coastlines. You’ll be based in Turrialba on a remote farm, surrounded by mountainscapes and deep forests.

South Africa is a land of rich cultural diversity, important history, and all of Africa’s most iconic wildlife. Based just out of Great Kruger National Park, you’ll see the best of African Bush and an impressive cast of wildlife.


Fee Breakdown

Internship programs have fixed start and end dates which can be found below.

What you’ll pay (2024 rates)

5th June – 31st Aug 2024 (13 weeks) USD 200 SPECIAL OFFER

18th Sept – 15th Dec 2024 (13 weeks) USD 3,200


  • Careful matchmaking. It takes time to find the right internship for each person, and we take this process very seriously.
  • Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes.
  • An academic internship eligible for university credit. Check with your university to confirm if this internship qualifies for credit or alternatively we can assist you with purchasing transfer credits.
  • Accommodation in a dorm/shared room
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Daily meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • All project transport
  • Project training and equipment
  • Raleigh t-shirt
  • Exclusive travel kit discounts & advice
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement and other preparations
  • An orientation program with your supervisor
  • On-site supervision and support during your stay
  • Regular check-ins during your internship with your supervisor
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship


  • Flights to Hoedspruit, South Africa or San José, Costa Rica
  • Visa and medical/travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Outdoor travel kit (details provided upon application)
  • Drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing)
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities


Some of our most commonly asked questions for programs in South Africa.

What can I expect from a NGO internship in South Africa?

During your internship in South Africa you can expect to meet people from around the world, as well as indulging yourself into the culture of this beautiful country! If you want to know more about what to expect, make sure to check out our top 7 reasons for an internship in Cape Town.

Will I have time to explore South Africa during my internship?

Yes! We partner with various activity organizers that can offer discounts exclusive to Roots Interns, for example, a road trip through the Garden Route and bungee jumping off the world’s largest natural bungee. You may also explore the country on your own and we are happy to give recommendations.

Am I able to do an internship while on a study program in Cape Town?

Yes! You are able to do a part-time internship with certain organizations so that you can continue your studies, while also gaining valuable work experience.

Will I receive a stipend of any kind during my internship with Roots?

Unfortunately, no. When working with a nonprofit organization, your internship will be unpaid, but there are many ways to fund your internship. Your experience will bring a wealth of knowledge and opportunities for both professional and personal growth that are invaluable!


LOCATION: Costa Rica or South Africa
PROGRAM FOCUS: Volunteer Organization
TASK FOCUS: Photography, Storytelling, Editing Media
LENGTH: Min. 13 weeks
COST: From USD 200


  • Gain international experience working for a meaningful cause
  • Develop career skills as a photographer and videographer
  • Build a deep and impactful portfolio
  • Gain insight into sustainable development projects and youth development
  • Join thrilling expeditions across incredible locations


If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:


Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) which includes sharing your CV to us.



We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.


If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.


If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, getting started with the booking process and all the info you need.


Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.


Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just fill in the contact form below. We’ll be happy to assist!


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