Photography Volunteer Program, Cape Town

Photography Volunteer Program, Cape Town

Would you like to make an impact with your photography? Join our photography volunteer project in Cape Town! You’ll be documenting the inspiring work of social impact charities in Cape Town, while at the same time sharpening your skills. Over the course of this project, you’ll experience a number of inspiring nonprofits that are doing important work on a grassroots level. You’ll have the chance to donate your images to the charities you photograph, so that they can use them to raise awareness for their cause. 

This photography volunteer project is an opportunity to learn about the role photography can play in the nonprofit sector, practise humanitarian photography, and contribute to important causes. You’ll be guided by a professional photographer, and photographers of any level are welcome. You can attend the program for as many weeks as you like. 

During the first week you’ll attend a workshop taught by humanitarian photographer Anna Lusty, which will help you improve your technical skills and increase your understanding of photography in the nonprofit sector. Moreover, you will get acquainted with township areas you’ll be working in and visit some social impact programs. 

Each week - starting from the second - you’ll be assigned a grassroots organisation of your choice. They can have a wide range of focus areas, e.g. environmental work, sports coaching, education, women empowerment, animal welfare and many more. 

Your accommodation will be a comfortable house on Cape Town’s Southern Peninsula, surrounded by mountains and beaches, just 30 minutes drive from the city centre and 10 minutes drive from most organisations you are going to shoot. You’ll share a room with a few other photographers, though there are single room upgrades available as well.

Key Information

  • Price $1850
  • Duration 6+ days
  • Group Size 5+
  • Date 02/11/2020
  • Date 08/02/2021
  • Date 10/05/2021
  • Date 19/07/2021
  • Date 16/08/2021
  • Date 08/11/2021

Highlights

  • Support important social development and environmental causes through photography
  • Explore humanitarian and nonprofit photography
  • Improve your own photography skills through professional tutoring by a humanitarian photographer
  • Explore Cape Town's vibrant neighbourhoods and stunning scenery through your lens
  • Stay as many weeks as you like, receiving weekly assignments

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Cape Town, where we’ll welcome you at the airport. After a short drive to your accommodation, you’ll have time to settle in and explore your surroundings. 

Day 2 - 5: On Day 2 we will start the workshop with Anna. It will focus on basic notions of nonprofit photography, including how to prepare for shoots, how to approach projects in a culturally sensitive manner and how to capture the project in such a way that generates awareness for the cause. Anna will also talk about the focus areas that you may be working on (environment, animal welfare, youth support, etc.) You’ll spend about half of the time discussing the theory and the other half visiting nonprofit organizations to put skills into practice.

There will also be plenty of time to also discuss general photography; technical camera use, composition, and post production. Since we’ll be working in small groups, the tutoring will be tailored to each person’s individual level.

Day 6: This is the last day of the photoshop, when Anna will recap what was discussed and review the images taken over the week. In the afternoon, you’ll take part in a relaxed photo session on a nearby beach or in a natural area, if the weather permits it.

Day 7: An exciting full day trip to Cape Peninsula will take place. It will include Longbeach, the penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach, a drive through Cape Point National Park (with a chance of spotting ostrich, zebra, and a variety of antelope), and a visit to lighthouse and rugged coastlines at Cape Point. 

Day 8: Time off - either to relax, or to do some exploring in Cape Town or its surroundings.

Week 2 onward: On a weekly basis, you’ll be paired with a nonprofit organisation that you’ll be learning about and photographing. You’ll be carefully matched with causes that you feel passionate about, and that can benefit from having a portfolio of images. We’ll be checking in regularly to ensure things go well and you’ll be assisted by a contact point at the organisation.

Weekends are time off, so that you can rest, or explore some of the many highlights Cape Town has to offer. 

Each week you’ll assess your pictures with Anna and, if you’re staying the next week, discuss the following project. 

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