Here are some of the stories of our interns, students and volunteers. It tells about their time with us and the skills, knowledge and self confidence that they have formed due to their experience here at the Africa Media Academy. Please feel free to contact any of our alumni for direct references.
An Immersive Experience That I Won't Forget
This program showed me the foundational skills needed to break into the industry. I loved the variety of experiences that the program provides. Interns will get unique exposure to wildlife
through the Schotia Private Game Reserve. I walked away from the program feeling more confident about my production and post-production skillsets, all while meeting some talented people along the way. Our instructor also made sure that there was a good balance of fun and laughter along the way. I am so grateful for this opportunity and would recommend this program to anyone considering a leap into wildlife!
My photography skills have really improved and I've come home with a collection of images I'm proud of. The accommodation and meals were also very good. Thanks Frikkie and the rest of the team at Africa Media!
Frikkie is so knowledgeable, and he tailored his instruction to each of our needs. He clearly loves this work, and he took such pleasure in introducing us to new experiences. His feedback
helped me grow as a photographer, and I am proud of the work I created. After completing the program, I am confident that I will be able to pursue a professional career in photography.
My month in the wildlife filmmaking course was absolutely life changing. I started the program with no knowledge of the documentary production process, and I had never shot a video on
anything other than my phone. By the end of the month, I had written, filmed, edited, and produced a short documentary about the wildlife in South Africa. There was a massive learning curve, and it pushed me to grow exponentially. I learned so much about filmmaking through this experience, but I also developed relationships that I know will last a lifetime. I am so happy that I made the decision to participate in the Africa Media program. Thanks to everyone on staff who welcomed me from day 1. You are all appreciated.
This program was an amazing and I am so happy I decided to take it. Frikki was an amazing Instructor
I have enjoyed a lot my time in South Africa, and learnt so much! I did not have so many expectations since I didn't really know how to use a camera before but in the end I am really proud
of what I have achieved, and I can say I am really satisfied about my path. Special mention to my teacher Frikkie, who is the best teacher you can have. He taught us also a lot of useful tricks, and that is why I would recommend this course also to non-beginners photographers.
You have the opportunity to learn while you visit beautiful places and make very interesting experiences.
Thank you so much for this month together!
I chose to do the internship as part of my work experience for uni. The staff were really helpful beforehand and I was confident with what was expected of me. They checked what I wanted to
get out of the program so that they could tailor specific activities to me and my interests. I learned a lot more than I would at university, as the course is specifically for Travel and Environmental journalism. So, goes into more detail on the type of writing and interviewing styles, how to make it freelance, etc.
Fiona is very knowledgeable, professional and has the patience of an angel. She genuinely wants you to excel as a student and takes your personal level and goals into consideration. I came
as an amateur photographer and an amateur diver and can confidently say that I left better at both crafts. We were a group of 6 and Fiona observed and evaluated everyone individually, giving each of us personal assignments and advice. The program is well thought out and has a good balance between theory and practice. The first week covers the theory of photography with several fun assignments to put the theory to practice on land. After that some time in the pool with some toy animals! The first few dives are focused on macro photography and after that we moved on to wide angle, both with several assignments. The dives concluded with crit sessions to discuss the photos and what we learned from them. Aside from the general assignments, everybody got individual challenges based on what they can improve on. I was worried about accidentally destroying part of the reef or smushing small animals so my challenge was to get closer. I got good advice, many great tips, lots of practice and by the end I was poking my head into crevices and becoming part of schools of fish! Feeling more comfortable as a diver, I could concentrate more on composition and the story behind my photography and I loved those dives the most. We also learned a little bit about free diving which was a really cool experience. It has a completely different feel than scuba diving and I am definitely looking forward to doing more free diving in the future. Aside from diving and photography, Fiona touches on the business aspects of the trade and discussed several options to make underwater photography a profession. I honestly cannot praise this internship enough and could write a book about my experiences in these four weeks, but let's move on to other aspects of the organisation 🙂
I registered for the internship last minute-ish but received very quick responses from the organisation and had all of the information I needed before I left. The information provided is clear and any questions were answered promptly and adequately. Transport from and to the airport is included so as long as you provide your travel details you don't need to be worried about getting lost in the middle of nowhere.
The accommodation was great, we had the house to ourselves with all of the amenities you need. There are shared dorms available with two bathrooms and for a little extra you can opt for a private room with an en-suite bathroom. There is a fully equipped kitchen so you can always make your own coffee, tea, hot chocolate or the odd banana pancakes when you feel like something else for breakfast! Plenty of space in the fridge to store anything that needs to stay cooled. You don't need to do any cleaning or washing up and the lovely staff members will even open up a coconut for you! At a small additional cost you can even have your laundry done.
The internship includes full-board so no need to worry about meals. The staff at The Safety Stop was very flexible and accommodated my vegan lifestyle with loads of fruit (I miss the mangoes so much!), veg, grains and the occasional home made spring rolls. When I indicated I'm not a huge fan of french fries, they happily served rice instead. Portions are more than adequate so you will not go hungry here!
The dive centre is lovely and everyone is very friendly. The owners and dive masters/instructors are very passionate about the ocean and are excited to find and show you all of the cool animals that live there. Every dive is briefed well and tweaked to fit the goals in terms of photography. The skippers are amazing and know how to handle your camera gear. There is a high level of involvement and interest and everyone is excited to see your photographs.
If you want to improve your skills as an underwater photographer or you are a complete newb like me and want to see if this is your cup of tea, join this internship! You will not regret it!
Huge thank you to everyone at Africa Media Academy and Guinjata Dive Centre, I've said it before and I'll say it again, it was EPIC!!
I really didn't know what to expect by such an incredible program presentation. When I first arrived at the house I had a warm welcoming by group and staff, the place was so beautifully
immersed in the nature of this little and quite town. The program was absolutely outstanding. I really loved the thing that you are able to live the real African lifestyle since you're not living in a hotel. You get to experience the real culture of this vibrant country!
Regarding the photography training, they have been teaching me all the necessary skills to start a potential career: from the theoretical lectures to the practical trips exploring breathtaking locations. The photography instructor has been an ever present person through the whole month, always ready to help you telling you what's best to do and how to shoot that specific situation.
Photographing flying birds and jumping monkeys isn't really an easy task to achieve, but those places really offer you a lot of possibilities to go back home with a full portfolio and a heart full of unforgettable memories!
Despite the photography purpose, this is a life changing experience, so I highly recommend everyone to try it, once in life.
To see wild animals in your hometown zoo is one thing, but to touch and stand in front of them in their natural habitat is a whole another world!
The beginning of my journey, flying solo to Mossel Bay from Australia, was nerve-wrecking to say the least. Luckily, from the moment I touched down in Africa, I knew I was set for an amazing
month. We experienced everything under the African sun at Africa Media. The Wildlife and Travel photography internship not only exposed me to Africa’s amazing Big 5, Great White sharks, walking with elephants and playing with Cheetahs, I was also able to expand my knowledge into the business side of photography and networking with companies. I began my journey to Mossel bay with high hopes and left with some of the best experiences, friendships and memories that will last a life time.
Africa media validated my passion for media and conservation
You may not know how to put it into exact words but you will remember it. It gives me a sense of pride, accomplishment and (dare I say) love as I ease it to the forefront of my memory. If
you are at all like I was, Africa Media sounds too good to be true as you peruse the site for the first (or tenth) time. I can’t condense the discoveries I made during my two months in the journalism and photography internships into anything short of a novel. My long-story-made-short is like a lucid dream, deep yet immediate. Africa media validated my passion for media and conservation. That’s the simple part. Professional fieldwork challenged me, sometimes frustratingly so. I wouldn’t have that part any other way. The appreciation I accrued for the animal kingdom, humans included, was immense. The lot at Africa Media was the most original, enthusiastic and daring I have known. We worked hard, played hard, and often the two were indecipherable. I can’t predict everyone you’ll meet on the Garden Route. But you will remember them and probably stay in touch with the special few. You will remember the exhilaration, awe and attentive calm of seeing a great white shark for the first time. You will remember the “f-yeah!” of truly capturing the subject after one hundred clicks. You will remember the nervous authenticity of your first interview: the tingling in your fingertips when you put it into an article. You will retell the countless adventures in-between.
Africa Media is a premier supplier of production services, experiential media training programs and interactive edu-tourism expeditions throughout Southern Africa.
Our mission is to build an enthusiastic generation of wildlife and environmental specialists who have the skills and passion to build successful careers or make significant contributions in the wildlife and environmental media industry.