The higher your level of Spanish, the more you can expect to get out of the experience, particularly in the first few weeks. But as we are parterning with the top Spanish school in La Paz, we do accept all levels of Spanish, even beginners. In fact, what more perfect way to learn Spanish than being both enrolled in a school, living in a Spanish speaking country, and venturing out of the classroom to do your magazine research. If you are a beginner, you can expect to enroll in Spanish school more intensively to begin with. For the purposes of your research we will do our best to pair you with bilinguals or fluent Spanish speakers. Alternatively you can choose to focus on less interview intensive work for the magazine, for example, photography. Once your Spanish improves you will have more opportunities to do more in depth articles on your own.
When you fill out the application form, please let us know about any journalistic experience that you have, such as study, or previous work/internships. However, what is most important is your motivation and interest in taking part.
We are looking for candidates with the energy, enthusiasm and ideas needed to practise journalism in a country like Bolivia.
Before travel, all successful applicants to our programme will have to provide proof of medical insurance for the duration of their stay in Bolivia.You should also visit your doctor or a travel clinic to check that all your vaccinations are up to date, and see if you need any new ones for Bolivia.
If you have any condition that you feel may affect your mobility or health during your stay here, you should inform us beforehand. You should also consult your doctor about travel to Bolivia. Be aware that La Paz is 3800 metres above sea level and that this high altitude often causes dizziness and light headaches on arrival. Equally, unless you have some prior condition, this altitude sickness is not serious, and usually dies down after the first couple of days.
Usually applicants must be over 18 years of age by the time they intend on flying to Bolivia. However, with parental permission, in some cases we can accept applications from 17 year olds.