Volunteer stint for journalists in East Timor

Looking for adventure and an opportunity to help fellow journalists? Consider Timor-Leste. The International Center for Journalists is looking for experienced journalists to volunteer their time to teach their Timorese colleagues the basics of journalism. Ideally, the volunteer would conduct trainings for at least two weeks. The volunteer would cover their own costs; however, ICFJ will cover the cost of transport to and from its regional media houses – where the trainings would occur – and ICFJ will cover the cost of meals and accommodations in the districts, but not in Dili. There are five regional media houses – located in Baucau, Suai, Oecusse, Ermera and Maubisse. A sixth media house is located in Dili.

While in Dili, the volunteer would cover their own costs as well as airfare to and from Dili. ICFJ can help arrange low-cost accommodation with a Timorese family – approximately 250-300 USD per month. This is a great opportunity for a journalist who wants to experience Timor-Leste, get to know the culture and its people and do something to help Timorese journalists.

ICFJ is looking for print, radio, online and television journalists. ICFJ is also looking for volunteers with experience in fundraising and online advertising. If interested, please contact Charles Rice at crice@icfj.org or feel free to call at +670-742-0776. Kindly cc your initial expression of interest to Club Vice-President Lau Joon-Nie at jnlau@ntu.edu.sg who is coordinating this initiative with ICFJ. For personal insights by young Singapore journalists-in-training who recently spent three weeks reporting in Timor-Leste, visit http://gofar.journalism.sg.