We offer 1-3 month introductions to Bolivia and journalism, designed to kick-start newcomers’ experience of an international working environment. You investigate and write your own articles or photo-essays. You can help design the magazine. You forge important personal contacts, both while staying in Bolivia and as part of ‘Bolivian Espressos’, our term for our closely-knit group of past participants. You foster intercultural links and grow both professionally and personally.
In 2013, we’ve also launched a TV Production Training Programme titled BXTV, with learning experiences geared towards TV and Film production. We have secured an agreement with a major media organization in Bolivia (Red UNO), as well as a highly acclaimed independent production studio (iTV). The programme is also 1-3 months long.
What’s it like?
Each programme is hosted in a house where you’ll live with your fellow interns and the coordinators of the programme. Houses are provided with cleaning services and a lunch is prepared Monday to Friday.
For the Journalism Internship, you take 24 hours of Spanish classes per month and programme tutorials in journalism, photography and design, but mainly you will plan your own day: researching, going to interviews and writing articles, or travelling. We help you navigate La Paz, finding gyms, llamas, carnivals and leads. In your time off, we’ll also be able to direct you to the best restaurants, bars and trips around Bolivia. The month’s work culminates with the design of the magazine, where you can help shape the look of your month’s Bolivian Express.
The TV Production internship is very similar with at least 2 hours of classes every day including visits to the TV station where some of the most important local programmes are produced. You will be given the opportunity of being involved in the production of professional TV content, working alongside experienced and established professionals in the field, on and off set. Alongside the 24 hours of Spanish class you will have three modules per month in areas such as TV Production, Vocal Delivery, Journalism, Photography, Post Production, Lighting, and Sound Techniques.
Is it Right for You?
You speak fluent English, are at least seventeen years old, and have an observant eye and inquisitive spirit. Spanish is helpful but not essential. School-leavers, graduates and students and are all welcome; we assign each a role according to their experience.
Present gap-year trends mean travel to foreign countries is not unusual. But, passing through hostels on sightseeing visits, travellers are rarely able to get in touch with local culture. We want to offer an experience off the beaten track and give the possibility to the interns to truly experience Bolivia from a unique and exciting perspective. You will be immersed in a foreign environment and, with our support, meet the challenge of a country largely undiscovered by tourist masses. Your dream career does not have to be journalism or TV production; Bolivian Espressos are sought after by universities and a range of employers for their international experience, level of intellectual engagement and enterprise.
Founded in 2010 by Bolivian journalists and Oxford graduates. Since then, over 70 talented people from 12 countries have collaborated on issues covering topics including politics, nightlife, art, football, music and gay parades. We’ve won the attention of artists, sports stars, the ministry for culture and the Bolivian Vice President.
For the Journalism Internship: £865 per month.
For the TV Production Internship: £1,180 per month.
Airport pick-up and local orientation.
Accommodation in our houses. (see photos)
Lunch Monday to Friday, cleaning services.
24 hours of Spanish class a month.
Design, photography and journalism classes (Journalism Internship)
Three modules per month in areas such as TV Production, Vocal Delivery, Journalism, Photography, Post Production, Lighting, and Sound Techniques (BXTV Internship)
Training at the TV Station (BXTV Internship)
Bolivian mobile phone and a press pass.
We take only up to twelve participants a month, and as entry is oversubscribed, you should apply immediately if this is for you.
More details are available on our website, where you can also read past issues and apply online:
For more information on the Journalism and BXTV Internship, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org