Nepal is a perfect destination to come to learn about photo journalism. From the majestic snow-capped mountains, the cultures and the people of Nepal, the country presents photographers and cultural enthusiast with an abundance of opportunity to really enjoy and enrich their experience. You couldn't ask for a better destination.
You'll work under the close supervision of a seasoned professional that'll guide you and teach you all the skills required to make it as a photo journalist. Editing photos, taking advantage of light, aperture control and etc, are all part of the tricks you'll learn while you volunteer.
Your Activity as a Volunteer
You’ll go to places where you can take interesting pictures. That can be in a marriage ceremony or a chariot drawing festival, where crowds merry with celebration sing and dance. It can be a Hindu temple, where exquisitely carved windows and statues offer visitors a marvelous look at ancient art. You’ll find the culture of northern Nepal around the giant Buddhist stupas of Kathmandu, where you’ll meet maroon colored monks and people of oriental faces. All these and much more, you’ll agree with your supervisor before you venture into any of them. You’ll be accompanied by your supervisor.
Skills Required for the Project
If you know how to take pictures or at least know about some of the functions of SLR camera, you'll have an easier time. If you don't know any, you'll have to put in more hard work but you'll get there. The aim of the project is to turn you into a photo journalist. For that, you'll learn all aspect of it. But you must have passion of the work.
Kathmandu Valley: The Valley is nestled on the lap of mighty Himalayas at an altitude of over 1000 meters. In the Valley, hills sprout up and down and offer spectacular views of the mountains from the top. Hindu and Buddhist shrines of Kathmandu Valley offer fascination and solace for local people. During festivals, hordes descend at these shrines making it a cacophony of celebrations. Bells and whistles ring loud, inviting gods to protect them. The people of the Valley are equally fascinating, especially the Newars, who were here before anyone and has evolved into an ethnic group of rich culture. It's Newari festivals and medieval houses that make Kathmandu a cultural destination to visit.
Arrangement for room/food/supervision
RCDP will present you with a wonderful opportunity to learn about people of Nepal and their lifestyle by placing you with a host family. You'll have a room for yourself and you'll eat what the host family makes. Bathroom and other facilities inside the host family are usually shared. Usually, at least one member of the host family will be able to speak in English.