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Nestled between India and Tibet on the ancient Silk Road, north of Bangladesh and east of Nepal, Bhutan is known for its distinct Buddhist cultural identity, fostered through hundreds of years of civil and cultural independence.

The Australian Academy of Media is seeking journalists and mass communication industry professionals to volunteer as teachers in Bhutan from September this year.

In four week blocks, volunteers will help students at the Bhutan Media and Communications Institute (BMCI) develop their journalism and mass communications skills, as part of a 12-month long Diploma of Journalism program.

Australian and New Zealand professionals with minimum five years experience in journalism and mass communications, in areas such as: news identification; journalism for social media, writing and interviewing for media; and media and philosophy, are encouraged to apply.

CEO at The Australian Academy of Media, Jemima McGilvery says it’s an absolute delight, together with the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communications, to facilitate media and communications learning opportunities for Bhutanese students in partnership with the Bhutan Media and Communications Institute (BMCI).

‘I can think of no better way to help advance Bhutan’s media industry than to spend four weeks training the next generation of Bhutan’s media professionals at the BMCI,’ she said. ‘It will no doubt be an unforgettable, career-defining experience for all volunteers.

The Asian Institute of Journalism and Communications developed the course modules for BMCI based on UNESCO’s Journalism Curricula.

Volunteers’ knowledge and expertise in working in a ‘western’ context and applying that knowledge alongside the course modules for the benefit of BMCI’s students will be the focus of the engagement.

Expressions of interest can be made at www.academyofmedia.edu.au/volunteer


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