Sunday, April 20, 2008

Worldnomad’s Travel Writing Scholarship 2008

Applications close: May 25, 2008

World Nomads will send one exceptional student to participate on an i-to-i volunteer project

ml> in the tsunami devastated region of Sri Lanka. Staying in the small coastal village of Kosgoda, 70kms south of Colombo, you will live amongst the local people, working on various neighbourhood projects to help rebuild their community.

As part of this assignment, you will receive mentorship from Sydney Morning Herald journalist and travel writer Keith Austin, who will provide assistance via telephone/internet with story development, scripting and final editing.

You will be staying in Kosgoda with a local family for two weeks, immersing yourself in the local culture. To help you create your own unique story, the scholarship recipient will receive a new Lenovo Ideapad Y-510 laptop computer.

Once you have returned home, you’ll write, edit and a create a feature article based on your experience in Sri Lanka which will be reviewed and considered for publication by the Sydney Morning Herald
Australia’s pre-eminent newspaper, both printed and on-line - giving you the chance to have your story read by thousands of travellers world wide!

The Scholarship also includes airfares from your nearest international airport, i-to-i program costs, travel vaccinations, visa costs and per diems.

What you’ll be doing
* We’ll fly you in from your country of residence to Sri Lanka. You’ll need to be available between July 6th and July 19th 2008.

* Prior to leaving, you will be mentored by journalist Keith Austin to guide you in how to approach your story.

* In Sri Lanka, you will live amongst the local people of Kosgoda, volunteering to help restore their community whilst interviewing people and seeking out your story.

* You will need to keep a daily diary about your time on the trip and upload this to a World Nomads travel journal, including pictures you’ve taken.

* On your return you will receive further mentoring from Keith Austin to assist in editing togther your feature story. You will then submit your story to the Sydney Morning Herald for possible publication, and on the World Nomads websites within one month of your return.

* Most of all, you’ll be experiencing what it’s like to be a journalist in a remote location in one the most beautiful and friendly countries in the world!

Who can apply
* To be eligible you have to be currently enrolled and actively studying
at a recognised educational tertiary institution and speak and write
fluent english.

* Minimum age 18.

* You should be an exceptional writer with a lust for adventure, ambition to grow your journalism/writing skills and desire to help less fortunate communities in the world.

Apply now

If you want it, you’ve got to show it. To apply you need to:

1. Craft a 500 words(or less) travel focused essay in English around the theme ‘An unforgettable adventure’. It’s up to you to convince our judging panel through your writing that you have the spirit of adventure and passion for travel journalism to be chosen for this scholarship. We will be looking for;

• originality
• clarity of ideas
• excellent writing
• ability to source and tell a compelling story.

2. Complete an entry form which includes contact and educational institution details and a 300 words (or less) essay on why you should be chosen. Copy and paste the ‘An unforgettable adventure’ travel story into the entry form.

3. The recipient of the Scholarship, along with the best entries will be published on the World Nomads wesbite on June 1, 2008.

Applications close midnight (Australian Eastern Standard time), May 25, 2008.