On Assignment Projects
Over the years, National Geographic has made a name for itself by telling stories through photography, writing, film, and research. Now it's your turn. Go "on assignment" with National Geographic and dig deeper into a country's landscape and culture to develop your own story through research, photography, or hands-on field activities. Take a look at our eight On Assignment projects and the destinations in which they're offered. Pick the place and project you find most intriguing, then get ready to set out into the world and create your story.
Find out more about our three special expeditions celebrating National Geographic's 125th anniversary in 2013 that will have you working closely with scientists and researchers on some of National Geographic's top conservation priorities.
Set out on photo shoots to improve your photography skills and capture the color and character of the places you encounter. Develop a photo-essay about a topic that sparks your interest.
Wildlife & Conservation
Explore the local wildlife and their habitats with naturalists and biologists. Learn about regional and national efforts to protect natural resources, and investigate the threats that population and poverty pose to conservation initiatives.
Archaeology & Ancient Culture
Venture out with your exploration team to uncover the complex layers of past civilizations. Explore ancient ruins, discover the rich mythology behind treasured sites, and find the links between ancient and modern worlds.
Work in production teams to document your journey, the people you meet, and the events you witness. Create a narrative that captures the sights, sounds, and personality of a place through the versatile medium of film.
Cultivate a sense of "space and place" by discovering the interconnections between people and their environment. Ever wonder why Italians drink coffee and the British drink tea? Or how mountainous people adapt differently to their surroundings than desert nomads? Think like a geographer while exploring the history, ecology, and culture of the places you visit.
Develop your writing skills with the assistance of a published writer. Learn how to incorporate a strong sense of place into your work. Spend time in a busy marketplace using all five senses to capture the scene, interview a local personality for a character sketch, or bring the past alive in the evocative silence of an ancient ruin.
Climate & Geology
Examine earth processes and witness dramatic geologic forces at work. Get out into the field to learn how volcanoes, geothermal activity, and glaciers have shaped landscapes and civilizations throughout history. Meet geologists to discuss the science of global climate change.
Spend your days working alongside villagers and a team of students. Teach English to children at the local school. Participate in building or restoration projects, clean up a park, or help paint a community health center. Collaborative community projects provide an opportunity for deeper cultural interaction and insight into daily life in our host communities.