||Available all year round (except August
and September), you choose
your start date
From 4 weeks to 6 months, subject to visa requirements
have completed your degree or be studying a degree on a
subject related to Human Rights or Advocacy work. You
should have good writing skills and general
communication skills. You will need to submit a writing
sample on any human rights related issue.
Minimum age 18.
Full Price List
►Full pre-departure support and assistance,
►Payment Protection insurance
►Meeting you at the nearest airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Transport to and from your project
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support.
►Certificate of Completion
What's not included
Insurance, Cost of Visas, Return
transfer to airport.
Who can do
is open to all nationalities and all ages over 18.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out,
grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in
gaining overseas work experience or an internship for
university credit or requirement.
Also suitable for anyone just wanting to study abroad
and learn about the practice of Law overseas.
Please see "Requirements" above.
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Africa and the
fascinating Ghanaian culture
New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding
of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional
An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head
and shoulders above most others in the job market.
And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
impressions of both Ghana and the law placement are very positive: lovely
people, very friendly, and the work Lara and I will be doing looks really
interesting - lots of Human Rights stuff.
Staff and Interns at a Refugee
Ghanaian law follows Common Law, which is based on the
British system. Each day is different with new and interesting cases
coming through and thus neither we nor the Centre can say exactly what
you will be doing daily. However expect to deal with different tasks
from day to day.
There will be opportunities to get
involved in current legal issues, both through dealing directly
with clients and researching broader cases. You will be able to
learn how to deal with clients and get an insight into everyday
life in a legal office. The types of work you could be doing
Working on research projects
or writing articles about current topics and human rights
Writing content for the
Organising Seminars and
Trips outside of Accra for
fact-finding, seminars and workshops
Assisting staff members in
their day to day activities
If you have a case of your own
you will be able to interview clients, write letters and
notifications concerning the cases or have appointments, for
example, at Court.
You will work from Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm, which means
you usually have the weekend to travel. However there are
workshops on Saturdays from time to time and you may be expected
to attend. Your working hours may vary as well depending on the
day to day activities.
ABOUT THE CENTRE
All over the world today, many vulnerable people suffer human
rights abuse each day because they lack the basic knowledge of
their rights as individuals - this is where the Centre comes in.
Established in 2008, the NGO is a non-profit organisation
believe that securing basic human rights in Ghana requires an
effective frontline organisation equipped with essential
advocacy and research skills, and legal expertise in dealing
with individuals whose activities result in human rights
violations in the country.
is to ensure the realisation, respect, promotion and protection
of the rights of all people living in Ghana in accordance with
Ghanaian law and international standards. As well as increasing
human rights awareness and the adoption of a sustainable human
rights culture by public officers in Ghana.
started in the Greater Accra region of Ghana and now operates
all across the country and has become a respected human rights
organisation, both within Ghana and globally. Within the human
rights field, the work of the Centre focuses primarily on three
main areas; research, advocacy and the provision of free legal
Objectives of the Centre are to:
human rights advocacy and research
promote women and children’s rights
good governance, accountability and transparency on key
advocate reproductive health rights initiate and support
public interest litigation
advocate democratic policing
prison visits and advocate the rights of prisoners
evaluate compliance with international, regional and
national human rights standards
create awareness about human rights
rights training for Ministries, Departments and Agencies
(MDAs), Security Agencies and Civil Society Organizations.
Working in a structured Work
Experience placement in the developing world, plus the
experience you gain, will be an excellent entry on your CV or
WHAT IS REQUIRED OF YOU ... AND GHANAIAN TIME!
independence and initiative are highly
appreciated and a sense of humour when the electricity fails, or
buses don't turn up, will help you to make the most of this
Your accommodation will vary depending on
your work location, but will either be in a family run hostel or with a
host family. This means that you get to eat, sleep, work, socialise and
generally live like a Ghanaian. This enables you to fully experience the
local culture from the inside.
Many of our volunteers remain friends with their host families long
after they leave Ghana and in some cases they return to the country
later especially to visit their family. Sometimes members of their
Ghanaian family have even gone to visit them in their home country.
family for the past 6 weeks, the Opuku family, have been very warming to
us staying there. They've cooked up some fabulous meals and have been
very helpful to us when we have needed some help finding our way around.
The children at the house are fantastic! They're very keen to explore
your room, and sweets seems to be very high on the list."
Food is included in this placement and
will be local cuisine - again this is to enable
you to fully experience living as local Ghanaians do. When we arrange
your placement, we will liaise extensively with you regarding both the
placement and your accommodation. As always, our Local Manager will look
after you well and will always be on hand to help and offer advice.
"My family -
Lizzie and Prince are lovely. The children are very sweet, and I
feel extremely lucky to have been placed with them. The house is
of a Western standard in most ways, and Lizzie's cooking is
excellent. I feel a part of their family already."
standing on the front verandah of their accommodation
Got any questions? Please email us:
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll
contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on
details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have
access to all the documentation and information which we've put
together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your
Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you
throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on
your placement and on your return home.
The documents you'll have access to also include a Country
Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on
your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment
Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we
can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.
As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is
different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the
most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in
mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in
all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our
will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn
about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how
to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.
While on your placements, you can also book some
Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.
project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Ghana, or
you could even do a second project in a different country in Africa (or
elsewhere) - thus
doubling your adventure and enjoyment!
LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
Ghana is a
wonderfully welcoming country and the people are overwhelmingly hospitable and
friendly. They love their music, dancing and socialising, and this, together
with lots of glorious open African country and sunshine, contribute to making
your travel adventure to Ghana very special.
Accra, on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea, is both big-city hectic and
There is something
else this African city has that makes up for lack of planning and fancy
buildings. It is a wonderful city to experience. It is
full of character, has a warm feel, is extremely friendly and feels very
safe. It also has some great beaches!
It is a city that is young, wild
and full of soul and here
you'll sample the true African spirit.
During the day, the streets are full of market stalls and
vendors where you can browse and buy mouthwatering foods, colourful
Kente cloth, beads,
or baskets. Don't forget to practice your haggling.
During the night
the city comes alive with the traditional Ghanaian ‘spot’ bars and the sound
of live drumming music in the warm night air. Village-specific festivals and events
occur throughout the year.
is fascinating, very different from home. Very noisy, dusty and hot, but
really colourful and vibrant. Particularly impressed by the palm trees,
amazing variety of little stalls and shops and the women balancing huge
bundles on their heads! We've felt very safe so far - very little hassle
from people, most of whom have been really welcoming.
Caroline Allen – Law Placement
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arrive in your new country, please
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