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Human Rights Law Internship in Ghana

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HUMAN RIGHTS LAW WORK EXPERIENCE INTERNSHIPS IN ACCRA IN GHANA

Gain experience in the day-to-day running of a law practice specialising in Human Rights. This is a great opportunity to gain invaluable insight into human rights through interesting cases and by taking on a wide variety of tasks. The work will undoubtedly broaden your horizons and open you up to new points of view and passions.

You'll be given opportunities to have a case or two of your own where you will interview clients, write letters and notifications concerning the cases or have appointments, for example, at Court. You could find yourself working on cases, working on research projects or writing articles about current topics and human rights issues. 

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SUMMARY FACTFILE
Start Dates Available all year round (except August and September), you choose your start date
Duration From 4 weeks to 6 months, subject to visa requirements
Requirements You should 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.
Price Full Price List
What's included Arranging your program,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation and Food

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 Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas, Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Project? This project 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 development.

  • 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!

First 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. Caroline Allen

Human Rights Law Internship in Ghana
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Human Rights Law Internship in Ghana

WORK CONTENT
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 includes:

  • Working on research projects or writing articles about current topics and human rights issues

  • Writing content for the Centre’s website

  • Court trips

  • Organising Seminars and Workshops

  • 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.

WORK HOURS
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.

Their mission 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.

The Centre 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 aid services.

The Objectives of the Centre are to:

  • Conduct human rights advocacy and research

  • Protect and promote women and children’s rights

  • Advocate good governance, accountability and transparency on key policies

  • Promote and advocate reproductive health rights initiate and support public interest litigation

  • Monitor and advocate democratic policing

  • Conduct prison visits and advocate the rights of prisoners

  • Monitor and evaluate compliance with international, regional and national human rights standards

  • Educate and create awareness about human rights

  • Offer human 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 Résumé.

WHAT IS REQUIRED OF YOU ... AND GHANAIAN TIME!
Self-reliance, 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 wonderful opportunity! 

Human Rights Law Internship in Ghana

Human Rights Law Internship in Ghana

Human Rights Law Internship in Ghana

ACCOMMODATION:
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.

"The 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." Jonathan Childs

FOOD:
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."

 

Caroline, left, Susannah, right, standing on the front verandah of their accommodation with Caroline’s host, Lizzie

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Got any questions? Please email us: info@travelersworldwide.org

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 wonderful opportunity! 

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our team who 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.

  

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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.

Drumming Courses
 

This 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.

ABOUT ACCRA:
Accra, on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea, is both big-city hectic and African laid-back. 
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.

Accra itself 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

TRAVEL:
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your program, please click here.




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