Human Rights & Law Advocacy

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founded in 2018
YearOut Africa
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Coordinator | Kormi
Coordinator | Kormi
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High­lights

Give your resume an edge over the COMPETITION
Get an insight into everyday life in a DEDICATED LEGAL OFFICE
Work side-by-side WITH LOCAL STAFFS raising awareness of human rights, monitoring vulnerable areas, and resolving human rights abuses. 
EMPOWER individuals and communities as well as nurture a supportive framework for human rights rather than impose western ideals on Ghanaian society.
Make FRIENDS, TRAVEL and enjoy your stay in GHANA. It will be a unique experience.
Our Human Rights internship program offers interns the opportunity to get involved at a grass roots level, raising awareness of human rights in a variety of marginalized This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

YearOut Africa seeks to ensure the realization, respect, promotion and protection of the rights of all persons living in Ghana in accordance with Ghanaian law and international standards. We will increase human rights awareness and the adoption of a sustainable human rights culture, thereby enhancing democracy, good governance and accountability. 

YearOut Africa is founded on the belief 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, systems and institutions whose activities result in human rights violations in the country.

The primary aim of YearOut Africa is to assist individuals, groups and communities whose fundamental human rights have been infringed upon to seek redress within the ambit of domestic and international legal framework.

We also undertake human rights advocacy and training through conferences, workshops and community-based campaigns, and conduct fact finding missions to address human rights violations. We monitor and evaluate compliance with human rights standards through transfer of skills and build the capacity of communities to protect their human rights.

Our work over the years has placed us among the most sought after human rights organizations for the provision and dissemination of information to policy makers and key stakeholders whilst enhancing and inculcating a human rights culture in public officers, state actors and communities. We envisage our work will continue to enhance good governance, accountability and transparency.

OUR APPROACH

YearOut Africa’s main focus areas revolved around Research, Advocacy and Access to Justice

Research

Research and fact-finding is an integral component of the YearOut Africa. The office undertakes research on varied levels of human rights issues, both in the field and from the desktop.

 

Advocacy

Many have said that the protection of human rights is possibly Ghana’s ‘most spectacular successes since the return of multiparty democracy in 1992.

Justice Delivery

Access to justice in Ghana continues to be hindered by a range of obstacles including religion, tradition and culture.

 

What Can I Expect from an Internship at YearOut Africa?

Expect to deal with lots of different tasks. You could find yourself working on cases, working on research projects or writing articles about current topics and human rights issues.  If you have a case of your own (or two or more) you will interview clients, write letters and notifications concerning the cases or have appointments, for example at court.  Staff in the office will help you see where your skills will best fit the tasks that are available. Don’t feel overwhelmed, everyone is always willing to help and give advice. If you have certain preferences on the tasks you want to do, feel free to share, as YearOut Africa is always willing to accommodate people’s special passions and interests.

What can this Internship offer me?

You are able to get involved in current legal issues, both through dealing directly with clients and researching broader cases. You will learn how to deal with clients and get an insight into everyday life in a legal office. While researching and writing articles you can improve your (legal) language skills or learn about human rights, the history of human rights in Ghana, the current human rights climate, or specific issues like remand prisoners or HIV/AIDS.  Throughout this practical experience, you will get to know many interesting people – from clients to staff and other interns. As an intern you are never alone, the big table corner marking the “intern place” in the office is almost always crowded. Make friends or travel companions and enjoy your stay in Ghana. It will be a unique experience.


International Law & Human Rights internships with YearOut Africa will give you the opportunity to work on legislation and make a difference in other people’s lives. You can become part of a vital resource by providing legal services to businesses, community organizations, or individuals. If you’re interested in a career in the notoriously competitive legal profession, an international law internship with a well-respected law firm abroad could be a valuable addition to your resume. The mission of YearOut Africa is to raise awareness about human rights, monitor vulnerable areas, and resolve human rights abuses.

Typical day

During the week, Monday to Friday, a typical day consists of Volunteer Work, Cultural & Learning Activities

The work is diverse and encompasses a wide range of social issues. Interns work in social justice, community outreach, legal and social education, poverty, and government accountability. Campaigns are used to educate and monitor both communities and individuals identified as vulnerable or in need of assistance. Additionally, interns resolve complaints and the specific issues victims have. This work often involves reference to international legal standards, various Ghanaian acts of Parliament, and the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana.

Free-time activities

YearOut Africa volunteers are in luck as their host country is unique and has a lot to offer. You can get your wildlife fix at Mole National Park, where you’ll glimpse the iconic animals which have made Africa famous. You’ll see 90 species of mammals that make their home there, including elephants, hippos, cheetahs, baboons, and antelope. Kakum National Park boasts a suspension bridge canopy walk, and Wli Waterfall offers great hiking with spectacular views. For water lovers, you will find a number of unspoiled beaches and world-class surfing.

Ghana is steeped in history, its impressive buildings a testament to a sad and tragic heritage tied to the brutal slave trade and architecture buffs will have their fill of a variety of structures. Be sure to visit Cape Coast Castle, an impressive white-washed seaside fort where you can learn about the poor slaves who were held there and then carried away from their homes on great ships.

Volunteers in Ghana will also have the chance to explore a vibrant colorful culture. Bustling markets like Kajetia with its 11,000 stalls, are a great place to meet locals and pick up a variety of goods such as the renowned and beautiful wax print Kente cloth fabrics. Ghana also offers delicious cuisine, and a wealth of restaurants, bars and grills to taste the local fare and experience a little nightlife while you are out and about.

Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Riding

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Required Documents
CV, Certificates and Phot0
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
Ability to adjust to difficult living and working conditions
Strong support and advocate for NGOs
Should be able to work independently and in teams
Ability to respect and abide by the rules of the placement activity
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 15:00

What's Included

Services by YearOut Africa

 What Is Included


  • Pre-departure support
  • Airport pickup and Drop-Off
  • Orientation
  • Accommodation
  • Meals a day
  • Wi-Fi internet access

What's NOT Included?


  • Plane Ticket (s) /Air Fare
  • Visa fees 
  • Travel insurance
  • Local transportation to and from program placement

Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport

YearOut Africa’s Coordinator will be at the airport to pick you up; no matter what time you arrive.

Accommodation

YearOut Africa provides a decent, clean and safe accommodation for all our volunteers / interns. All volunteers / interns will stay in YearOut Africa’s volunteer house accommodation consisting of comfortable rooms in a safe, conveniently located neighborhood. Lodging arrangements consist of modern toilet facility and running water. volunteers / interns will share a room together in gender-segregated group lodging.

Food & Beverages

Volunteers / interns in Ghana are served three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Breakfast generally consists of tea and coffee, and a hot breakfast. A typical lunch and dinner can include meat and vegetables with rice or noodles​.​ If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know ahead of time so that we can make arrangements for you.



Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Kotoka International Airport (ACC) in Accra. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ghana.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Ghana provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Ghana you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ghana.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

All year round

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 19 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$800
5 weeks
$1,000
6 weeks
$1,200
7 weeks
$1,400
9 weeks
$1,800
11 weeks
$2,200
19 weeks (max. stay)
$3,800
Average fees
$200 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. YearOut Africa will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with YearOut Africa during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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