Human Rights Protection Internship

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Coordinator | Bethany
Coordinator | Bethany
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High­lights

Raise awareness and protect human rights in marginalised communities
The areas you will focus on include children’s rights, women’s rights, youth empowerment and more
Identify and monitor human rights abuses by conducting community outreaches
Spend time exploring Ghana over the weekends while making friends with the other interns from around the world
There’s a huge variety of different activities to do while you’re there, giving you plenty of exciting ways to spend your free time
Gain hands-on human rights work experience while empowering and educating marginalised communities in Accra This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 16+
Singles
Couples
You’ll work directly with local staff in the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office, your work will focus on the following areas:

Identify and monitor human rights abuses by conducting community outreaches

In order to properly address the abuse of children, women, and the disabled, research needs to be done on the ground. Through community outreaches, you’ll assist the local staff as they identify abuses and determine their severity. You’ll help assess the needs of people affected, prioritise victims, and determine a strategy to bring about change.

We currently focus on these issues:

  • Protecting children from abuse and trafficking
  • The right to education for all children
  • Prevention of child marriage
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual abuse
  • Disability rights
  • Right to vote

Help with the resolution of human rights abuses

Once the victims of human rights abuses have been identified, you’ll proceed to provide them with assistance. After collecting research, you’ll submit reports to relevant government and human rights bodies. You’ll liaise with them to get the help that is needed for the community members.

Occasionally, you’ll also have to explore alternative methods of resolution. This could see you:

  • Liaise with traditional village chiefs and elders
  • Assist with mediation
  • Conduct lobbying campaigns
  • Utilise conventional media
  • Talk with families and religious institutions which carry high influence in Ghanaian society

Increase awareness of human rights through educational campaigns and talks

Many people don’t know their basic human rights and therefore aren’t aware when these rights are abused. We’re working to change this through ongoing awareness campaigns and workshops. Our goal is to share knowledge and empower people to stand up for their rights and the rights of others.

You’ll do research into human rights topics and use this information to develop these campaigns and workshops. You’ll also help run them.

Typical day

You’ll start each day with breakfast with your host family. Get dressed in semi-formal, conservative clothing before heading off in a tro tro or shared taxi. On your first day, your supervisor will accompany you to ensure you know your way around.

Your day will start at 8am and you’ll finish up at 4pm, Monday to Friday. However, your hours may be longer if you’re doing outreach work. You’ll get an hour each day for lunch.

On an average day, you’ll arrive at the office and meet up with your supervisors before heading to a community outreach. At the outreach, you’ll interview community members, collect data, and raise awareness through educational talks. After returning to the office around midday, you’ll review the information you collected. Once you have analysed the information, you and the human rights staff will be better able to assist and advise community members.

In the afternoons, you can use you time to conduct independent research for current initiatives. You can also plan presentations for educational campaigns, attend meetings, or assist with project planning for future outreaches.

Once you are done for the day, you can spend time getting to know your host family. Over the weekends, you can explore the beautiful countryside and learn about the slave trade at one of the many national museums. You’ll also have the chance to visit Cape Coast and walk through the old fishing town or relax on the beach.

Free-time activities

Volunteering in Ghana is an ideal way to explore this colourful West African country. There’s a huge variety of different activities to do while you’re there, giving you plenty of exciting ways to spend your free time.

Music is a central part of Ghanaian culture. In the bigger towns, especially Accra, you will hear some great live bands and have some memorable nights out. Evenings spent at buzzing restaurants will also give you a taste of some of the delicious local cuisine.

For a look into Ghana’s history, you can tour the slave forts of Cape Coast and visit museums. Nature lovers will relish trekking through the rainforests of Kakum National Park or Mole National Park.

We run a wide range of projects in Ghana so there’s sure to be other volunteers there during your trip. This means you can explore the country solo or connect with other volunteers and travel as a group. 

Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Projects Abroad
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • A cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport

You will arrive in Ghana at Accra Airport (ACC). Our main offices in Accra are about a 25-minute drive from the airport.

Most volunteers fly into Ghana in the evening. As you disembark, the first thing that you’ll notice is the humidity. You will walk across the tarmac to the arrivals building and pass through immigration control to the baggage reclaim area. Once you have your luggage, you need to go through customs. Be ready to have your bags opened by security staff as this is done routinely even when you go through the "nothing to declare" channel.

As you walk out of the airport building, you will be met by a wall of people on the other side of a barrier. It might seem overwhelming at first, but one of our staff members will be there to meet you with a Projects Abroad sign. Seeing a friendly face there to welcome you and take you to your accommodation will immediately put you at ease.

If your placement is in Accra, you will be taken from the airport straight to your host family. If you are going to a placement away from the city, you will usually stay overnight in Accra before travelling to your region the following morning.

Accommodation

You'll stay with a host family in Accra. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Ghana and have a truly unique experience.

We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Your programme fee includes three meals a day.
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

This project accepts interns throughout the year, so you can join on the dates that suit you. You can stay from as little as one week. We encourage you to stay longer if possible, so you can learn more and make a bigger impact.

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$1,993
2 weeks
$2,309
3 weeks
$2,625
4 weeks
$2,941
8 weeks
$4,205
16 weeks
$6,734
50 weeks (max. stay)
$17,480
Average fees
$1,171 /week

The organization charges its fees in GBP. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Projects Abroad 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 Projects Abroad during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Human Rights Protection Internship

Gain hands-on human rights work experience while empowering and educating marginalised communities in Accra

$908/week

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