VolunteerMatch Ghana

Criminal Law, Legal and Soliciting Internship

Accra, Ghana show on map

Non-profit | VolunteerMatch Ghana

The Criminal and Civil Law Internship Program in Ghana is one of the most highly recognized legal internship opportunities in Africa. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
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The Criminal and Civil Law Internship Program in Ghana is one of the most highly recognized legal internship opportunities in Africa. It has been described as one of the finest pre-law experiences available and has been consistently ranked as one of the most hands-on internship programs. The interns are assigned to either one or two attorneys in the trial division for whom they are to complete all investigative aspects of the assigned cases.

This internship opportunity will provide all legal and soliciting training relating to criminal and civil law adjudication in Ghana and Africa more broadly. Most of the law firms within which interns are placed have more than 30 years experience and expertise, and their lawyers are well known and reputable among the country on all aspects of the law.


Typical day

On a typical day working from Monday-Friday,  attorneys cater for problems notwithstanding any geographical location. This program provides an opportunity for students considering law school to work within a law firm, to observe what lawyers actually do in their daily activities, and to perform a variety of tasks that will help them determine if they have the desire, capabilities, and temperament that it takes to be a lawyer.

The specific tasks that students will perform will be negotiated between the firm and the student and they will vary depending upon the student’s abilities and previous experience, and the student’s performance.

These tasks may, however, may include:

• Locating and interviewing witnesses, meeting with and interviewing clients
• Assisting attorneys by collecting, reviewing and assembling data for presentation to support cases and complainants.
• Legal research
• Taking detailed witness statements
• Performing extensive criminal background checks
• Serving subpoenas
• Photographing and diagramming crime scenes
• Preparing courtroom exhibits
• Preparing memoranda regarding investigative activities
• Assisting with case development
• Assisting the assigned attorney(s) in and out of court.

Details on Arrival

Our volunteer and internship placements are available all year round and open to anyone irrespective of gender or age; A life-changing experience you don't want to miss!. You decide when you intend to be part of the project and how long you want to stay.

Free-time activities

Free-time activities

Accra has developed a fairly western social scene in the recent years, mainly because of the large expatriate community in the city. On Friday night, singing karaoke in the champs sports bar at the Paloma Hotel, you would be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped back into Europe. And this has its place-after a month living in the village, a cocktail and some fluent English conversation can be just what you need. 

There are some great deal of bars in Accra with much more feel, and much more opportunity to interact with Ghanaians, one popular place with volunteers is ’By well’ at the southern end of Osu Oxford street, where the house band plays every Thursday evening, Royal Palm (Nungua-Cold store) where on every Fridays-Sundays, you will experience a great scene of spinning. It is a real mix of music, with everything from Bob Marley to the Beatles, and of course, plenty of our own high-life and hip-life.

Cape coast also has good bars, ‘Oasis’ on the beach near the Castle is popular and sometimes has impressive live drumming and dancing shows. The night club at Cape Coast Hotel has ladies Night on Fridays; with free for lady’s entry (gents pay GHS 40). On almost every street in Ghana, you will find at least one spot bar, which is anything from a few plastic chairs outside a shack selling beer and local gin, to large garden bar serving a wide range of food and drinks. 

Sport bars are usually relatively inexpensive, and the sorts of places local people to for their beer after work. Learning some Twi or Ewe and some Ga from the locals as the sun goes down and sip an ice-cold star or club beer can be a great and very cheap evening out. Labadi beach is also a place where volunteers go swimming and horse riding.

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Sightseeing
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking

Program 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)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at University level
Required Documents
CV, Certificates and Photo
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers / Interns Must have a legal background
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

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On-site services

Services by VolunteerMatch Ghana

Inclusions

  • Comprehensive pre-departure support
  • Assistance from support staff and In-country program coordinator
  • Airport pickup from Kotoka international airport in Accra 
  • Accommodation in VolunteerMatch Ghana volunteer house
  • 3 meals a day during volunteering period
  • Wi-Fi internet access
  • Standby generator during power outages;
  • Orientation

What's NOT Included?

  • International/Domestic Airfare
  • Visa fees 
  • Travel insurance (available at nominal cost)
  • Local transportation to and fro program location
  • Departure transfer to airport (can be arranged at additional cost)
  • Vaccinations
  • Any personal expenses, TIPS, extra meals, beverages, laundry and any other services which are not mentioned (approximate personal expenses for food and traveling per week would be USD 40 to USD 50 per week)

Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport

You will be met by our representative at Kotoka International Airport in Accra from where you are transferred to your project location. Volunteers will stay in Accra at VolunteerMatch Ghana home-stay.

Accommodation
Volunteers will be staying with VolunteerMatch Ghana Home-stay located in a safe residential neighborhood. Accommodation is either provided in an individual or shared room along with other volunteers. By staying with a VMG Home-stay you will experience the local Ghanaian culture, language customs and tradition.
Dorm Room Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

VolunteerMatch Ghana will provide Breakfast, Lunch and Supper. Vegetarian foods available.

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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$800.00
5 weeks
$1,000.00
6 weeks
$1,200.00
7 weeks
$1,400.00
9 weeks
$1,800.00
11 weeks
$2,200.00
16 weeks (max. stay)
$3,200.00
Average fees
$200.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Accra/Ghana between 4 weeks and 16 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. VolunteerMatch Ghana will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ghana.
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 VolunteerMatch Ghana during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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