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VolunteerMatch Ghana

Human Rights Advocacy

Accra, Ghana

Law & Human Rights volunteering with VolunteerMatch Ghana will give you the opportunity to work on legislation and make a difference in other people’s live.

About the Program

The law and human rights program is an ideal opportunity for students or professional interested in pursuing a career in law and human rights. This life-changing internship will offer you the opportunity to gain practical career experience in the field while contributing to improve the human rights effort in Ghana. 

Why it is important

As a volunteers, you will be working with a team of human right advocates in an office setting to address the most critical issues facing women’s rights, child abuse, domestic violence while providing services to individuals and the general public.

Your Role as a Volunteer

Our  Human Rights project is based in Accra, and your exact role will be determined by your level of experience and interest in specific areas. You may also be involved in current legal issues, both through dealing directly with clients and researching broader cases. You will learn how to deal with clients and gain more in-depth idea of the 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.

Typical day

Volunteers 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.

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

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. 

Spot 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.

Swimming
Concert/Music
Climbing
Hiking
Sports
Riding

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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV, Certificates and Photo
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Having obtained training in some areas or has some work experience in the related field is also helpful
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:00 - 15:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at VolunteerMatch Ghana are happy to help you.

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What's included?

  • Arranging your Program
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance 
  • Accommodation and Food
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off
  • Orientation
  • WIFI internet access/ stand-by generator during power cuts.
  • Local in-country team support and backup
  • Certificate of Completion

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
6 weeks
$1,200.00
8 weeks
$1,600.00
19 weeks (max. stay)
$2,850.00
Average fees
$175.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Accra/Ghana between 4 weeks and 19 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.
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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%)
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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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