Dream Africa Care Foundation

Human Rights Advocate

Accra, Ghana show on map

Work with local staff to identify communities and individuals in need of assistance. Areas include domestic violence, children rights, free speach and offender's rights.

Although Ghana is one of the most stable and well-governed African nations, there are still a large number of societal issues that need to be addressed urgently and life in its capital city, Accra, remains far removed from any North American city or Europe. Dream Africa Care Foundation’s Human Rights internship is based in Accra and offers you the opportunity to get involved at a grass roots level, raising awareness of human rights in a variety of marginalized communities or at risk groups.

Interns work at the Dream Africa Care Foundation’s Human Rights project in Accra and your exact role will be determined by your level of experience and interest in specific areas. This project is open to anyone who wants to help make a difference in the lives of underprivileged people by helping give a voice to the voice less and protect the marginalize in society
 
These internships are ideal is ideal for anyone who wants to help make a difference in the field of human right advocacy. However, the work is also suitable if you are a student building a resume for law school or if you have a general interest in law and human rights. The experiences that you will have while interning in Ghana will give your resume an edge over the competition.

On the Human Rights program you can expect to be busy at a full-time placement. This placement is best for interns with a strong interest in affecting change for the better while keeping in mind the long-term aim of the projects. Placements are demanding and must be taken seriously. In working for the Dream Africa Care Foundation’s Human Rights project, you are representing a professional organization.

You can expect to operate in urban and rural locations, meet people at all levels of society, and engage with international and domestic authorities and organizations. It is important to demonstrate cultural understanding and flexibility. Our mandate is to empower individuals and communities as well as nurture a supportive framework for human rights rather than impose western ideals on Ghanaian society.


Human Rights - Our Mission in Ghana: The mission of the Dream Africa Care Foundation’s Human Rights project is to ultimately promote and protect the rights of the people of Ghana. We do this through three main types of work: raising awareness of human rights, monitoring vulnerable areas, and resolving human rights abuses.

While there is inevitably a legal aspect to all human rights work, the Human Rights project circles strongly around social justice and research which encompasses the three main aims detailed below. Interns seeking more direct legal experience should look at our Law internship.


Education and Awareness: Human Rights awareness is conducted for two main reasons. Firstly, to educate, as many victims of abuse are not aware of their fundamental human rights or the protection afforded to them by law. At the same time, perpetrators are often ignorant to the responsibilities they have to others. Secondly, to empower, as an increased understanding and awareness encourages legal conformity and access to justice in the future.

The Dream Africa Care Foundation’s Human Rights project regularly performs educational and awareness raising outreach work to tackle a variety of human rights issues. Interns can expect to travel to rural communities, schools, and other local institutions to make presentations and provide training. We often partners with relevant authorities to address issues of domestic violence, interstate succession, offender's rights, child labor, child trafficking, and the right to education, to name but a few.


Human Rights Monitoring: In order to identify communities and individuals in need of assistance we perform human rights monitoring. We enter areas and facilities to identify abuses, determine their gravity, assess the needs of people affected, prioritize victims and determine a strategy to bring about change.

We also monitor facilities and activities of associate organizations to offer our most effective and efficient assistance. Such assistance may be in terms of personnel secondment, sourcing funding for financial assistance, offering direct financial assistance, or simply making recommendations.

Monitoring occurs in several areas. This will vary depending on the projects running at the time, but in the past it included the following: rural farming areas, fishing and mining communities, communities of foreign nationals or seasonal migrants, city slums, courts, areas of landfill, daily media, and in facilities under the direction of state institutions or NGOs.


Monitoring also allows us to consider our own level of success so that we may perform better in the future.

Abuse Resolution: Where we have identified a victim or group of victims of human rights abuse we will proceed to assist those victims as directly as possible rather than offering assistance in a community setting. Such people come to our attention through our monitoring and awareness projects and we take it upon ourselves to identify the best means of resolve.

Typical day

You will work at the Dream Africa Care Foundation Human Rights Advocacy center from 8:am to 2:pm from Monday to Friday. some days you will travel to different part of Ghana to educate and engage with local communities. You will be working with a team of local staff with many years of experience. You will be given duties and responsibilities to undertake during your time with us.

Details on Arrival

Our projects run throughout the year so you can volunteer with us any time that is suitable for you. Our minimum volunteering period is four weeks and the maximum volunteer period of one year. You need to apply at least four weeks before your intended trip to Ghana to volunteer with us. This will give us enough time to send you all the necessary document and information you will need for your visa and guide you throughout the process.

Free-time activities

VOLUNTEER GET THE WEEKENDS OFF TO GO ON TRIPS AND EXPLORE GHANA; Ghana has so much to offer volunteers with its rich culture, festivals, food, art & craft centers, castles & forts, long sandy beaches, national parks, waterfalls, rain forest and other interesting places to visit. Volunteers who come to Ghana experience these even more fully by getting an insider's understanding of the country. Every weekend we organize trips for our volunteers to travel throughout Ghana to experience the Ghanaian cultural and explore. We have a lot of projects all over Ghana so you can choose to volunteer in the capital city Accra or in the Ghanaian country side.

Our program is an excellent opportunity to combine adventurous foreign travel with a worthwhile job as a volunteer. You will improve your transferable skills such as team-working, presentation and communication. Above all, this is an unrivaled opportunity to gain an insight into a completely different culture and way of life. Our projects are not all about work, volunteers get opportunities to explore this beautiful part of West Africa. Elmina and Cape Coast Castle, Kakum National Park and Nzulezo Stilt Village are all within few hours from the community you will be staying in, Ghana offers an array of varying cultures and landscapes including national parks and stunning rain-forests.
Swimming
Concert/Music
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
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) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV
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 - 16:30

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Dream Africa Care Foundation (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by Dream Africa Care Foundation

The only cost involve in this project is your food, we have a cook in the volunteer house who prepares three meals a day for all the volunteer, If you are a vegetarian or have any allergies this is taken into account when we arrange your placement.

the cost also covers your accommodation, three meals a day, transportation from the airport, orientation and 24 hour support from our staff. ,laundry, drinking water, toiletries and wireless internet access 24-hours a day in the volunteer house so that you can keep in touch with friends and family back home, 

Our aim is to provide cheap and affordable volunteer opportunity to people like you so that you can help make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate in Africa. There is no any hidden cost, apart from the $100 a week for your three meals a day, accommodation etc

Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport
After you have book your flight let me know your arrival date, time, flight name and flight number so that we can send our driver to pick you up at the airport. The airport is 35 minutes drive from our Accra volunteer house. Our driver will pick you up from the airport. . There is only one international airport in Ghana call Kotoka international airport or Accra international airport so you will be flying into this airport. Our driver will pick you up from the airport whatever time or day you arrive at the airport
Accommodation

You can choose to stay in a volunteer house with other volunteers from all over the world and make new friends.

You can also stay with a local host family. This offers you the opportunity to get a deeper sight into the Ghanaian culture and to get a closer relation with your patients.

You can also do both, spend half of your time in a volunteer house and another half with a local host family. We are very flexible.

Dorm Room Guest Family Bungalow Bedroom (Double) Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages
we have a cook in the volunteer house who prepares three meals a day for all the volunteer, If you are a vegetarian or have any allergies this is taken into account when we arrange your placement. We provide volunteers bottled drinking water
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)
$500.00
8 weeks
$1,000.00
16 weeks
$2,000.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$6,250.00
Average fees
$125.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Accra/Ghana between 4 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Dream Africa Care Foundation 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 Dream Africa Care Foundation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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