- 活動場所： アクラ
- 役割： 現地スタッフの下で支援を必要としている田舎コミュニティの人々へのサポート
- 活動先： プロジェクトアブロード運営の人権オフィス
- 参加条件： ビジネスレベルの英語力
- 滞在先： ホームステイ
- 参加期間： 4週間以上
- 開始日： 随時
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. Life in its capital city, Accra, remains far removed from any North-American or European city. Projects Abroad’s Law & Human Rights internship is based in Accra and offers you the opportunity to get involved at a grass roots level. You will be able to help raise awareness of human rights in a variety of marginalized communities or at risk groups.
As a Law and Human Rights intern in Ghana, you will work at the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office in Accra and your precise role will be determined by your level of experience and interest in specific areas.
These internships are ideal if you are a law student or a graduate seeking practical experience in human rights work. The internship is also suitable for those on a gap year, students in undergraduate fields such as Development Studies and International Relations, or for people of any age and background with a passion for human rights, social justice, and international development. The experiences that you will have while interning in Ghana will give your resume a tremendous boost and help you to stand out from the crowd.
Being a Law and Human Rights intern is a full-time position. You will be expected to have a genuine interest in effecting 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 Projects Abroad Human Rights Office, you will be representing a professional organization.
You can expect to operate in city and rural locations, meet people at all levels of society and interact with international and domestic authorities and organizations. It is important to demonstrate careful 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 North American ideals on Ghanaian society.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Ghana Human Rights Management Plan.
The mission of the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office is to ultimately promote and protect the rights of the people of Ghana. We do this through three main types of work: raising awareness on human rights, monitoring vulnerable areas, and resolving human rights abuses.
While there is inevitably a legal aspect to all human rights work, the Law and Human Rights Office focuses mainly on social justice and the research which encompasses the three main aims detailed below. Interns seeking direct legal experience should look at our Law Internship program.
Human Rights awareness is conducted for two main reasons. The first is to educate, as many victims of abuses are not aware of their fundamental human rights or the protection afforded to them by law. Equally, perpetrators are often ignorant to the responsibilities they have to others. The second reason is to empower. An increased understanding and awareness encourages legal conformity and access to justice in the future.
The Projects Abroad Human Rights Office regularly performs educational and awareness raising outreach work to tackle a variety of human rights issues. Interns travel to rural communities, schools, and other local institutions to make presentations and provide training. The Projects Abroad Human Rights Office often partners with relevant authorities to address issues of domestic violence, interstate succession, offender's rights, child labour, child trafficking, and the right to education, among others.
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 cases, 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 support, sourcing funding for financial assistance or offering direct financial assistance, or simply making recommendations.
This 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.
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.
Legal resolve is facilitated through a referral procedure in which we partner with local legal organizations. The lack of accessibility to Ghanaian courts often means we explore alternative methods of resolution as well. These include utilizing the traditional methods of village chiefs and elders, publicity through lobbying campaigns and conventional media, alternative dispute resolution and mediation, or the use of family structures or religious institutions which both carry high influence in Ghanaian society.
Legal resolve is facilitated through a referral procedure in which we partner with local legal organizations. Lack of accessibility to Ghanaian courts, however, often means we explore alternative methods of resolution. These include utilizing the traditional methods of village chiefs and elders, publicity through lobbying campaigns and conventional media, alternative dispute resolution and mediation, or the use of family structures or religious institutions which both carry high influence in Ghanaian society.
You can join the Human Rights project in Ghana for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely on the project, please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone interning for a longer stay..
Please note that the Law & Human Rights internship in Ghana is not available for approximately two weeks over the Christmas and New Year period.
If you have qualifications or experience in this field then we can make use of your skills. Read more about the opportunities for skilled volunteers.