HUMAN RIGHTS VOLUNTEER INTERN in Africa, Ghana (available and ongoing)
- Internship posted by INSIDE AFRICA VOLUNTEER (IAFRIVO)
Hours per week
40 hour week
P. O. Box TN 2151
Teshie Nungua Estate
Human Rights Volunteer/Intern
Human Rights In Africa, many nations have at least recognized basic human rights for all citizens, though in practice these are not always recognized. Extensive human rights abuses still occur in several parts of Africa, often under the oversight of the state. The situation of human rights in Africa and for that matter Ghana is generally reported to be poor, and it is seen as an area of grave concern according to the UN, and non-governmental observers.
The two recognized human rights organizations where we place volunteers/interns are The Human Rights Advocacy Center (HRAC) and Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI). These are independent Human Rights Organizations that seek to provide monitoring and rights of all persons.
The Human Rights Advocacy Center (HRAC) organization's office is based in Accra and is dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights. Through cutting-edge research, education, and advocacy, the organization saves lives, fights injustice, restores peace, and builds the human rights movement around the world. Their areas of activities include; Rule of Law, Access to Justice, Respect of the Constitution, Police Accountability, Children's Rights, Women's Rights and Right to Information. The organization deals with issues of reproductive rights (harmful traditional practices such as female circumcision), issues of rape, child trafficking, assault, unlawful detention and eviction Etc.
The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) is an international and independent body that seeks to provide monitoring and rights to citizens of Africa. The organization's office for Africa is based in Ghana, Accra and is also dedicated to the cause above. Their other areas of activities include; Rule of Law, Access to Justice, Respect of the Constitution, Police Accountability, Children's Rights, Women's Rights and Right to Information.
They carry out work by means of investigation, research, training, publications and capacity building. They collaborate with governments, inter-governmental organizations, academia, students and civil society. They aim to apply human rights to social change initiatives, advancement and improvement of human rights. The courts in Ghana however, ensure a culture of respect for the rights and obligations of all people in Ghana, dispensing and promoting justice in a free, informal, formal and relatively expeditious manner, ensuring fairness, efficiency, transparency and application of best practices. READ MORE AT OUR WEBSITE.
OUR SAFETY MEASURES. Your well being while volunteering with us is our priority we make sure your trip is safe and our in-country coordinator will provide whatever support you may need at every step along the way and making necessary contacts on your behalf, including an in-depth volunteer handbook and in-country informational materials and regular visits as required by participants. Program Managers also provide extensive telephone support from enrollment to departure.
Arrival Orientation Our always available program Directors will coordinate a city orientation and tour at the beginning of each program to familiarize volunteers with their new surroundings and host family.
During the orientation process, program Directors will take you through reviews about health and safety information as well as cultural customs.
We operate programs in carefully chosen areas that offer a safe environment for the volunteer. Although Ghana is a very peaceful country we take great strides to ensure the safety of our volunteers.
Our staff are always available to assist you with any personal, in-country support and our volunteers are registered at their embassy or consulate, in other for the volunteer to stay informed about news and local happenings. Our host family are carefully researched and chosen.
Hospitals & Doctors If you require medical attention, our Directors will take you to an accra base Hospital which is popular with foreigners and provides a reasonably good standard of health care. It is about 30 minutes drive from your host family.
THE PROGRAM FEE IS $650 F0R THE FIRST 1 WEEK TO 3 WEEKS, EACH ADDITIONAL WEEK IS $200
What is included in your program fee;
Pre departure literature
Airport transfers ( Pick up and Drop of )
All accommodation ( Home Stay )
Your meals and Utility bills
Orientation (everything you need to know about Ghana or Africa)
Country and Emergency Support
Location of Programs: Various locations in Accra and other parts of Ghana
Arrival Airport: Accra international Airport, (airport code ACC)
Working Hours: Flexible; Monday to Friday approximately 30 hours per week, all other times are free
Getting to the project: Dependent on location, 30 minutes to 1 hour multi-people taxi ride or commercial bus transporter (budget approximately US $10 per week)