Human Rights Law Internships and Work Experience Placements in Ghana
Ghanaian law follows Common Law, which is based on the British system. Each day is different with new and interesting cases coming through and thus neither we nor the Centre can say exactly what you will be doing daily. However expect to deal with different tasks from day to day.
You’ll be given opportunities to have a case or two of your own where you will interview clients, write letters and notifications concerning the cases or have appointments, for example, at Court.
This is a great opportunity to gain invaluable insight into human rights through interesting cases and by taking on a wide variety of tasks. The work will undoubtedly broaden your horizons and open you up to new points of view and passions.
There will be opportunities to get involved in current legal issues, both through dealing directly with clients and researching broader cases. You 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 include:
- Working on research projects or writing articles about current topics and human rights issues
- Writing content for the Centre’s website
- Court trips
- Organizing Seminars and Workshops
- Trips outside of Kumasi 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.
• Volunteer with human rights organizations in Ghana and earn international experience.
• Live with a Ghanaian host family and learn more about their culture.
• Boost your curriculum vitae and open doors to a promising professional career.
No previous experience is required for this program. It would be helpful if you are fluent or nearly fluent in English.
Location of OGVO Volunteer/Intern Programs
We have volunteer and intern work placements in both urban and rural areas in Ghana including Accra, Koforidua, Kumasi, Cape Coast, Kwamoso, Salt Pond,Swedru,Tepa, Boaben-Fiema, Bibiani, Boako, Wassa Akropong, Wale Wale, Mampong, Asafo, Buduburam, and many more.
Start Dates and Durations
We pride ourselves for our flexibility. Volunteers or interns can arrive any day of the year with advanced notice. You can volunteer or intern for periods of 1 week to 6 months. Extension can be arranged with advanced notice as well.
OGVO Program Prices
Our fees are extremely affordable as compare to other organisations. Our program fee starts as small as US $250. Program fees mainly help us cover the variable costs, such as food, accommodation, airport pick-up, placement, program orientation, etc. Program fees vary according to the length of your program. To see program fees and what it covers, please click here
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS ARE INCLUDED
Volunteers on this program will be accommodated with a local host family, and will gain the opportunity to become immersed in the local culture and custom, improving their knowledge of the people, culture and language. Ghanaian families are renowned for their kindness and hospitality and they love to learn about different cultures. Living with a local family truly is the best way to throw oneself into the local culture and to meet people who will often become lifelong friends!
All families have been fully vetted by our team and have extensive experience hosting international volunteers. Bedrooms are private but generally shared with volunteers of the same gender. Volunteers will be provided access to a shared bathroom. Generally, your host brother, sister or mother assist you with your laundry but it is not an obligation, learn to wash your clothing’s with your hands in several buckets, enjoy the sun drying your clothes and odor the African fragrance in your clothes.
Host families will provide volunteers with breakfast, lunch and dinner during the working week.
Breakfast is usually ready by around 7am; however you can eat later if you prefer to get up late. Lunch is usually packed by your host family in a lunch box so that you can eat at your project if you wish. Dinner is usually served around 6pm.
If you have special eating needs, you can indicate that while applying. Even though special eating needs are not something we can guarantee, we will do our best to meet your needs.
It is important to remember that the living conditions in Ghana are different from home. Most families have running water, but hot water is still uncommon in some areas. Although the accommodation is basic, this is part of the challenge and experience of volunteering in a developing country. With a little patience, and a flexible attitude, you will quickly get used to your new surroundings.
Working days and hours
You will work 5 days a week, leaving you two free days (Saturday & Sunday) to explore the area. You’ll work around 8 – 11 hours per day.
During weekends Volunteers/Interns have the opportunity to visit all that Ghana has to offer. Weekend trips available include visits to Mole National Park in the Northern Region of Ghana. This National Park offers a great Safari-like experience and is one of the biggest Elephant Sanctuaries in Africa with the chance to spot Lions, Leopards & Antelopes in their natural habitat. Volunteers can also take a trip to Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana to relax in the beautiful beaches and see the famous Cape Coast castle, the Kakum Canopy walkway and Elmina castle, where slave trade begun.