At your Human Rights placement in Ghana, your work will focus on the following areas:
Identify and monitor human rights abuses by conducting community outreaches
In order to properly address the abuse of children, women, and the disabled, research needs to be done on the ground. Through community outreaches, you’ll assist the local staff as they identify abuses and determine their severity. You’ll help assess the needs of people affected, prioritise victims, and determine a strategy to bring about change.
We currently focus on these issues:
- Protecting children from abuse and trafficking
- The right to education for all children
- Prevention of child marriage
- Domestic violence
- Sexual abuse
- Disability rights
- Right to vote
Help with the resolution of human rights abuses
Once the victims of human rights abuses have been identified, you’ll proceed to provide them with assistance. After collecting research, you’ll submit reports to relevant government and human rights bodies. You’ll liaise with them to get the help that is needed for the community members.
Occasionally, you’ll also have to explore alternative methods of resolution. This could see you:
- Liaise with traditional village chiefs and elders
- Assist with mediation
- Conduct lobbying campaigns
- Utilise conventional media
- Talk with families and religious institutions which carry high influence in Ghanaian society
Increase awareness of human rights through educational campaigns and talks
Many people don’t know their basic human rights and therefore aren’t aware when these rights are abused. We’re working to change this through ongoing awareness campaigns and workshops. Our goal is to share knowledge and empower people to stand up for their rights and the rights of others.
You’ll do research into human rights topics and use this information to develop these campaigns and workshops. You’ll also help run them.
Where will I be getting human rights work experience in Ghana?
While assisting with human rights work in Ghana, you’ll be based in the beautiful Akuapem Hills region. Around an hour away from the capital city of Accra, you’ll be surrounded by lush greenery, and enjoy a more relaxed pace of life. You’ll always be greeted by children on their way to school, or be offered a seat if the locals see you have been standing anywhere too long!
You’ll work with members of the Ghana Police Service. This is a professional environment, and you’ll be expected to be punctual and willing to work hard. This is a unique opportunity to help local people from within the police system.
There will be days when you travel to more rural communities for outreach work. You’ll work with people, as well as local schools and other institutions.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Volunteering in Ghana is an ideal way to explore this colourful West African country. There’s a huge variety of different activities to do while you’re there, giving you plenty of exciting ways to spend your free time.
Music is a central part of Ghanaian culture. In the bigger towns, especially Accra, you will hear some great live bands and have some memorable nights out. Evenings spent at buzzing restaurants will also give you a taste of some of the delicious local cuisine.
For a look into Ghana’s history, you can tour the slave forts of Cape Coast and visit museums. Nature lovers will relish trekking through the rainforests of Kakum National Park or Mole National Park.
We run a wide range of projects in Ghana so there’s sure to be other volunteers there during your trip. This means you can explore the country solo or connect with other volunteers and travel as a group.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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