South Africa Human Rights

  • Who?Groups of at least 5
  • When? Projects have flexible dates and run all year round
  • Where? Cape Town, South Africa
Work Experience on Human Rights in South Africa

South Africa is a well known tourist destination with Table Mountain, safaris and the Worlds highest bungee jump. Behind the prosperity of this tourism lies poor townships with a lot of suffering and poverty related issues. Taking part in a group trip on a human rights project here will give you a taste of some of these issues and how organizations are trying to help with social justice and issues of race and abuse.

Human Rights placements in South Africa

Your group will spend the working week in the Projects Abroad Human Rights office and visiting a number of local organizations working in law and human rights. You will experience the challenges they face and how they try to improve the access to human rights related assistance to people.

You may also see some of the various projects that are ongoing at community level, and see how they have been developed to help those who are suffering from human rights related issues. You may also have the opportunity to visit a township to see first hand the living conditions and hardships of the people. There will be plenty of time to ask questions, and explore various case studies, and everyone who you meet will be keen to ensure you have a worthwhile learning experience in Cape Town.

Interning for 2 - 4 weeks

Groups volunteering as interns for 2 - 4 weeks will have the opportunity to join our social justice initiatives in Cape Town. These make up a fundamental part of our Law & Human Rights project in South Africa, and are essential for addressing human rights issues. Volunteers assist with case preparation, and provide support for those in need of legal services who would not otherwise get help. You will also spend time running life skills workshops for at-risk women, and preparing education and life skills workshops for juvenile offenders. 

Interning for 2 - 4 weeks will give your group exposure and insight into the daily working life of human rights lawyers. If you can stay for longer, you will have the opportunity to become much more closely involved in the legal aspect – taking on cases and preparation work, and potentially seeing them through to completion.

Interning for 4 weeks or more

Groups that join for 4 weeks or more will focus mainly on the legal side of things, although they will also be exposed to some of our social justice work. You will play an important role working on a diverse range of cases including refugee, labour, family and criminal law. Volunteers will spend time running legal clinics and assisting walk-in clients, and may also have the opportunity to attend court and conduct moot court hearings! During your time in South Africa, you will see significant progress on cases, and gain work experience while helping those in great need of legal assistance.

While you are in Cape Town you will stay in an apartment or hostel. You will have plenty of time to take part in a number of Projects Abroad organized activities and take trips to some of the important tourist sites. These may include Table Mountain and Robben Island. Your time in Cape Town will give a unique insight to the issues that bubble below a country that on the surface is a beautiful stunning place.

This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.


Sample Itinerary


    First week (Click for details)

    2Monday09:00 – 9:30The Volunteers will be picked up and shown to the Head office in Wynberg.09:30 – 12:00Arrive at the Head Office. Volunteers will be given a tour around the office and will meet all the staff members. They will be briefed by the Director and other staff about their stay, their project, general behavior and other destination information.12:00 – 14:00Volunteers will be Taken to Rondebosch for lunch with Projects Abroad staff (20 min drive).14:00 – 16:00Volunteers visit their project office in Rondebosch. This is where they will be based and given more information regarding their project and project related activities.16:00 – 16:30Taken back home. Rest of the day off.18:30Dinner.3Tuesday09:00 – 10:30Volunteers are picked up from household and taken to office to discuss the trips to the Museums, their history and meaning.10:30 – 13:00Volunteers will be taken to the District Six Museum in Cape Town central and given an informative tour about the history of District Six and its influences by a past resident of District Six.13:00 – 14:30Lunch: Option of eating a packed lunch made at accommodation or eating at one of the restaurants in Cape Town central at their own cost.14:30 – 16:30Slave Lodge Museum Informative Video and Tour.16:30 – 18:00Bowling social in Claremont. Taken home afterwards for dinner.4Wednesday9:00 – 13:00Volunteers will be picked up at the office and taken to Vrygrond, a local township, to hold a soup kitchen with one of the community churches.13:00 – 14:00Eat packed lunch.14:30 – 18:00Vrygrond community tour. Volunteers will be taken to the Vrygrond Community Centre, the library, the preschool and meet NGO project partners based in Vrygrond. They will have the chance to interact with the different communities.18:00 – 19:00Return home. Rest and relax.20:00 – 21:00Dinner.5Thursday09:00–10:00Volunteers will be taken to the office. Told about the township they will be visiting.10:00 – 16:00Volunteers will be taken around township for a first-hand experience of the living conditions, life hardships and problems that these community members face. This trip will highlight the Diversity that ”is” South Africa and a history of all of the different cultures and influences that form the plural communities of Cape Town.16:00 – 17:00Volunteers will be taken to office to reflect and document their experience for their presentation.18:00Dinner at a restaurant in Rondebosch19:00 – 20:30Baxter Theatre night. The volunteers will watch a play about post-Apartheid South Africa.6Friday09:00 – 11:00Picked up and taken to Victoria and Alfred Waterfront for Robben Island trip. Volunteers will be briefed about the trip as well as some of the history behind Robben Island itself (weather dependent event).11:00–15:00Trip via boat. Packed lunch or option to eat at the restaurant on the island at own cost.15:00 – 17:00Walk around the Waterfront. See the docks, many of the sights and see some local musicians playing on the sidewalks.17:00 – 18:00Return home. Rest and relax.19:00Dinner.7Saturday7:00Garden Route Trip-Leaving on early Saturday morning, the volunteers embark on a Voyage exploring the famous garden route of Cape Town.
    Day No. Weekday Time Activity
    1 Sunday Depending on Time of Arrival Arrive and go to accommodation. If the weather is good will take volunteers out to the beach. Chance to talk and ask questions with Projects Abroad staff.

    Second week (Click for details)

    9Monday9:00 –10:00Volunteers will be Taken to office to discuss and prepare for their social justice trip to R-Labs.10:00 – 13:00Volunteers will be Taken to R-Labs, a business initiative and business training centre for ex-drug addicts and gangsters, located in Manenberg Township.13:00 – 14:00Packed lunch15:00 – 16:00Return to office. Start preparing questions and readings for the magistrate court and talk by a prosecutor.16:00 – 17:00Return home10Tuesday08:30 – 17:00Volunteers will be taken to the Wynberg Magistrates Court. The volunteers will have the chance to interact with a prosecutor and to attend a trial in court.17:00 – 18:30Return home and dinner.11Wednesday10:00 – 12:00Human Rights case study.12:00 – 13:00Packed lunch or lunch out at own cost.13:00 – 14:30Language workshop. Learning basics of Xhosa and Afrikaans.14:30 – 17:00Work on their presentation and project.17:00 – 18:30Return home and dinner at accommodation.12Thursday09:30 – 17:00Taken to office and to work on their final presentation for Friday.17:30 – 21:00Go Karting Social21:00 – 22:00Dinner.13Friday09:00 – 12:00Presentation given.12:00 – 14:00Volunteers will be taken to Cape Town Central for last lunch and certificate ceremony.14:00 – 17:00Volunteers will be taken to Flea Market. Green Market Square. Volunteers can browse the market for gifts and souvenirs.17:00Return home14Saturday Departures. If the volunteer leaves late at night, will be taken out during the day to the beach or social depending on weather.
    Day No. Weekday Time Activity
    8 Sunday 20:00 Return late evening from the Garden Route Trip.

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