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
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
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.

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