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Interns sought for human rights voluntary work in Ghana

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) offers internships at its African headquarters in Accra, Ghana.

UK-based Projects Abroad has been exclusively selected by the CHRI to provide law students as interns for this exciting project based in Ghana.

Law student Danica Mullarkey, currently studying for a Masters at the London School of Economics, took up an internship at the CHRI in Accra during 2005.

She said, “Placed at The British Council – The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, I was truly made to feel that being a law student from England was of some real value, and not just merely as a volunteer who had come to make the tea. I was able to get straight into making a difference, and got involved in looking into Human Rights abuses by the Ghana police service, interviewing witnesses and documenting their testimonies, and researching material for the state of prison conditions in Ghana.

“I was also able to attend Human Rights conferences. Among the attendees was the Presidential advisor on HIV/AIDS. I met parliamentarians to discuss the state of family-planning services across Ghana. Projects Abroad responded to the interests I had explained pre-departure and placed me with an organisation that truly furthered my interests in Human Rights law.”

Peter Slowe, Director at Projects Abroad, said, “We are very proud that we have been chosen by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative to work with them in Africa. We are looking for anyone with an interest in rights and society in the developing world to take part in this unique work and cultural experience.

“We have a contract with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative to supply the volunteer interns through our Ghana programme. We expect to send many interns from the UK, the US and Western Europe over the next few years.”

To take part in this project, Projects Abroad charges £1,445 for a month, £1,695 for two months, £1,945 for three months and £395 for each additional month up to a maximum of six months. The package includes: full in-country back-up from Projects Abroad own staff, food and accommodation, insurance, airport transfers, comprehensive orientation and social events.

Interns live with carefully selected Ghanaian host-families and soon develop some cultural understanding as a context for the human rights work.

Set up in 1992, Projects Abroad specialises in offering students a diverse range of Gap Year and other projects and destinations throughout Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Projects Abroad offers 80 different placements in areas such as sport, medicine, teaching, conservation, journalism, business and community development.

For further information please contact Projects Abroad on 01903 708300 or visit www.projects-abroad.co.uk.

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