Travel to Africa with a group of people your age and do a Law and Human Rights internship in South Africa. You will gain valuable insight into the world of law and human rights, as well as add international experience to your CV.
You'll live and work in Cape Town and will be based at the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office. Your first week will be spent doing legal work, and building a case for a moot court. At the moot court, you’ll act as the prosecution or defence for a case you’ll research. Your second week will be devoted to practical human rights work in local communities.
You will stay with a local host family in Cape Town, and will have the chance to visit many exciting places such as Table Mountain and the historic Robben Island. All activities are organised for you, and Projects Abroad staff will be by your side throughout it all. This is a great way to meet international people your age and expand your horizons.
Fixed dates during school holidays
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Organised weekend tourism trips
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on this internship?
You’ll join a group of interns your age, and work at the Projects Abroad Human Right Office in Cape Town and in local communities. These are some of the activities you can expect to be involved in:
- Build a legal case and participate in a moot court
- Take part in various human rights awareness programmes in local communities
- Learn about the history of South Africa
- Explore beautiful Cape Town with a group of interns your age
As a teenager, your Human Rights work in South Africa will focus on the following areas:
Build a legal case and participate in a moot court
During your internship, you will have a chance to build your own case for a moot court as the prosecution or defence. This is a mock court exercise in which students argue cases for practice. During your first week, you’ll visit various places relevant to your work, such as police stations or crisis centres. This is a great way for you to be introduced to the practical work that lawyers do. You will also have the chance to consult qualified lawyers on a daily basis. On the whole, it’s the perfect opportunity to gain legal work experience in South Africa.
Take part in various human rights programmes in local communities
Depending on the community needs at the time of your visit, you will be involved in various awareness programmes during your internship. These could include:
- Evaluating the impact of our current legal clinics
- Running a needs assessment in an area that may need more support
- Assisting with teaching street children about the law and their basic rights
Learn about the history of South Africa
South Africa is a country with a complicated political and legal history. You will be exposed to this history through your own research, as well as visits to museums and historical sites.
Explore beautiful Cape Town with fellow interns
On the weekends and in the evenings, we’ve organised plenty of cultural and fun activities for you to enjoy with your group. You’ll visit Table Mountain and Boulders Beach, take part in fun activities like go-karting and bowling, and visit historical landmarks like Robben Island and District 6. All activities will be supervised, and there will be constant staff support.
Where in South Africa will I be working?
In Cape Town there is still a large gap in equality, with many people not having access to affordable legal advice. Many people are also unaware of their rights, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. We fund and run our own Human Rights Office in Cape Town, offering free legal advice for those in need. You will spend some of your time at this office, and some of your time in local communities, taking part in various human rights programmes.
Cape Town is a beautiful city surrounded by mountains and sea, with sprawling white beaches and numerous nature reserves. There is also a rich history to explore through museums, art and architecture, as well as countless outdoor activities to take part in.
Measuring Our Impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
As someone looking to study politics in the future, I knew this programme would be a great fit, but I had no idea just how amazing the experience would turn out to be.
Law and Human Rights Internships in South Africa for Teenagers
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