Projects Abroad International Law Internships in Ghana

Provider: Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad offers international law internships for students interested in learning more about various human rights issues in Ghana. Being one of the more stable African countries, Ghana opens the doors for thousands of tourists every year. Interns will work at the Projects Abroad human rights office located in Ghana. Visit the Projects Abroad website for more details on the programs.

The Projects Abroad human rights office in Ghana gives interns the opportunity to not only work with Projects Abroad staff, but also work alongside local lawyers and learn about human rights issues first hand.

This internship program is customizable to fit the needs of various students and interns. Name your start and end dates, and Projects Abroad will work with you to design you ideal internship program.

Interns will likely stay with a host family in Ghana, giving them the opportunity to learn about local culture and customs. Ghanian people are known to be especially friendly, creating an opening environment for you during you stay.

Interning in Ghana also gives you the opportunity to meet international students from around the world and make new friends!

This program is ideal for students interested in the legal field and even those on their gap year. Visit the Projects Abroad website for more information on this internship.

Program Info

Location: 
  • GhanaAccra
Salary: 
Unpaid internship
Program Length: 
2-4 weeks
1-3 months
3-6 months
Cost: 
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Work Week: 
20-40 hours
Languages: 
English
Housing: 
Home-stay
Application: 
Online Application

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  • Surabi
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Markham, Ontario
    York University
    An Unforgettable Experience
    08/27/2014

    Volunteering with Projects Abroad was the BEST decision I've made! The staff were extremely friendly, responsive, caring and made sure I was feeling happy at all times with my accommodation, work and social activities. My host family were friendly, cared for my well-being and respected my privacy. My time at the office and field work were an eye-opener and I am glad I had the chance to work alongside experienced and intelligent people on some interesting projects. Out of the four projects I worked on, my favourite was Slum Profiling where I got to witness the poor living conditions of residents, and conducted interviews and participate observations to understand the health affects living in the slum. My time-off from work were amazing as I had the chance to travel in the weekends to some of the most breathtaking places, and engage in social activities during the week with the rest of the volunteers. I'm grateful for all the people I met because they enriched my experience. I will always cherish my time and memories I've created in Ghana.

    How could this program be improved?

    The projects tend to move slowly, even though the office cannot be held responsible for it entirely, they can work more diligently to ensure they meet projects' target. I had an understanding of how things work in Ghana in terms of human rights issues and change, so I was accommodating to that. However, given the lag, and lack of work sometimes, Projects Abroad shouldn't have charged so much for the project. I felt I didn't do enough for the amount of money I spent on it. I landed in Ghana during a long weekend, therefore I worked 3 weeks instead of 4 weeks which I paid for. I wish my advisor informed me or Projects Abroad could have reduced the amount I was paying. I could have went with organizations with less rate but I went with Projects Abroad after reading good reviews from previous volunteers and the safety it provided.

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  • Pip Field
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Cambridge, England
    University of Exeter
    One month. One journalism placement. And a whole lot of fun
    08/31/2011

    Doing a placement in Ghana, for however long, is certainly an eye-opening experience. If you go with an open mind, the culture difference will be fascinating but not daunting.
    Ghanaian people are known for being friendly and this is certainly true. They are all keen to help you out and as long as you are friendly but firm (when they all want to encourage you to get on their tro-tro) then things will be fine.
    A few words of advice:
    1. If you are based in a major city, be prepared to hear lots of car horns. Drivers love to use their horns, it seems to be a sign of their dominance on the road! And taxi drivers seem to think it is a sure fire way of gaining a passenger even if that person has no interest of hailing a taxi!
    2. Ghana Time! If someone offers to meet at 2pm, it will mean 3pm! Everyone is so laid back that the idea of starting on time or even early is unheard of!
    3. Linked into number 2 is a word of warning when going to a restaurant in Ghana. Do not arrive at a restaurant dying of hunger in the hope of eating quickly. Service is notoriously slow and even so called fast food restaurants can be slow to produce the food. Think of it as another aspect of the Ghana laid back culture!
    4. Be careful of gutters! They are mostly not covered so be careful of your footing (I speak from experience!)
    5. Although not overly spicy, the food can sometimes take some adjusting for some volunteers. Stomach upsets in the first few weeks are common, don't worry!
    6. People often advice to wear long sleeved tops and trousers in the evenings to avoid mosquitos. If you are in more remote areas this is certainly true. But if you are in major cities, you can wear short sleeved tops. As long as you are wearing insect repellent!!!

    In terms of Projects Abroad, I can not praise them enough. Some people say it is quite expensive, but they are friendly, help you pre-departure and constantly whilst you are there. From meeting you at the airport, to the inductions (including helping you get a Ghana SIM card and changing money), to the weekly quiz nights, to the regular feed backs with the placements and accommodation, it is reassuring to know that they are there if you need them. But they also give you the space to be independent and have a great time.
    I would go back there tomorrow if I could! (I even miss the drinking water sachets, heaven forbid!)

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Projects Abroad is a global organization formed around the need for gap year programs abroad designed for students taking a break from studying. Since its inception, Projects Abroad has expanded to offer high school volunteer programs, and a vast variety of programs geared towards those taking a gap year or a career break. Visit the Projects Abroad website for more details on volunteer, teach, study and internship programs abroad.