At a glance
- Help us to reduce the number of human rights violations that take place against children in particular, such as disappearances and abuse.
- Work under a supervisor at the Projects Abroad office, go into the community to places like local schools, and get the opportunity to observe court proceedings.
- You’ll focus on conducting workshops on children’s rights and safety, and raising awareness of domestic violence among adults.
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Anyone aged 16 or over can join
Is a Human Rights internship in Jamaica right for me?
This project is perfect for anyone with a passion for human rights, especially if you want to focus specifically on children’s rights. You’ll also help address related issues, like domestic violence. This kind of internship is especially suited to you if you have a background in law, social work, or psychology.
You’ll get plenty of experience with doing research and working with NGOs. You’ll also get a deeper insight into how human rights abuses are addressed in developing countries like Jamaica. This kind of experience will help you stand out, and give you interesting points to talk about in applications and interviews.
You don’t need any previous experience to join this project. You only need to be at least 17 years old, and have intermediate English skills. You’ll work with and learn directly from professionals, and you can reach out to Projects Abroad staff for guidance and help at any time.
With the exception of the month of December, this project runs all year round and you can join at any time. The minimum duration of this internship is two weeks, but we do suggest you stay longer if possible. This will ensure you see and learn much more.
What will I do as a Human Rights intern in Jamaica?
You will work with local staff to raise awareness and address social issues in Jamaica, focusing on children’s rights and safety. Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do during your internship:
- Prepare and run educational workshops at schools
- Conduct workshops for parents from local communities
- Work towards raising awareness of domestic violence
- Visit the local court to observe court proceedings
Your work can be divided into the following categories:
Work with children at schools
This internship mainly focuses on children’s rights, so you will spend much of your time with children. One of your main tasks will be to research, prepare, and conduct workshops. During these workshops, you’ll talk about issues like:
- Child safety
- Child abuse
- Conflict management
- Human trafficking
You’ll work with children of different ages, so you’ll need to adjust your workshops accordingly. You may also be involved with creating peace gardens at certain schools to try and encourage children to resolve conflict in a healthy way instead of using violence to deal with their problems.
Educate local communities
Since the focus of this project is on children, we do need to work with their parents as well. You will need to prepare and conduct parenting workshops in selected communities. During these workshops, you will also educate community members on the benefits of a parental patrol system to keep children safe.
Domestic violence is another common human rights issue in Jamaica. Throughout your stay you will work in selected communities to raise awareness of domestic violence among adults.
Observe court proceedings
Human rights issues are tightly tied to the law. By observing parish court proceedings during your internship, you will gain insight into the legal protection of children’s rights in Jamaica. You will also need to make courtesy calls to human rights stakeholder organisations to get first-hand knowledge of their mandate and experiences.
Where in Jamaica will I be working?
You will be based in Mandeville for the duration of your internship.
Still home to plenty of colonial architecture and surrounded by lush greenery, Mandeville is a small inland town that is not as touristy as some of the other parts of the island. Central, small and safe, Mandeville is a great base from which to explore the rest of the island.
You will work in the Projects Abroad office and within underprivileged schools and communities in Mandeville. Abuse and human rights infringements are common problems in these areas.
A typical day as a Human Rights intern in Jamaica
A typical work day will begin with a shared breakfast with your host family. Once you are dressed in smart, conservative clothing, you will head off to the Projects Abroad office. A Projects Abroad staff member will accompany you on your first day to show you the way.
You’ll work from Monday to Friday and get a lunch break of about an hour each day. Your evenings and weekends will be free to explore the island.
Days will differ depending on what you are working on. One day may involve researching and preparing a presentation while another day may involve conducting that presentation to an audience. For the most part, you will work under a supervisor at the Projects Abroad office where you’ll do research and presentation preparation. On some days, you will travel to schools or community locations to deliver presentations and workshops.
Once you’ve finished work for the day, you’ll be able to explore. Get to know your host family over a traditional Jamaican meal, or socialise with your fellow interns and other volunteers. You’ll also participate in Projects Abroad socials, and can visit nearby attractions with new friends.
We encourage you to try some of Jamaica’s most famous dishes like jerk chicken, and saltfish and ackee. You can also visit idyllic white beaches in Montego Bay and Treasure Beach. Hikes are also a great option for exploring, and we recommend YS Falls or the famous Blue Mountains.
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The aim of this project is to raise awareness of children’s rights in Jamaica and help reduce violence against children through education.
Additionally, we aim to provide you with practical work experience into the human rights field. In Jamaica, you’ll also gain specific insight into the type of human rights issues faced by children in developing countries. You’ll also observe the ways in which people are trying to overcome such issues.
There are several human rights infringements that are significant problems in Jamaica. These issues include:
- Child disappearances
- Child abuse
- Child neglect
- Violence against children
- Sexual abuse of children
- Domestic violence
According to the Missing Person Monitoring Unit, about 143 children go missing in Jamaica on a monthly basis. Some children are abducted, while others choose to leave their homes due to abuse, neglect, or poverty. Additionally, many children do not get the legal representation they are entitled to.
All children have the right to grow up free, healthy and loved. We need interns to help us address these critical problems by raising awareness of human rights violations, emphasising their importance, and facilitating educational workshops.
Through this Human Rights Project we are aiming to:
- Help children become aware of their rights
- Encourage open communication between children and their parents/teachers/guardians
- Educate children on ways in which they can protect themselves
- Decrease the quantity of human rights violations in Jamaica
Domestic violence and sexual abuse against women are also some of the more common human rights abuses in Jamaica. Through raising awareness of these issues, we aim to reduce the probability of this type of violence.
Join our Human Rights Internship in Jamaica and help us protect and raise awareness of human rights while gaining invaluable work experience.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
When you think of the tropical Caribbean, Jamaica is one of the first countries that comes to mind. With its white-sand beaches and vibrant culture, this island nation has a lot to offer. It’s an amazing location to volunteer in, and explore during your free time.
The local cuisine is definitely worth trying, with tasty dishes like Jamaican patties and jerk chicken. You can enjoy these at seaside restaurants and then head down to the sea for a cooling swim in the ocean.
With a rich culture and friendly locals, exploring markets and museums is a must-do. Visiting the famous Bob Marley Museum in Kingston makes for an enlightening weekend trip. While you’re there, you can also tour Fort Charles and the National Heroes Park.
There will be other volunteers working on different projects in Jamaica while you’re there. This means you can choose to explore independently or connect with other volunteers and travel as a group.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
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