A student is assisted by a Projects Abroad staff member during her Human Rights internship in Tanzania.

Human Rights Internship in Tanzania

Get practical legal and human rights work experience while helping protect the rights of women and children

Join our Human Rights internship in Tanzania and kick-start your legal career. You’ll work with professional human rights lawyers and help to protect the rights of women and children in Tanzania. We set up this Human Rights Project specifically to help address issues of gender inequality that are prevalent in this country.


This is an opportunity to enhance your CV and get practical legal experience doing things like writing pleas, researching cases, and giving human rights presentations.


You’ll also do important work to promote women’s empowerment and raise awareness about human rights. You’ll focus on tackling injustices and helping with issues of land, inheritance, and probate law. The work you do will help us provide legal aid to women and children who can’t afford it.


You’ll be based in Arusha, a lush and vibrant city in the north of Tanzania. In this breathtaking setting, you’ll have the chance to connect with nature, go for a safari, or hike around the base of Mount Kilimanjaro.


Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price

We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 021 234 8002 for more info.

When you apply you only pay €295, which comes off the total price.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 021 234 8002 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Completely flexible dates

Minimum Duration:

Four Weeks

Placement Location:

Arusha (Read More)

Accommodation:

Host family Read More

Requirements :

Anyone aged over 16 can join

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • 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

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • 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

  • Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable

What's not included?
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

A student delivers a presentation to a local woman on inheritance during her Human Rights internships in Tanzania.

Is a Human Rights internship in Tanzania right for me?

Looking to gain practical human rights experience? This internship is an opportunity to learn directly from experienced human rights lawyers.


This internship is a great addition to your CV and will help with university applications or job applications in the competitive legal field. If you’re still deciding on your career path, you can experience the day-to-day life of a lawyer to help with your decision.


You don’t need any experience or qualifications to join. Projects Abroad staff will guide you and support you throughout your Human Rights placement in Tanzania.


This internship is also perfect for you if you want to provide practical legal support to vulnerable groups. You’ll be working with women and children to protect their rights and help enforce justice.


This internship runs all year round so you can join whenever it suits your schedule. The minimum duration is four weeks, but we recommend staying longer so you can learn and do as much as possible.

What will I do at my Human Rights placement in Tanzania?

You’ll experience many aspects of human rights law through these activities:


  • Research cases and conduct interviews to find out about human rights issues on the ground
  • Give presentations about human rights to help raise awareness
  • Prepare people for court by role-playing different courtroom scenarios
  • Write and update pleas to give juvenile offenders legal support

Your human rights work in Tanzania will focus on the following areas:


Research work and interviews


You’ll research issues like gender equality, children's rights, inheritance, property, land rights, violence against women, and minority rights. Through your research, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the human rights issues prevalent in Tanzania. You can also use your research to help local lawyers with giving legal advice.


You’ll also visit different legal organisations and sit in on court proceedings. This will give you the chance to learn more about the role of a human rights lawyer.


Human rights awareness


By running presentations and workshops, you’ll help raise awareness about human rights. You’ll work with children in juvenile detention centres and with women from a women’s empowerment organisation. You’ll teach them about their rights and give advice on what to do when their rights are infringed.


Prepare individuals for court


You’ll help local people prepare for court cases by acting out courtroom scenarios with them. This will help build their confidence and leave them feeling ready for trial. It’s also a great opportunity for you to see what it’s like to be a lawyer in a real court case.


Write and update pleas


Children’s rights are often overlooked in the judicial process in Tanzania. For example, children are often wrongfully put in a cell with adults, which can be a traumatising experience. You’ll help these children by writing or updating their pleas to speed up the legal processes before trial.

Where in Tanzania will I work?

Arusha

You’ll be based in Arusha, a city in Tanzania at the foot of Mount Meru. It’s home to over 400,000 people and has a buzzing city centre with exciting colourful markets. Communities on the outskirts are less developed, with dirt roads and less modern buildings.


You’ll do your office work, like research and report writing, at the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office (PAHRO). The office is well-equipped and our staff are there to answer your questions. You’ll also do fieldwork in local communities. These areas will usually be more remote and rural, and people here don’t have access to legal advice.


We’ve partnered with a local women’s organisation and a lot of your time will be spent working with them. You’ll also have the opportunity to work in a juvenile detention centre.

AIRPORT PICKUP, FLIGHTS AND VISAS

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Tanzania Arrival Procedures page.

Students offer advice to a local woman during their Human Rights internships in Tanzania.

A typical day on this Human Rights internship

On a typical day, your human rights work in Tanzania will begin at about 9am and finish at 4pm. You’ll work from Monday to Friday, with your weekends free.


You’ll usually start your day by doing research work and writing up reports in the human rights office. You can take the time to prepare presentations or workshops. You’ll work alongside human rights lawyers, who will be there to answer your questions and guide you.


After office work, you’ll go to a local community to interview people. You might also visit a legal organisation to hear more about the kinds of legal issues they encounter, or you’ll give a talk on human rights to local people. You’ll also work with a local NGO to provide legal support to vulnerable groups.


Your evenings will be free, giving you the chance to travel around Arusha. You can spend time at a local market and buy an eye-catching Batik artwork, or enjoy a hearty meal with your host family.

Local women attend an International Women's Day presentation delivered on the Human Rights internship in Tanzania.

What are the aims and impact of the Human Rights internship in Tanzania?

The aim of this project is to help address issues of gender inequality that are prevalent in Tanzania.


Tanzania has a history of human rights issues, particularly in terms of women’s and children’s rights. As an intern, you’ll work with qualified lawyers and help them advise local people. You’ll also help with raising human rights awareness, and promote women’s empowerment. You’ll do this by giving presentations and workshops about human rights.


Through research work and assisting local lawyers, you’ll also help provide free legal assistance to those who can’t afford it. The communities where we work are usually remote and the people here don’t have the funds to speak to lawyers when their rights are violated.


Another goal of this project is to give you practical human rights work experience while in Tanzania. It will boost your CV and you’ll get the chance to see what the day-to-day life of a human rights lawyer is like.


Join our Human Rights internship in Tanzania and gain valuable experience while working towards protecting human rights.


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.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

You'll stay with a host family in Arusha or Moshi. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Tanzania and have a truly unique experience.


We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


Your programme fee includes three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND FREE TIME

A trip to Tanzania is the chance to experience life in the heart of Africa. There’s plenty to see and do here during your free time on your project.

A project in Tanzania wouldn’t be complete without a safari! This is a chance to see the beautiful wildlife of this country, like elephants, rhinos, and lions.

What’s more, Tanzania is home to the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Hiking around the base through lush vegetation is a peaceful way to spend an afternoon.

Browsing through a vibrant, local market is a must while you’re there. You can also spend time in a Maasai village, getting to know a completely different way of life.

There will likely be many other volunteers in Tanzania with you. This means you have the option to explore the country independently or with a group of like-minded volunteers from different projects. 

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.


Find out more about safety and backup.

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