What will I do on a Law and Human Rights placement in South Africa?
You will work at the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office in Cape Town, alongside experienced lawyers and human rights professionals. Your placement will involve several kinds of tasks:
- Host legal clinics for community members who cannot come into the office
- Assist walk-in clients, conduct research, and draft legal documentation
- Attend court and conduct moot court hearings
- Present life skills, awareness, and rehabilitation workshops
Where will I work on a Law and Human Rights internship in South Africa?
You will live and work in Cape Town, known in South Africa as the “Mother City”. Cape Town is a beautiful and multicultural hub, and there is plenty to see and do in your free time and over weekends.
In Cape Town, there is still a large gap in equality and there is a lot of need in townships. Many people lack access to good legal advice and aren’t aware of some of their rights. In response to the need for free legal services in South Africa, we run and fund our own Projects Abroad Human Rights Office.
The collective mission of this office is to promote respect for human rights and human dignity. This is done through providing good quality, independent legal representation to those who are unable to afford it.
Volunteering for professionals
This project is also perfect for qualified professionals. With your skills backing up our ongoing efforts, we can make an even bigger difference together. We'll match you to the placement where your skills are needed most.
This means you can share your training and and knowledge with others. You can work hand-in-hand with our partner organisations and local communities to support sustainable development.
If you have relevant skills or qualifications, read more about how you can make use of them with Projects Abroad.
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
Known as the Rainbow Nation, South Africa has a diverse mix of cultures. Our projects are based in Cape Town, a region filled with an exciting variety of activities to do during your free time.
You can catch a wave at Muizenberg beach or just relax in a seaside restaurant. There’s plenty of local cuisine to try, including delicately spiced Cape Malay curries and the creamy milk tart dessert.
South Africa has a difficult past, which you can learn more about at the District 6 Museum and Robben Island.
For an awe-inspiring experience, you can spend the day getting lost in the towering silos that make up the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Arts Africa. Finally, no trip to Cape Town would be complete without a cable car ride up iconic Table Mountain.
We run many different projects in South Africa, so there’s sure to be other volunteers in the country with you. So if you want to travel with a group, you’re sure to find like-minded people who’ll join you on your adventures.
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.
Meet the team in South Africa
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