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Human Rights Volunteer Projects in Tanzania

  • Placement location: Arusha
  • Role: To work alongside local staff to promote and defend the rights of women and children
  • Types of Placement: Projects Abroad Human Rights Office
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Price: From Loading...
  • What's included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
  • What's not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
  • Length of placement: From 4 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

Our Human Rights placement in Tanzania is based just outside the town of Arusha. As a volunteer you will be given the opportunity to work on an extremely worthwhile project alongside our local staff at the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office (PAHRO). You will also get involved in working with a local NGO.

Gain valuable first-hand experience of human rights work in practice while defending the rights of women and children.

Volunteering on a Human Rights Placement in Tanzania

Tanzanian women at the Human Rights project

Our Human Rights office in Tanzania primarily works with women’s groups and a juvenile centre, providing support to those who have faced human rights violations and educating them on relevant legal matters.

Our partner NGO also concentrates on helping women, especially widows who have faced injustice - although they do aid many other people in need. Much of their work involves assisting individuals to claim their property and inheritance rights.

This placement is open to all volunteers with an interest in legal matters and human rights, whether you’re a law student looking to gain legal experience, a student considering a career in law or a graduate or legal professional in search of practical international experience.

Human Rights Work Experience with Projects Abroad

Volunteers will have the opportunity to get involved in the following areas:

  • Assist with regular visits to women's groups and a juvenile centre.
  • Research legal cases
  • Prepare legal training for the women's groups
  • Provide legal advice to members of the local community
  • Create presentations about human rights, which will be presented to various groups. Examples of topics include inheritance, domestic violence, divorce, child maintenance and land rights. 
  • Interview women or juveniles to help build their cases. 
  • Prepare individuals for court. This includes acting out or role-playing different scenarios in court, such as how to address the judge. 
  • Assist with writing a new plea, or updating existing ones, under the guidance and supervision of the Human Rights Coordinator with the assistance of a social welfare officer and legal consultants. 
  • Attend court sessions
  • Write a report after a case has been dealt with. 

Local women on the Human Rights project in Tanzania

As a volunteer you will be able to get involved in a variety of different areas depending on your level of experience and areas of interest. We require that all volunteers have a serious interest in legal matters with a particular focus on matters relating to land, probate and inheritance. In addition we welcome volunteers who have a qualification in law or who are studying in this field. It is also important that you are flexible, enthusiastic, communicate well and are willing to learn.

If you have qualifications or experience in this field then we can make use of your skills. Read more about the opportunities for skilled volunteers in Tanzania.

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