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.
16 or over
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.
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.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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