Human Rights Internships Abroad in Tanzania
- Placement location: Arusha
- Role: To work alongside local staff to promote and defend the rights of women and children
- Requirements: None
- Types of Placement: Projects Abroad Human Rights Office
- Accommodation: Host family
- Length of placement: From 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
If you are interested in seeing human rights in practice and gaining direct experience in the field, join Projects Abroad on the Human Rights Project in Tanzania. As an intern, you will have the opportunity to work alongside our local staff at the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office (PAHRO) in Arusha, working to defend the rights of marginalized women and children. You will also get involved with working alongside a local and respected NGO.
The Human Rights Project focuses on working directly with women’s groups and a juvenile center, defending the rights of the people here and assisting with legal matters. The NGO we work with concentrates on helping women, especially widows (they do also help a wide variety of other people who need help). A lot of their work revolves around helping individuals claim their property and inheritance rights and supporting widows who have suffered injustices.
This placement is suitable for interns of varying skill levels and experience: you can be a student with a general interest in human rights, a pre-law student building a resume, a law student seeking an internship placement, or a graduate or legal professional looking to gain practical international experience. No matter which one you fall under, you will have a crucial role to play at the project and in people’s lives.
Interning in Human Rights in Tanzania with Projects Abroad
Interning at the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office in Arusha will pave the way for you to gain invaluable practical skills and knowledge. Each intern can get involved with the following tasks:
- Assist with regular visits to women's groups and a juvenile center
- 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. Topics you might deal with include inheritance, domestic violence, divorce, child maintenance, and land rights.
- Interview women or juveniles to help build their cases
- Help individuals prepare for court. This could include 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. This will be done under the guidance and supervision of the Human Rights coordinator, with the help of a social welfare officer and legal consultant.
- Attend court sessions
- Write a report after a case has been dealt with
Did you know? There are three types of marriages in Tanzania - Tribal, Religious, and Civil, and what is granted to the wife or the husband during the divorce depends on the type of marriage and the corresponding type of law.
What you get involved in depends on your level of experience and your areas of interest. While you do not need previous experience to join, it is important that you have a strong interest in legal matters with a particular focus on matters relating to land, probate, and inheritance. We welcome those who have legal qualifications or who are pursuing related degrees. It is also important that you are flexible, enthusiastic, communicate well, and are eager and willing to learn. This will help you get the most out of your internship abroad.
There is still a lot of work to do on access to justice in Tanzania. The constitution stipulates the right to legal representation for everyone, but there just aren’t any lawyers. During my placement, I was able to meet with a wonderful pro-bono human rights lawyer who told me that there were only 400 lawyers in the whole of Tanzania. The population is just over four million. The work was both rewarding and incredibly frustrating. Read more...
If you have qualifications or experience in this field then we can make use of your skills volunteering abroad as a professional in Tanzania.