Honour Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and volunteer as a Law & Human Rights intern abroad
Projects Abroad shares how volunteers can help raise awareness about human rights and social justice year-round
TORONTO – January 13, 2016 – On January 18th, North America will remember the late Martin Luther King, Jr. and celebrate his life and legacy. On this day, hundreds of people will choose to honor his memory through service and volunteer their time to make a difference. For those looking to make an impact beyond this day and raise awareness of human rights and social justice as volunteers, Projects Abroad facilitates a variety of Law & Human Rights internships in several destinations.
Across the globe, there is a growing awareness of the need to actively help marginalized communities and vulnerable individuals and educate them about their rights – particularly in developing countries. Nathalie Claessens, a Program Advisor at Projects Abroad Canada, agrees. “Our Law & Human Rights interns are determined to do as much as they can to uplift communities and individuals affected by human rights abuses and injustice. One of the best ways to achieve this is through education. By working alongside the Projects Abroad Human Rights Offices (PAHRO) and professional legal staff, they are able to empower others, share information, and start working toward long-term solutions. Their impact is invaluable, and our interns return home with the knowledge that they contributed to something greater than themselves.”
Projects Abroad offers internships for different levels of experience, from high school students with a strong interest in learning more about law and human rights, to college students seeking practical experience, as well as those who are already qualified and working in the field. Once at their placement, interns can work with staff to determine what they want to achieve with their internship. In many cases, interns choose to focus on specific areas where they feel their skills are best utilized. Emily, a Human Rights intern in Argentina, elected to do so when she saw the need for a specialized program at the placements she visited.
“Because of my background in working with victims of violence, I created a 3-week curriculum where we discussed violence. We worked with each female placement about physical, verbal and domestic violence and it was very effective,” Emily comments, adding “Working in these field can be very discouraging, but every once in a while you can see a light-bulb turn on, and you know that you’ve had some type of impact on their lives.”
Law & Human Rights internships are available throughout the year. Each program has different focuses, which could include any of the following: refugee rights, human trafficking, corporate law, women’s rights, child labour, and more. To learn more about the options offered by Projects Abroad, please visit www.projects-abroad.ca/volunteer-projects/law-and-human-rights.
Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography professor, as a program for students to travel and work while on break from full-time study. The program had its genesis in post-USSR Romania, where students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years just sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to sending volunteers of all ages around the world on a wide range of projects.
Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 30 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.
For details on volunteering abroad, visit Projects Abroad’s web site at www.projects-abroad.ca