What will I do at my Human Rights placement in Argentina?
During your time as a Human Rights intern in Argentina, you will work in the following areas:
- Conduct awareness campaigns
- Work on human rights programmes in communities
- Attend court to learn more about cases in Argentina
Your work will focus on these areas:
Conduct awareness campaigns
Education campaigns are the backbone of our Human Rights Project in Argentina and they take a variety of forms.
You may get the opportunity to equip young female offenders with life skills required to escape a cycle of violence by running workshops at correctional facilities. Or perhaps work with teenagers at a local school teaching them about gender equality.
Depending on the timing of your project, you’ll get to take part in protest run by local organisations. These protests are against issues like:
- Human trafficking
- Domestic violence
- Unprecedented increases of up to 500% in public service costs
The Projects Abroad Human Rights Office regularly performs educational and awareness-raising outreach work to tackle a variety of human rights issues. These may involve travelling to rural communities, schools, and other local institutions. You can help us by making presentations, and assisting with training and basic administration.
We also do a lot of work with homeless people around the city. In 2017, we helped 56 disadvantaged or homeless people get free national ID cards. ID cards are necessary to get a job or visit a doctor, so having these cards will make a big difference in their lives.
Attend civil court to learn about different cases in Argentina
As an intern, you may also have the opportunity to attend court. This is a fantastic way to learn more about the legal system and the types of human rights abuses commonly seen in Argentina. You’ll learn about the crimes committed during the dictatorship period and how it still affects the population today.
Where will I be working in Argentina?
Your Human Rights placement in Argentina is based in Córdoba, a city of natural beauty and historical significance with a true zest for life. This is best expressed in its vibrant party scene and colourful street art.
With a population of about 1.3 million, Córdoba is the second largest city in Argentina and home to a truly eclectic mix of cultures. These include various indigenous tribes, Italian-Argentines, Spanish-Argentines, and immigrants from all corners of Europe.
For the duration of the project, you will be working from our Human Rights Office, sharing an office with local staff members and other interns. The office is fully funded and run by Projects Abroad, so we depend on our interns to help with the work. You will also spend time outside the office, in community centres and our partner organisations.
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
Argentina is a vibrant South American country bursting with colour and rich heritage. Along with contributing to worthwhile projects, a trip with us to Argentina means you can explore this fascinating country.
Enjoying a coffee at the Plaza de San Martin, with its street performers and iconic statue of General Jose de San Martin, is the perfect way to spend an evening. It’s located in Cordoba, where our projects are based, so you don’t have to travel far for this experience.
For thrill seekers, you can take a weekend trip to La Cumbre where you can go paragliding off lofty cliffs. The surrounding nature is breathtaking and a horse ride around nature trails here is well worth it.
There are also enriching cultural experiences, like the Evita Fine Arts Museum or the Teatro del Libertador General San Martin. You can also learn more about the country’s history at local museums.
There will likely be other volunteers in Argentina with you. So you can choose to explore solo, or with a group of volunteers from different projects.
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 Argentina
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