MEDI TRIP VOLUNTEERS
legal advocate placement | Tanzania
A unique opportunity to contribute towards the work of challenging injustice and inequality. You will work with a small local law firm providing advocacy legal aid to disadvantaged people, vulnerable women and children preparing them for court and helping them navigate complex legal issues. Help to prepare cases and provide assistance to the busy legal team and learn how they manage their caseloads as well as champion justice along the way.
Requirements: Degree/College level minimum first year Law; Humanities or related studies. Or minimum 6 months work experience in a related field
Duration: 4 weeks to 6 months.
Producing content for educational material advocating for disadvantaged peopleResearching human rights issues
Writing content for human rights resources
Raising awareness of human rights issues regarding ethnicity, gender, sexuality, immigration and other groups
Advocating for women, children and domestic violence issues
Helping to prepare clients for court cases
Helping clients understand complex legal issues
Helping with community disputes such as land and family inheritance issues
Helping advocate for women who have been the victims of domestic violence, honor violence, assault
Professional development opportunities
Produce content to educate the public and advance human rights
Intern alongside experienced human rights advocates
Gain insight into the socio economic impact on gaining fair representation
Gain knowledge on the current issue of inequality and they impact it has on people's lives
Produce educational content to educate the community and empower people with legal knowledge to self advance
Experience a life changing cultural journey to Tanzania
Gain perspective on how communities keep their cultures and traditions alive in a modern fast changing world
Gain new passion on advocacy and empowerment through knowledge
Get insight and invaluable knowledge from experienced legal advocates
Benefit from abundant learning opportunities including the opportunity to conduct independent study and research on the field.
This placement can be coincided with weekend work at the 'Women's Empowerment' project providing support, advice or educational training to the girls every weekend in group sessions. Please enquire for details.
About Arusha, Tanzania
Tanzania belongs to the East African community, neighboured by Kenya, Burundi, Uganda, Rwanada, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Mozambique. Arusha is in northern Tanznia; a very unique and vibrant city at the base of Mount Meru, about an hour away from the tallest mountain in Africa Mount Kilimanjaro. The city is surrounded by natural beauty being in close proximity to several national parks including Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Olduvai and Arusha National Parks.
Interestingly, Arusha hosted the international criminal tribunal for Rwanada and sits as the de facto East African Community capital. Despite being in a conservative and religious country, Arusha is regarded as more liberal and very open to foreigners. Perhaps due to it's historical significance in the 1961 Arusha Declaration, which gave independence to modern Tanzania from the British Commonwealth. The city is very much a melting pot, multicultural and populated by people from all different backgrounds. The main language spoken is Swahili and a visitor would do well by learning a few of the many greetings.
Where will you stay?
You will stay in Siret Hostel, one of the highest rated and reviewed guesthouses in Arusha. We provide safe, clean and comfortable accommodation, comfortable bedding, excellent breakfast and dinner and housekeeping. This will be a quiet and friendly neighbourhood only 15 minutes from the main hustle and bustle of town. You will have wifi, hot showers, 24 hour gated security, a domestic/cook (who will happily do your laundry for a small fee) and a coordinator who will ensure you settle in quickly and comfortably into your new town. This is a shared home where you will be staying with other volunteers and guests from across the world, so you will never be on your own in your new environment. The house is impeccably clean, well kept, modern and spacious.
How will you get around?
You have the choice of local transport including taxi’s (we have contacts of affordable, trusted drivers) who can get you around town or you can use the famous ‘dala dala’ mini buses that most Tanzanians use to travel locally everyday. Some people adapt very fast and choose to walk around, it is safe to do so however like with any new environment we strongly advise you to be aware of pick pockets and thieves. Always be safe and ask your coordinator before going anywhere new to you.
Important VISA & Permit Information
You will be required to pay a for a VISA for voluntary work assignment.
Please enquire for details.
Where do my fees go?
Most of your fees are spent locally. Fees ensure you have above standard accommodation, that you have a personal coordinator picking you up at the airport, orientating you and you have a coordinator day to day and your program is planned and facilitated specifically for you, to match your skills and get you to provide the very best to those that need you.
Do any fees go directly to the projects?
Yes they do. Although we don't necessarily think that making financial contributions solve the complex issues faced by deprived areas, we do make a charitable donation on your behalf to your project placement. This is not mandatory. We do this as we know how challenging it can be for our partners to host, supervise and very often teach volunteers. We want our partners to know they are valued and respected for their time as best we can.
What insurance should I get?
You should ensure you're adequately covered by comprehensive travel insurance for the duration of your stay.. For our students please check with your employers/university/college or national employment body on indemnity.
What vaccinations should I get?
Please visit the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention for excellent up to date travel vaccination information.
What about COVID 19?
Tanzania has received the safe travel stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (See here) in the wake of the current pandemic. Aside from that, you will receive safety guidance and protocol once you have registered with us.
Where can I get cheap flights?
There are dozens of great websites online for cheap flights. It is advisable to get your flights as early as possible to be able to logistically plan your trip.
Is Africa safe for me to travel alone? Do I need to be with other volunteers?
Regardless of whether you're volunteering on a clinical mission, you're still a tourist. Forward planning is key to protecting yourself from risk as you would anywhere in the world. As a group or a solo traveller from abroad, you will attract attention but, you will also have a great support system in your volunteer coordinators, fellow travellers/volunteers and supervisors. It's important to try and be conscientious of your new surroundings and respect and follow local customs as much as possible and insure yourself from any possible risks.
Africa is a large continent with every country varying greatly in local culture, customs, rules and regulations. Research your destination as much as possible and ask as many questions as possible. We would never place you at risk or in harm's way, however it is important you take ownership of your journey and behave responsibly.
We can also transfer you to the airport on your departure date for an additional fee. Please mention this in your application!
PICK UP POINTS:
Kilimanjaro Airport (KIA)
Arusha Airport (ARK)
Arusha Bus station
Still have more questions? Ask away and get in touch!