Projects Abroad

Opportunities for current students with Projects Abroad – Australian and NewZealand

For all the programmes below;

  • Dates are flexible – outside significant holidays the students can choose when to undertake the internship which should mean it can fit in anywhere in the academic calendar
  • They have dedicated supervision – there will an assigned supervisor at all the placements and the full support of our local Projects Abroad staff
  • Our local staff and placement supervisors can provide you with feedback on each student
  • Students can go individually or in small groups where they can work at the same placement (or different ones if they prefer) and share the same accommodation

Suggested Placements

Human Rights and Law

These programmes suit students from a wide range of backgrounds and students shouldn’t be discouraged by any apparent legal content. Much of the work focuses on:

  • educating communities in human rights issues relevant to them (housing, employment or refugee status for example);
  • monitoring – working in marginalised communities collecting information which may be used in reports or lobbying – for example the treatment of seasonal migrant workers, victims of domestic violence in shelters or people living in slums who may be deprived of education for their children;
  • resolution where the legal staff leading the programme offer free legal aid services – non law students do help in these areas in researching and report writing

The placements in Ghana, Argentina and South Africa were all established by Projects Abroad and are staffed by fully employed Projects Abroad team members; lawyers, para-legals and experienced NGO workers. The emphasis at each placement differs (much more legal aid work in South Africa, the opportunity to really develop Spanish in Argentina for example) and of course they would probably suit those undertaking a double degree with Law very well.

Journalism

Obviously a good opportunity for media students but for anyone who enjoys wiring there are some fantastic openings. These are at professional organisations with the students’ efforts being published so there is an onus on them to perform and to work hard at the setting. The range of topics that students write on (or talk about on radio placements) is extremely broad and if the students have a particular interest then this can usually be built into their work. Placements I think might work well being flexible, open in the subjects they can work in, English language medium and with supportive and inclusive supervisors are;

Microfinance

This often seems to appeal to commerce students more than others but it really does suit anyone interested in an insight into the developing world. The placements are ones co-established by Projects Abroad which support almost entirely female applicants coming from impoverished or difficult backgrounds. The businesses they establish are very small but are a means to support their family which they may not have had in the past. Typically the businesses are in food preparation and sales, jewellery or fabrics and the support they require is not in technical business matters (although students doing a double degree with Business are welcome of course) but rather in simple record keeping, numeracy, developing new product ideas (one student introduced guacamole to a group of women in Tanzania and they sell it quite successfully now) and other ore pastoral or mentoring type support.

They are fantastic projects for gaining an understanding of life in the developing world, creating relationships with real local people and providing some extremely useful support under the supervision of the local loans officers who manage the programmes all year round.

The programmes which might be the best fit are Cambodia and Tanzania.

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