A student speaks to a local man during a campaign on her Human Rights internship in Argentina.

Human Rights Internship in Argentina

Gain practical work experience and help raise awareness of human rights issues in disadvantaged communities

Join our Human Rights internship in Argentina and gain practical experience raising awareness about justice and dignity for all in marginalised communities. You’ll work with lawyers and human rights professionals to run awareness campaigns and workshops about human rights. This kind of internship will add value to your CV, and give you an extra edge in applications and interviews.


In Argentina, people struggle with issues like domestic violence, gender inequality, and homelessness every day. Many people are also unaware of the fact that they are either victims or perpetrators of these abuses. The Projects Abroad Human Rights Office in Córdoba aims to address this. We do this by providing legal advice, doing research, and running awareness campaigns.


You’ll live and work in Córdoba, and stay with a local host family. You’ll get to experience Argentinian hospitality, and experience living in a dynamic South American city.


Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price

We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1300 132 831 for more info.

When you apply you only pay AUD$495, which comes off the total price.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1300 132 831 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Completely flexible dates

Minimum Duration:

Two Weeks

Placement Location:

Cordoba (Read More)

Accommodation:

Host family Read More

Requirements :

Anyone aged over 16 can join

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • Access to our alumni services and discounts

  • Visa support and advice

  • Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination

  • A free cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

  • Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable

What's not included?
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

A Projects Abroad group promotes a campaign against human trafficking during their Human Rights internships in Argentina.

Is a Human Rights internship in Argentina right for me?

This project is a perfect fit for anyone with a strong interest in human rights and helping those in need, regardless of your level of experience or expertise.


You’ll find that this kind of internship will add a lot of value to your CV, and give you interesting points to talk about in applications and interviews. You can give yourself an extra edge if you’re applying for a law degree or postgraduate studies. While you’re getting work experience, you’ll also demonstrate your commitment to helping others at the same time.


You don’t need previous experience to join. You’ll work closely with experienced lawyers and human rights professionals at our Human Rights Office. They’ll teach you everything you need to know.


The internship runs year-round, and you can join at any time from a minimum of two weeks. We recommend staying longer so you can learn more, have a bigger impact on the communities you work with and gain even more human rights work experience while in Argentina.

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:


  • Research and report on human rights abuses
  • Conduct awareness campaigns
  • Work on human rights programmes in communities
  • Attend and plan for human rights conferences

Your work will focus on these areas:


Research and report on human rights abuses


You will help us collect data about human rights abuses in and around Córdoba, using various methods. We mainly do this by interviewing people from vulnerable communities, and find out what challenges they face. These include health problems, housing issues, and unemployment. You may be expected to follow this up with related on-the-ground assessments. An example of this would be how poor housing conditions affect health and wellness.


You’ll document your findings at the Project Abroad Human Rights Office and help us categorise current documentation. This will help us to draw up frameworks for future programmes and initiatives.


Conduct awareness campaigns


Education and awareness 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 you could help build confidence in young men who are often in trouble with the law through a communication workshop.


We also work closely with a local non-governmental organisation (NGO) to arrange protest marches and campaigns. These protests are against issues like:


  • Paedophilia
  • Human trafficking
  • Femicide
  • Domestic violence
  • Unprecedented increases of up to 500% in public service costs


Fieldwork


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 to their lives.


Attend and plan for human rights conferences


We often partner with relevant authorities to address various human rights issues during conferences. These are just a few of the most prevalent issues we focus on in Argentina:


  • Domestic violence
  • Intestate succession
  • Offenders’ rights
  • Child labour
  • Human trafficking
  • The right to education

Where will I be working in Argentina?

Cordoba

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.

AIRPORT PICKUP, FLIGHTS AND VISAS

Volunteers on this project arrive at Córdoba International Airport (COR). A Projects Abroad staff member will be waiting to greet you when you arrive. You can find more detailed information on flights, arrival airports, orientation, and visas, on our Argentina Arrival Procedures page.

A student assists a homeless man during her Human Rights internships in Argentina.

A typical day as a Human Rights intern in Córdoba

You will start your day with a hearty breakfast around your host family’s table. After this you will head to the office using public transport. Local staff members will accompany you on your first day to familiarise you with the route.


You will spend half your time working in our Human Rights Office and the other half assisting with programmes in marginalised local communities. You will work 4 to 8 hours per day from Monday to Friday, depending on the weekly schedule.


As part of your daily office work, you will assist in-house lawyers with administrative tasks surrounding legal cases. This could include compiling databases, categorising existing cases, and arranging transport for victims.


This will mostly happen in the morning. Between 12pm and 1:30pm, you will get an hour and a half lunch break. If your host family lives close by, you can head home to eat. Alternatively, you can enjoy a packed lunch at the office.


In the afternoons, you will head out into the local community to help with various programmes. You will:


  • Present educational workshops
  • Run legal clinics
  • Interview community members
  • Organise events with other NGOs


Our offices in Córdoba are a constant hive of activity, which means you’ll always have interesting work to focus on.


Weekends and evenings are yours to spend as you wish, and we encourage you to socialise and travel with other Projects Abroad interns and volunteers.

A group of Projects Abroad interns participate in a peaceful march against femicide in Argentina as part of their Human Rights internship.

What are the aims and impacts of this project?

The aim of this project is to equip local communities with knowledge about their rights to dignity and justice.


In Argentina, domestic violence, gender inequality, and homelessness are several of the challenges that people may face every day. Many are unaware of the fact that they are either victims or perpetrators of these abuses. In addition, people also struggle with:


  • Poverty
  • Police brutality
  • Poor prison conditions
  • Difficulty accessing reproductive services
  • Ongoing discrimination against indigenous people


We established our own Human Rights Office in Córdoba is response to the needs we identified. This office is fully funded and run by Projects Abroad, which means we need your help to reach the communities who need support and empowerment. You’ll do this by raising awareness of human rights, helping to provide legal advice, doing research, and more. 


Join our human rights internship in Argentina and gain invaluable real-world experience working with professionals on campaigns and cases.


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.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

You'll stay with a host family in Córdoba. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Argentina and have a truly unique experience.


We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


Your programme fee includes three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.

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.

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