Criminology & Law  Volunteer Programmes

Advocate for change with Criminology & Law Volunteer Internship Programmes

Explore the intersection between criminal justice reform and legal aid in South Africa and Ghana with Vocational Impact’s Criminology & Law Volunteer Programmes.

Designed for university students and graduates, these programmes offer valuable work experience and practical skills in criminology and law while making a positive impact on local communities.

Whether you choose to volunteer in South Africa or Ghana, you’ll work alongside crime prevention organisations, support criminal justice reform, and address sociological and human rights issues such as refugee rights, sexual abuse, poverty, and violence.

Start your journey in criminology and law today and contribute to meaningful change!

VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Advocate for Change: Join our Criminology & Law Volunteer Programmes and contribute to positive change in crime prevention and legal aid.

     

  • Diverse Placements: Engage in community outreach and criminal justice reform projects, addressing social issues and supporting victims of crime.

     

  • Practical Experience: Gain valuable skills and insights in areas such as criminal investigation, legal aid, victim support, and sociological research.

     

  • Tailored Support: Benefit from personalised guidance, comprehensive pre-trip preparation, and 24/7 in-country support for a rewarding experience.

Criminology and Law

Criminology & Law Volunteer Programme in South Africa
Volunteer with a leading NGO human rights organisation. Receive case-based legal training in Human Rights Law, develop an understanding of the Criminal Justice System and work on a Penal Reform project.
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Price: From £400
Duration: 8 weeks +
Dates: 1st week of every month (flexible start dates offered)
Age: 18+
Includes: Accommodation, meals, airport pickup/dropoff, in-country transport, professional programme development, 24/7 support
Law & Human Rights Volunteer Programme in South Africa
Law placement with a leading NGO human rights organisation. Receive case-based legal training in Human Rights Law, work on social justice projects and help provide legal support for vulnerable and marginalised groups.
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Price: From £400
Duration: 8 weeks +
Dates: 1st week of every month (flexible start dates offered)
Age: 18+
Includes: Accommodation, meals, airport pickup/dropoff, in-country transport, professional programme development, 24/7 support
CRIMINOLOGY & LAW VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME IN SOUTH AFRICA
Criminology & Psychology Volunteer Programme in South Africa
Volunteer with a leading child abuse NGO. Gain clinical experience in victim support and child psychology as well as learning about the legal, police, court and prosecution processes for investigating cases of abuse and criminal justice.
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Price: From £400
Duration: 4 weeks +
Dates: 1st week of every month (flexible start dates offered)
Age: 18+
Includes: Accommodation, meals, airport pickup/dropoff, in-country transport, professional programme development, 24/7 support
Criminology & Law Volunteer Programme In Ghana
Volunteer with one of the leading crime prevention advocates and philanthropic organisations in Ghana. Work with legal professionals, police, researchers, prisons and media groups to support crime prevention and justice reform projects.
Location: Accra, Ghana
Price: From £450
Duration: 1-12 weeks +
Dates: 1st week of every month (flexible start dates offered)
Age: 18+
Includes: Accommodation, meals, airport pickup/dropoff, in-country transport, professional programme development, 24/7 support

WHY VOLUNTEER WITH 

VOCATIONAL IMPACT?

We were founded with a goal to turn the volunteer travel industry on its head.

It’s simple really, the largest percentage of your donation goes directly to our long-term partner projects and we match your unique skills and goals to the place they’ll make the most impact.

We prioritise the sustainable development of communities around the world and want people to have rewarding experiences that they know really make a difference to the people they’re working with.

Get in touch with our volunteer coordinators to understand how your tailor-made programme can directly support projects across the world whilst giving you the professional experience that will help you stand out from the crowd.

Hear from our volunteers

Thinking like a ‘Clinician’ in India
I worked in the deaddiction centre of the hospital in Jaipur, dealing with substance-addicted patients. There was lots of reading and the main work was learning how to conduct ‘History Taking’ and ‘Mental Status Examinations’ on patients. I got the opportunity to Interact with patients struggling with substance issues and see what it is like to spend time in a clinical ward in a setting like this, learning how mental healthcare operates in India.

Reema got me to think like a clinician and makes sure you learn. I am not here to be a patient’s friend, so the language you use and the interactions you have with patients are important. You need a certain ‘clinician’ brain to put on when working. For what I will now do in my postgraduate almost everything I was taught and told to read will be very relevant, particularly the readings on DSM/ICD. I felt like I learnt the practicals and basics of what being a clinician in this context looks like and it is going to direct so much of my working future now. It was an invaluable experience.

For my soul spending 5 weeks with the family and the charity, trying my best to see how that works, and immersing myself as much as I can, will all be the most life-changing to me as a person. The time with the children was just joy, they were all lovely and happy. They want to talk to you and interact. There is a lot of smiling. Smile at everyone and they’re always smiling at you.
Ben Cattley
University of Northampton
February 2024
This Experience Helped me be More Confident
I feel like this placement has helped with my studies and future career as I’ve learned about the court processes when dealing with abused children and how to work with children safely. I went to courts to see what the process was like for children who had been sexually abused, I learned how to do court prep and how to safely interview children without them feeling upset/worried.

I had the opportunity to learn about cases where people had sexually abused children and I went to a commission of inquiries for a hotel fire and wrote notes about what the professionals, fire department and other witnesses in the court said. I also helped with some community outreach projects and organised recycled shoes and stationery for donation.

This was a life-changing experience and being with the children, seeing their positive attitudes and learning about their lives and the work that goes on to support them was incredible. I would recommend this programme as it’s an experience that helped me be more confident to travel, meet new people, work in a different environment and deal with vulnerable and sensitive situations.
Rachel Hunter
Nottingham Trent University
January 2024
Helped me Recognize my Future Aspirations
The placement has been instrumental in helping me recognize my future aspirations. I’ve come to realize that I seek a profession with more movement and variability. This experience has been incredibly informative, and I genuinely believe I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge and insights from the overall immersion in the placement.

I found immense joy in forming connections with the children, engaging in counselling sessions, and playing games with them. While it took some time for certain children to open up, after a few days, it felt as though I had known them for an extended period. This familiarity made saying goodbye after spending an extended period with them particularly challenging.

I gained a substantial amount of knowledge from Alex at the local hospital. We dedicated significant time to preparing various health talks, delving into topics such as suicide, substance abuse, work-related stress, and stress management. Additionally, we had the valuable opportunity to meet with patients and discuss their case files. The most enlightening aspect of my experience was collaborating with the nurse at the Psychiatric Hospital. They took the time to meticulously explain each step involved in patient care, including the intake and discharge processes. Additionally, they provided insights into the daily routines of patients who spent their entire day in the ward.
Pia Hampel
Maastricht University
January 2024
Hands-on and Practical Psychology Experience
The psychology placement was very insightful. It was a very hands-on and practical experience that I will carry through my life as I wish to be a clinical psychologist. I was mainly involved in clinical history taking of patients with addiction (primarily alcohol and opium) and I also sat in on diagnostic sessions with the Dr. I learnt about clinical assessment in psychology, delved into the DSM and ICD-10, learned about psychiatric diagnosis and addictions, and helped run anxiety and depression tests for clients.

Spending time with the kids in the afternoon was wonderful! I feel like I have made friends for life. Meeting the kids and Smriti aunt and seeing the life she has built for them and the experiences she ensures they have was truly inspiring. Also seeing the children’s love for each other and how they built their own family away from their birth givers was great.
Pavani Duggal
University of St Andrews
December 2023

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