The Advocates programme is for people who are passionate about fighting modern slavery to dig deep into the subject matter and see anti-trafficking work first-hand. It is ideal for members of college or community anti-slavery organisations who wish to gain a deeper understanding of practical anti-slavery work in the field and in the classroom. Most of our advocates have at least some experience on the subject through advocacy or academics, or an interest in it as a career field.
This programme combines time in the field with classroom discussions on various aspects of modern slavery such as economics, sustainable development, human rights theory, etc. For example, a morning discussion on best practices in child rehabilitation might be followed by a visit to talk with our shelter staff, or a discussion on the decline of the fishing industry followed by a tour of livelihoods sites. CH staff and sometimes guest lecturers discuss the realities of working in our respective fields. Visitors will also receive training on becoming advocates back home, through fundraising, public speaking, event management, etc. Our hope is that visitors are inspired and empowered to become active advocates for Challenging Heights and the broader anti-slavery movement.
There may also be opportunities to volunteer during the programme, based upon your skills and our needs, and occasionally Advocates are able to extend their stay with us as interns or volunteers. All applications to extend beyond the end of the programme must be discussed in detail with us and agreed before your arrival in Ghana.
This programme is ideal for independent travellers who wish to learn in a small group setting—those who want to immerse themselves in the community during their downtime, save money by shopping for themselves at the local market, and visit Ghana’s sites without tour guides. While Advocates’ downtime is largely unstructured, CH staff will always be available to troubleshoot and help with advice—especially for those making their first overseas trip.
Single room hostel-style housing is arranged by CH staff and included in the programme fee, though visitors will choose and pay for their own meals. Airport pick-up/drop-off and group transportation to and from CH sites will be provided, but visitors will cover taxi & mini-bus rides during their downtime. You may also be interested in our Ambassadors Programme, which features many of the aspects described here as a fully-guided, all-inclusive experience.
Our next Advocates programme is being offered 3-17 June 2017. Please fill out our interest form to begin your application for the Advocates Programme, or to ask any questions. Thank you for your interest in supporting the work of Challenging Heights!