Training and Civil Rights (CDC), is an NGO, founded in 1993 that promotes a culture of peace and human rights by providing education and legal assistance to vulnerable sectors of the population such as children and adolescents coming from disadvantaged families and people deprived from their liberty.
The project provides a yearly legal training programme to students (mainly of law) in public and private universities as well as professional lawyers, to increase their understanding of human rights. These young professionals then carry out legal work in the field, either giving human rights workshops to children, adults, prisoners, police etc., or working on specific legal cases.
We work with adolescents and students in social and scholastic settings and with adults, primarily women, civil society organisations, penitentiary populations, security guards and the police.
The volunteering program runs once a year only. Volunteers first study for a period of approximately one month, each day listening to a presentation on a specific legal concept or the work of CDC. After this, the volunteer must complete an exam to be admitted as a CDC volunteer. Upon successful completion, she/he can work within the human rights training program (giving workshops to the groups outlined above) or within the juridical orientation program (working on specific cases) if she/he has knowledge of the Bolivian legal system. In addition, various fairs and activities are held to increase public awareness, in which the volunteer can participate. A highly rewarding project for a volunteer with drive, enthusiasm, sensitivity to legal issues and working Spanish.
Volunteer requirements / Skills
The volunteer must be a lawyer, a law student in her/his final year, have experience in this field or have studied communication or psychology. Some knowledge of Spanish with an intent of improving quickly, is important is important since the volunteer will have to understand presentations on legal concepts and engage in public speaking.