There are three principle ways of getting involved “on the ground.”
- By prior arrangement, you can visit the African offices of our CLEAR Partners – a great addition to a summer holiday! Our partners would be more than happy to explain their work and show you what they do.
- Join a mission team, which travels to East Africa in the Spring of each year.
- Serve as an intern with our CLEAR Partners, preferably for a minimum of 6 months (9 months for CLEAR Kenya).
‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:35-40.
One of the practical ways in which CLEAR supports the projects in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda is by sending interns to work alongside the local staff. Usually these interns are recent law graduates who offer around six months to work with one of the projects.
We are always looking for people wishing to serve in this way. It’s an ideal way to spend a gap year, or part thereof. CLEAR has also sent more senior lawyers who have taken career breaks. Generally, we would like a minimum commitment of around six months. Go to the CLEAR website clearinternational.org to watch former interns talk about their time with CLEAR in Africa or read their stories to discover more about the projects and the work you might be involved in. Please pray for the current interns as they continue to serve in this way.
Every Spring a team of Australian lawyers join with a team of UK lawyers to travel within East Africa to get a taste of what life is like legal-mission style. Typically the team will visit CLEAR offices, encouraging staff and volunteers, and perhaps, with the assistance of local lawyers, get involved in the local prisons work or human rights education in a regional community. Most importantly, such trips widen support and spread the news of what is happening. If you are interested in seeing legal mission first hand, are free in late September to mid-October, and would like to know more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Please download a report from our 2011 trip here (please contact us for details on recent trips).
Students and Young Lawyers’ Mission Trips
Do you know of an Australian law student or young lawyer interested in using their legal skills on the mission field? We are looking for people willing to join CLEAR short trips. For a video detailing what a legal mission trip to Africa with CLEAR looks like please visit this link.