My SLV.Global Supervisor Experience

Taking on the role of a SLV.Global Supervisor is a challenge but one that has huge rewards and benefits. Hear from past International Supervisors, Alicia and Jenny, about their experiences and what they gained from their time in Sri Lanka. If you're keen to apply, please send your CV and cover letter to [email protected] 


'Being a supervisor is hard work, but it’s the kind of hard work that you actually want to do, and that you want to do really well! It requires you to constantly be adaptable and it's also the most fun I’ve ever had in a job. First of all, Sri Lanka is truly amazing. The kindness of the people and the beauty of their culture was, for me, quite inspirational. They have a way of making you feel at home even on the other side of the world.'

'Every day was completely different and new. My weeks consisted of planning and organising projects for volunteers and chatting with them about their experiences on mental health projects and field trips, making sure everyone was coping well and enjoying themselves. I also spent most nights visiting the different homestays volunteers lived in and trying all the delicious food cooked by their Sri Lankan families (massive bonus!). I attended national festivals and represented SLV.Global on a mental health walk across the country. Every experience was something I had never done before and it was always interesting and fun.' 

'You get to build great relationships with the volunteers and it gave me a chance to build on my skills of managing large groups of people and to work outside of my comfort zone. I learnt an incredible amount about volunteer management and how to work in an international NGO setting. I was led by some great managers and permanent staff who taught me the skills I needed to successfully run large numbers of projects and volunteers. I was surrounded by a team that is passionate about everything they set out to achieve in these communities. They never fail to make a massive impact on the lives of the service users they work with.'

'The weekends were a dream too! I spent most of my time relaxing on the beach drinking endless coconuts and ‘trying’ to surf.'

'Since finishing with SLV.Global I have continued to work in mental health back in the UK and I have been applying for jobs in management in the charity sector. The roles I had in Sri Lanka and the skills I picked up have all massively contributed to my applications! I would recommend being a supervisor with SLV.Global to anyone who wants to work in mental health/international development or anything to do with management, or if you just want to spend some time in the sun, working with some great people, for a great company, making a big difference to Sri Lankan local communities.'


'Every Monday I would attend project planning with the volunteers to help them structure their sessions for the week ahead. This is a great chance to use your experience to inspire the volunteers and also a time to make any announcements to the group. Midweek, I would attend volunteer led socials which would always be fun and interactive and a time for you and the volunteers to relax. On Friday afternoon I would lead the staff meeting, with the national and international teams, where we would discuss how the week had gone and run through the plans for the week ahead. This is a great chance to speak with the team and brainstorm any ideas for future volunteer groups. I had my weekends to explore the beautiful island and I often travelled with the other supervisors. We had an emergency base phone which I would be responsible for on occasions, this was on a rota system with other supervisors and staff.'

'I believe I gained valuable experience with SLV.Global in my role of International Supervisor. I built on my leadership and management skills whilst training and working in mental health and special needs. If you are looking to gain management experience in the field of mental health and disability I would highly recommend this position to you. In addition to all the valuable skills you will learn in this role, you will get to spend 5 months living in a paradise island, learning from the communities and working with a wonderful permanent and international staff team.'

Have you got what it takes to be a stellar Supervisor? If you're keen to apply, please send your CV and cover letter to [email protected]  

Aurora TrentinSupervisor