SLV.Global Placements Involve Mental Health Volunteering Abroad!
I love travelling and I am incredibly passionate about Psychology. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that SLV.Global offered mental health volunteering across the globe in Sri Lanka, India and Bali. I had travelled to places such as Thailand, Australia and the USA, so I was so excited to not only explore somewhere new but also to get that psychology work experience I was desperate to get so that I could get my foot in the door.
The application process was really accessible and I actually enjoyed speaking to my interviewer! She was super helpful and made me feel so at ease. She told me all about her placement and how one of her favourite aspects was travelling on the weekends. After my interview I had a look online at Sri Lanka and all the potential places I could visit - I knew I desperately wanted to get an offer and was over the moon when I received one the next day! I started to do more research on the kinds of therapeutic activities I could do whilst I was on placement and all the amazing places I could visit. I couldn’t wait to explore all that Sri Lanka had to offer.
During the week on placement you work alongside of variety of different client groups and in a variety of settings such as inpatient psychiatric facilities, communities and schools. You deliver sessions alongside your fellow volunteers and plan these sessions according to the needs of those you’ll be working with. During the week you also get the plan for the weekend and where you will travel to. There is so much to - from sunbathing on the beach, swimming in the sea, releasing baby turtles into the sea, climbing mountains at sunrise, cycling around ruins, visiting temples, tasting tea at plantations and so much more! It was so good to have the balance of working hard during the week, getting psychology work experience and having the weekends to look forward to. My favourite place in Sri Lanka was definitely Hikkaduwa, the sea was so lush to swim in and I loved being able to set the turtles free!