Why Apply Early For an SLV.Global Placement?
As the saying goes, ‘the early bird catches the worm’, and we believe the same can be said about applying to take part in a Mental Health Placement in Sri Lanka, Bali or our Clinical & Ancient Psychology Program in India. At SLV.Global, we like doing things with plenty of time to get organised, especially when planning to travel abroad. This is why we release available dates at least a year in advance, in order to allow you to have ample time to get your hands on one of your preferred dates and get your pre-placement to-do list checked off.
Our Summer placements reach capacity 8-12 months in advance, so it’s super helpful to plan and apply ahead of time if you’re after one of our elusive hot-spots (yes, that is a summer pun).
Being spoilt for choice when it comes to your start date isn’t the only benefit of being ahead of the game, though. Read on for the top reasons why we’re big fans of getting your SLVStory started early.
Get ready, Freddie
Before you set foot on your placement’s tropical island, there’s a list of things you need to tick off in order to volunteer. Visas, DBS checks, and travel insurance are some of the items that we’ll need from you before you arrive, and we always want you to have as much time as possible to obtain everything. By applying far in advance, you have longer to get all the necessary documentation together without having to rush.
Pro tip: Make sure your passport is valid for 6 months from the date your placement ends.
More time = More fundraising
We’re big supporters of fundraising for your SLV.Global placement. Most volunteers do so before paying their final fees, and you’d be surprised by the incredibly creative ways they go about earning that extra ca$h. From bake sales, to denouncing a vice, and getting cash back on purchases; you name it - our volunteers have done it.
The more time you have before your placement, the more time you’ll also have to save up for your trip, but also come up with creative ways of raising the funds. Be it for the fees, spending money, or flights, SLV.Global ❤️’s fundraising. #makingitrain
Finish doing what you have to do
Are you studying? Working? Travelling the world? Life keeps going, and it can be stressful to re-route your plans last minute. Volunteering abroad can be a significant commitment, and we want you to have the time to tie up your loose ends before joining us.
Applying in advance means that you’ll have enough time to finish your academic year or degree, to hand in that notice for a sabbatical at work or to pop back home from your travels to see your loved ones.
Gain extra experience
Our placements are assigned dependent on your previous experience in mental health. The Foundation Placement is perfect for people who have little to no experience working hands-on with vulnerable individuals, but who have an educational background or interest in Psychology. Alternatively, the Advanced Placement is designed for volunteers who have already worked hands-on with vulnerable individuals. The placement you are offered isn’t final, though!
If you apply for or have been offered the Foundation placement, and gain more experience before your placement starts, we are happy to discuss moving you to the Advanced Placement, if that’s your preferred option. Applying with plenty of time gives you the chance to secure a spot on one of our elusive dates, but have extra time to develop your skill set. #winwin
P.S: Don’t forget to keep us in the loop!
These are only some of the reasons why we encourage volunteers to apply early, but we’re sure you can think of loads more reasons, accounting for things you may want to do before you join us. Either way, from when you submit your application to when you step foot on the plane back, we’re here to help you every step of the way.
Now that we’ve shared our tips, only one question springs to mind; what are you waiting for?