Brief Description of our Organisation

SLV.Global is a graduate-led voluntary organisation that’s been sending students and graduates overseas since 2010. Our placements are designed to provide valuable work experience in the mental health sector as well as providing assistance to a variety of teaching and social-work initiatives. Our aim is to place skilled volunteers into existing facilities in Sri Lanka and Indonesia to bolster and support existing services to individuals marginalized by circumstance.

 


Interview & Selection Process

  • Volunteers need to be selected upon successful completion of a telephone interview.
  • Only those with relevant experience are given a place. On average 40% of all applicants are offered a place on their preferred placement.
  • Select SLV.Global placements require a DBS checks

 
Health & Safety Policy Yes Completed 05/05/2015 Renewal Date 04/05/2016
Have an Equal Opportunities Policy Yes - bit.ly/SLVEqualOps Updated 21/07/2015
Have a Risk Assessment to cover volunteer activities Yes - bit.ly/slvvolunteerspolicy2016 Updated 18/01/2016
Employers Liability Yes Camberford Law PLC. Policy Number 940. Limit of Indemnity £10,000,000 Renewal Date 01/04/2016
Public Liability Yes Camberford Law PLC. Policy Number 940. Limit of Indemnity £2,000,000 Renewal Date 01/04/2016
Computer Systems Liability Yes Camberford Law PLC. Policy Number 940. Limit of Indemnity £100,000Re newal Date 01/04/2016
Crisis Management Yes Camberford Law PLC. Policy Number 940. Limit of Indemnity £100,000 Renewal Date 01/04/2016
Products Liability Any one occurrence and in the aggregate in the Period Of Insurance Camberford Law PLC. Policy Number 940. Limit of Indemnity £2,000,000 Renewal Date 01/04/2016
Medical / Repatriation Expenses (first Party) Yes Camberford Law PLC. Policy Number 940. Renewal Date 01/04/2016
Professional Indemnity Yes Camberford Law PLC. Policy Number 940. Limit of Indemnity £100,000 Renewal Date 01/04/2016
Volunteer Insurance Policy Yes Additionally, all volunteers are required to purchase travel insurance for the duration of their trip.
Provide an induction Yes The induction takes place the first week of the volunteer’s placement.
Provide training Yes The first week in country is induction and training.
Provide supervision Yes Volunteers are supported by senior staff throughout their placement. Ratio of 10/1.
Provide a reference for volunteers Yes Upon successful completion of the placement volunteers will be provided with a certificate of completion and a reference upon request.
 
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What is the training like?

We provide comprehensive training in Health and Safety as well as how to work with vulnerable children, working with people with special needs and teaching English. This training is run by local NGOs, Mental Health Professionals and the SLV.Global Team.

What will they be doing?

We work in to bolster the resources of various pre-existing Social Work and Teaching projects since 2010. They will be teaching English in the local community as well as running therapeutic activities for individuals living with a wide range of mental health issues and disabilities. Those on the Mental Health Placement will be working in psychiatric facilities in addition to their other projects.

Where will they be working?

We currently work in 2 countries. Volunteers may join us on our Sri Lanka programme or our Indonesian programme. In both of the countries that we work, volunteers will be working in partnership with existing organisations in a variety of settings. Those on the Mental Health placements will be working in a major government run psychiatric facility in the host country.

Where will they be living?

All of our volunteers live in a homestay with a local family and with other volunteers. Homestays will vary but will all provide breakfast and dinner. Some families have children or grandparents in residence and others are smaller nuclear units. Everyone has personal space as well as a single bed in a shared bedroom with a shared bathroom.


Is it safe?

We would never place our volunteers into a position where we felt their safety was compromised. Volunteers’ safety is our top priority and we have excellent exit strategies in place should anything occur, but in the last 5 years we’ve worked without incident. We also always recommend checking the Foreign Travel Office for the most up to date information about travel before the placement is set to begin. Volunteers never travel alone during the week and should not be doing so at the weekend either. We are always on the other end of the phone; 24/7 should any incident occur we will provide the best support we can. Volunteers have the numbers of all local police and are advised to be mindful of their surroundings, especially after dark.

What's communication like?

In both Sri Lanka and Indonesia there is great 3G coverage and access to Wi-Fi via internet cafes and restaurant.

Why does it cost to volunteer?

All of our volunteers live in a homestay with a local family and with other volunteers. Homestays will vary but will all provide breakfast and dinner. Some families have children or grandparents in residence and others are smaller nuclear units. Everyone has personal space as well as a single bed in a shared bedroom with a shared bathroom.

What if they get sick?

We always take ill volunteers to doctors who speak English, so we can easily communicate and get an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. If a hospital visit is required, we will always opt to take sick volunteers to a western, private hospital. Volunteers need to take out their own travel insurance for the duration of their placement to cover them should they injure themselves of become ill.


What support is available?

From the time they are picked up at the airport to the end of their placement we have a great support system in place. There are Coordinators and Supervisors who live with volunteers who give day-to-day support as well as the National team who help volunteers to projects and with getting to grips with the culture. Senior in country management is always just a phone call away and the London office are also in contact throughout their placement.

What's communication like?

In both Sri Lanka and Indonesia there is great 3G coverage and access to Wi-Fi via internet cafes and restaurant.

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What will they get?

This is tricky to quantify, as it’s very much about the volunteer. If they put everything in to their time with us they’ll get a greater understanding of cross-cultural relations, they’ll have gained valuable hands-on work experience in their chosen field of study, and they’ll have made a few friends and lots of lifetime memories. They’ll also be awarded with a certificate of participation and a reference from us upon successful completion of their placement. Some universities are happy to use a students’ time with SLV.Global to count as a university placement and some colleges in the USA offer academic credit for our placements.

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Further Information:

We are very proud to be a Trusted Partner of The University of Manchester - You can read more about our partnership here. You can see the story the BBC ran about us here. For more information about us, our placements and more please check out our YouTube channel here. Many university students who joined us on placement went on to write about it for their universities. Here is a small selection of them:   

Lucy, our co-founder, from The University of Manchester.

Veronica from The University of Bristol.

Samantha from The University of Birmingham.

Caroline from Staffordshire University.