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 social-work initiatives. We understand that sending your child to another country can be a scary thing. We’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions to help you help your child make a decision. We’re always available to speak to you, but would always refer to liaise with the individual taking part in the placement to avoid any confusion and promote the clear communication which is so essential to anyone joining us on placement.
Is it safe?
We would never place our volunteers into a position where we felt their safety might be compromised.
Our volunteers’ safety is our top priority and we have excellent exit strategies in place should anything occur. 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 will they be doing?
We will be working in Bali in partnership with government medical facilities and special needs services. Our volunteers will work in a variety of settings in existing centers running therapeutic activities for individuals with a wide range of mental health issues and disabilities.
Where will they be working?
Bali is a relatively small island, taking only a few hours to drive across. Our team will be working in several centers across the island. We have a constant support team of trained staff in Bali on hand to assist volunteers throughout the duration of their placement.
Where will they be living?
Our volunteers live in homestays with a Balinese family and as part of the local community. All of our volunteers will live with others taking part on the same placement as well as part of our coordinator team. Senior in country management visit every week.
Where will they be working?
Although our homestays do not provide Wi-Fi, 3G is widely available and fairly reliable. There are also plenty of cafes nearby where volunteers can connect to Wi-Fi, so if you need volunteers to be contactable, that’s not a problem.
Why does it cost to volunteer?
The short answer is- it doesn’t. What costs money is the accommodation, food, training support and transport, we provide. We pride ourselves on being one of the lowest cost volunteer organisations around. We believe in providing a safe, comfortable and ethical experience for volunteers and we are very confident that the volunteer experience we provide, in regards to the projects, the homestays and the support we offer, is second to none.
Can you visit?
You can of course visit Bali whilst your child is on placement. However please be advised that our volunteers are extremely busy during the week and cannot travel alone. We expect all of our volunteers to maintain their commitment to the projects in order to ensure that we, as an organisation can provide the support we promise to our partners in Bali. Please help us to stick to this commitment.
What if they get sick?
Bali is a popular tourist destination and as such has fantastic hospitals and healthcare. We will always take our volunteers to English speaking doctors to ensure we can communicate accurately any medical complaints. If a hospital visit is necessary we will take our volunteers to a private western hospital. This is why it is vital that each volunteer purchases adequate travel insurance to cover them for the entire duration of their trip.
What support is available?
From the time that our volunteers arrive at the airport to the end of their placement we have a great support system in place. There is a coordinator and national support team on hand at all times to assist volunteers on a day to day basis, as well as senior management in country just a phone call away.
Is there funding available?
Many of our volunteers have been successful in obtaining grants or bursaries to help with funding. Others have built fundraising pages or held bake sales or pub quizzes. It’s all possible if volunteers are happy to get creative.
What will they get?
This is tricky, 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.