Rehabilitation Specialist Intern

SLVeteran Elise

Education: MSc Mental Health Counselling - Suffolk University, USA

SLV.Global Placement: Bali Mental Health Placement, July 2016

Current Role: I am currently in a Master's program in Mental Health Counselling and interning as a Rehabilitation Specialist

Tell us about your SLV.Global experience: 'I would do SLV.Global again and again if I could. I learned a lot about Balinese culture. The Balinese are some of the most hospitable, welcoming, and genuine I have ever met. The projects allowed for a lot of creativity and innovation which I really enjoyed, personally. The projects enabled volunteers to work with such a wide array of populations. I worked with young elementary aged children with developmental disabilities, taught adolescent boys in an orphanage, and adults suffering from mental illness... just to name a few! SLV.Global did a fantastic job of integrating us volunteers into the community, yet maintaining utmost respect for traditional Balinese customs. I was thoroughly impressed by the professionalism of SLV.Global. I also made some incredible friends from all over the world with a perspective different from my own. I found it quite refreshing being one of the only volunteers from the U.S.'

Tell us what you gained from the placement: 'Patience! Taking things slow isn't so bad, and it may just make you enjoy the ride a bit more. The Balinese don't rush all the time like we do here in the States. Also, don't be frustrated when projects don't go the way you anticipated, simply go with the flow the situation takes you. This can apply to life, too. You can't always change the situation, but you can change your reaction to it. Not to mention I gained memories to last a lifetime, and learned about a new culture that was very unique to me! This experience has given me a lot to talk about in interviews. Employers can tell I am passionate about under-represented and under-served populations. Bali is such an incredible island, and I'm blessed to have had the opportunity to explore it.'