Why Sri Lanka?
Sri Lanka, otherwise known as the "Pearl of the Indian Ocean," is a teardrop island with a heart of gold. But paradoxically to its paradisiacal appearance and chilled vibe there is turbulence in Sri Lanka's history. Still recovering from a 25-year civil war, and with the wounds from the 2004 tsunami not yet healed, Sri Lanka's population is in need of more psychological support than current resources can provide.
With few psychologists in residence, the primary method of treatment for those with mental health issues is pharmacological. Beds in psychiatric hospitals are scarce and although the community often rallies and aims to provide some respite for the families in need, the lack of formally qualified mental health professionals is apparent.
Our volunteers work at a number of psychiatric facilities and community initiatives to reduce stigma and to bolster current resources. Our teams work with local professionals to provide much needed stimulation and human contact to improve wellbeing and increase self-esteem.
All of our volunteers get to live with local Sri Lankan families as well as fellow volunteers. It’s important to us that you are immersed in the culture from the moment you arrive. It’s not the Ritz, but it’s comfy and has everything you need - a western toilet, a bed in a shared room and space to chill out with your housemates and family. Your family will provide you with breakfast and dinner during the week and the weekend is yours to go off and explore Sri Lanka. There’s a lot to see on this teardrop island, so take advantage of your time off!
We have an exceptional team who are always available to help with any questions you may have before you depart and we guarantee you’ll only ever speak to people who have volunteered with SLV.Global before.
Of course we’re always there for you once you are in country too. There’s an awesome support system available and really proud that over 80% of our team is Sri Lankan. No one knows the country like these guys, so once you arrive we’ve got you covered and are on call 24/7.