Being the ULTIMATE team member!
Welcome back! We hope you found the last module helpful. Now that you are super clued up on what we do overseas, let’s move onto the supervisor role.
As you’ll know from your interview we like to call our Supervisors the ultimate team members! What does this mean? Well essentially, you are in a unique position where your on the ground, being that first port of call for volunteers and also consistently interacting with the management team. You get the best of both worlds!
A HUGE part of this role, is being a positive role model for volunteers… when you get to Sri Lanka you will have training on this, however before please read through this information to give yourself a head start!
+ Portal Documents
Please go through all of the information on your portal. These have been put together to give you as much information as possible and are super helpful!
As a Supervisor, part of your role, will be to role model positive behaviours to the volunteer teams, this includes, at projects and also out and about in your communities. People really will look up to you!
Working and living in a different culture means we have to do things a little differently than maybe we would at home. For example having a dress code in the homestays or having a health and safety curfew. Supervisors help our management team by encouraging volunteers to abide by our guidelines and code of conduct. And what better way of encouraging by being the shining example yourself. Please take a close look at all the documents on your portal, as a Supervisor you'll be particularly involved in:
- The Code of Conduct
- Health and Safety
- What to wear
- Session Planning and Preparation
To give you more information we also have some handy blogs, which discuss why all of these things are so important!
These are guidelines that have been put in place whilst we are working professionally aboard, we always want to ensure we are doing our best to be respectful, culturally appropriate and professional. Being part of the staff team, please make sure you come ready, then we can jump into your training! Don’t worry you’ll still get the full training week in your first week arriving in Sri Lanka, then you’ll get your specific supervisor training.
+ The Benefits of Living Abroad
We also have this handy blog here which discusses the benefits of living abroad. As a Supervisor you'll be spending a minimum of five months living abroad WOW! You'll really get to immerse yourself in a new culture and the benefits of this are endless.
Not only do our placements aim to provide volunteers with quality mental health experience, but getting this in a different country enables you to go beyond gaining psychology experience and into picking up valuable life skills too!
If you have any questions about any of the above information, we would love to hear from you! Please feel free to give us a call in the office or send an email to [email protected]