We pride ourselves on being one-offs. Sure, there are other voluntary organisations out there, but none with an exclusive focus on global mental health and none as well respected within the local community. If you're going to invest your time and money, do it with the best!
But don't just take our word for it. Check out reviews from pervious team members on Facebook and Reviews.co.uk or check out our Partners page to see the numerous international universities who trust us to provide their students with the valuable experience needed to set them apart in such a competitive field.
We don't mean to toot our own horns too much, but here are a few of the reasons we're pretty special.
+ We’re the only ones 🙋🏽♂️
We are the only organisation that can offer this amount of hands-on experience for those looking to pursue a career in mental health. We deliver what we promise and, if you don't want to take our word for it, then check out over 600 reviews on our Facebook page alone.
+ We’re focused on sustainability 🌍
We are focused on providing an ethical experience for volunteers. Unlike other organisations we don't take jobs from the local population and only work at pre-existing initiatives to bolster support for service users. We also support training programs within the country to help increase the skill set of the local workers.
+ We prioritise experience, not a holiday 🏨
No #selfies, no saviours, just socially conscious professionals.
+ We’re knowledgeable 🦉
We were founded by psychology students and graduates and we are invested in every step of your placement. The people you speak to on the phone, and who wrote this very pack have all been on placement and know the challenges and the triumphs of working at the exact projects you are.
+ We’re responsible 💁🏽
We train you well. It is in our best interest to send only skilled volunteers to work on our placements.
No matter your current skill level, working in a new culture is a whole new experience, and no matter your background, it’s important you be prepared to work sensitively within the culture, which is why the first week you are in country is dedicated to training.
The majority of our team is also local, which is so important to us and means that we're investing in the people in the countries where we work.
+ We’re authentic 💯
On our placements you’ll live “like a local.” We want you to have a bona fide, immersive Indonesian experience. You'll live with a local family, eat traditional food and dress modestly despite the heat. We hope this is one of the reasons you’re looking at joining us and not browsing all-inclusive holidays to the Caribbean.
+ We learn as much as we contribute 👨🏽🎓
Our volunteers gain as much from this experience as they give, sometimes more. Leave your Western expectations and ideals at the airport and open yourself up to an incredibly enlightening cross-cultural experience that can open your mind in ways you may have never expected. You’ll be glad you did!
+ We support you the whole way 👯
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, as we mentioned, over 60% of our team is local. No one knows the country like these guys, so once you arrive we’ve got you covered and are on call 24/7.