SLV Global Sri Lanka
Submitted by Emma Norris - Braintree United States | March 15, 2018
This experience completely exceeded my expectations to the point where I decided, just 2 weeks in, to double the length of my placement! I've learnt a wealth of new things which will benefit me massively in probably all of my future interviews- especially in my upcoming MA Social Work interviews where 3 months of experience was compulsory. This experience has added a complete new dimension to my CV which had otherwise just consisted of retail and childcare.
In terms of the actual placement itself, SLV Global have done an incredible job at maximising the opportunities that volunteers get even for those that are only in Sri Lanka for a month. Volunteers are completely immersed in the culture from day 1: getting to leave in a homestay with a Sri Lankan family, being forced to eat with your hands (we loved it!) and travelling to projects using public transport. Volunteers completed 7 weekly projects which covered a whole variety of things: working with children with special needs, adults mental health concerns and teaching English to young adults in a variety of settings (residential homes, day care centres and schools).
On top of this, SLV recognised that volunteers may need an afternoon off from an otherwise intense program so Thursday afternoons were allocated to optional workshops which aimed to teach us new therapy techniques to use both on ourselves or with future service users. These covered meditation, yoga, drama/dance and creative therapy. Further, volunteers were invited to fortnightly lectures to build on our psychology education. I personally attended lectures that gave the Sri Lankan perspective of trauma, suicide, addiction and intrapsychic conflict.
SLV.Global responded to this review March 16, 2018 at 8:31 AM
Thanks so much for your lovely and comprehensive feedback, Emma! We are so glad you decided to extend your placement to join us for longer and experience more of the what the projects have to offer. You were a fab part of the team and we are so happy to hear you enjoyed your time in Sri Lanka and learnt from the projects and workshops. We would love to have you back and wish you best of luck for the future. Please do keep in touch!
8 week placement
Submitted by Natasha - Manchester United Kingdom | March 15, 2018
My experience with SVL was not only fulfilling as a professional step towards a career in psychology but also in personal development. Having the opportunity to work in Psychiatric wards allowed me to gain so much understanding about mental illnesses and how different cultures manage this in their health care systems. Without SLV, I would never have been able to experience this and would recommend it to anyone who is serious about psychology.
SLV.Global responded to this review March 15, 2018 at 4:46 AM
Thanks for writing a review, Natasha! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your time on placement, learning both professionally and personally. We're grateful you joined us on placement - you were a fab part of the team and we wish you the best of luck with the future. Please do keep in touch!
My 5 week placement - Sri Lanka
Submitted by Georgia O'Neill - University Of Leeds | March 07, 2018
This placement was really eye opening and gave a great insight into the differences in mental health care in a country like Sri Lanka compared to England. I really enjoyed my experience with SLV and it has also given me great experience to talk about in future jobs. I would highly recommend SLV to anyone interested in the field of Psychology!
SLV.Global responded to this review March 07, 2018 at 9:16 AM
Thanks for writing a review, Georgia! It's great to hear you enjoyed your time on placement and are able to apply your experience to job applications and your future career. We really appreciate your hard work and dedication in Sri Lanka and wish you best of luck for the future. Please do keep in touch!
Submitted by Ellie - University of Sheffield | March 02, 2018
Such an amazing opportunity, would recommend it to any psychology student. Gained cultural and psychological work experience and really enjoyed carrying out the projects and activities. It was challenging but so rewarding and enriching.
SLV.Global responded to this review March 05, 2018 at 5:11 AM
Thanks so much for your feedback, Ellie! We're glad you enjoyed the projects as well as the cultural immersion that comes with the placement. You were such a fab part of the team and we're grateful for your hard work while on placement. Best of luck for the future! Please keep in touch.
5 week mental health volunteer placement
Submitted by Hannah O'Malley - southport | February 27, 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience as a volunteer for SLV. It was unbelievable how much we achieved and i still talk to people about it constantly now a year and a half on. i would recommend this to anyone who is interested in the field of psychology.
SLV.Global responded to this review February 27, 2018 at 10:16 AM
Thanks so much for leaving a review, Hannah! We're so glad you enjoyed your time on placement and were able to see the progress and impact you made while in Sri Lanka. Best of luck for the future, please keep in touch!