Hi everyone, I just thought I'd make a post about my experience volunteering abroad on a psychology placement, for anyone who is interested in gaining some hands on experience in mental health.
I spent 3 months volunteering in Sri Lanka on a mental health placement with SLV. This involved taking part in a range of voluntary projects each week. I spent some time volunteering in a psychiatric facility organising therapeutic activities; which was challenging but definitely something I really enjoyed. I also volunteered in a few different schools for children and adults with special needs where I ran activities and taught English. Finally I also got some great teaching experience by teaching English in the community to both adults and children.
I loved my experience there - it meant I could travel which was something I really wanted to do, whilst also gaining some great experience in the mental health field. It was definitely an experience which challenged me but I found it really rewarding as well. The experience has also been really relevant for me since I got back; helping me gain a place on my masters course which I'm doing at the moment as well as helping me get a bursary for it! I'd really recommend looking into it for anyone who's interested in gaining some psychology work experience and if anyone has any questions I'd be happy to answer them!
Hands On Mental Health Experience Volunteering Abroad
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