Bali Mental Health Placement
I've set up this fundraising page to try and raise a bit of money for my volunteering placement in Bali this summer!
I will be going out there on the 12 June for a month to give a helping hand to their community in a variety of ways, I will be living in a ‘homestay’ – which is part of a family compound located in a local Balinese village, literally living in the community as part of a family, who also provide our breakfast and dinner during the working week.
For anyone interested in the details of the placement and ‘working week’ for the volunteers there, there are four elements:
Firstly, the mental health institution/Psychiatric Unit, which was the initial attraction for me to apply for this opportunity as it is something I have looked into pursuing as a career as well has how invaluable to experience alone will be towards my Psychology degree. The facilities and professionals that they have within the community over there are not a patch on anything we have over here, and even though I have no experience other than what I've learned at uni it would be amazing to say that I have made a different to even one person for them four weeks that I was there.
Secondly, another stage of this placement with SLV is that we will spend an equal amount of time within a Special Needs school/project. As you can imagine, we have been informed that the teachers within these school are under so much pressure and with the schools being so under-resourced it makes their job even harder, so any help that volunteers can provide here also is greatly appreciated.
Lastly, we will also be spending a couple of days each week at a Youth Teaching and Children’s projects: sharing our knowledge and assisting in the teaching of Basic English within the community, as English is such a commodity yet so valuable in Bali. As well as providing additional support to children, many of which come from troubled backgrounds and have been referred to the projects, to get them interested in school and focus more on their education.
Not only will we be spending time helping individuals in need from the Balinese community, but we will be taking part is a Psychology Workshop once a week, exploring different approaches to mental health from around the world and different treatments that are included in this. Which as you can imagine is priceless to my Degree and experience of Psychology.
As many of you will know, and as you can see from the photo I have posted above. This is not my first time volunteering in a deprived country. I have been to Ghana and Gambia before helping to teach in schools and build and redecorate whole schools, which were both life-changing experiences, which completely make you appreciate everything you have. Helping others is something I am passionate about, demonstrated even by choosing a degree in Psychology and SLV Bali is something different from my past experiences, in that it not only provides me with a chance to help and make even the smallest improvement to a child’s life, but it also allows them to help me, by giving me the chance to work through their problems and tasks with them in order to gain valuable knowledge and understanding of the variety of issues people face on a daily basis.
To finish, I’d also like to tell you that it’s not all going to be work work work over there, obviously Bali is a beautiful place regardless so my trip is bound to be a pleasant one, but the volunteers are also lucky enough to go on a weekend getaway the first weekend that we arrive which is basically a camp out on the beach: bonfires, white water rafting, arts, crafts, games and midnight walks are all part of the weekend’s itinerary.
Anything you can spare will make a massive difference, I’m excited already!
Thank you all in advance :)