Once in a lifetime experience to volunteer in Sri Lanka

Natalie Reed Start Date: Mar 24, 2017 - End Date: Sep 23, 2017
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My Travel Story

by: Natalie Reed Start Date: Mar 24, 2017 - End Date: Sep 23, 2017
Hi, So I have been chosen to go to Sri Lanka in October of this year to volunteer in a Mental Health programme with SLV for 6 weeks! SLV receives no funding from the governement, and therefore all volunteers have to raise their own funds for the placement! So I'm hoping you guys can help me out?
Still recovering from a 25-year civil war, and with the wounds from the 2004 tsunami not yet healed, Sri Lanka's population is in need of more psychological support than current resources can provide.
In Sri Lanka, they only have one psychiatrist for every 500,000 people! This means that their first line of treatmen,t to help Mental Health patients, is medication. As a SLV vounteer, I will be able to run group activites for patients  using sensory, music and creative therapies to engage with patients on a variety of wards in multiple institutions. I will be working in a variety of settings from psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitation centres and community outreach programs. 

In addition to working with Mental Health patients, I will also be working with both adults and children who may have physical disabilities, learning difficulties, or challenging behaviour. I will also be teaching English to young children on vocational courses by engaging them with games, songs, dance and physical activity.
I will be living, along with other volunteers, in a home stay environement with a Sri Lankan family. I will be able to experience a completely different culture, and get stuck into the 'local life'. As well as inhancing my cultural experiences, this opportunity will also increase my knowledge in the Mental Health feild, and put everything I have learnt into practice. I'm hoping this expereince will get me a step closer to where I want to be with my career and also open my eyes to a competlely different environment.

Thank you in advance for your support!
  • Sri Lanka