SLV Mental Health Placement in Bali!!

Anesia Baugh Start Date: Feb 23, 2017 - End Date: Jul 16, 2017
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Professional Development
  • Volunteer Trip
  • Bali, Indonesia

My Travel Story

by: Anesia Baugh Start Date: Feb 23, 2017 - End Date: Jul 16, 2017
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Professional Development
  • Volunteer Trip
Hi everyone!

Before anything, thanks so much for taking the time to visit my page!

This July, I will be embarking on what I see to be the opportunity of a lifetime. I have accepted a 4-week Mental Health Volunteer Placement in Bali, Indonesia with SLV. Through this program, I will not only be gaining the experience in the mental health field that I've been yearning for, but I will also have the chance to make an impact on the health of individuals in the Balinese community. This will be accomplished through volunteering in a psychiatric facility, working to reduce the stigma of mental illness, educational projects with both adults and children in the area, as well as working alongside those in the community to help out in special-needs centers that are severly understaffed.

I have many reasons for choosing SLV to volunteer with, one of which being that their focus is for this not to be a "voluntourism" expedition. As SLV volunteers, we aim to make a real and gradually beneficial difference within the community of our placement and the future group placements following. SLV also works to proactively eradicate the idea that Western ideals and morals should be standard in every country. In fact, one of the goals of this program is for volunteers to gain an understanding of non-Western approaches to health in order to be successful in future international work. This is demonstrated by the fact that they encourage people of the Balinese community to be a part of each team (50% of the team is actually Balinese) and they place volunteers in homestays with families of the village to become fully immersed in their culture.

With all of this being said, money is the necessary evil to get this ball rolling. In order to allow me to explore my passion for learning about and engaging in mental healh practice through this incredible opportunity, I am asking anyone who can assist in any way to help support my journey through a donation. 50 cents or $50 - any amount you can spare will help and will be unfathomably appreciated.

"Mental health is an integral part of health; indeed, there is no health without mental health." - WHO
  • Bali, Indonesia

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  • 105 Days Away

    To all those that have already donated, I really can't thank you enough. It means so much to me that you are supporting my dream to learn and be hands on in the mental health field. 105 days away - just around the corner!