Charlotte's Sri Lankan Mental Health Placement!

Charlotte Hek Start Date: Sep 26, 2016 - End Date: Apr 23, 2017
  • TEFL/Teach Abroad
  • Volunteer Trip
  • Professional Development
  • Sri Lanka

My Travel Story

by: Charlotte Hek Start Date: Sep 26, 2016 - End Date: Apr 23, 2017
  • TEFL/Teach Abroad
  • Volunteer Trip
  • Professional Development
Hello everyone! I'm Charlotte and as of 5th June 2017 I will be volunteering for 5 weeks on a Mental Health Placement in Sri Lanka! The group SLV was founded back in 2010 by recent graduates and has been working ever since with not only Sri Lanka, but Bali and now India as well. 

I'm currently studying Psychology in my second year at university and wanted to gain some hands on experience relevant to my degree, SLV provided me with the perfect way to do this! For the duration of my trip I'll be living like a local with a host family along with other volunteers in my group. Whilst out in Sri Lanka I will be working with individuals with mental health issues one day a week, as well as project work with children, teaching English and working with individuals of all ages with special needs. After a one week-long induction I will then be working with the other volunteers to run sessions with these groups, allowing them to engage with others and learn a new skill or game at the same time! 

This programme is completely voluntary therefore I won't recieve any payment, however there is a cost for me to go so I've began this campaign to start fundraising for my trip! All of the money raised goes to SLV and contibutes towards food, accommodation, and around the clock support from both the Sri Lankan/national team. 

Now this is where you come in! I would be more than grateful for any and all donations towards my placement and over the next 7 months I will be fundraising and running different events to get to my total. For more information please feel free to ask me any questions or even head over to the SLV website or YouTube channel which explains more about what they do and why!

Thank you so much in advance and I will be keeping everyone updated on my progress leading up to as well as after taking part in this really exciting experience!

  • Sri Lanka


  • Our First Milestone!

    Our first milestone!
    I have some great news - we've hit our first £100!! This was wonderful to hear yesterday and I'd like to thank everyone who's donated and helped with spreading the word! Two donor rewards have already been claimed and there's plenty more so if you'd like one as well then make sure you do it through this fundmytravel page!
  • First Donations!

    First Donations!
    Thank you very much to the first two contributions to my trip to Sri Lanka; donated within hours of my first announcement as well! I'm so grateful for all the help and support I've already received - let's keep it up!

    I have set up 'donor rewards' meaning you can claim one of these rewards in return for your donation! So far we have £5, £25 and £50 incentives however if there are any suggestions as to what you'd like to be receiving then please let me know!

    Over the next few weeks and months I will be organising various fundraising events so watch this space for upcoming information!