Emily Davis Start Date: Apr 13, 2017 - End Date: Oct 30, 2017
  • Bali, Indonesia

My Travel Story

by: Emily Davis Start Date: Apr 13, 2017 - End Date: Oct 30, 2017
5 years ago I started my psychology program at Brock University with the intention that I would go on to help others, some how, some way. I wanted a degree that would allow me to help others feel happy and whole. Once I had good grades and opportunities arising, I realized that I should go as far as possible in my education as to maximize the capacity in which I would be capable of helping. So, I set a goal to become a clinical psychologist. 

The opportunity to volunteer in a psychiatric hospital in Bali, Indonesia allows me to expand my current knowledge and skills. Also, it tests my ability to be flexible and adapt to new surroundings. I think these skills are incredibly important for me as I continue to grow as both a professional and person. This opportunity also provides me the necessary experience I need to apply to a competitive grad school. 

Bali is the perfect place to do this volunteer placement. It is an area of the world that needs help in the mental health sector and needs low cost labour. Additionally, I will be primarily working with children with developmental disabilities. This population in Bali does not always get the necessary attention and care that they might in North America. I have worked extensively with individuals with developmental disabilities and I feel as though I can really add to the lives of the children I will work with in Bali. 

Overall, I am passionate about working in Bali because my goal to help others is being fulfilled in a unique way. After 5 years of school, I am ready to begin my life journey and Bali is the perfect place to begin. Thank you in advance for your help! Every bit counts!
  • Bali, Indonesia



    So, Ellz and I landed in Bali finally! We got here a little late, so we checked into our hotel and went to find dinner. The cuisine was different from Thailand and nothing I'd had at home before. We finally settled on a resturant where a really nice woman basically made a suggestion for us. After this, the 3 of us talked for a bit and we told her that we would be volunteering here and she lit up! Her little brother has down syndrome and she explained how volunteers are the only way that kids in Bali with developmental disabilities get access to any sort of help. She explained that the government provides no money for care for the children here and therapy is usually out of price range for most families.

    Interesting conversation to have within your first few hours on land! Its amazing to know that we are here ACTUALLY making a difference - and it hasnt even begun!

    I've finally got the last of my paperwork in !!!!! They will actually let me into Indonesia now which is pretty important I think. Only 29 more days !!