Help me Help Mental Health in Bali!

Omar Ferro Start Date: Nov 3, 2017 - End Date: Jun 10, 2018
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Leadership/Training Program
  • Volunteer Trip
  • Bali, Indonesia

My Travel Story

by: Omar Ferro Start Date: Nov 3, 2017 - End Date: Jun 10, 2018
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Leadership/Training Program
  • Volunteer Trip
Hello everybody!

My name is Omar, I’m 22 and I’m an Italian Neuroscience and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation student who’s recently given the fantastic opportunity to visit Bali for a 4-week mental health placement in June 2018. 

This is going to be the experience of a lifetime and I have the extremely precious possibility to face a totally different culture than mine, approach mental health from a different perspective and get in contact with people and patients I would never have the pleasure to meet here in my home country.

However, Bali 2018 is going to be way more than this. 

The amazing group of guys behind this placement has been providing fundamental help for the mentally ill community in Sri Lanka since 2010 and they’re recently decided to expand this service to the Balinese community.

Why? For a very simple reason: psychological intervention in both countries isn’t as direct, ready, efficient and effective as in Italy, or in any other European countries.

Psychological assistance can be hard to ensure in Indonesia or Sri Lanka. Therefore, the guys at SLV.Global have been providing a sort of bridge, from illness to cure, to allow patients, children and the general community to experience improvements both personally and collectively. 

Being a psychology student in love with the subject of my studies, I could not miss this opportunity and I will surely do my best to help the Balinese community.

Specifically, I’ll be partaking a wide spectrum of psychology-related activities, including:
- teaching English to the Balinese community, providing them with an invaluable skill for better career prospects; 
- helping kids with special needs;
- caring about children’s development through the means of talk therapy, play therapy and the use of music can create an intimate environment;
- helping psychiatric patients at different stages of their recovery process.

This way we can ensure the Balinese community the best existing solutions to their mental health issues.

The amount of money I’m asking for in my will allow me to pay for my flights, eventual jabs/shots, the social visa, the travel insurance and the fees for the experience itself.

Being a student, my budget is often low and, as I currently am, I’ll be working for a part-time job in the months prior to my departure, trying to gather as much money as possible during my studies.

I believe empathy comes from experiences and, for a psychologist, this is the number one skill to possess and to thrive especially with such special occasions.

SLV.Global is giving me an incredible chance and I’m going to live it to the full, providing help to the Balinese community whilst adding another brick to the wall of my future. 

If you believe in my dream as much as I do and want to offer any amount of money to help me get to Indonesia and help the community, please donate.

Your help will be much appreciated and I will not forget it. Ever.

Thank you very much!

Omar Ferro
  • Bali, Indonesia