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“Experience worth taking!”

Written on: 09/06/2014 by anujgage26 (1 review written)

The Psychology Mental Health placement is a unique placement which gives you a broader perspective and an insight about working in a clinical setting. It helps you to understand the different areas of clinical psychology and gives you a better perspective to deal with various disorders. Talking about teaching which you need to be aware of before applying for the placement. Take teaching in a positive way cause it teaches different ways of non verbal communication and understanding views of kids… Read Full Review

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“8 week psychology placement”

Written on: 14/05/2014 by hjslater (1 review written)

I cannot recommended the psychology placement enough to anyone who is looking for a unique and insightful experience within mental health. SLV do all they can to make your experience the best it can be for you personally and everything is very well organised. Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with amazing culture which you get to experience first hand with SLV. I have learnt so much and I am grateful for all the support I received from SLV before, during and after my time in Sri Lanka. From a… Read Full Review

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“SLV review from project coordinator 2014”

Written on: 01/05/2014

From being a volunteer coordinator on the Graduate Mental Health Placement in January 2014, I can honestly say that SLV gives you a unique and eye-opening experience. Not only do SLV allow you to work with people in a different country and experience a whole new culture, but they fully support you and ensure a positive impact on the communities with which they work. The experience is definitely challenging, but it is also rewarding and I can't believe how much I learnt over my three months in… Read Full Review

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“What an experience!!!”

Written on: 12/04/2014 by MissStotty (1 review written)

Had such an amazing experience with SLV, very supportive and welcoming with you for every step of the way. Would definitely recommend it to anyone that wants to volunteer abroad working with children. You get such a variety of experience working at the different projects. Living at a homestay with a Sri Lankan family was great too getting really involved in the culture… Read Full Review

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“Amazing experience! ”

Written on: 12/04/2014 by Kaylat32 (1 review written)

I was a volunteer coordinator for SLV in January 2014, doing the Graduate Mental Health Placement. It was an amazing experience and I would love to go back. Expect more teaching than you think there will be - but actually I found I got the most in terms of skills out of my teaching projects rather than the special needs or psychology ones. The Sri Lankan team were so helpful and supportive. Living in a homestay with a Sri Lankan family made my experience so much more like actually living in the… Read Full Review

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“Go to Sri Lanka! ”

Written on: 10/04/2014 by solfridm (1 review written)

I had an amazing volunteer experience with SLV! I would recommend it to anyone interested in working abroad, especially if you are passionate about working with kids and youth. I did the teaching placement and lived with a lovely family in Horana, which was great! I chose SLV because it seemed organized and professional and nothing disappointed me when I came down there and started working. It didn't take long until I felt as a part of the local community!:) People are REALLY hospitable and… Read Full Review

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“SLV Experience”

Written on: 09/04/2014 by amygower92 (1 review written)

A fantastic organisation that goes above and beyond to support volunteers and provides a completely different but insightful volunteering experience from a psychological perspective. Would recommend to any graduate who is seeking mental health/psychological work experience, it was an eye opening and culturally diverse experience. Sri Lanka and the SLV team were wonderful and lovely, and I would love to volunteer again in the future!… Read Full Review

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“Glad I decided to join SLV!”

Written on: 01/03/2014

When I first heard about SLV volunteers I wasn't sure it was my sort of thing, but I decided to go for it anyway and I'm so glad I did! I was part of the non-psychology placement in Horana. We had an amazing homestay with a great family, and although life in Sri Lanka was completely different from anything else I'd experienced, I felt that myself and the rest of my group fit in so quickly because everyone you come into contact with is so welcoming! Although the placements can be hard they are… Read Full Review

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“Excellent”

Written on: 28/02/2014 by devikapatrice (1 review written)

I only volunteered in Sri Lanka for 5 weeks, but it was still an amazing experience that I won't forget any time soon. SLV were incredible and very supportive the whole way through my stay, they were very organised and made me feel very welcome. I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to work so closely with people that suffer from mental illness, a chance that I may not get in the UK. If you have an interest in mental health and want to travel the world and experience a different culture then I would… Read Full Review

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“Fully recommended organisation!”

Written on: 25/02/2014 by jennycollom (1 review written)

SLV is a great organisation for anyone who has never volunteered before. I was made to feel comfortable and safe at all times but was also positively challenged by the work we did. SLV are clearly very committed to improving so many peoples lives and make such a huge difference in Sri Lanka. Not only did I have loads of fun but it felt so good to be part of such a trustworthy and helpful organisation. I would fully recommend SLV to anyone who has never volunteered abroad before as well as those… Read Full Review

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“Awesome expereince and great fun!”

Written on: 21/02/2014 by Chrissy138 (1 review written)

I was really hesitant about applying for SLV as I had never been to Asia before, and it wasn't long before that I went abroad for the first time. However the expereince sounded amazing, and it is not expereince you can get in the uk. I am so glad I went and would easily go again! I met so many amazing people and had so much fun in the projects. I even picked up a little Sinhala. There is such a variety in projects that it really helps with getting to know which aspect of mental health you want… Read Full Review

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“The best experience ever!”

Written on: 17/02/2014 by bcrawford1234 (1 review written)

I was in Sri Lanka as a volunteer for 3 months on the graduate mental health placement. It had such a great time and I could not recommend it more!! As I want to pursue a career in mental health, I found this placement extremely beneficial in getting hands on experience in the hospital and a special needs care home. I also taught English and swimming which was a great new experience and a lot of fun! The whole placement was so well organised and I was supported throughout the whole placement… Read Full Review

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“Incredible Mental Health placement”

Written on: 17/02/2014 by HasinaDabasia (1 review written)

I spent an amazing 8 weeks in Sri Lanka this October. Originally I was going for four weeks but I extended my stay while I was in Sri Lanka, and it certainly was one of the best decisions I had ever made! I learnt a lot from my Mental Health placement, about the culture in Sri Lanka, made incredible friends, had the best food ever and I would go back with a blink of an eye! I went to Sri Lanka with no perspective after graduating and came back with so many ideas of what I would like to get… Read Full Review

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“Working with SLV was a fantastic experience, and if...”

Written on: 13/01/2014 by JasminD (1 review written)

Working with SLV was a fantastic experience, and if anyone isn't quite sure on whether to go or not - just go for it, you won't regret it! I am looking to go into Occupational Therapy, and found this to be absolutely perfect work experience for me. It, of course, is also of use to anyone looking to go into psychology, teaching, or any other caring profession. You get to meet some inspiration people, hear incredible stories and gain life-changing experience. I have been on other international… Read Full Review

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“Going to Sri Lanka I had no idea what to expect so...”

Written on: 10/01/2014 by Libbyilett (1 review written)

Going to Sri Lanka I had no idea what to expect so it's hard to say that expectations were succseeded but it defiantly was one of the most enjoyable and challenging experiences ever! Unlike most volunteering experiences SLV is very hands and all activities and lessons are planned by you. Although daunting at first this really gives you the chance to get involved in the projects and is so rewarding when things you have organised go to plan. SLV is also unique in providing a psychology placement… Read Full Review

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“Most life changing and incredible experience of my life”

Written on: 08/01/2014 by MollyScott (1 review written)

I volunteered with SLV this summer for 5 weeks, and it was one of the most life changing and incredible experiences of my life. I was on the Psychology Placement and seeing mental health in action in another country and being a part of it was very rewarding, but emotional at times! SLV taught me so much through the volunteering opportunities they gave me and it helped me know what to do when I leave Uni. For a volunteering experience abroad it is very good value for all the experience you… Read Full Review

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“A truely life changing experience!”

Written on: 08/01/2014 by ChrisMoller (1 review written)

I will never forget the 6 weeks I spend volunteering for SLV in Sri Lanka. The experience taught me so much! The family I lived with was incredibly warm loving people. They treated us all like family and gave us a real insight into Sri Lankan culture and life style. I found each of the projects really interesting and rewarding, especially the special needs projects as I could really see a difference in the women's mood and participation from week to week. I didn't think I was going to enjoy the… Read Full Review

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“Unforgettable Experience”

Written on: 07/01/2014

I spent 6 weeks with SLV this summer and i can honestly say i didn't want to leave. The projects are so versatile and the days/weeks genuinely fly by. I learnt so much and have come away with skills i never would have gained without SLV. The projects can be challenging but at the same time so rewarding and it's great to see what a difference you really make. If someone had told me a year ago i was going to be spending my mornings teaching English to mechanics, afternoons swimming coaching and… Read Full Review

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“SLV Psychology placement”

Written on: 07/01/2014 by JamesParkinson (1 review written)

I volunteered for SLV on their 5 week Psychology placement. The whole experience was absolutely amazing! I met incredible people and had the time of my life. On the projects you really feel like you are making a difference and gaining valuable experiences. My favourite project was volunteering in the mental hospital. You experience the reality of the mental health care system in a hands on way - which you would never be able to do in England. Also Sri Lanka is such a nice country to explore… Read Full Review

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“Such a worthwhile experience!”

Written on: 06/01/2014

I volunteered with SLV for 6 weeks and loved every minute of it! From meeting the amazing home-stay families who welcome us as their own, to meeting all the people involved in each of the projects and obviously the weekends to visit so many beautiful places. The project I thought I'd struggle with most was the teaching but it turned out to be one of my favourites! The special needs and mental health projects were so eye-opening and rewarding, I never wanted to leave! We were never left to… Read Full Review

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