Healthcare-Volunteering

Psychology and Mental Health

Psychology & Mental Health Work Experience

Quick Overview

If you’re a medical student or health professional, then our mental health and psychology placements abroad will provide you with invaluable, real life medical experience. On this placement you will work in a community centres or in schools for disabled children, developing your medical and healthcare knowledge and skills, while working to tackle issues and stigmas in disability care. Our placements are based in Cambodia, Nepal and Sri Lanka and Peru, so you’ll be able to expand your horizons through fulfilling travel whilst providing hugely beneficial psychological help to local children and their families.

Our mental health and psychology volunteer programs will allow you to learn about healthcare and psychology on an international level and in often challenging environments. Disabilities in children can prevent them from being able to fully participate in childhood activities, education, community activities and everyday family interactions. This unique program is designed to tackle these issues head on, providing psychological help for children and their families.

In many of the countries we work in there are few psychologists in residence and many with mental illness reply on pharmaceutical drugs for treatments. There are not many qualified health professionals and mental health is a social stigma. The costs of treatment are also very high especially for those on a low income.

We hope that through our psychology and mental health placements where you will work in psychiatric facilities and community initiatives you will be able to reduce stigma and bolster current resources.

Moreover our mental health placements will allow you to be truly immersed in the culture and communities of these amazing countries. Interning abroad on our mental health and psychology placement will give you a real, true life experience of these communities and children, so you’ll be able to make a lasting, life-changing impact whilst also benefiting from the opportunity to travel, experience the real communities and people of Cambodia, Sri Lanka or Nepal, or Peru and meet new friends.

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What’s Involved

During your time in Peru, Cambodia, Nepal or Sri Lanka you’ll work under the supervision of experienced local professionals in local schools to provide the much needed stimulation and human contact to improve wellbeing and increase self esteem.

The placements take place in local schools for disabled children, helping the children to learn basic skills for life or even in local schools or community centres where you can work with children or youth. In disabled schools, you’ll work alongside local staff, assisting with sessions with children ranging from 6 years to 18 years old. Whilst you will work both under supervision and get the chance to spend one on one time with each child, there will always be local teachers and our staff on hand to help you. These projects are challenging, but will put your knowledge of developmental psychology to good use. You can use a combination of physical and mental activities to really unlock the creative potential of children/youth you work with.

This psychology placement can also extend to other local schools and orphanages so you can help children or youth who are in need of care or support to build their career prospects or just increased confidence by speaking to them. You could be teaching students English and various extracurricular activities like sports and art.

Clinical setting are also possible for psychology placements. You can work with local professionals or in the community to provide creative solutions on how to best help individuals who are in different recovery stages. We will ask you to choose your area and placement location prior to arrival.

Cambodia: Cambodia is a stunning Southeast Asian country, full of friendly people and vibrant experiences. Cambodia is full of ancient temples to visit, situated in beautiful jungle. With its tragic history of the Pol-Pot Regime Cambodia has been left with a lot of poverty and children with medical problems particularly aids. Here you will work in centres for disabilities with local teams. A truly wonderful project.

Nepal: In this small central-Asian country, you’ll find ancient cities full of temples and pagodas, tiny villages and of course the magnificent and inspiring Himalayas, Chitwan National Park and Mount Everest. Nepal is a fascinating country to base your volunteering adventure in. Programs here will be in special needs schools in Kathmandu.

Sri Lanka: You’ll be amazed away by the sights, the temples, historical museums, and the amazing natural beauty of the endless coastline in Sri Lanka. Whilst Sri Lankans are friendly and welcoming people they have gone through years of hardship with civil war in the country ending only 7 years ago. There is a real need for psychological support across society and you will find no place more rewarding for psychology placements than Sri Lanka.

Peru: Get ready to be blown away by ancient history and culture that is rich and still alive. Based in the wonderful town of Cusco our projects will give you a chance to really get involved in a deep way in local clinics and special needs centres.

All The Details

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Wattala, Sri Lanka

Kathmandu, Nepal

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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All our rates are in GBP £. You can convert to USD $ or any other currency using the current exchange rates when you make payments.

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Peru£449£579£709£839£969£1,099£1,229£1,359£1,489£1,619£1,749£1,879
Cambodia£779£909£1,039£1,199£1,329£1,459£1,589£1,749£1,879£2,009£2,139
Nepal£749£869£989£1,109£1,229£1,349£1,469£1,589£1,709£1,829£1,949
Sri Lanka£599£749£869£989£1,109£1,229£1,349£1,469£1,589£1,709£1,829£1,949

What’s Included?

Price Includes

  1. Pre-departure guide  – to prepare you for your trip
  2. Pick-up and drop from the nearest airport
  3. Accommodation in a shared room
  4. Experienced bilingual local staff team
  5. Breakfast and dinner
  6. Location orientation
  7. Project training with the local Program Manager
  8. 24 hour support in your location for emergencies
  9. Medical Placement Fees

Whats Not Included in your program fee :

  1. Airport Drop (Peru and Sri Lanka)
  2. Flights to the program destination
  3. Medical and travel insurance
  4. Visa costs
  5. Lunch
  6. Vaccinations
  7. Weekend Tours
  8. Cultural Activities

Getting to your Program and other bits..

  1. In Peru you will be picked up from Cuzco Airport(CUZ)
  2. In Sri Lanka you will be picked up from Colombo International Airport (CMB)
  3. In Nepal the nearest airport is Kathmandu Airport (KTM)
  4. In Cambodia the nearest airport is Phnom Penh (PNH)
  5. In all locations visas can be picked up at the airport on arrival. Sri Lanka and India require E visas that need to be applied for before arrival.
  6. Travel Insurance is compulsory on this program.
  7. Vaccinations are important. We recommend you visit your local travel clinic to find out what vaccines you should take.
  8. We work with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for travel abroad. Goto www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo to find out how best to avoid trouble when abroad. Packed with essential travel advice and tips, the website also offers up-to-date country information.
  9. For support on any of the above email us hello@volunteeringjourneys.com
Background

Cambodia: Cambodia is a stunning Southeast Asian country, full of friendly people and vibrant experiences. Cambodia is full of ancient temples to visit, situated in beautiful jungle. With its tragic history of the Pol-Pot Regime Cambodia has been left with a lot of poverty and children with medical problems particularly aids. Here you will work in centres for disabilities with local teams. A truly wonderful project.

Nepal: In this small central-Asian country, you’ll find ancient cities full of temples and pagodas, tiny villages and of course the magnificent and inspiring Himalayas, Chitwan National Park and Mount Everest. Nepal is a fascinating country to base your volunteering adventure in. Programs here will be in special needs schools in Kathmandu.

Sri Lanka: You’ll be amazed away by the sights, the temples, historical museums, and the amazing natural beauty of the endless coastline in Sri Lanka. Whilst Sri Lankans are friendly and welcoming people they have gone through years of hardship with civil war in the country ending only 7 years ago. There is a real need for psychological support across society and you will find no place more rewarding for psychology placements than Sri Lanka.

Peru: Get ready to be blown away by ancient history and culture that is rich and still alive. Based in the wonderful town of Cusco our projects will give you a chance to really get involved in a deep way in local clinics and special needs centres.

Weekends : 

Our mental health volunteering placements provide plenty of time to travel in the country you’re based in, providing you the perfect opportunity to travel and volunteer. Experience the breath-taking Himalayas in Nepal, amazing history in Cambodia including the ancient Angkor Wat or the stunning coastal beauty and relaxation of Sri Lanka.

What Happens When I Arrive?

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Living Arrangements:

We carefully plan suitable living arrangements for our volunteers, not only to ensure that they are safe, comfortable and conveniently located, but also to give you an amazing travel experience. You will either be placed in shared housing with other volunteers who share the same lust for life and a passion for helping others, or you will be taken on by one of our friendly host families. Host families do everything they can and often go out of their way to make sure our interns have a great time staying with them. This community living concept helps you effortlessly immerse yourself into local life whilst allowing you to explore the local area at your own comfortable place. All of our selected housing is situated close to amenities, shops or restaurants so you will never be too far from essentials. Across each location, we will also arrange for daily meals to be provided so you can experience traditional local cuisine.

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Health and Safety :

When you join our programs you can be assured we have carried out Risk Assessments to identify potential safety and health risks on projects and in the community. We share this information with you in our pre departure documents. Our local staff are well trained and we provide 24/7 emergency numbers to all participants.

Volunteering Journeys Foundation:

Through our commitment to responsible tourism we have developed the Volunteering Journey’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people and communities around the world through supporting local charities, local organisations and community projects in the places that we work in. 100% of each donation goes directly to support our projects. Go to our Donation page if you want to support or fundraise for our India, Nepal or Sri Lanka Program.

Background

Volunteers Love Us!

  • ‘My experience in India was absolutely fantastic. Having never done anything like this before, Volunteering Journeys made sure I settled in well and supported me throughout my time. Being placed with an amazing family gave me the chance to experience Indian culture first hand.  I was part of the Disabled Childcare Programs for two weeks.  Although short, I felt the time I spent was so valuable for the children. If this is something that you are interested in I would 100% recommend it. The memories, friendships and experiences you will develop will be ones that you will never forget.’

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    Fiona Kirk
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  • ‘The teaching experience was second to none. I was overwhelmed by the respect and politeness all the children have, which made it some much easier to work with them, even with the language barrier. The amazing thing about the schools I visited was that all the children are like little sponges, they absorb everything you say, teach and do! It’s quite outstanding how much they gain from just a small conversation in the playground or in the class room.
    So in general if you are questioning whether you want to volunteer and you don’t know what company to go with, it has the be Volunteering Journeys. You will be well looked after, gain an immense experience and make friends for life!!!’

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    Jemima Kershberg
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  • ‘I took a short sabbatical from work in November 2013 and decided to come to India. I was helping at a small school in Fort Kochi, teaching English, Maths, Science and the odd nursery rhyme. The school where I volunteered had amazing teachers and the kids were great. Ridhi and the team organised everything brilliantly – from cycling tours to the backwaters, to hosting me with a family that made my stay feel like home. If you’re going to volunteer in India then I highly recommend Volunteering Journeys’

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    Glyn Owen
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  • “J’ai passé deux mois formidables à Kochi en travaillant comme volontaire avec Volunteering Journeys. Deux mois de ma vie que je n’oublierais jamais. J’ai rencontré des gens incroyables et participé à des projets qui me tenaient vraiment à coeur. J’ai pu voir l’aboutissement de mes efforts et le sourire sur le visage des enfants. Une expérience magique que je recommande à tous. Merci Rainbow”

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    Laura Prigogine
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  • ‘I spent 3 wonderful weeks with the Volunteering Journeys team in Kerala, it marked the beginning of almost 2 months adventuring through India, and I can say without a doubt it was one of my favourite experiences of my time spent in incredible India! From the moment my plane landed and I was greeted by a friendly face and whisked away to a wonderful home, the local staff were incredibly welcoming, helpful, supportive and great fun to be around!
    I spent my time volunteering in 2 local schools, assisting with English studies. The enthusiasm and joy with which the children approach their days will ensure you never want to leave!I cannot recommend Volunteering Journeys highly enough, it was such a joyful introduction to India – it’s culture, people and crazy beautiful way of life. You will leave with some fond memories and firm friendships’

     

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    Katie Parsons
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  • ‘I volunteered by teaching English both at a school and at an all girls’ orphanage for two months. It has been the best experience of my life so far. I really got to know the children I was teaching and seeing the children’s English improve over my time was an incredible feeling. From being introduced to yoga to tasting delicious flavoursome Indian cuisine and living in “God’s own country”, has left me eager to return. I have made friends across the World who made my time spent in Kerala unforgettable. I highly recommend volunteering with Volunteering Journeys; Kerala is beautiful and you will gain fun memories.’

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    Elidith Cameron
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  • ‘I spent two weeks running an art workshop which was absolutely fantastic. The children were so enthusiastic and bustled about with paste and paint, putting together the most amazing creations. They were not used to producing collaborative work and were thrilled when their individual efforts achieved a glorious whole. Their personalities really shone through and I became very fond of them in the short time I was with them. Thank you to Volunteering Journeys for enabling me to have such a wonderful experience!’

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    Jane Daniell
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  • ‘There is some kind of magic that happens when you’re in India. The climate, the people, the warm welcome, the happiness in every person, the culture, it’s simply inspiring. On top of that having a group of friendly, thoughtful organizers guiding me through the program made my time volunteering with Volunteering Journeys one of the most memorable moments in my life.
    If anyone reading this is considering becoming a volunteer, don’t hesitate, become a volunteer. It will be the most rewarding experience and adventure of your life. I assure you that you will have a vital impact on the community, the place and the children. I would recommend Volunteering Journeys without hesitation. Well organized and hassle free adventure. You get help and guidance with everything you need. Kerala was my destination. Safe, beautiful and very friendly. Just do it and have an adventure of your life!’

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    Harminder Athwal
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  • “Volunteering at the schools was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Once again the friendships you create are irreplaceable. Admittedly, the first few days were scary, in the sense that my partner and I were only 18 & 20 yrs old and we were teaching women and children a language that was not their first. However the persistence and willingness of Indians is not to be tested. Each of our students put in 100% and naturally we became very personal with everyone and these women and children taught us much more. We came out of this experience with more than we had ever anticipated. It can’t be put into words just how much we learnt from volunteering. Ever aspect of our lives and mindset has changed.”

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    Aimee Chirio
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  • ‘I think it was quite an eye opening experience to kind of see how people live and enjoy their lives very differently to what we do probably in UK. Even though comparatively they didn’t have as much, the children still came to school with a smile on their face and they were really keen to learn. They were ever so happy and always had a smile on their face regardless of the circumstances that they are living in, and I think that was an amazing experience for us to take back. We have comparatively much more wealth in the UK and we have much more available at our fingertips. Yet we were quite not so happy’

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    Andrew Davies
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  • ‘We decided to volunteer as part of our family vacation. It was the perfect balance: making a contribution but not being asked to do too much, with Volunteering Journeys staff with us every step of the way to help, support, clarify, etc. I was also impressed that they didn’t feed us a line about how we were changing the world in a week; I knew going in that *we* would be the ones most changed, and the staff’s perspective’s was the same: we were making an impact by showing we cared and sharing experiences, which hopefully meant something to a lot of people.’

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    Bob Macauley & Family
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