Psychology BSc Graduate Izzi Clark discusses her voluntary work for SLV.Global in Bali
I have always had a passion for Psychology, ever since I was a child. Through studying my BSc in Psychology my interest and passion in mental health only grew. I had my degree, I knew I wanted to be able to make a change, but I just didn’t know how.
In April 2019, I was fortunate enough to volunteer as a Mental Health Worker for SLV.Global and to finally gain the valuable and practical experience I had always wanted. I travelled to the beautiful landscapes of Bali where, for the next 4 weeks, I would work with the most amazing service users, meet the most wonderful volunteers and fully immerse myself in the culture, knowledge and experience.
SLV.Global provides the opportunity for Psychology students and graduates to gain key experience within mental health whilst also being able to travel to the likes of Bali, India, Sri Lanka and recently they have introduced opportunities in Hungary and Croatia.
During my time in Bali, I completed a number of projects that promoted positive Psychology and taught skills such as visual perception, sensory stimulation and spatial awareness. I worked closely with mental health professionals in a variety of settings including within the community, at a psychiatric hospital and in schools. This experience provided me with contact with service users with schizophrenia, autism, depression and isolation all of which reaffirmed my passion and drive to pursue this as a career.
This opportunity has opened doors for me, including now studying a MSc in Counselling at the University of Worcester, whilst working for Mind. Getting the hands-on experience will be key for any career in Psychology and being able to travel a beautiful country at the same time is a great opportunity and one you will never forget.
I highly recommend the SLV.Global placements for anyone wanting to pursue a career in mental health. I learned a lot about myself and my skills, met the most amazing people and travelled somewhere I never thought I would be able to go.