The Psychology, Mental Health and Social Work Placement is for current psychology students, professionals and alumni who want to live in a different social and cultural context in the heart of local communities in South Africa.
The psychology and mental health placement is designed to give essential practical work experience to apply to degree related travel and career progression, while giving back to communities affected by HIV/AIDS.
Psychology, Mental Health and Social Work Placement Themes
During your stay you’ll be able to apply your research methodologies, gather insights and understand how people’s way of life has developed in South Africa. You will deal with everyday trauma cases that come in, as well as follow up with closed cases and community outreach programmes. where you’ll be involved as a supporting member of the team.
“This is an incredible project to volunteer with. Those who practice or are studying social work, counselling, psychology, child development, youth work or social work, I believe can gain a lot from this experience. Working within a different cultural framework, understanding the challenges of that environment and learning how NGOs work to overcome them can deepen your understanding of psychology and enable you to broaden your approach to it.”
“My psychology work-experience with Bobbi Bear in South Africa gave me the practical experience I needed to apply for degree related jobs. Being able to show I had put my degree into a real-life environment, helped me stand out from the crowd and ultimately land my first graduate job.”
“We were very nervous before our psychology work experience placement in South Africa. We received a university bursary to help pay for it. We are both using the experience as primary research for our dissertation. We would recommend everyone go because it helps when applying for jobs after uni, to be able to say ‘you’ve done this’ and funded it all yourself.”
*Please be aware, that places are limited, and in the summer months, fill up fast as this is a very popular and unique placement