The Psychology and Mental Health Placement is for current psychology and mental health university students, graduates and professionals who want to live in a different social and cultural context in the heart of local communities in South Africa.
This 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.
An NGO in Johannesburg, and offers residential, holistic care and support for mothers and their children whose lives have been impacted by HIV/AIDS. Nkosi’s Haven also provides support for children, HIV/AIDS affected or not. It aims to improve the productivity of their residents through providing access to medical care, therapy, education and skill building workshops. The goal is to empower residents while providing a safe, dignified home in hopes that all mothers and children are able to become responsible and contributing members of society.
Dominant issues amongst children include:
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. In addition, you will deal with everyday 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 a great placement to acquire research for a third year dissertation or to simply apply your degree education in communities in need. You can research while volunteering based on your academic interests and dissertation topic. Please ask us about your ideas.
“We observed some play therapy which actually happened with one of the kids that I had in day-care which was incredibly interesting and I really enjoyed it. It was great to see that we are working for a cause that was so useful and well known.”
Nele, Bath University, Psychology under-graduate ⇒ READ FULL TESTIMONIAL