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.
You will stay within the project ‘village’ which is made up of 20 small cottages, where the residents and staff reside. The project is located just outside the city centre, and you will be accompanied by a member of staff whenever you leave the premises, unless you have arranged for a sign-off organised trip.
You will be based at the project full-time and arrange excursions in your ‘free time’ which can be arranged with your in-country team. You will be working Monday – Friday, but you can have weekends off to explore this beautiful country. The longer you go for, the more you can explore.
When I applied for permanent jobs, this experience really helped me. I would highly recommend this placement to anyone studying psychology, mental health or social work.
International volunteers are housed together in one cottage at the project ‘Village’. The cottage is equipped with a refrigerator, television & DVD player, microwave & toaster.
There are two bathrooms; one shower and 1 bath tub and you will have a shared living room.
There are two bedrooms (which can be either mixed or single sex) with cupboards for clothing and personal belongings. Valuables may be kept in a safe in the office depending on size.
Most household items such as cleaning materials, toiletries and the like are provided by the project. Any further supplies may be purchased at your own discretion at a nearby shopping centre.
Laundry services are provided once a week for volunteers in the Village laundromat but we ask that all undergarments be hand washed within the cottage.
Management team – Based at the project, you will be welcomed and introduced to the project and staff through your on the ground manager. They will be an active member of the project team, and will help you settle in and get you started. You can rely on your in-country manager to help you with trips and any problems you may have 24/7.
Catering – You will eat with the residents of the project. There is a full time team of caterers preparing over 300 meals per day. This will be basic South Africa cuisine. Please inform us of any dietary requirements before your departure.
Security- Monitoring of the village 24/7 for your peace of mind
Transport – All placement related transport will be provided. All transport between project and affiliate project will be included. All excursions you plan, you will need to arrange and cover the cost of and are not included.
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.