Psychology & Mental Health - Johannesburg

The Psychology and Mental Health Placement is for current and alumni psychology and Mental Health university students, professionals and university alumni and Graduates 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.

Nkosi’s Haven

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:

  • Self acceptance and respect
  • Identifying feelings and how to show feelings appropriately
  • Dealing with the reality that their mothers are sick and can even die
  • Uncomfortable changes in their bodies, and what this means Death and bereavement counselling

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.

Psychology Placement, Psychology Internship, South Africa

 

“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

Nkosi’s Haven Overview

Nkosi’s Haven 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 orphans, 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.

Nkosi’s Haven love international volunteers who take the initiative and implement activities and projects related to their passions. The ideas need to be presented to management and then adjustments and suggestions will be made based on age, culture and differences.

Visiting students will be expected to draw on their own skills, knowledge and strengths to provide support to existing projects or to assist in the design and implementation of new projects and programmes.

For example, a visiting student with experience or skills in art therapy may want to focus their attention on working with the children at the Baby Day Care and the Saturday Workshops. Alternatively, a visiting student with specific psychology focused study direction might want to look at a trauma clinic or anger management workshops. We want this to be a discussion between project and visiting student, to ensure the time spent is of benefit to all involved.


There are several areas that you will be working in:
Self reliance
Disclosure - best and safest ways HIV/AIDS - education and information Child and teenage depression
Anger management
Bereavement and grief
Gratitude workshops / diaries
Play therapy
Conflict resolution skills
Sexual boundaries
Sexual abuse workshops

Sample Schedule:

Day starts at 7:00 A.M with Breakfast in the Dining Hall.
(Older children attend school)

Free Time until 9:00 A.M
Children’s Day Care:
- During this time you can interact with the youngest children at Nkosi’s Haven who have had a tough start to life.
- They have limited resources and volunteers are encouraged to be a part of the community in which these children are being raised.
¬ Play Time = Unlock their imagination with new games
¬ Education = Help advance their education with lessons
¬ Painting Therapy = Come up with workshops to help with children’s understanding of social integration, emotions and behavioural issues

Mothers Workshops:
- Some mothers have free time during the mornings where you could put on workshops for:
¬ CV and job applications
¬ Mental Health awareness
¬ Social psychology
¬ Addiction prevention
¬ Trauma
¬ Meditation/Yoga/physical exercise
¬ Dance/Creative Arts
¬ Sex/Contraception and protection
¬ Further education
¬ Nutrition/Medicine importance
¬ Ec.
(These can also be applied workshops to certain age groups of children, discuss options with Nkosi’s Haven Staff)

Lunch 1pm
- Free time
- Plan Workshops
- Some days you will be able to go on excursions, this could include going to Teddy Bear Clinic or into Soweto to visit Mom Carol and her team in the field.
- Could even arrange to go to local shopping centre
Children home from school 2-3pm
- During this time the children do homework/have free time
- If they have free time then you could help run the library or run activities (such as playing sports or dance)
- Or Workshops could be put on during this time

Dinner 5:30/6 P.M
- Free Time
- Workshops
- Mentorship Programme
✔︎ Accommodation - You will stay in a shared, fully- equipped volunteer cottage

✔︎ Meals - You will eat with the residents and experience local South Africa food.

✔︎ 30 + hours of interactive cross-cultural training and practice

✔︎ Certificate of Learning - proof this is not a holiday!

✔︎ Support - we got you!

✔︎ Transportation - Airport drop off and collection. Plus all placement related transport (to and from partner NGOs)

✔︎ Experience of a lifetime - no exaggeration!

✔︎ Vocational Impact International Development donation
** From £65 per day **

This is a self-funded experience. Vocational Impact are a fundraising organisation encouraging sustainable international development with all of our project partners. Therefore you will pay an all-inclusive fee, which will include a donation.
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✗ Travel Insurance

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