Shannon Diggin shares her experience of volunteering in Bali
Queen's University graduate Shannon Diggin traveled to Bali in Summer 2019 to undertake volunteer work. Here she describes her experience...
Following my graduation, I applied for a student bursary to help fund my volunteering work with SLV Global.
I worked with other SLV volunteers and trained mental health professionals. I created and helped deliver daily sessions for patients and individuals in Psychiatric hospitals and other mental health facilities. I focused on aspects such as communication, cognition and creativity. I also worked with people in the local community teaching basic English and other life skills to improve their career prospects.
Throughout this experience, I was immersed in the daily life of the Balinese people, from learning basic Balinese language, to attending cultural ceremonies such as Kuningan. I was pushed from my comfort zone and put into an environment with severely disabled individuals, many of whom were non-verbal, and majority of them spoke no English.
From this, I learned that I am capable of working in an environment with such challenges, and most of all, I enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend this experience to others. It is an opportunity of a life time, and hopefully the experience I gained will stand with me in pursuing a job in clinical psychology.
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