Volunteer Psychology Project in Jamaica
- Placement locations: Mandeville
- Role: To work alongside qualified psychologists as a clinical psychologist or intern
- TYPES OF PLACEMENTS: Mental health clinics or community outreach programmes
- REQUIREMENTS: Volunteers must be studying towards a degree in psychology or social work, or have a qualification in guidance counselling
- Accommodation: Host family
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible. Community outreach programmes are closed between July and August
As a volunteer on the Psychology project in Jamaica, you will help provide support to children and adults at various mental health clinics or community outreach programmes. The project is based in the city of Mandeville.
Mental health issues are a concern in Jamaica, as a growing number of people are being diagnosed with depression, schizophrenia, sleeping disorders or other serious forms of mental illness. This can be caused by a number of factors, which include psychological and emotional stress, how they grew up and their genetic predisposition to mental illness. Providing proper support and raising awareness is an important step forward.
Your role on the Psychology project in Jamaica
Depending on your skills and qualifications, you can choose to work with patients at government-run mental health clinics or in the community by raising awareness at various schools
At the mental health clinics, you will work directly with young children and adults with various mental health issues, under the supervision of a qualified psychologist. Your daily tasks are dependent on your skills and may include:
- Interviewing patients
- Observing clinical assessments
- Engaging children in the reception area
- Visiting and engaging with patients at the hospital, clinics and homeless programmes
- Engaging in or observing play therapy
- Assisting with research
- Collecting and analysing data
- Planning and conducting workshops and presentations
Volunteers who want to work directly in local communities can help raise awareness about mental health issues and provide the support for those who need it. Your daily tasks on outreaches will include:
- Supervised home visits
- Conducting individual or group counselling sessions
- Conducting classroom guidance sessions
- Conducting parenting workshops
- Assisting in the planning and running of seminars and special events
Providing support to patients and families allows them to better understand their own condition or that of a loved one. This also gives them a better understanding of how to manage and deal with the illness in a healthy way. At both placements, you will work Monday to Friday from 8:30am - 2:30pm. Please note that the community programme will be closed between the months of July and August.
During your time abroad, you will stay with a host family, which is a wonderful way to learn about the local way of life. In your free time, you will have the chance to explore the area with other volunteers, and take part in social events and cultural activities.