After my graduation in 2018, I took a gap year as I had no idea what I wanted to do next. I wanted to recover from the burnout 23 years of continuous education left and feel inspired about something! I decided to go to Srilanka with SLV.Global, it was one of the most spontaneous things I have ever done and I had no idea it would turn out to be one of the best decisions I ever made.
SLV.Global is a mental health organization providing volunteer placements and educational programmes in Europe, India and Bali, Indonesia. I was a part of their Sri Lankan adventure for three months and the reasons listed below are why I absolutely loved it, and highly recommend it!
1. Learn! Learn! Learn!
I got the opportunity to work with so many people from different backgrounds, all offering immense knowledge and different perspectives on mental health disorders. An important thing that I learned during my placement was to adapt and find the positive in every situation. There are so many other useful skills that I learned like team-building, communication, public speaking, empathetic listening, coordination, the list is endless. The more you expose yourself to new things and the more people you talk to, the more you are likely to learn and get a fresher perspective on life.