The Psychology Volunteer Abroad Programme is for current and alumni Psychology students and professionals who want to live in a different social and cultural context in the heart of local communities. This Psychology Volunteer Programme 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.
We have two Psychology Volunteer Programmes; 1 in Durban, and another in Johannesburg.
They both offer something different and we work exclusively with both organisations. Please be aware, that places are limited on the Psychology programme, and in the summer months, fill up fast as this is a very popular volunteer programme.
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 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 volunteer abroad programme to acquire primary 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.
Psychology topics to consider; Development from infancy, Psychology, Crime and the Criminal Justice System, Society, Politics and Prejudice, Society and Communication, Child development Psychology, Social Research Methods, Social Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Mental Health
“I absolutely loved everything about my volunteering experience in South Africa. After witnessing everything that happened at Bobbi Bear, especially the impact of the great work all the staff members do on the children, I realised I want to do something identical. I want to work with traumatised children, support them during their sorrows and help them find happiness in life again.”
Shauna, Psychology Student, Bobbi Bear
“I wanted a project where I could provide both psychological support as well as legal and social support. I wanted a project that was not the same every day and a project that also had a lot of freedom. The few expectations I had certainly came true. I have no regrets of my choice and it has had a major impact on the rest of my life.”
Viola, Bobbi Bear