What is the Psychology Internship in Jamaica all about?
This Psychology Internship in Jamaica is a fantastic opportunity for anyone studying or working in the field of psychology, to gain valuable practical experience. The health care system in Jamaica, although developed, is lacking in sufficient resources to meet the needs of those in marginalized communities, many of whom are suffering from mental health problems.
You will be placed in a community clinic, assisting with the delivery of a variety of treatment options. The internship is a great way to develop practical skills, complimenting your theory learning in a new and exciting environment. The work is community-driven, meaning that the work you will be doing as an intern will always be shaped by the needs of the community.
Why choose this Psychology Internship placement in Jamaica?
- Learn about the health issues in a different country.
- Get hands-on experience, working under the close supervision of experienced professionals.
- Enjoy the warmth of the Jamaican people, and the natural beauty of the country.
Role of the Psychology Intern
During the Psychology Internship in Jamaica, participants will be placed at a center offering counseling and therapy services. As an intern, you will interact with patients of all ages, focussing on issues such as low self-esteem, self-expression, lack of identity and personal development.
Some of the activities you will be doing include:
Conducting group sessions
Substance abuse counseling
Outdoor activities and excursions with young people, such as playing group games, going to the park, the cinema or a field trip.
Conducting life skills and confidence building sessions
Your skills, experience and qualifications will dictate which activities you are involved in.
What skills do I need to be a Psychology Intern?
This psychology internship in Jamaica is suitable for medical or psychology students or graduates. Those already working within the field are also welcome. The internship can be tailored to your specific interests, provided they align with the needs of the clinic. As this internship involves working with vulnerable young people, all interns will be assessed for their suitability. You will be asked to submit a resume / CV alongside your application and you will have to go through an interview to ensure the best possible match. You will also be required to supply us with a criminal background certificate.
Travel during COVID times
The health and safety of our travelers and our local communities remain central to our plans for reopening countries and projects. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been adapting our programs and protocols to protect all those involved, and ask for everyone’s patience and collaboration as new rules are implemented in-country. For all projects, new standards of sanitation, procedures and social behaviors are in place, including new health and hygiene protocols and social distancing practices. You can read more here. Each location may be slightly different in the way they operate. We encourage you to inquire to your placement advisor to learn more about your specific project as you plan for your responsible return to travel!
RECRUITING FOR LATE 2022
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
Gain practical experience in a new and challenging environment
Explore a new culture and country
Make your CV/resume stand out with this unique internship
Where will I work in Jamaica?
About the Location
The Psychology Internship in Jamaica is based on the outskirts of Kingston, the capital of Jamaica and former home to the world’s most famous Reggae singer, Bob Marley! You will be within close proximity to shops and restaurants
What to do in your spare time
You can spend your free time and weekends however you wish. The local team will be on-hand to recommend and assist with the planning of excursions. There are also often local events that you can attend, where you can really get to know the locals and immerse yourself in the Jamaican culture! Tour options include: A tour of Kingston, Charles Town Maroon Tour, and a Blue Mountain Highlights Tour.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4+ weeks
- Cost: £2621/$4091
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: Kingston, Jamaica
- Working hours: Monday-Friday, hours may vary
- Project availability: All year round
- Arrival day: Saturday or Sunday
What is included
- Accommodation: shared air-conditioned bedroom in volunteer house
- Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
- Airport: pickup and drop off from/to Norman Manley International Airport.
- On the Ground Transportation: to/from project daily
- Access to personal online Kaya Community account including:
– Pre-departure information pack
– Fundraising Guide
– How to Manage your Money Abroad
– Kaya Healthcare Placements Ethics and Best Practice Guide
- On the ground training: cultural and safety orientation and project induction
- Internship support:
– Learning Reflection Guide
– Certificate upon completion of your internship presentation
– Supervision from qualified professional
- Support: 24-hour support including emergency contact numbers from local team
- Excursion Planning assistance from local staff (activity prices may be extra)
What is not included
- Visas if applicable
- Meals: Lunch not included
- $10 key deposit on your arrival
- $10 min housekeeping fee
- Police background check: US and UK citizens processed through Kaya (admin fee applies); all other nationalities must provide local police check
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
Easy 4-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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