GLOBAL LEADING VOLUNTEERS
Life Changing Experiences
VOLUNTEER WITH GLV
Global Leading Volunteers offer a range of placements where you can utilise skills from your everyday life to empower and connect local villages to positive opportunities. With the Sri Lankan community at the heart of what we do, your passion to help will unite and upskill locals to achieve goals such as paid employment and education.
Placements in Sri Lanka
In Sri Lanka we will be offering both Voluntary and Educational Placements.
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Placements in India
In India we will be inviting people to attend our unquie Global Mental Health Education Retreat.
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MEET THE TEAM
Neil is a well-known professional in Sri Lanka and globally for his contributions to social and youth development work and for his charitable work in many communities. He has over 20 years of experience working with both local and international agencies, government bodies, charitable organisations and is a well-established professional of the National Youth Services Council in Sri Lanka which is the pioneer organisation for youth development in Sri Lanka. He is the founder of SL Volunteers Association which has been operating for 10 years enhancing many communities in Sri Lanka. When Neil isn’t watching cricket games, he is usually found in the heart of communities discussing where and how our services can be used to benefit the community.
Emily’s idea of ‘Global Health means Global Wealth’ pushes Global Leading Volunteers to consistently question the value and ethics of our programs. Emily has previous front-line experience working with CAMHs, Adult Mental Health Services, and nonprofit organisations that specialise in supporting people with physical disabilities, Special Educational Needs (SEN), and Autism. She is passionate, vibrant, and true to her values. As someone who has volunteered around the world, both in the community and environmentally, she understands not only the anxieties and cautions volunteers can experience but how important it is to respect the cultures of the communities we support. Our commitment to go green has been driven by her love for the ocean - which when she is not working you can probably find her in.
Yasintha is a professional social worker and youth activist. She has dedicated over 12 years of community, youth, and mental health development in the much-needed communities of Sri Lanka and India. She has empowered and educated international students and graduates by sharing her culture and being transparent in her passion for sustainable support within communities. Yasintha is very passionate and believes in the power of the universe, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. In fact, one of her leading projects in India was developed on the relationship between clinical and ancient psychology. Yasintha is an advocate for enjoying life, whether that is chilling on a Kerala houseboat, climbing Munnar mountains, or white water rafting in a Sri Lankan jungle, she is always smiling and sending positive vibes.
Everything you see, from our website to our blogs is being powered by this mystical being Dave. Having lived in Asia and travelling over several years, he understands the cultural difference our volunteers will be immersing themselves into. He is an experienced designer who loves to bring his knowledge of other cultures to educate others with his work. Alongside his passion for travel, his desire to work on meaningful projects is what has made him a valuable asset to the Global Leading Volunteers team.
Kate is our Global Mental Health pro! She has always had a passion for volunteering and is currently doing an MSc in Global Mental Health. Since the age of 15, she has volunteered both at home and abroad, in education, mental health, tourism, and conservation sectors. Kate’s passion for traveling and learning about different cultures, religions, societies (and food!) is her drive behind immersing herself in every country she lives in. Also means that we have a personal tour guide in each country! During more recent times, Kate has worked at her local Covid test Site and has found the clinical work an extremely rewarding pastime whilst she awaits a time where volunteering and working abroad is allowed again. When Kate hasn't got her nose in her study books she's off exploring mountains and washing elephants.
Manju has worked to support volunteers in India for most of his career. Whether it's in the mental health sector or elsewhere in the community, he has a passion for supporting others. Manju has worked for International NGO as a youth development officer in his home country of India, as well as supporting both national and international volunteers for more than 5 years. Manju has a drive for helping others, he loves traveling and showing people around India with his best knowledge of local customs. His main interest is in sharing his Indian culture, whilst learning about other cultures he is introduced to through international volunteers. And even in his spare time, you can find him lending his services to his community in any way he can. Manju loves to spend his time exploring the mountains and beaches of India - as well as seeking out the best local dishes in every place he travels to.
WEBINARS & ONLINE EXPERIENCES
We recognise in the current climate it is not safe or practical to open our placements to the public.
However, that does not stop us wanting to help! Working with some brilliant professionals from across the world, we will be bringing you a series of unique interactive webinars and online experiences right to your fingertips!
THE GLV BLOG
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