Mental Healthcare

About Marrakech (New Haven)

Marrakech is a private nonprofit organization that provides residential, educational, and job placement services to people facing economic challenges and that serves more than 1500 children and adults with developmental, physical, and behavioral health disabilities through housing, employment, and community integration services. Our mission is to provide residential, employment, support, referral, and advocacy services to people with disabilities and people with similar service needs, to assist them in exercising their human rights as citizens and as contributing members of society.

About New Life (Hong Kong)

New Life is a nonprofit welfare organization established by a group of ex-mental patients in 1959 providing rehabilitation services for recovered mental patients and also the mentally handicapped. Its mission is to establish hostels, shelters, workshops, farms, clubs or any projects on a non-profit making basis where ex-mental patients and the mentally retarded may obtain free of charge or on moderate terms temporary residential facilities, vocational training, sheltered employment, recreation or activities calculated directly or indirectly for their rehabilitation and betterment.

Internship Description

During their time at Marrakech and New Life, the interns will work directly with residents, helping to organize activities for them, as well as teaching work and life skills. 

Candidates need to be people-oriented, sensitive to cultural differences, flexible and independent. Applicants should also be enthusiastic about hosting the Hong Kong students in New Haven for part of the summer. 


Yale participants in the Community Service Exchange will receive round-trip airfare to Hong Kong, as well as free housing in both Hong Kong and New Haven. In Hong Kong the interns will stay in dormitory accommodations on the campus of New Asia College at The Chinese University of Hong Kong; in New Haven they will live together in an off-campus apartment. Students will also receive a modest stipend in both places to help defray the costs of their commuting and daily living expenses.

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