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International Social Work: A Costa Rican Perspective

Costa Rica - Arenal

The program provides students a general perspective on social services and broader social problems through a combination of lectures and site visits to social service agencies. These institutions focus on the institutional as well as individual aspects of social problems through individual troubles. In addition to daily seminars and site visits, students will have the opportunity to travel to significant cultural and historical sites in and around San José.  

The following questions shape the context for these experiences: What are the differences in service delivery across cultures? How does culture influence the definitions and responses to social problems and answers? What influence does global economics have on community practice, child welfare, mental health, and schools?

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Bi-lingual Spanish Language Intensive for Social Workers

San Jose

The goal of the program is to help students improve their language skills, become familiar with Costa Rican culture, and prepare future social workers to work in programs that serve immigrants. There will be several meetings prior to departure and upon return. While in Costa Rica, students will take an intensive Spanish language course at the Universidad de Costa Rica and live with a host family to further practice their language skills and be immersed in Costa Rican culture. Students can choose between two program lengths: one or two months.

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Social Welfare in India

India

Learn first-hand the social, economic, and political currents that impact the welfare system in India. Open to undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Social Welfare; students enroll in one 3 credit course in the School of Social Welfare. The two week program will take place in Mumbai, India.

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Social Welfare in Italy

Milan, Italy

This 12-day program offers students the opportunity to gain an international perspective on social work through lectures, field trips to social service agencies, and presentations by social work faculty from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. The program will focus on the political, economic, and historical context of Italy as it impacts social work education and the delivery of social services. Students will visit social service agencies that address mental health, social work with children and families, public health, government and community-based social work practice, aging, and immigration issues. In addition to daily seminars and site visits, students will have the opportunity to travel to significant cultural and historical sites in Milan, Florence and the Lake Como region.

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Social Welfare, Culture, Language, and Religions in Korea

Korea pavillion ceiling

This program provides students an overview of Korea’s rich culture, history, language, religious diversity, and contemporary social welfare and social services. Students experience cultural enrichment through lectures, field trips, agency visits, and connections with Korean students and families. Social work students are mentored by Dr. Edward R. Canda (KU) and outstanding social work faculty at Hallym University within a three week program. In a non-social work option, students can select topics such as Korean language, history, business, sports and media within a month long program (requires additional fees; see Dr. Canda for further information). All participants have Korean language classes, based on skill level. No knowledge of Korean language is required.

NOTE:  This program will not be offered in summer 2016.

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Social Welfare in Ireland

Ireland

Learn first-hand the cultural, economic and system perspectives regarding the Irish social welfare system as it relates to Irish families at risk, in the Republic of Ireland's three largest cities.

NOTE:  This program will not be offered in summer 2016.

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