Students from the Social Service Worker program at the College of New Caledonia chose to fulfill their practicum requirements internationally.
The challenge was to pick a country they did not know very well, research it, find a practicum placement, travel there, and work and live there independently for four weeks. For most of the students this was the first time traveling and living independently outside British Columbia.
During their practicum abroad, they reflected on their reactions to the worked performed, compared social work processes in the new country to Canadian ones, and made notes about how social problems (i.e. poverty, human rights, social justice, ethics, etc.) influenced the work they were doing.
Upon returning to Canada, the students shared their experiences and disseminated their knowledge to social work classes and college community by providing an overview of the practicum work, reasons for completing practicum abroad, challenges faced and reflections on the learnings. Most importantly, they agreed to become mentors for new students willing to take the opportunity to challenge their abilities and capabilities in a foreign context.
“Practicing abroad was one of the most educational experiences of my life. Not only did I learn about travel and culture, I learned about myself.” (Kayla Walker – completed practicum in Ethiopia)
To read more about international opportunities at College of New Caledonia, click here.