Graduate students of Social Work
11 students + 1 faculty
Trip Theme: Social Work
Dates and duration of visit: May 14, 2015 – May 23, 2015 – 9 days
Most of the students had experience working in social work in the U.S. and chose to come to China to broaden their perspectives and approaches. Some also were interested in studying China-specific social problems and how social work institutes, hospitals and senior centers operate. The leading faculty member that accompanied them has research experience relating to China’s aging population. This trip was first created in 2014.
Site visits were arranged to give students the opportunity to not only see the different types of social work locations in China, but also to have the opportunity to interact with people of all ages.
The students felt like this trip gave them the opportunity to learn and experience the social work system and social programs in China, giving them a new, more well-rounded, perspective. They felt that having this experience could help them approach social issues in different ways, especially the issue of an aging population. Additionally, they felt that their immersion in Chinese culture will help them when returning home and working with clients with Chinese heritage. Upon completion of this trip, many felt that they would like to live abroad.