The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is taking international social work courses on the road as it teams up for an India abroad experience with the Southern Illinois University Carbondale School of Social Work, December 27 through January 11, and an El Salvador travel program from December 8-16 with International Partners in Mission.
Both programs have limited enrollments and are open to undergraduate and graduate students, alumni and professionals. Each trip offers three-credit hours towards a college degree or 30 CEU for professionals seeking continuing education units.
MSASS offers the international experiences to enable students to see comparative social service systems and gain new insights into the social service needs of people in the United States and abroad. During spring break at Case Western Reserve, undergraduate and graduate students can participate in educational trips to the Netherlands and Kenya. The social work school is currently organizing trips to Kenya and Denmark for 2008.
Each experience exposes future and current social workers to the cultures and non governmental agencies of these countries that work in the arena of education, health, public policy and international funding, according to Deborah Jacobson, director of the international studies program.
In addition to the exposure to the social services, each study experience includes recreational travel. In India, the group will take excursions to New Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai (Bombay). In El Salvador, the group will learn and experience Salvadoran culture and history by visiting Mejicanos, San Salvador and Zaragoza.
The approximate fee for the India program is $3,900 and $1,700 for El Salvador. This fee does not include tuition or cost of CEUs ($400.00). The fees include international airfare, in-country travel, meals, double occupancy accommodation, instructional materials, agency visits, guest lecturers, program fees and most excursions and cultural events. The El Salvador trip will also have interpreters and regional staff guides. To reserve a place, send a non-refundable deposit of $250 (payable to Southern Illinois University for the India trip and Case Western Reserve University for El Salvador) by September 4 and contact Jacobson at: firstname.lastname@example.org of intentions to enroll in the course. To learn more about the trip and to apply, visit http://msass.case.edu/international/index.html.
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