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Study Abroad

The Social Work Department at Elizabethtown College highly encourages its majors to study abroad, either in a traditional long-term study abroad program or through one of the many short-term opportunities offered by the College.

Semester study abroad

Social Work students traditionally study abroad either in the spring semester of their sophomore year or fall semester of their senior year. In an effort to promote study abroad in the fall of the senior year, the department has worked with Brethren Colleges Abroad (BCA) to establish internships abroad in English-speaking countries, such as India, and Spanish-speaking countries, such as Ecuador.

In Chennai, India at Madras Christian College, a range of internship possibilities are available including children's organizations, women's rights groups and organizations working with those who have been victims of sex trafficking. Students will also take courses at the school including Social Problems in India. More information is available at the BCA website.

Elizabethtown has also developed a partnership in The Gambia in western Africa with St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Students are able to intern with the Department of Social Services or a non-governmental agency.

Short-term study abroad

The Social Work department sponsors different short term trips. In recent years, we have traveled to Vietnam and Honduras. Each trip encompasses service learning with members of the culture together with cultural excursions. These are often done over winter or summer break.

May-Term Service Learning Trip to Vietnam

Dr. Peggy McFarland from the Social Work Department and Dr. Jodi Yorty from the Biology Department lead a service learning trip every other year to Vietnam during May Term. This trip is open to all majors from Elizabethtown College and will next be offered in 2015.  In May 2013, they traveled on a 17-day adventure and journey of meaningful service learning through Vietnam.  They teamed up with Brittany's Hope Foundation to travel to this exotic land of ancient beauty and deep history.  They visited Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Da Nang, and Hoi An and visited the Vietnam War museum and the Cu Chi Tunnels.  All this while they hosted parties and field trips for the children, build cribs and provided care to the children in orphanages.  If you are coming to Elizabethtown College, plan to come along on our next Vietnam trip and make a difference to an abandoned child.

Trip costs include round-trip air travel, visa, double/triple hotel rooms with air conditioning, sightseeing tours, transportation including in-country flights and meals.  Involvement in fundraising for the supplies and resources for the children is part of this trip requirement.

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Enrollment in the following two courses is also required for the May-term trip:

SW 346 Exploring the Culture and Social Services of Vietnam

2 credits.  This course serves as an introduction to the history and culture of Vietnam as it relates to the social problems and social services in modern-day Vietnam.  Lectures will provide background on social services and non-profit organizations, specifically Brittany's Hope Foundation.  Class periods will focus on the Vietnam War and development of basic language and communication skills.  Later class periods will focus on the development of appropriate age and ability level activities for the children.  Finally, there will be a focus on successful fundraising strategies.  The course is a prerequisite for students participating in the May-term service learning trip to Vietnam.

SW 347 May Term in Vietnam

2 credits.  This course is comprised of a seventeen-day international trip to Vietnam.  Students will have the opportunity to examine issues of culture, poverty, social development, and the needs of orphaned children in Vietnam through direct service learning, lectures, and reflective sessions.

Contact Dr. McFarland at or Dr. Yorty at if you are interested in adding your name to the list of potentially interested students.

To learn more about our traveling partner, Brittany's Hope Foundation, check out their website at






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