The Social Work Department at Elizabethtown College highly encourages its majors to study abroad, either in a long-term study abroad program (a semester or a year) 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 New Zealand, and Spanish-speaking countries, such as Ecuador and Mexico.
For example, 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.
In Mexico, students can intern at Matraca, a center that works with street children. In New Zealand, students have interned at a community development agency working to develop youth support programs and at a community mental health center.
More information is available at the BCA website.
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.
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 2017. Participants travel through Vietnam and engage in a variety of cultural activities, as well as engaging in service at orphanages and street children centers, with our in-country partner organization, Brittany's Hope. www.BrittanysHope.org.