International Social Work

International Social Work
International Social Work

Why International Social Work?

I raise my voice not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.- Malala Yousafzai


In times of globalization and an evolving world society, many of the problems social workers deal with are no longer solely focused on regional and national efforts, but international ones as well

Even when working at a national level, researchers in the field of social work are coming into contact with varying cultures

As it becomes more obvious that the worlds problems are everyones problems, social workers will play a larger part of world affairs.- NASW

Social workers are called to raise awareness for the rights of humans across international boarders

Social workers are called to address issues of social justice around the world

International Social Work adheres with NASW Core Competencies

Competency 2: Engage diversity and difference in practice - through practicing social work in an international environment, social workers develop practical behaviors such as

Understanding the structure of a culture

Understanding why the values of a culture may, marginalize, oppress, alienate or create or enhance privilege and power.(NASW, 2014)

Become self aware so to eliminate personal biases and preconceived notions

Competency 3: Advance human rights and social and economic justice

Experience oppression and discrimination in different cultures

      • Advocate for human rights and social and economic justice



SEE ANEW: The heart of see anew is the concept of transformation and reconciliation

International social work is transforming

Through living, working and interacting with different cultures, the minds, hearts, and souls of social workers, and the people they are serving, are transformed as they experience cultures and ways of life different from their own

International social work ignites reconciliation

International social workers navigate global issues and engage to unite seemingly incompatible people and ideas



Borrmann, S. (2007). International social work: Social problems, cultural issues and social work education. Opladen: Barbara Budrich.


 National Association of Social Workers. (2014, January 1).  Retrieved December 1, 2014, from