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 world’s problems are everyone’s 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 culture’s
• 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 http://www.naswdc.org.