School of Social Work Continues Offering Service Learning in South Africa

The Howard University School of Social Work, International Service Learning Program celebrates eight years of offering School of Social Work graduate students opportunities for experiential learning in Cape Town, South Africa. Born out of a student initiative to expand perspectives to gain more understanding of international social work education during spring break and under the leadership of Dean Sandra Edmonds Crewe, the ISL Program continues partnerships with almost 15 community-based and national organizations, including the National Association of Social Workers – South Africa, Western Cape.

The program is comprised of structured course seminars through the spring semester, a 10-day in-country experience including a service day and a closing seminar and community forum for the wider Howard University Community and alumni participants. The ISL Program has reached more than 190 students and an estimated 50 inter-professional faculty and alumni within and outside of Howard University.

This international service learning experience provides the opportunity for professional development in exposure to international social work practice, research and policy. The experience also includes real-world application in social work fields of practice including: criminal justice, displaced populations, family and child welfare, health, mental health and social gerontology. In addition, the Program’s preparation for leadership, supports the University’s mission of continuing to produce leaders for America and the Global Community.

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