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Handbook of International Social WorkHuman Rights, Development, and the Global Profession$
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Lynne M. Healy and Rosemary J. Link

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333619

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.001.0001

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International Careers in Social Work

International Careers in Social Work

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(p.475) 71 International Careers in Social Work
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Handbook of International Social Work
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Amy Bess

Rosemary J. Link

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.003.0071

This chapter describes the many opportunities for social workers to practice internationally. It focuses on the specific out-of-country-of-origin experience of social workers who intentionally choose to practice beyond their familiar nation-state borders. It encourages social workers to include international social work in their career vision, for example by taking up direct practice opportunities in another country by working for an international organization, such as an NGO or United Nations agency; studying or participating in a field placement in a new country, ideally in a different experience of social and economic development; or volunteering or taking advantage of fellowship opportunities in a global nonprofit organization. To complement the discussion of international opportunities, the chapter includes narrative from a number of practicing international social workers as well as a list of resources for further information.

Keywords:   social work practice, international social workers, international practice, international social work

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