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Social work is all about improving the lives of other
individuals and communities. This
often involves interacting with people from cultures quite different than your
own; and more often than not, it tackles issues such as poverty, human rights,
and development. Of course, the
United States is not the only country to face these issues. People all over the world are suffering
from social injustices, and every country approaches their problems with unique
policies. Studying abroad somewhere
new can bring you a fresh perspective how to approach things and a better
knowledge of what works and what doesn’t.
Just as important as understanding the issues, however, is
understanding how to communicate with people from other backgrounds. What better way to practice cross-cultural
communication than by studying abroad?
By spending time in another country, you can meet people from all walks
of life. If you seek out an
internship or volunteer opportunity, you can also learn how to best help the
locals in need. You can return
home with great stories and examples to share with friends and potential
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