Hannah Szlyk, a Ph.D. student, spent time in Lima for a Spanish & Human Services program recently. She has an experienced take on the program and how to properly prepare for such a program.
Hannah gets down to business and has excellent guidelines as to how to act and reflect upon one’s time abroad and in practicing social work.
0:25 – Ph.D. student in social work, former clinical social worker
1:17 – Did her classmates’ backgrounds prepare them for travel abroad?
3:20 – Spanish level going in
3:58 – A week in Lima before Spanish immersion program
5:41 – Spanish improvement factors
6:50 – Staying away from English speakers
7:56 – Shadowing/volunteer opportunities
9:01 – Applying program to career in research and teaching
10:26 – Life with a host family
11:07 – Proper preparation before going abroad – discrimination and varying perceptions
13:21 – Language program vs. language program with a professional element
14:08 – A social workers’ professional life
15:57 – Be prepared!
18:45 – Vale la pena