International SW Opportunities
Comparative Social Welfare Systems: Dublin, Republic of Ireland / Belfast, Northern Ireland
Twelve days in a country of abundant natural beauty, magnificent stately homes, and warm welcoming people with a fascinating, and sometimes “ferocious” history. Time in the heart of Dublin, one of “Western Europe’s most popular and delightful urban destinations”, and the rest of the time in Northern Ireland: touring cultural and historic venues, learning about child and family services with an underlying focus on the continuing peace and reconciliation process in Northern Ireland.
We meet with practicing social workers and social work students. A major focus is understanding the dynamics of the “Irish/Anglo troubles”, the oppression and trauma of the violent years and most importantly, how a community and individuals heal.
SW 785/885 Comparative Social Welfare Systems is offered during the first summer session.
Social Action in the Dominican Republic:
Exploring Culture, Poverty, Human Rights, and SocialJustice in a Developing Caribbean Nation
This course examines issues of culture, poverty, social development, and social justice in the Dominican Republic through direct service learning work and preparatory and reflective class sessions and discussions. Students will have the opportunity to examine development issues that have plagued the island nation for years and current efforts to address these concerns. In March 2016, students and a UNH faculty member will embark on a Service Learning Adventure to work in the bateys of the Dominican Republic. Past projects have included the building of schools, clinics, community centers, and residential houses. Additionally, we will be working in local schools, orphanages, and child welfare centers. While we will spend our days working on the designatedconstruction project and in the schools, our afternoons and evenings will be spent learning about social services in the DR from community leaders and activists, participating in cross-cultural activities with community members, learning about Dominican life and history, and reflecting upon our days’ activities. We will visit other local Haitian immigrant communities (bateyes), spend an evening on the town in Santo Domingo, spend a night with a local family, visit local beaches, learn to dance salsa, bachata and merengue from our Dominican friends, and much more!
SW 706/806 is being offered March 2018
Zunz Travel Scholarship
The purpose of the Sharyn Zunz Scholarship Fund is to provide meritorious scholarship support to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Social Work and participating in an international or domestic academic study and travel program through the University. Recipients must demonstrate financial need and be in good academic standing.
Dr. Zunz, Faculty Emerita in the Department of Social Work, believes that travel is a means of widening one’s perspectives through firsthand exposure to people and cultural institutions beyond the traveler’s usual experience. She established this scholarship to enable graduate and undergraduate social work students to participate in educationally sponsored travel with the goal of expanding their appreciation for the diversity of human experiences.
The spring scholarship provides $1400 in funding to 1-2 students