Help Me Practice Social Work In Ghana!

Fredericka Brinkley Start Date: Apr 28, 2018 - End Date: Sep 4, 2018
  • Accra, Ghana

My Travel Story

by: Fredericka Brinkley Start Date: Apr 28, 2018 - End Date: Sep 4, 2018
            I am excited to tell you about a life changing international field placement program with the University of Alabama School of Social Work. While I am eager to embark on this three month international field placement in Accra, Ghana, I need your help to make this dream possible through prayers and financial assistance. This field placement will give me enough credit hours to end my undergraduate career here at The University of Alabama. Graduating a semester early, I will be obtaining a B.S. in Social Work with a 3.9 grade point average. Any support that will help me accomplish my dream of positively changing the world will be greatly appreciated.

              It was through the School of Social Work at UA that I found a passion in International Social Work. I began to develop an interest in working with developing communities that need assistance with sustainable development, human rights, and social justice. This new passion challenged me to not only change the lives of others nationally, but internationally as well. As a result, I decided to participate in UA’s School of Social Work International Field Placement Program in Accra, Ghana; an experience that will afford me the opportunity to complete 450 practice hours and expand the social work skills learned in the classroom. In Accra, I will also be partnering with the Department of Community Development (DoC), to provide needs assessments to mobilize a community through health education, skills training, empowerment to women and youth, and assistance with income generating activities.

            As an African American female, the possibility of traveling to Africa, specifically to practice social work with a predominantly black community will be life changing. The financial aspect of the field placement program does concern me because where many choose between work and extracurricular activities, I choose both. While the financial barriers of the Social Work International Field Placement Program is unsettling, I believe that you will be able to help me achieve this life changing experience through your prayers and financial assistance.

Thank you so much!
  • Accra, Ghana