Share social work knowledge!

judith van der Iest Start Date: Nov 2, 2017 - End Date: Aug 1, 2018
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Professional Development
  • Volunteer Trip
  • India
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Nepal
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

My Travel Story

by: judith van der Iest Start Date: Nov 2, 2017 - End Date: Aug 1, 2018
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Professional Development
  • Volunteer Trip
Hi everyone,
I'm Judith, 23 years old and I live and study in Amsterdam.

Before I tell you more what I want to do and why I'm starting this fundraiser, I will tell you in one sentence what my plan is. I want to exchange and transfer my social work knowledge, to people in other countries that don’t have the money to invest in it.

July 2018 I will be graduating from university as a social worker. In the last 8 years, I've been working with different kinds of people. I worked with elderly people, people with a disability, people with an addiction, people with psychological problem, refugees and with children from a township in South Africa. I also did my fair share of traveling, and I'm not quite done yet. 

The course I'm doing right now is allowing me to write down my dream and find a way to make it happen. My biggest dream is to travel the world and help out anywhere I can. With my social work background, I really think I can contribute in other countries and show them how we do it in Holland, they might can use things we use here. The international definition of social work is: ''The social work profession promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance well-being. Utilising theories of human behaviour and social systems, social work intervenes at the points where people interact with their environments. Principles of human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work''. In holland we do it a little different, we first look at the client and after that we stretch it to society. To name an example, we try to look at the things that they can do instead of looking what they can't do anymore. That way the whole approach is more positive and they might think in a more positive way. In Holland social work is a real job, it's a 4 year study with the first 2 years full of case studies, roleplaying, reflecting and a lot of theorie. In the third year you work in the field, and in the last year you have a chance to find more depth in a minor by own choice, and you finish with research.  During these 4 years we become the toolbox, and the tools are the methods and techniques. I really think Dutch social workers can use these tools in countries where they have social work as an acedemic study. We would be able to translate the outcomes of the results to the field. But we would also could be a huge asset to countries where social work hasn't really been developed yet. We could show them codes and ethical guidelines we use, and try to implement it there. But it's not only that I can teach them, I'm also very interested in the way how social workers work in other countries do things, that way I can bring back the good things back to Holland and try to implement that here. That way we can learn from one and other. 

The first country I want to visit and would like to stay for a long period of time is India. I’ve read a lot about women in India and that rape is a common thing. Every time a new story is posted in the newspaper I get goose bumps. Older women, girls my ages and even really young girls. I want to help these women and girls out, even if it’s small, like trying to forget the things that happened just for a little while. By doing something fun and trying to laugh. I already found a couple of organisations that i'm interested in. ........

If you want to help me with making my dream come true and also help others, that would be amazing! The ammount I'm trying to fundraise is not only to help me getting there, but also to have a change to buy things that I need to succeed to help others. 

If you have any questions, just send me a message.

Lots of love,
Judith
  • India
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Nepal
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam