Posts Tagged "DU GSSW"

Home Again

Home…home…home. Home is where the heart is, a cliché that means more to me now than before. With my partner, so far away, I was ready to return to the place my heart is, with him. Yet, leaving South Africa was bitter sweet. The people I met and left behind ...

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Home Again

Home…home…home. Home is where the heart is, a cliché that means more to me now than before. With my partner, so far away, I was ready to return to the place my heart is, with him. Yet, leaving South Africa was bitter sweet. The people I met and left behind ...

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The Haven

  The Haven shelters, though sharing a name, do not have the same programs from site to site. However, all sites have the same goal, to help clients regain their dignity. This may be done through family reunification, substance use programs, earning a paycheck, or finding independent housing.  My first ...

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Langa Langa

Langa, a place that can greeted me with dancing, hugs and a home cooked meal, yet, we were also warned that it can be dangerous. Langa is a place where a warm woman, the age of my mother, cares for her granddaughter, laughed with me, played cards with me, and locked me in at night ...

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The Wilderness

What is it about the wilderness that makes it a background for introspection? As human beings, do we have to get away from a city in order to have the space and time to look within ourselves? Did humankind build cities to escape our own thoughts? Cities provide a space ...

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6 days and counting….

As my departure day for South Africa nears, my anxiety levels starts to rise. I’m a little saddened that I’ll be away from my family for three weeks. But on the other hand, I’m very excited and grateful for this wonderful opportunity/journey that lies ahead. And since this is the last week of fall ...

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El arte en el trabajo

Un vitral en PANI. Hoy, después de un viaje largo, regresé a Denver. Durante las semanas pasadas, me sentí un poco de frustración que fuimos demasiados ocupados y no tenía bastante tiempo para reflexionar. No estaba segura que hubiéramos hecho una deferencia en las vidas de la gente. Tampoco no estaba ...

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Umm, Yeah I’ll Take A Slice of That American Pie…With a Side of Privilege Please?

It is a well-known fact that nobody can pick their background.  We are all born into a certain history of time, in a certain cultural wave, in a certain generation, with certain characteristics, the list is endless.  Point is, we are all unique folks existing within the current of modern ...

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A Lifelong Learner

One of the greatest preocupaciones that I had coming into this trip was how little I knew about Costa Rica. As social workers, we always place such great emphasis on learning from and working al lado de la comunidad. Whenever someone asked me what exactly I would be doing in ...

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A Student Perspective on the Certificate for Social Work with Latinos/as

The certificate program consists of 4 mandatory classes and a field placement that includes at least 30% time in Spanish. The four classes are: 1. Critical Perspectives in the Latino Context: taught by Oscar Samoza, this class is a great way to get a taste for using Spanish academically and to draw ...

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