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Amer Abdulghafoor & Rachel Marks

Global Independent Study
Capetown, South Africa

Amer Abdulghafoor (MSW '15) and Rachel Marks (MSW '15) visit Cape Town, South Africa while doing a Global Independent Study with a local organization.

Marisa Horn

Global Independent Study
Capetown, South Africa

Marisa Horn (MSW '16) sees the sights in Capetown, South Africa. Marisa worked with One Heart Source, a non-profit organization that brings in volunteers to mentor and tutor youth.

Lauren Birks

Peace Corps Masters at Michigan
Costa Rica

Lauren Birks (MSW '17) supported youth through her work as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica. While there, she was able to connect with locals, enjoy the food, culture and language, and travel to various places around the country, all the while representing the University of Michigan.

Charlie Brink

Global Independent Study

Charlie Brink (MSW '17) participated in research in eastern Congo, a country she has become familiar with through a Peace Corps experience there. She visited a fellow Peace Corps volunteer, Claudia Roen (left) in Namibia while staying with her host family there, The Zimbas (center).

Julianne Fewless

Global Independent Study
Koondoola, Australia

Julianne Fewless (MSW '15) interacts with animals in Australia while teaching primary school children of refugees in the city of Koondoola.

Missy Orr

Global Activities Scholars Program
Nashik, Maharashtra

Missy Orr (MSW '16) explores the Pandavleni Caves in Nashik Maharashtra for a weekend while doing a global field placement in Mumbai, India.

Brandon Patterson

Previous OGA Staff
Cristo Redentor, Rio de Janeiro

Brandon Patterson (MA/MSI '17) visits Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janeiro during his research on maker spaces and learning centers in and around Brazil. Brandon was previously an SSW staff member, advising School of Social Work students in developing projects of their own for Global Independent Study.

Tricia Schmidt

Global Independent Study
Machu Picchu

Tricia Schmidt (MSW '15) visits Macchu Picchu after a summer independent study teaching kindergartners in Cusco, Peru.

Nikki Azzaretti

Global Independent Study
Moshi, Tanzania

Nikki Azzaretti (MSW '16) goes on a safari after volunteering in a nursery school in Moshi, Tanzania.

Katie Lopez

OGA Staff
Seoul, South Korea

Katie Lopez (MSW '10) sits at the doorway of a traditional hanok in Seoul, South Korea. She was there attending the International Social Work Conference with ten students and five faculty representing the U-M's School of Social Work.

Alyssa Van Hofwegen

Global Activities Scholars Program
University of Haifa, Israel

Alyssa Van Hofwegen (MSW '16) visits the Sea of Galilee while doing a global field placement with the University of Haifa in Israel.

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