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Visiting a bilingual school in a neighboring city, this photo captures an art lesson I gave on emotion identification. I found art as an engaging method to prompt students to explore their emotions, while recognizing the emotions of others.

Allison Demaagd

Internship in Guatemala

  • Curriculum Track:
    20 Month

I was abroad for 10 weeks for my Global Independent Study project. My project involved working with children and youth in Guatemala. I provided after school academic support, and engaged students in social emotional learning through art and adventure.

Please tell me about your project and what that experience was like for you.

Daniel Fischer is an amazing instructor and assisted me through an experiential learning process. Communicating my experience through pre and most meetings and weekly emails allowed me to prep, process, and self-reflect. By assisting youth in homework, my supervisor demonstrated an effective method to address mental health needs in a community where mental health remains taboo.

What advice would you give, based on your own experience, to students considering Global Independent Study?

Accept challenge and embrace discomfort. It will not be an easy experience and it will grow you. Social workers often support people in a vulnerable place. It is important for social workers to experience and practice this same vulnerability.

Poster Archive of Previous Student Project: Empowering the Minds of the Future for Youth in Guatemala

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