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Research on Taiwanese Social Workers’ Experiences of International Social Work
International social work
Looking back at the history of development in Taiwan, it’s obvious to see the shift in Taiwan’s role, from a recipient country to a country which is able to provide aid. There are various kinds of Non-Governmental Organizations in Taiwan that supply aid overseas, of which working through implementing social work methods are included. However, people in Taiwan are still not familiar with what international social work is; articles and discourses which are related to international social work are not abundant in Taiwan either. As a matter of fact, international social work has been developed and discussed internationally for over 80 years. In addition, in the tide of globalization, more and more social problems stemming from international pressures and events need to be addressed. All the above manifest the significance of international social work. This study used purposive sampling to invite six Taiwanese social workers who have been working in overseas branches established by the Non-Governmental Organizations in Taiwan for over a year. Through conducting in-depth interviews, we are able to grasp all the research participants’ plentiful life stories. The research has found that most of the participants think their experiences are extremely meaningful in their lives. All the details of working with different people or departments, and the obstacles or challenges that they confronted in foreign countries are incredibly precious and rare. Furthermore, the result of the research demonstrates that international social work in Taiwan is still in an early stage while it possesses its own strengths and weakness. Accordingly, the study also provides suggestions regarding social work education, practice, policy and so on.
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