Through the auto-ethnographic dialogue between a student and tutor, this chapter explores the learning international placements can bring to social work students. The chapter considers key themes common to both participants as they reflect on the reciprocity of learning, which is generated by the unique challenges of undertaking a social work placement in another country. The dynamic of the relationship is explored in harmony with the ebb of flow of the international learning experience, offering an insightful shift in the understanding of both social work practice, and the impact of self. The investment by student and tutor reveals an enriched comprehension of the reciprocity of learning through trust and mutual respect, reified by the challenge of distance in the student’s learning environment. This result is not only an enhanced understanding of international social work but also of the self and the pivotal nature of the learning relationship.
|Title of host publication||Practice Placement in Social Work|
|Subtitle of host publication||Innovative Approaches for Effective Teaching and Learning|
|Editors||Avril Bellinger, Deirdre Ford|
|Place of Publication||Policy Press|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2016|