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Social workers from the United States are
needed to help developing countries build up their
welfare programs and train social welfare personnel.
Rapid change is bringing about demand for expanded
social services which in turn call for more skilled man-
power. The outlook for the next decade is gloomy
unless outside aid can be forthcoming.
By taking foreign assignments, American social
workers not only help where help is most needed but
also gain experience that makes them more valuable
members of the staffs of American agencies when
they return to the country. Theory, techniques,
and programs are improved and perspective is gained
through more universal testing and sharing.
Types of Foreign Assignments
Opportunities for American social workers to
work or study abroad are usually limited to persons
who have had considerable training and experience,
since the work generally involves advising a foreign
country on the development of its programs. Gradu-
ation from a school of social work is a must. Advi-
sory positions are in such fields as social welfare
administration, training, family and child welfare,
community development. Appointments by agencies
like the United Nations or the United States Agency
for International Development are usually for a
minimum of 2 years.
Under the Fulbright programs, there are some
study and lecture opportunities abroad for American
social workers. Study and observation assignments
require less experience than lectureships and are
usually for 1 year. The Peace Corps and a few
voluntary agencies are offering volunteer opportunities
for social workers, including those just beginning
Welfare Administration Services
The Welfare Administration, working closely
with the professional associations and national agen-
cies, has established the following services to help
agencies find qualified staffs and to help social workers
find satisfying overseas assignments:
Clearinghouse for Overseas Personnel
A clearinghouse has been established to
handle inquiries from social workers seeking overseas
opportunities, and to suggest candidates for such
Inquiries from social workers are received and
answered with current general information about
Three rosters are maintained:
1. Roster of available candidates.
2. Roster of social workers currently abroad.
3. Roster of those returned, but not immediately
available for other overseas assignments.
Candidates will be referred to agencies or organiza-
tions, with the expectation that the agency will
make its own determination as to qualifications for
the job, etc.
Up-to-date information about opportunities for
employment or study abroad. is maintained at all
There is continuing close liaison with "user
Activities are coordinated with social work and
other professional organizations.
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Social Workers Going Overseas
In order to increase the effectiveness of the
social worker undertaking a new international assign-
ment, the Welfare Administration supplements
orientation of the employing or other agency by:
Making available a country file with information
and reports of social workers previously in the
Briefing on the overall United States social welfare
structure, trends, programs.
Arranging conferences with appropriate Govern-
ment officials, social workers with experience in the
country concerned, etc.
Backstopping Social Workers When Overseas
Insofar as possible, the Welfare Administra-
tion will send to American social workers overseas
kits of newly published material so that they can keep
up-to-date on social welfare developments within the
The Welfare Administration will also meet
special requests for material or advice on a specific
subject or project.
Replacement on Return
When a social worker is ready to return from
a foreign assignment, he can get information about
public welfare positions and suggestions about other
points of contact.
If a continuing career abroad is desired, the
Welfare Administration can offer help to arrange
reassignment in the same or another country.
For further details inquiries may be addressed
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