The Development Of A Social Work

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1. Describe the development of your interest in social work. Please discuss any volunteer or paid experiences in human services, community work, or other experiences that contributed to your choice of social work as a profession.

1. My interest in social work began with taking a semester off of school during my undergraduate career. I was given the opportunity to live and work in Puerto Rico. This season away from classes allowed me time to search for a career and a major that would best fit my interests, values, and skills. I felt that social work was the only major that adequately reflected this. After returning to school to begin my social work classes, my interest in the field began to develop more fully. The following summer I was able to live and work in Costa Rica with Nicaraguan immigrant teenage girls living in extreme poverty. I began to understand how systems and cycles of poverty can affect the individual. I learned that these girls were not only suffering from monetary poverty, but also of poverty of relationships, lack of education, and cycles of abuse. These different types of poverty allowed little opportunity to overcome such circumstances on their own.

I continued to work with Hispanic women in my undergraduate internship. I worked at a local family resource center in Asheville, NC providing direct and indirect social work services to Latino mothers. My interest in working with marginalized peoples increased by learning about the everyday struggle
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