The unique beliefs, values, culture, perceptions and history of each child and youth worker influence not only their worldviews, but their work with children, youth and families.
MacEwan University’s Bachelor of Child and Youth Care (BCYC) recognizes the value of helping students expand their worldviews. The program offers an international study tour that examines the different perspectives, issues and methods faced by child and youth care workers in other countries.
Learning from a different perspective
BCYC students can choose to participate in an international study tour for one of their third-year classes. As part of the course, Students travel to the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland on a 10-12 day trip. While away, they will visit Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland, Strathclyde University in Scotland, as well as, several youth care agencies. Students will also have cultural and historical experiences through organized tours and during their free time. The course also includes on-campus classes/meetings, interactive assignments and presentations.
Students gain a firsthand understanding of how history, culture, religion and current political events all coalesce to create unique systems of practice. They return to MacEwan University with a new understanding of the importance of different perspectives, of understanding the past to make sense of today and how to apply this in the practice of child and youth care.