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 exchange that examines the different perspectives, issues and methods faced by child and youth care workers in another country.
Learning from a different perspective
Third-year BCYC students can register in the international section of CYCW 303: Relational Practice. Students travel to the Republic of Ireland on a 10-12 day trip. The BCYC program has setup an exchange with the Athlone Institute of Technology’s Social Care program, as well as, visits with a number of youth care agencies.
Students experience the effects of Ireland’s unique history of religious strife, civil unrest, foreign rule and the current recession in a way not possible in the classroom. They gain a firsthand understanding of how history, culture, religion and current political events all coalesce to create unique systems of practice.
Students 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.