International Conference on Social Work

Less than a week after my arrival, after staying up late dealing with a broken water pipe and getting up at the crack of dawn to stand in line at the Foreign Police office, I participated in an international conference.  I was completely exhausted and the conference went until 9pm – but it was also fantastic.

I met with academics in social work, sociology, and law from all over Europe, learning about their social welfare systems and about foster care (my research topic).  I heard lectures from professors from: Norway, Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Romania, Italy, France, Portugal, UK, the Czech Republic, and from a member of the EU parliament.  I found the talks about Russia and Romania to the be most interesting, but all were good.  I came away with a lot of business cards and connections.  One person told me of a colleague doing similar work as me in the Netherlands and when I gave her my info, she came to me the next day and said her colleague already knew of me and had read my work.  I can’t wait to connect with her – when I have a moment to catch my breath.









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