SWEDEN-INDIA Project – August 2013

Sweden-India Project is a cross cultural training programme in social work. Students from different universities of Sweden choose this training programme and have field visits, seminar and  group conferences  to understand Indian social work, social problems,  intervention strategies and methods at individual, group and community level. While they go through this programme, culture becomes framework in which they study the above. They are here on 15 week field study. They are doing their undergraduate programme in social work. The programme has 7 semesters. They are either in their 5th or 6th semester. They will get 15 credit points on successful completion of this project. This project started in 1994. Currently 4 universities are participating in this project. So far, approximately 700 students have gone through this training. They visit urban, rural, tribal community projects dealing with problems related to economically, socially marginalized communities and groups. They attempt to understand these dimensions at micro and macro level. Seminars and group meetings are designed to make this learning, observation relevant to Swedish and other International social work programme.

Following students are participating this semester

aug-2013-batch

Group-A

  1. Shodoul Sabaana:  21 years old.   She is from Stockholm University.  Worked  in elderly care, looking after their needs. Keen to understand how Indian culture works and deals with social problems.

  2. Olivia Thunborg: 23 years old from Stockholm University. Traveled to South Africa and Asia . Has worked in various areas , including being personal assistant for a boy with social handicap. . Keen to understand how Indian culture works and deals with social problems.

  3. Sang Kim Ngo: 22 years old from Orebro university. Comes originally from Vietnam. Social problems are in multiple levels and the society as a whole. She wants to see how group level and structural levels are in Indian social work context. Another important goal is to get to know self through this field practice.

  4. Michelle Soderstorm: 23 years old from Orebro university. Works as a volunteer in Karhuset, a place where students hangout and spend time. She wants to deepen her knowledge in International social work and how practical social work differs in different cultures. She views this visit as an opportunity to develop herself, and understand how cultures deal with social problems.

  5. Lwam Tesfagergs: 22 years old from Orebro University. Her parents are from Eritrea which has influenced her in both cultures.  Excited to study different social aspects of the host culture and focus on building relationships and trust and overcoming cultural differences.

  6. Amira Jeh: 21 years old from Orebro University. She has her roots from Thailand and Malaysia. She worked as a support assistant for people with addiction and mental disabilities. She views this visit as an opportunity to develop herself, and understand how cultures deal with social problems.

  7. Cecilia Ramqvist: 23 years old from Stockholm University. She has big interest in psychology, sociology and human relationships. This interest led her to do social work program. She has come to India for three months . She views this visit as an opportunity to develop herself, and understand how cultures deal with social problems.

  8. Nora Hozli: 26 years old , from Mid Sweden University. Her experiences of social work began with the Save the Children project for unaccompanied youth refugees. She was in charge of the entire project. Has special interest in immigration and integration issues, partly because her parents come from another culture.

  9. Anna Heinemann: 27 years old from Stockholm University.  She did voluntary work in Kibbutz, Baram Israel.  She also had done voluntary work with Swedish association for victim support. She joined a study tour to Kenya as project of project assignment. Excited to study different social aspects of the host culture and focus on building relationships and trust and overcoming cultural differences..

Group-B 

  1. Ellinor Harlen: 20 years old from Mid Sweden University. She is a positive and creative person. Loves to meet  people.  Joined this project to understand how cultures deal with social problems differently.

  2. Evelina Lomstad: 23 years old from Mid Sweden University. Worked  in elderly care. This experience gave her the interest in working with people and with difficult situations. She wants to do this field practice abroad to widen her references about culture and gain deeper understanding of the role of social worker.

  3. Julia Kallenberg:  20 years old from Mid Sweden University. Been to India once before.  Has worked  in a preschool, taking care of children between three and four. Keen to understand how Indian culture works and deals with social problems.

  4. Erika Norlin: 28 years old from Stockholm University. She has big interest in Global social work and International Human Rights.  She has worked as treatment assistant for people with various forms of physical and psychological disabilities. She has  travelled extensively around Asia, Australia, Africa and South America. She wants to deepen her knowledge in International social work and how practical social work differs in different cultures.

  5. Maria Lindqvist: 28 years old from Stockholm University. Has studied journalism and media communication.  She has worked with Swedish Migration Board asylum unit,  organizing accommodation for asylum seekers, worked with the homeless  providing support and shelter and as a journalist and columnist. Wants to broaden her understanding of how social problems and interventions differ in different cultures.

  6. Emelie Kjellberg:  24 years old from Orebro University. Wants to challenge her and see how the situation is in other countries through personal experiences. . She wants to do this field practice abroad to widen her references about culture and gain deeper understanding of the role of social worker.

  7. Lovisa Nordell: 29 years old from Linkoping University.  Has worked in hospital with mentally ill patients, worked as a volunteer with an organization for children rights in Sweden Wants to broaden her understanding of how social problems and interventions differ in different cultures.

  8. Sunna Nordgren:  26 years old from Stockholm University. Has India connection through her father. Has extensive travelling and work experience in varied fields. Consulting firm, recruitment companies, banking and administration, corporate branding, election ombudsman etc. worked with people with disabilities as a personal assistant.

Group-A

1.     Agnes Sundberg: 22 years old, From Mid-Sweden university. Worked as children club leader, ,had a summer job as a nursing assistant along with medical delegation. Has travelled and worked in other cultures.

2.    Ms. Cecilia Larm: 22 years old from Orebro university. Familiar with Khurdish, Chilean and Turkish culture. Keen on working in the area of International social work. This India exposure will give her better understanding of social work in other cultures.

3.     Shilan Caliskan: 22 years old from Orebro University. Parents moved from Kurdish part of Turkey in 89. Very interested to work with International  Social work, compare social problems between two cultures.

4.     Sara Gustaffson – 23 years old, from Orebro University.  Travelled in South East Asia. During this time, she met fellow travelers as well as local people to understand culture. She wants to learn about social work in other countries and broaden her understanding.

5.     Sandra Svensson : 24 years old, from Mid Sweden University.  Specialised study for international, intercultural social work program. Has worked at social welfare office , as a treatment assistant for people with psychological problems.  First field practice was with working with adolescents between 17-19 years old.

6.    Ms. Leyla Abic: From Orebro University. Originally from Kurdistan. Moved Sweden when 15 days old. She views this experience as developing self and also have the opportunity to see theory and practice in another culture. To see social problems and address it another culture will be a valuable learning.

 

7.     Josefin Widen Wadell:  21 years old ,From Mid Sweden University.  Worked as an assistant for forensic psychiatry  care within psychiatric settings. Very keen to get global perspective of social problems and intervention.  Also had worked as treatment centre in the group program helping the residents who had Down’s syndrome.

8.       Jonna Sohlberg:  21 years old from Mid-Sweden University.  Had first field placement at a social service office working with children and family team writing investigative reports of prospective foster home parents and financial aid. Have also worked with substance abuse and dependence team and assisted people with alcohol problems.

9.     Frida Berzelius: 21 years old from Orebro university. Travelled a lot around and studied German language in Germany. Lived abroad and got perspectives. She wants to see social work practice beyond the European models that she has studied about.

Group-B  

 

1.    Linda Taki: 22 years old, from Orebro University.  Worked in school and kindergarten. Very keen to understand Indian tradition, culture and add knowledge about how Indian social work is handled here.

2.    Yacoub Masso: From Orebro University.  Worked with people who have been diagnosed with psychological problems, work with people to help them manage their everyday life. Wants to see differences and similarities between cultures, especially in social work. 

3.    Tova Matsson :  21 years old From Mid-Sweden university. Has worked in various places with variety of job profiles. Travelled  widely and lived in London and Barcelona. Wants experience and understand how cultures work differently and meet people.

4.    Tina Forsberg:  From Mid-Sweden University. Have worked with people with disability in a daily activity centre, in a home for elderly people, and currently volunteering at a Red Cross youth association. This centre provides a chat forum through which they can talk about anything that affects them and trouble them. Have travelled a lot before.

5.    Jessicka Norberg: 21 years old, from Mid Sweden University. Worked as assistant nurse, in care home for elderly. Lived and worked abroad.  Involved in a project for children in a boarding school in South Latvia. Lived and worked in London.

6.    Hanna Matsson :  21 years old, From Mid-Sweden University. Has done different courses at university level, including tourism and destination and youth sex and internet and course on Liberalism.  Lived in Korea for a year and learnt Korean language.

7.   Ms.   Berna Sahin: 25 years old from Orebro University. Moved from Turkey when she was 2 years old. Was a member of a non profit organization called United Sisters,  to empower women to be independent. She wants to understand how society impacts people , theories to field practice in social work and experience new culture.

8.   Ms. Muna Mohamad: 22 years old from Orebro University. Parents immigrated from Somalia in the 90s. She wants to get a better understanding and different perspectives of how social workers work in different cultures and gain an objective approach about practical work.

 Sara Sorling: 24 years old from Orebro University. Travelled mainly in Europe and some parts of Asia. Did volunteer work with disabled people ( especially the ones with cerebral palsy and learning disability). Lived abroad for a while learning English. Wants to understand how social workers in other cultures approach people and their problems.