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 3 universities are participating in this project. So far, approximately 800 students have gone through this training.
Following students are participating this semester.
Orebro & Mid Sweden University:
1. Emelie Hansson : from Mid Sweden University. She has worked a lot with tourism. She has worked in Spain and in ski resorts. She also started a pan cake café which helped her develop leadership and responsibility. She has travelled mostly in Europe, USA and once to Asia.
2. Tsenat Haile : From Orebro University. She has roots in Eritrea. This has given her important perspectives in cultural differences. She wants to experience how India tackles with its social problems , especially with women and violence, women’s rights etc.
3. Nadja Salejh : from Orebro University. Born and raised in Sweden . Her parents are from Ethiopia. Hence both cultures have influenced her growing up years. She studied Psychology in New York Columbia University. She wants to understand how India addresses its social problems.
5. Lava Safaeldin : From Orebro University. She works at a youth centre. She worked as personal assistant for a young girl with autism. She comes from Kurdistan . This gives her perspectives about her world and about Sweden.
6. Josefine Sandberg: From Orebro University. She views this internship in India as once in life time. She wants to learn about social work in another cultural context as Sweden is becoming multi-cultural. This knowledge would equip her for future role as social worker.
7. Haben Abbay : from Orebro university. Family comes from Eritrea. During summer time, she has worked as a social worker meeting people. She wants to understand how system works in India to compare it with Sweden.
8. Alwexandra Talani : from Orebro university. She has worked with Swedish migration agency. She worked with asylum seekers She understands what it is to flee home, come to another place losing families in war. She also worked in accommodation for people with disabilities. She works with people with cognitive disability who have committed crimes and have psychiatric care and support needs.
9. Sewit Seghiddotter : from Orebro University. Parents immigrated to Sweden when war broke out in Eretria. She has read lot of theories and want to understand how it works in real for other cultures.