Global Experience

Holy Week is a time of much celebration throughout Guatemala, including processions and the creation of elaborate alfombras (carpets) made of flowers, fruit, vegetables, and sawdust.

Holy Week in Guatemala.

Since its founding, the Boston College School of Social Work has been committed to the international dimensions of social problems and social work. Though the issues each country or community faces may be unique, the research-driven knowledge, experience-based insight, and field-tested skills required to address them are endlessly adaptable—as our graduates demonstrate throughout the world.

Our renowned MSW Global Practice concentration has taken students to five different continents where they were placed in refugee camps, child abuse centers, women’s empowerment programs, and a wide range of other social service agencies. BCSSW Global Practice students, provide HIV/AIDS counseling, draft immigration policies, help develop programs for sexually exploited girls and teens, and evaluate housing for the poor, among many other unique projects.

Our international courses with a field component focus on social work issues in a variety of locations and are open to students of all concentrations. Students have had the opportunity to travel to and participate in community efforts in countries such as Belgium, Chile, China, Cuba, Greece, Guatemala, India, Italy, Lesotho, Mexico, Nepal, Northern Ireland, Romania, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Thailand to observe how social work affects local cultures.

During the 2016 spring semester, Innovate@BCSW followed the experiences of four BC Social Work students who embarked on international field education placements in Latin America, Europe, and Africa. These intrepid women provided dispatches that included written blogs, video diaries, and photos.

Ashlen NimmoAshlen Nimmo‘s placement was at  Mil Milagros (A Thousand Miracles), an organization based in Panajachel, Guatemala that partners with mothers, grandmothers, and teachers to improve children’s health and education in that country.


Screen shot 2016-02-16 at 2.27.07 PMDana Loatman worked for World Vision International, with a particular focus on a budding network called the Sustainable Development Goals Coalition.



Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 1.40.14 PMCaitlin O’Donnell interned at Catholic Relief Services in Kigali, Rwanda, with a specific focus on child development and education programs in that country.



Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 12.03.39 PMAislinn Betancourt spent the semester at the Centro de Innovacion y Transferencia Tecnologica Agropecuaria (CITTA) in Cañete, Chile.