International Social Work Field Placement Opportunities
Social Work majors are able to complete their senior field placement abroad during their last semester at Millersville. Social Workers fulfill the Department of Social Work's requirements for their senior placement and take MU courses while conducting their placement in an international location. Students are able to gain professional hands on experience by working with grassroots and/or support organizations.
To complete a Senior field placement abroad, follow the international Social Work Process Guidelines
to view a student who did her Social Work senior field placement abroad in Cape Town, South Africa.
Volunteer Adventure Corps is an organization dedicated to helping students grow as professionals in their chosen field, within one specific city. They coordinate social work internships placements in Cape Town, South Africa. They can accommodate most levels and areas of education instruction. For more information, videos and testimonials visit their webpage: Volunteer Adventure Corps Website
Cape Town, South Africa
The Volunteer Adventure Corps will help to create a South African social work internship for you tailored specifically to your professional goals. Candidates for our social work internships are expected to have a strong theoretical understanding of social work, and interest in developmental psychology, sociology, and/or prior experience working in a social work setting. We have placed program participants at internship sites in the following social work settings:
- Orphanages and children’s homes
- Clinics and NGO’s for those affected by HIV/AIDS
- Women’s health clinics for victims of abuse
- Homes for chronically ill children
- Cape Town welfare projects in the townships
OVACorps housing is located in the colorful and vibrant neighborhood of Observatory, Cape Town. All houses are conveniently located close to grocery stores, restaurants and public transportation. VACorps partners with several local housing providers to offer a range of fully-furnished accommodation options suitable to any participant’s living needs.
Program Housing is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, so participants who join the program well in advance of their intended starting date will often get their first choice of housing.
- Fully- furnished accommodations arranged before arrival
- Optional Meal plans available
"I chose Cape Town because I wanted to gain experience as a social worker in a new and diverse country. The opportunity to intern at Baphumelele and work with the people I have has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. My internship site allowed me to gain real-world experience with a diverse population, which has helped me to grow professionally and personally. Overall, I loved being able to run group sessions for the amazing individuals in the child-headed household program. It was extremely rewarding and humbling to be able to teach them new things and learn new things myself.
I have loved living in Cape Town these past three months for many reasons, but mainly because of the atmosphere. I have never lived in a place quite like Cape Town, as it is so welcoming and diverse. For these reasons, and many more, I would definitely recommend this program to anyone looking for new experiences."
- Michelle, Social Work